Context, Culture, and the Other
Context, Culture, and the Other

Context, Culture, and the Other

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A question pack primarily focused on context and culture from a literary perspective but is also applicable from a philosophical perspective.

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Context, Culture, and the Other Q1

From whom did New Historicists draw the idea of "self-regulating systems"?

A

Theodor W. Adorno

B

Claude Lévi-Strauss

C

Julia Kristeva

D

Jacques Derrida

E

Jacques Lacan

Context, Culture, and the Other Q2

How does New Historicism differ from traditional historicism?

A

New Historicism rejects the idea that history is neutral.

B

New Historicism does not make strict delineations between literary and non-literary texts.

C

New Historicism takes a particular interest in marginalized peoples.

D

New Historicism is interested in how texts help us understand economic realities.

E

All of the above answers are correct.

Context, Culture, and the Other Q3

The concept of otherness is related to which of the following theories?

A

Psychoanalytic theory

B

Feminist theory

C

Ethnic criticism

D

Postcolonial theory

E

All of the above answers are correct.

Context, Culture, and the Other Q4

What do many contemporary theorists find problematic about the literary canon?

A

It includes too few works by non-European writers.

B

It includes too few works by non-white writers.

C

It includes too few works by women.

D

It includes too few works by non-Western writers.

E

All of the above answers are correct.

Context, Culture, and the Other Q5

What does Edward Said argue about the concept of the Orient?

A

It has little relationship to the colonization of Asian countries by the West.

B

It illustrates the fundamental political equality of all nations.

C

It was produced by Western scholarship.

D

Its literature is less proud that that of the West.

E

All of the above answers are correct.

Context, Culture, and the Other Q6

What is double consciousness?

A

An early aspect of ethnic criticism

B

An understanding of how double experiences create identity

C

A concept developed by W.E.B Du Bois

D

An attempt to explain dual identity

E

All of the above answers are correct.

Context, Culture, and the Other Q7

What is the main function of postcolonial criticism?

A

To represent the relationship between colonizers and the colonized

B

To draw attention to the positive effects of colonization on literature

C

To explain why there are few examples of successful non-Western literature

D

To show the ways in which most Western literature is superior

E

All of the above answers are correct.

Context, Culture, and the Other Q8

What is the main goal of ethnic criticism?

A

To bring attention to false Euro-centric paradigms

B

To rectify the double experiences of certain racial groups

C

To reconcile cultural identity with individual identity

D

To expand the canon to include works authored by different racial groups

E

All of the above answers are correct.

Context, Culture, and the Other Q9

Which is a common postcolonial critique of the West?

A

The West spends too much time trying to consider an Asian perspective.

B

The West tends to look at Asian countries as individual units rather than lump them together.

C

The West views matters through its own limited historical position.

D

The West refuses to apply economic and political coercion to Asian writers.

E

The West compels writers to work in pre-colonial, lost languages.

Context, Culture, and the Other Q10

Which of the following statements best explains the main objective of New Historicism?

A

Texts are examined to see how colonizers and the colonized interact.

B

Texts are examined to see how the formal aspects of the text create meaning.

C

Texts are examined to determine how they reveal social realities.

D

Texts are examined to determine the author's intent.

E

Texts are examined to show how history has little effect on literary production.

Context, Culture, and the Other Q11

Which of the following texts is considered the first example of postcolonial criticism?

A

Harold Bloom's "An Elegy for the Canon"

B

Jacques Lacan's "The Mirror Stage … "

C

Cleanth Brooks's "Keats's Sylvan Historian"

D

Edward Said's Orientalism

E

Toni Morrison's Playing in the Dark

Context, Culture, and the Other Q12

Who coined the term New Historicism?

A

Jacques Derrida

B

Terry Eagleton

C

Fredric Jameson

D

Stephen Greenblatt

E

Louise M. Rosenblatt

Context, Culture, and the Other Q13

With which theorist is the concept imaginative geography associated?

A

Julia Kristeva

B

Fredric Jameson

C

Terry Eagleton

D

Edward Said

E

Michel Foucault

Context, Culture, and the Other Q14

What is New Historicism?

A

A theory that sees history as a form of writing and discourse

B

A theory that abandons the idea of history as an imitation of events

C

A theory that regards history as a series of narratives

D

A theory that capitalizes on the interplay between literature and history

E

All of the above answers are correct.

