Quiz On How To Read Literature Like A Professor

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  • 1. 
    In chapter 8, Foster points out that in the 20th century fairytales
    • A. 

      Women sometimes save men

    • B. 

      Men often abandon the women

    • C. 

      There is never "happily ever after"

    • D. 

      After a period of time the couples file for divorce

    • E. 

      All of the above

  • 2. 
    In chapter 8, Foster says that Peter Pan is a symbol of
    • A. 

      An immature world

    • B. 

      A failed society

    • C. 

      Refusing to grow up

    • D. 

      An irrational world

    • E. 

      All of the above

  • 3. 
    In chapter 18, Foster points out that Baptism
    • A. 

      Is a symbol of freedom

    • B. 

      Is a symbol of death

    • C. 

      Represents bathing

    • D. 

      Is a symbolic death and rebirth as a new individual

    • E. 

      All of the above

  • 4. 
    Drowning is symbolic baptism, but if the character does not come back up it represents
    • A. 

      Choosing to enter a new life while leaving behind the old one

    • B. 

      Choosing to leave a family because of certain circumstances

    • C. 

      A lost battle

    • D. 

      A war between the worlds

    • E. 

      All of the above

  • 5. 
    In the chapter titled Envoi, Foster defines the word as
    • A. 

      A killing ritual

    • B. 

      A conclusion

    • C. 

      A cleansing

    • D. 

      A sending off

    • E. 

      All of the above

  • 6. 
    In the Envoi, Foster points out that
    • A. 

      Students are rarely able to find symbols by themselves

    • B. 

      Searching for patterns and symbols will become second nature

    • C. 

      All students should simply give up

    • D. 

      Answers A & C

    • E. 

      All of the above

  • 7. 
    In the Interlude, Foster defines intertextuality as
    • A. 

      The idea that everything within a work is connected to something else

    • B. 

      Cross referencing

    • C. 

      A work with no symbols

    • D. 

      A work that references itself

    • E. 

      All of the above

  • 8. 
    In the interlude Foster defines Archetype as
    • A. 

      A pattern by which a story comes into being

    • B. 

      A set goal

    • C. 

      A book

    • D. 

      A novel that overflows with symbols

    • E. 

      All of the above

  • 9. 
    In Chapter 8, Foster points out that both Alice in Wonderland and The Wizard of Oz represents
    • A. 

      Supernatural powers

    • B. 

      Lost boys

    • C. 

      Entering a different world that operates under different rules

    • D. 

      A & C

    • E. 

      All of the above

  • 10. 
    In his interlude titled: One Story, Foster repeats himself by pointing out that
    • A. 

      Literature repeats itself and there is only one story

    • B. 

      All literature is 100% original

    • C. 

      Authors try to copy other authors

    • D. 

      Literature has no meaning

    • E. 

      All of the above

  • 11. 
    According to Chapter 15, survival of a flight crash most likely symbolizes
    • A. 

      Re-birth

    • B. 

      The crucifixion

    • C. 

      The afterlife

    • D. 

      Forgiveness

    • E. 

      Isolation

  • 12. 
    According to Chapter 15, which of the following does flight not symbolize?
    • A. 

      Magic

    • B. 

      Freedom

    • C. 

      Forgiveness

    • D. 

      Escape

    • E. 

      True Love

  • 13. 
    According to Chapter 15, what "trumps everything"?
    • A. 

      Flight

    • B. 

      The Bible

    • C. 

      Friendship

    • D. 

      Irony

    • E. 

      True Love

  • 14. 
    According to Chapter 19, which of the following do "high" places not symbolize?
    • A. 

      Purity

    • B. 

      Life

    • C. 

      Sin

    • D. 

      Isolation

    • E. 

      All of the above

  • 15. 
    According to Chapter 19, in which elements of literature is geography relevant?
    • A. 

      Theme

    • B. 

      Plot

    • C. 

      Symbolism

    • D. 

      All of the above

    • E. 

      None of the above

  • 16. 
    Why is political writing not good writing?           I. It is one-dimensional          II. It does not travel well of time and place         III. It is programmatic and pushes a single cause
    • A. 

      I

    • B. 

      II

    • C. 

      I, III

    • D. 

      II, III

    • E. 

