CLEP Humanities : Analyzing the Content of Seventeenth- and Eighteenth-Century Fiction

Study concepts, example questions & explanations for CLEP Humanities

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Example Questions

Example Question #1 : Analyzing The Content Of Seventeenth And Eighteenth Century Fiction

The Lilliputians are a created people who are introduced in the novel __________.

Possible Answers:

Gulliver's Travels

The History of Sir Charles Grandison

The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling

Robinson Crusoe

The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman

Correct answer:

Gulliver's Travels

Explanation:

Gulliver's Travels is a satirical novel by the Anglo-Irish author Jonathan Swift, published in 1726. In it, Swift satirizes the popular "travelogue" by having his main character, Lemuel Gulliver, visit various odd worlds and locations. Among these are the civilized horses called the Houyhnhnms, the giant Brobdingnagians, and the diminutive Lilliputians.

Example Question #2 : Analyzing The Content Of Seventeenth And Eighteenth Century Fiction

What was the eighteenth-century novel which details the story of a mariner marooned on an island in the South Pacific?

Possible Answers:

Robinson Crusoe

The Expedition of Humphrey Clinker

The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman

The History of Tom Jones, A Foundling

Gulliver's Travels

Correct answer:

Robinson Crusoe

Explanation:

Daniel Defoe's Robinson Crusoe was based on the true story of the lost Scottish sailor Alexander Selkirk. Defoe's work, first published in 1719, is often considered the first novel to be written in English, as Defoe recounted the story of Crusoe in a manner not unlike a prose account of a real event.

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