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A Test Based on M.H. Abrams’s Glossary

1.    The term “aesthetics” is derived from the _________ word, meaning _________.
(a) Latin   (b) Greek  (c) German  (d) French
(p) created by imagination        (q) perceived with the intellect
(r) experienced through the senses    (s) born of divine power
(A) a and q  (B) d and p  (C) b and r  (d) c and s

2.    Which of the following principles of the Aesthetic Movement did not influence the Modernists?
(A) The belief that a work of art is autonomous  (B) The quasi-religious doctrine of life for art’s sake
(C) The concept of a work of art as invested with intrinsic values  (D) The importance to the form of art

3.    Which of the following novels does not employ the first person point of view?
(A) Tom Jones  (B) Great Expectations  (C) The Great Gatsby  (D) Huckleberry Finn

4.    The title of Montaigne’s Essais (1580) was intended to indicate the ________ nature of the essays.
(a) subjective  (b) dogmatic  (c) rambling   (d) incoherent
(A) a only  (B) b and c  (C) a and c  (D) a, c and d

5.    What, according to Aristotle’s Poetics, are examples for “manner” of imitation?
(A) prose, poetry  (B) heroic, pathetic  (C) dramatic, narrative  (D) tragic, epic

6.    The neoclassical focus on “imitation” was displaced from its central position in literary criticism due to the emergence of __________ criticism.
(A) impressionistic  (B) expressionistic  (C) subjective  (D) expressive

7.    Critics and Criticism (1952) was a major critical anthology edited by _________.
(A) IA Richards  (B) TE Hulme  (C) MH Abrams  (D) RS Crane

8.    The term “heroic” began to be applied to rhyming couplets of iambic pentameter in the ________ century.
(A) 14th  (B) 16th  (C) 17th  (D) 19th

9.    A novel of education is called ____________.
(A) Bildungsroman  (B) Erziehungsroman  (C) Kunstleroman  (D) Noveau roman

10.    Stella Gibbons’ Cold Comfort Farm is a parody of the ____________.
(A) novel of character  (B) social novel  (C) novel of manners  (D) regional novel

11.    Le Sage’s French novel Gil Blas (1715) is an example for __________.
(A) picaresque narrative  (B) novel of development  (C) epistolary novel  (D) historical novel

12.    Which of the following is an essential feature of the historical novel?
(A) The characters play a decisive role in the development of history.
(B) The historical setting plays a crucial part in the development of character or plot.
(C) These novels are realistic in technique.
(D) The historical setting adds picturesqueness to the narrative.

13.    Which of the following author-novel pair is wrongly matched?
(a) EL Doctorow—USA        (b) John Barth—The Sot-Weed Factor
(c) Truman Capote—In Cold Blood    (d) Norman Mailer—The Executioner’s Song
(A) a only  (B) a and c  (C) b and c  (D) b and d

14.    Which of the following authors wrote the highly controversial French play Salome which expresses the spirit of Decadence?
(A) Baudelaire  (B) Rimbaud  (C) Wilde  (D) Pater

15.    Which of the following phrases connotes the lassitude and ennui of the Decadence?
(A) art for art’s sake  (B) religion of beauty  (C) against the grain  (D) fin de siecle

16.    Which of the following critics famously attacked dramatic verisimilitude?
(A) Dryden  (B) Johnson  (C) Arnold  (D) Eliot

17.    The term “early modern” has been used instead of “Renaissance” since the _________.
(A) 1700s  (B) 1890s  (C) 1940s  (D) 1990s

18.    Which of the following was termed “new philosophy” during the Renaissance period?
(A) Aristotelian principles of art             (B) Copernican science
(C) Artistic innovations of Da Vinci and Michelangelo    (D) Protestant ideology

19.    “Great Instauration”, or the attempt of man to obey and understand nature in order to master her, is associated with ________.
(A) Donne  (B) Galileo  (C) William Harvey  (D) Bacon

20.    ________ was to Renaissance critics the highest of all genres.
(A) Epic  (B) Tragedy  (C) Poetry  (D) Philosophy

21.    Who narrates to Adam, in Books V-VII of Paradise Lost, the story of the rebellion of the angels?
(A) Raphael  (B) Michael  (C) Gabriel  (D) Uriel

22.    Match the following:
(a) Theory of the Novel    (i) EM Forster
(b) The Rhetoric of Fiction    (ii) Ian Watt
(c) Aspects of the Novel      (iii) David Lodge
(d) The Craft of Fiction    (iv) Georg Lukacs
(e) The Art of Fiction    (v) Percy Lubbock
(f) The Rise of the Novel    (vi) Wayne Booth
(A) a-v, b-vi, c-ii, d-i, e-iii, f-iv  (B) a-iv, b-vi, c-i, d-v, e-iii, f-ii  (C) a-iv, b-iii, c-ii, d-v, e-vi, f-i  (D) a-v, b-iv, c-i, d-vi, e-iii, f-ii

23.    When trochaic lines lack the final stressed syllable, as in “Twinkle, twinkle, little star”, they are called __________.
(A) spondaic  (B) analectic  (C) catalectic  (D) enjambed

24.    Which of the following poems does not employ strong stress metre?
(A) The Canterbury Tales  (B) Piers the Plowman  (C) Christabel  (D) The Wreck of Deutschland

25.    Which are the “rising metres” in English?
(A) iamb and trochee  (B) anapest and dactyl  (C) trochee and dactyl  (D) iamb and anapest

1.    (C) b and r
2.    (B) The quasi-religious doctrine of life for art’s sake
3.    (A) Tom Jones (In Tom Jones there is a third person intrusive narrator who even comments on and interferes in the narration with his own commentary.)
4.    (C) a and c
5.    (C) dramatic, narrative
6.    (D) expressive (It means literature is considered an expression of the poet’s imagination)
7.    (D) RS Crane  (It is a major anthology of Neo-Aristotelianism or Chicago School)
8.    (C) 17th  (This was following the popularity of the epic and heroic drama in Dryden’s period.  These genres employed the form of the heroic couplet.)
9.    (B) Erziehungsroman (Egs. Wilhelm Meister, Jane Eyre, Mill on the Floss, Great Expectations, Of Human Bondage, The Magic Mountain.  These are also Bildungsroman.)
10.    (D) regional novel
11.    (A) picaresque narrative  (Tobias Smollett was influenced by this work.)
12.    (A) The characters play a decisive role in the development of history.
13.    (A) a only  (USA is a trilogy by John Dos Passos.  Doctorow wrote Ragtime and Billy Bathgate.)
14.    (C) Wilde
15.    (D) fin de siècle  (This means “end of the century”)
16.    (B) Johnson
17.    (C) 1940s
18.    (B) Copernican science
19.    (D) Bacon
20.    (A) Epic
21.    (A) Raphael  (Michael narrates in Books XI and XII the story of mankind’s future and the coming of Christ, because of which Adam calls the Fall a “fortunate mistake” or “felix culpa”)
22.    (B) a-iv, b-vi, c-i, d-v, e-iii, f-ii
23.    (C) catalectic
24.    (A) The Canterbury Tales  (As again the alliterative Old English strong stress metre, Chaucer popularized the syllable-and-stress metre)
25.    (D) iamb and anapest


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