      I, II, III

  • 17. 
    Richard III in Shakespeare's tale has scoliosis. For what purpose?
    • A. 

      He is as spiritually and morally twisted as his back

    • B. 

      Make the audience has sympathy for him

    • C. 

      It is foreshadowing of the plot-twisting tale

    • D. 

      The irony of a good leader having a physical imperfection

    • E. 

      It has no real purpose

  • 18. 
    Which is the most famous example of a mark of greatness?
    • A. 

      Billy Bud

    • B. 

      Divine Comedia

    • C. 

      Oedipus Rex

    • D. 

      Much Ado About Nothing

    • E. 

      Isaac's Gingerness

  • 19. 
    Foster mentions in chapter 20 that in stories, the seasons of Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter often represent, respectively:
    • A. 

      Excitement, Happiness, Apathy, Depression

    • B. 

      North, South, East, West

    • C. 

      Birth, Adulthood, Middle Age, Death

    • D. 

      All of the above

    • E. 

      None of the above

  • 20. 
    In the introduction, Foster claims that literature professors see everything as a/an __________ until proven otherwise.
    • A. 

      Archetype

    • B. 

      Symbol

    • C. 

      Uninteresting story

    • D. 

      Cliche

    • E. 

      Allusion

  • 21. 
    In the Introduction, Foster claims that the first response of a normal reader to a text is:
    • A. 

      A logical response

    • B. 

      An analytical response

    • C. 

      An emotional response

    • D. 

      A bored response

    • E. 

      A critical response

  • 22. 
    Foster points out in chapter 14 that the use of a Christ figure can often create a/an ___________ effect.
    • A. 

      Humorous

    • B. 

      Satirical

    • C. 

      Condescending

    • D. 

      Pedantic

    • E. 

      Ironic

  • 23. 
    • A. 

      Memory

    • B. 

      Symbol

    • C. 

      Pattern

    • D. 

      All of the above

    • E. 

      None of the above

  • 24. 
    • A. 

      Giving really hard assignments

    • B. 

      Making impossible quizzes

    • C. 

      Reading too much into a text

    • D. 

      All of the above

    • E. 

      None of the above

  • 25. 
    In Chapter 4, how many syllables are in a line of a sonnet?
    • A. 

      5

    • B. 

      8

    • C. 

      10

    • D. 

      6

    • E. 

      A pentalot

  • 26. 
    In Chapter 12, how many thing can a symbol represent?
    • A. 

      One thing

    • B. 

      Any number of things

    • C. 

      Any two things

    • D. 

      Nothing at all; symbols are never symbolic

  • 27. 
    According to Foster, when an evil man violates a young woman and steals her innocence, it is an example of
    • A. 

      Murder

    • B. 

      Vampirism

    • C. 

      A Ghost Story

    • D. 

      A Sexual Innuendo

    • E. 

      A Romance Novel

    • F. 

      An original plot line for a modern writer

  • 28. 
    • A. 

      Deceit (a tricky one)

    • B. 

      Malice (no malice intended to your grade)

    • C. 

      Selfishness (I really do want want you to get this right)

    • D. 

      Pride (In his humble opinion)

    • E. 

      Sex (To your teacher's deepest disagreement)

  • 29. 
    • A. 

      Deliberate and accidental

    • B. 

      Character and authorial

    • C. 

      Divine and mortal

    • D. 

      Malicious and sacrificial

    • E. 

      Plot-essential and meaningless

  • 30. 
    Literary violence is rarely
    • A. 

      Physical

    • B. 

      Sexual

    • C. 

      Intentional

    • D. 

      Meaningful

    • E. 

      Straightforward

  • 31. 
    • A. 

      Thoughts

    • B. 

      The center of all emotion

    • C. 

      Love

    • D. 

      Sexual desire

    • E. 

      Valentine's Day

  • 32. 
    If a character is not emotionally sound, you shouldn't be surprised when
    • A. 

      He dies unexpectedly

    • B. 

      He becomes a murderer

    • C. 

      He leaves his spouse

    • D. 

      He develops a heart condition

    • E. 

      He has a happy ending

  • 33. 
    In Chapter 1, Foster says the real reason for a quest is always
    • A. 

      To find treasure

    • B. 

      To rescue a damsel in distress

    • C. 

      To escape trouble

    • D. 

      To gain self-knowledge

    • E. 