Context, Culture, and the Other Q15

According to trauma theorists, a testifying subject needs which of the following to deliver a successful testimony?

A

A figure of judgment

B

Religious belief

C

A witness

D

Psychological treatment

E

An easy way to explain trauma

Context, Culture, and the Other Q16

Christopher Ricks would most likely DISAGREE with which of the following claims about literary theory?

A

Literary theory is limited in its ability to interpret a text.

B

Literary theory often depends on esoteric knowledge to be properly understood.

C

Literary theory is employed mostly by academics.

D

Literary theory should not be an academic focus in English departments.

E

Literary theory is the only proper way to conceptualize literary texts.

Context, Culture, and the Other Q17

Ecotheorists tend to show an interest in which of the following?

A

How writers conceptualize natural environments and the representation of environmental issues in literature and culture

B

How writers have damaged the environment

C

How the environment can be repaired

D

Who is responsible for damaging the environment

E

How clean energy sources can be developed

Context, Culture, and the Other Q18

In his essay "The Business of Theory," William Deresiewicz argues which of the following about Terry Eagleton's book After Theory?

A

It offers a strong outline for how theory can be conducted in the 21st century.

B

It should not be read or considered by any student or scholar.

C

It offers some valid ideas and critiques, but its author is not entirely trustworthy.

D

It offers a strong counterpoint to Jacques Derrida's notion of deconstruction.

E

It proves that William Shakespeare did not author his plays.

Context, Culture, and the Other Q19

New trends in literary theory tend to do which of the following?

A

Reject all previous modes of literary theory

B

Focus on a return to traditional critical methods

C

Make use of different literary theories in order to develop new theories

D

Work only with ideas developed by post-Marxist theorists

E

Insist that literary studies should be abandoned

Context, Culture, and the Other Q20

Some critics of literary theory argue that literary theory is problematic for which reason?

A

Literary theory tends to be too political.

B

Literary theory does not offer a holistic interpretation of a text.

C

Literary theory depends on specialized knowledge that is outside the realm of literary studies.

D

Literary theory is sometimes very abstract and difficult to read.

E

All of the above answers are correct.

Context, Culture, and the Other Q21

Trauma theory is tremendously influenced by which theoretical school?

A

Psychoanalysis

B

Marxism

C

Feminism

D

Deconstruction

E

Reader-response theory

Context, Culture, and the Other Q22

Trauma theory primarily developed out of the work of which psychoanalyst?

A

Sigmund Freud

B

Carl Jung

C

Michel Foucault

D

Jacques Derrida

E

Jacques Lacan

Context, Culture, and the Other Q23

What are some common criticisms of literary theory?

A

Theory has replaced literary appreciation with formulas for understanding.

B

The reasoning of theory is often too circular.

C

Many theories have been pushed too far into abstraction.

D

Many theories are no longer accepted by their parent disciplines.

E

All of the above answers are correct.

Context, Culture, and the Other Q24

What does the term meta-language mean, according to Andrzej Warminski?

A

A language about another language

B

A supernatural language

C

A language that does not yet constitute a real language

D

A language used by a particular marginalized group of people within a larger dominant culture

E

All of the above answers are correct.

Context, Culture, and the Other Q25

What is Christopher Ricks's attitude toward literary theory?

A

He considers it to be vital in order to understand literary texts.

B

He considers theory to be the only way that literary texts can be interpreted.

C

He has no misgivings about the practical usability of literary theory.

D

He feels that literary theory is ultimately too limited in scope to serve as a proper method of interpretation.

E

He claims never to have read a piece of literary theory.

Context, Culture, and the Other Q26

Which literary theory would most directly explore questions of the role of spatial setting in a poem?

A

Trauma theory

B

Ecotheory

C

Game theory

D

Marxist theory

E

Psychoanalytic theory

Context, Culture, and the Other Q27

Which of the following statements offers the best definition of the concept of strange attractors in chaos theory?

A

Strange attractors are mysterious forces that are entirely random.

B

Strange attractors are complex forces that are determined by the laws of physics.

C

Strange attractors are mysterious forces that are both random and determined.

D

Strange attractors are complex forces that are entirely random.

E

Strange attractors are mysterious forces that have no basis in logic or reason and cannot be observed in nature.

Context, Culture, and the Other Q28

Which school of literary theory shows a particular interest in the role of testimony in literature?

A

Trauma theory

B

Ecotheory

C

Chaos theory

D

Formalism

E

Marxist theory

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