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Which of the following offers the best description of literary theory ?

A. Literary theory involves coming to a precise understanding of a writer’s psychology.

B. Literary theory involves measuring the quality of a literary work.

C. Literary theory involves considering the publication history of literary texts.

D. Literary theory involves describing the underlying principles of a literary work.

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In “Characters of Shakespeare’s Plays”, what does William Hazlitt mean when he states the following: “We do not like to see our author’s plays acted, and least of all, ’Hamlet’. There is no play that suffers so much in being transferred to the stage” ?

A. Hamlet cannot be staged properly because of the complexity of the play’s use of language.

B. Hamlet is not relevant to the Romantic age.

C. The role of Hamlet cannot be properly played by any actor.

D. Hamlet is a work that was written to be read, not performed.