English 2600 from Lee Ann Mortensen
Quiz #4 & 5


  1. Based on Tyson’s definitions in chapter 5, new criticism is still taken seriously today as a critical theory in and of itself—T     F (circle one).
  2. What is the main motto of a New Critic (state it here)?


  1. According to Tyson in chapter 5, what is close reading and why do you think it is still an important method of analyzing texts (answer briefly)?


  1. According to Tyson in chapter 6, Reader-Response theory allows for a total free-for-all of personal interpretation where everyone’s ideas are correct—

 T     F (circle one).

  1. In The Great Gatsby, and according to Tyson’s chapter 6 interpretations, how is the text making the reader question everything (answer, then give two quick examples)?


  1. Based on Tyson’s presentation in chapter 5 and 6, briefly define the following important new critical and reader-response terms:
    1. Close Reading:
    2. Intentional Fallacy:
    3. Affective Fallacy:
    4. Organic Unity:
    5. Linguistic Devices (name 4 that create complexity):
    6. Text as Event:
    7. Transactional Reader-Response Criticism:
    8. Indeterminate Meaning:
    9. Affective Stylistics:
    10. Prestructured:
    11. Subjective Reader-Response Criticism:
    12. Production of Knowledge:
    13. Psychological Reader-Response Criticism:
    14. Social Reader-Response Criticism:
    15. Implied Reader:
  2. On the back of this sheet, quickly describe how an ideal reader in transaction with Kate Chopin’s text “The Storm” might jointly create meaning (in other words, describe a Transactional Reader-Response reader looking at Chopin’s story)
  3. On the back of this sheet, quickly describe how a specific group of ideal readers might jointly produce knowledge from Toni Cade Bambara’s “The Lesson” (in other words, what might a Social/Subjective Reader-Response process look like with her text).
  4. BONUS QUESTION: On the back of this sheet, write a quick psychoanalytic reader-response interpretation about your reading of a text you have recently analyzed and felt resistant toward (perhaps a commercial or movie you have seen, or a poem you just analyzed, or an article you just read etc.).

  5. other questions
  6. On the back of this sheet, give an example of Prestructuring from Robert Hayden’s “Those Winter Sundays,” then give a brief  interpretation of how an implied reader might work with or against the text to create meaning.