What is hermeneutics ?

A. A term that describes the absence of racial others in the canon
B. A term that describes the attempt to read homosexuality into literature
C. A term that describes the effect of autobiography on text
D. A term that describes the interpretation of meaning

What is the main function of literary theory ?

A. To formulate relationships among an author, a reader, and a literary work
B. To understand the role of sexuality, gender, race, and ethnicity in literary study
C. To evaluate the role of historical context in the interpretation of literature
D. All of the above.

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.

How did the New Critics view literature ?

A. As an aesthetic object that is independent of historical context
B. As an aesthetic object that is influenced by historical context
C. As a historical object that is also aesthetic
D. As a historical object that is not necessarily aesthetic

What are some common criticisms of literary theory ?

A. The reasoning of theory is often too circular.
B. Many theories have been pushed too far into abstraction.
C. Many theories are no longer accepted by their parent disciplines.
D. All of the above.

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