Monday, September 16, 2019

New Criticism Quiz 15 questions

New Criticism: Important Texts Quiz

Q. 1.Who wrote The New Criticism, giving the movement its name?

Monroe C. Beardsley

John Crowe Ransom

William Empson


Q.2. What do Wimsatt and Beardsley rail against in "The Intentional Fallacy"?

The idea that authors are the ultimate source of meaning.

Reading poems as poems.

Close reading.

Watching movie adaptations of novels.

Q. 3.According to the title of his well-known work, what was William Empson analyzing?

"13 ways of looking at a blackbird."

Seven Types of Ambiguity.

Sixteen Candles.

Hundreds of soap operas.

Q. 4.In which work would you learn about "the heresy of paraphrase"?

William Empson's Seven Types of Ambiguity

Cleanth Brooks's The Well Wrought Urn

Yvor Winters's poetry

James Joyce's Ulysses

Q. 5.What major work of New Criticism became a standard textbook?

Understanding Poetry, by Cleanth Brooks and Robert Penn Warren

The New Criticism, by John Crowe Ransom

Miss Emily and the Bibliographer, by Allen Tate

The Intentional Fallacy, by Wimsatt and Beardsley

Q.6. Which critics helped kick start the ideas behind New Criticism?

T.S. Eliot and Ezra Pound

Roland Barthes and Michel Foucault

Raymond Williams and Terry Eagleton

Roger Ebert and Richard Roeper

Q.7. Who coined the term "the heresy of paraphrase," and argued against paraphrasing poems?

William K. Wimsatt

Cleanth Brooks


Dr. Seuss

Q. 8.What did I.A. Richards do to study how people interpret literature?

Read the classics.

Studied the political and biographical history of all his favorite authors.

Took the names of authors off poems, and asked students to analyze them.

Stood on his head.

Q.9. Which New Critics said "Judging a poem is like judging a pudding or a machine"?

Allen Tate and John Crowe Ransom

William K. Wimsatt and Monroe C. Beardsley

I.A. Richards and William Empson

Marx and Engels

Q. 10.What did many New Critics do, besides closely read poems?

Wrote poems.

Directed films.

Translated novels.

Enjoyed scuba-diving.

Q. 11.What method is closely associated with New Criticism?

Close reading

Analyzing how texts reflect their historical moment

Exposing power relations


Q. 12.What were New Critics reacting against?


Feminist readings of texts

Historical and biographical readings of texts

Oprah's book club

Q. 13.Which genre did the New Critics most enjoy analyzing?




Romance novels

Q.14. If you're reading like a New Critic, what sort of things are you looking for?

Ambiguity, tension, irony, paradox, technique, form.

Clues to the author's love life, dreams, and relationship to his/her parents.

Hints about the author's politics.

Evidence for what life was like back in the day.

Q. 15.What essay title sounds most like a New Critic writing?

"Love in the Elizabethan Court: Poetic Clues to the Queen's Preferences"

"How Victorian Readers Responded to Marriage Plots"

"Ambiguity and Irony in William Carlos Williams's Poetry"

"Sewers and Dumpsters: Modern Waste Collection"

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