1. Post-structuralism derives from philosophy because a. it studies fixed structures of language in literature. b. it emphasizes the difficulty achieving secure knowledge. c. it analyses the way political thought emerges in language d. it focuses on theoretical ambivalences.
2. According to post-structuralist thinking, a. language provides us with a fixed view of the world. b. the concept and the verbal sign closely relate to each other. c. language helps us to see reality accurately. d. the verbal sign floats free of the concept.
3. Barthes introduced in literary theory the new idea that a. the reader and language produce the text. d. the reader generates critical authority c. the text is produced by the critic. b. the text is produced by the author.
4. The term “New Historicism” was coined by a. Barthes
d. Derrida c. Greenblatt
5. New Historicism considers any text from the past gets its meaning by a “three-process” of a. language, discourse and the author. d. discourses from the past, present ideology and language. c. future interpretations, present reading and past literary theory. b. politics, historical discourse and present ideology.
6. Surveillance, according to Foucault, is maintained by a. discursive practices within the body politic d. prison and technology c. discourse and political theory b. physical force and intimidation.
7. “12 O’Clock News” by Elizabeth Bishop is characterized by a. the absence of metaphors and figurative language.
d. the syntactical complexity of its first two stanzas. c. the unusual way in which the text is displayed on the page. b. the marked rhyme and rhythm.
8. What of the following texts could be appropriately analyzed through the lenses of New Historicism? a. Hamlet b. “A Refusal to Mourn the Death…” c. Heart of Darkness d. All of the above.