What should I expect?
The exam will be CLOSED book, any reading material needed to complete the exam will be provided to you during the exam period.
- VOCABULARY & GRAMMAR
I will use words from your LITERARY DEVICES, THE GREAT GATSBY and THE THINGS THEY CARRIED vocabulary within the questions on your exam. If you are unfamiliar with the words and meanings you will be unable to fully participate in the exam. I strongly suggest you re-familiarize yourself with these words. In addition, you should be prepared to write grammatically correct sentences that demonstrate the meaning of a variety of vocabulary words.
You might also be asked to define Meta-Fiction, Talisman and Transcendentalism
- THE STORIES AND NOVELS
You should be prepared to accurately identify and discuss themes, symbols, motifs, characters, plot, narration style, and background information for the following texts as studied in class. In addition you should be able to identify quotes from the texts listed below based on content, word choice and style.
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Self-Reliance by Ralph Waldo Emerson
Selections from Walden by Henry David Thoreau
Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass by Frederick Douglass
The Turn of the Screw by Henry James (Honors)
The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien
- MLA FORMATTING
You will be asked to format or make corrections to a citation or a Works Cited page.
- READING COMPREHENSION AND ANALYSIS
You will be provided with a non-fiction reading passage. The passage will be related to The Things They Carried. You will need to
- Read the passage
- Answer questions regarding the passage
- Make connections between the article and The Things They Carried
- ESSAY QUESTION
You will be provided with THREE essay questions. You will choose ONE and respond in a three paragraph essay. Honors students will respond in four or more paragraphs.
POSSIBLE ESSAY PROMPTS:
- In The Things They Carried, many of the soldiers’ actions are the result of social pressure: O’Brien’s unwillingness to dodge the draft by fleeing to Canada even though he opposed the war, the dark humor the unit displays in the villages, and the fact that they would kill and die “because they were embarrassed not to” (p. 21). Identify instances where social pressure affects a character or the unit as a whole. Is this pressure positive or is it a negative influence? Support your answers with passages from the text.
- What is the relationship between truth and fact in The Things They Carried? Why are facts important? How much factual information do we need to understand the truth? How might knowing all the factual information about O’Brien’s service in Vietnam hinder us from understanding the book? How does the search for truth enhance the book’s plot? Support your response with passages from the text.
- Discuss the character of Daisy. Is she a noble character, or does she have anything about her character that makes her in any sense honorable? What seems to be her major motivation in life? How does that motivation affect her?
- Magicians are often referred to as “The Great ______________” Considering this aspect of the word “great” how is the title The Great Gatsby an appropriate title? How is Gatsby “great”? Focus on more than Gatsby’s new identity.
- HONORS: Henry James himself, as recorded in Leon Edel’s comprehensive biography,Henry James: A Life, said that The Turn of the Screw was a ghost story— the ghosts were to be taken as real, not imagined. Knowing this information, does it change your interpretation of the novella? If you support Mr. James’ claim that the ghosts are real, support that claim with proof from the text. If you disagree (and you are allowed to disagree) refute that claim with proof from the text.