      None of the above

  • 34. 
    In Chapter 1, Foster says that which two words are rarely a part of his vocabulary of literary study?
    • A. 

      Metaphor and simile

    • B. 

      Always and never

    • C. 

      Sometimes and rarely

    • D. 

      Personification and metonymy

    • E. 

      Archetype and stereotype

  • 35. 
    In Chapter 1, what does Foster give as an example of a journey that is not a quest?
    • A. 

      A daily drive to work and back home

    • B. 

      A journey to Mordor to melt a ring

    • C. 

      Driving off the edge of a cliff

    • D. 

      A long hike up a mountain

    • E. 

      An uneventful trip to the store to buy milk and bread

  • 36. 
    In Chapter 10, what does Foster say rain often symbolizes?
    • A. 

      Restoration

    • B. 

      Death

    • C. 

      Life

    • D. 

      Trials

    • E. 

      Love

  • 37. 
    In Chapter 25, "Not reading with just one's eyes" has to do primarily with . . .
    • A. 

      Being in touch with one's creative side

    • B. 

      Taking breaks in between reading chapters to contemplate their meaning

    • C. 

      Acting out the plot line

    • D. 

      Reading the story out loud

    • E. 

      Understanding context

  • 38. 
    In Chapter 25, Foster says we do not have to accept the __________ of a culture to be able to understand the mindset?
    • A. 

      Cuisine

    • B. 

      Values

    • C. 

      Fashion

    • D. 

      Social norms

    • E. 

      Marriage customs

  • 39. 
    In Chapter 25, what viewpoint is one Foster says we should specifically not read from?
    • A. 

      George Washington's

    • B. 

      Our own

    • C. 

      An 18th century French peasant's

    • D. 

      Our parents'

    • E. 

      Our great-great grandparents'

  • 40. 
    In Chapter 25, what does Foster say is the question of a "last-chance-for-a-change" story?
    • A. 

      How did this person get here?

    • B. 

      What is the best escape route?

    • C. 

      Is change worth it?

    • D. 

      Can this person be saved?

    • E. 

      Could this situation have been avoided?

  • 41. 
    In Chapter 25, what does Foster give as an example of an action that would have different significance in previous years?
    • A. 

      Eating a meal

    • B. 

      Taking a journey

    • C. 

      Buying an animal

    • D. 

      Going to school

    • E. 

      Going to church

  • 42. 
    • A. 

      Friendship and agreement

    • B. 

      Authority and power

    • C. 

      Submission and surrender

    • D. 

      Sharing and peace

    • E. 

      Forgiveness and compassion

  • 43. 
    What does it most likely mean if a meal goes poorly?
    • A. 

      The food was not properly cooked

    • B. 

      The story will end badly

    • C. 

      A character is going to die

    • D. 

      It is a bad sign for the community

    • E. 

      The characters will never get along

  • 44. 
    Which of the three sorts of myth, according to Foster, seems to cover the greatest range of human situation?
    • A. 

      Greek

    • B. 

      Biblical

    • C. 

      Folk/fairy tale

    • D. 

      Shakespearean

    • E. 

      All of the above

  • 45. 
    • A. 

      A fictional but helpful story

    • B. 

      A story that is used in every genre of literature

    • C. 

      A body of story that matters

    • D. 

      A fictional story that has no bearing on modern literature

    • E. 

      A story with a hero and a problem

  • 46. 
    • A. 

      Recognition of a myth in a modern work

    • B. 

      Characters that closely resemble mythological characters

    • C. 

      Literature that includes a hero

    • D. 

      Works of literature that have Greek titles

    • E. 

      A symbolic "underworld" in a story that the protagonist must overcome

  • 47. 
    What is the main source of tension in the story ("The Garden Party" : Test Case)?
    • A. 

      Sexual tension

    • B. 

      Internal struggle

    • C. 

      Tension based on age

    • D. 

      Racial tension

    • E. 

      Tension based on social class

  • 48. 
    Have you completely read How To Read Literature Like a Professor?
    • A. 

      No

    • B. 

      98%

    • C. 

      25%

    • D. 

      Yes

  • 49. 
    Have you completely read How To Read Literature Like a Professor?
    • A. 

      No

    • B. 

      98%

    • C. 

      25%

    • D. 

      Yes