Charles Dickens Exam I Practice

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  • 1. 
    Dickens believed strongly that Victorian novelists could simply imitate eighteenth-century fiction, especially because eighteenth-century novelists such as Henry Fielding tended to focus on highly moral characters and never included anything improper in their novels. 
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 2. 
    The nasty judge's name, Fang, in Chapter 11 indicates that in Dickens' world he is most likely a minor character.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 3. 
    In Chapter 10, Oliver is shocked to learn that his new "friends" are: 
    • A. 

      Thieves

    • B. 

      Devoted cyclists

    • C. 

      Spies for the police

    • D. 

      Prostitutes

  • 4. 
    When Oliver meets Jack Dawkins in Chapter 8, Dawkins is described as:
    • A. 

      A juvenile, but having the air and manners of a man

    • B. 

      A juvenile, but having the air and manners of a girl

    • C. 

      A boy, but having the air and manners of a girl

    • D. 

      A man, but having the air and manners of a juvenile

  • 5. 
    In Chapter 7, Bumble's explanations for Oliver's behavior:
    • A. 

      The Sowerberrys have fed him too much meat

    • B. 

      He comes from a bad family, especially his mother

    • C. 

      Too many violent video games

    • D. 

      He's hungry and therefore not able to make rational decisions

  • 6. 
    Brownlow and Grimwig place a wager that when Oliver is sent out to return Brownlow's books, he:
    • A. 

      Will not return to the house, but will instead rejoin the gang of thieves

    • B. 

      Will forget to return them because he sees a shop full of tasty treats

    • C. 

      Will return home quickly because London is super scary

    • D. 

      Will read them all before returning them

  • 7. 
    Marks of minor characters in Oliver Twist:
    • A. 

      They have one outstanding quality/attribute that defines them and they do not deviate from this (they're "flat")

    • B. 

      Their names are very "on the nose," indicative of their character/personality

    • C. 

      They tend to be fully identified with their professsions/work

    • D. 

      They're all very nice to Oliver

  • 8. 
    NOT a difference in the 2006 Oliver Twist we watched during class:
    • A. 

      It starts with Oliver as a young boy, not a baby

    • B. 

      Agnes has a locket that seems significant. And a letter.

    • C. 

      Agnes arriving at the workhouse is dramatized

    • D. 

      We learn Oliver's mother's name, Agnes

  • 9. 
    Two major literary genres when Dickens began writing fiction:
    • A. 

      "Newgate" novels about criminals

    • B. 

      "Silver-fork" novels about aristocrats

    • C. 

      "War" novels about WWII

    • D. 

      "Gothic" novels about vampires

  • 10. 
    Dickens' and the narrator's voice view of children in Oliver Twist is best defined as: 
    • A. 

      Children are fundamentally innocent; they are corrupted by society (i.e. adults), when their innocence should be respected and protected

    • B. 

      Children are fundamentally inclined to evil (Original Sin and all that)

    • C. 

      Children should be put to work as chimney sweeps

    • D. 

      Children are just little adults

  • 11. 
    Key features of Oliver Twist
    • A. 

      It was published serially

    • B. 

      It features a child protagonist, very unusual for the era (perhaps unprecedented)

    • C. 

      It focuses on the lives of the poor, which some readers of the time were not thrilled about

    • D. 

      Dickens didn't really care if it sold well; he wrote it for his own satisfaction

  • 12. 
    When Nancy tells Rose that "if there were more like you, there would be fewer like me" (Chapter 40), she seems to be blaming prostitution on:
    • A. 

      Other women, presumably for being judgmental

    • B. 

      Mr. Bumble

    • C. 

      Men

    • D. 

      Fate

  • 13. 
    What is true of Nancy's murder?
    • A. 

      Fagin tells Sikes not to be "too violent," but it's pretty clear that he doesn't mean it.

    • B. 

      Colonel Mustard kills her with a lead pipe in the conservatory

    • C. 

      Sikes isn't angry when he kills her; he goes about the job calmly.

    • D. 

      Sikes doesn't murder her; his dog does.

  • 14. 
    The transparency criterion of Realism mandates that the narrative focus on what is told in a story, not how it is told: the narrative technique should not call attention to itself.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 15. 
    Based on the presentations in class, conclusions about the 2007 television adaptation of Oliver Twist: 
    • A. 

      Oliver's character is altered considerably from the novel; he's "round," a rebellious little boy who stands up to injustice.

    • B. 

      The adaptation cleans up and simplifies the novel's often-bewildering plot

    • C. 

      Tom Hardy is a handsome and charismatic Bill Sikes, unlike the fairly uncomplicated thuggish criminal in the novel.

    • D. 

      The adaptation completely eliminates Fagin as a character, so as to avoid the novel's anti-Semitic portrayal.

  • 16. 
    Fagin's explanation for why he was unable to turn Oliver from goodness into a enjoying a life of crime is that:
    • A. 

      He didn't have anything to hold over him to make him become worse

    • B. 

      Oliver fought Fagin off with karate kicks

    • C. 

      Oliver's sole motivation in life was to find his father and he cared about nothing else

    • D. 

      Fagin admits that he just didn't really try to turn Oliver bad because Oliver was so darned cute

  • 17. 
    What is true about Victorian Realism
    • A. 

      It was a response to the "decadence" of the novel in the early 19th century

    • B. 

      1820-37 was a "down" period for the novel, with only Sir Walter Scott being of lasting repute

    • C. 

      "Genre" fiction, which is basically novels about novels, dominated the literary scope

    • D. 

      All of the above

    • E. 

      None of the above

  • 18. 
    For all his faults, what is a good quality in Dickens' writing that defines his use of Realism?
    • A. 

      His intense research

    • B. 

      His drawing skills

    • C. 

      His cocaine addiction

    • D. 

      The lack of anti-Semitism

  • 19. 
    What killed the Newgate novel?
    • A. 

      Parody

    • B. 

      Jack Sheppard Controversy (guy "inspired" by novels to kill his boss)

    • C. 

      CSI: Miami

    • D. 

      It can't be killed in a way that matters

  • 20. 
    Oliver Twist is a Newgate Novel.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 21. 
    Which of these are central events in Charles Dickens life that cements his works as almost autobiographical in the weirdest way.
    • A. 

      Family relocated to London; Charles worked in a factory at age ten and met Fagin

    • B. 

      Mary Hogarth's sudden death

    • C. 

      He explored the sewers of Paris on a hot summer day

    • D. 

      Mary Shelley's Frankenstein was published

  • 22. 
    The workhouses were so terrible because it was believed that a miserable experience would mean that no one would want to endure it, so no one would take "advantage" of it. 
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 23. 
    Dickens' narrator DOESN'T get a pass on transparency because he utilizes an overly chatty narrator.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 24. 
    In Realism, ________ focuses on the what, not how the story is being told.
  • 25. 
    In Realism, __________ means the plot of the story should be plausible, not ridiculous.
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