Final Exam Study Guide

What should I expect?

Vocabulary

Grammar

Quote identification

Short answer

Reading comprehension

MLA Formatting

Essay

The exam will be CLOSED book, any reading material needed to complete the exam will be provided to you during the exam period.

  1. 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

  1. 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

  1. MLA FORMATTING

You will be asked to format or make corrections to a citation or a Works Cited page.

  1. 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

  1. Read the passage
  2. Answer questions regarding the passage
  3. Make connections between the article and The Things They Carried
  1. 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:

  1. 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.
  1. 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.
  1. 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?
  2. 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.
  1. 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.

Mid Term Study Guide

American Lit

Midterm Study Guide

Ms Gareis

2014-2015

 

 

What should I expect?

 

It will include a matching portion, short answer portion, reading comprehension portion, MLA formatting portion and essay portion.

 

Honors students will have two extra questions in each section as well as be required to write an extra paragraph on the essay.

 

The total possible score for all versions will be 100 pts. There will be one extra credit question (valued at a possible 5 pts).

 

The exam will be CLOSED book, any reading material needed to complete the exam will be provided for you during the exam period.

 

It will cover the following material.

 

Vocabulary

 

Review all of the vocabulary for Catcher and Crucible. Use your powerpoints to guide you.

 

The vocab portion may require you to match, create sentences, write definitions or any combination of these three tasks.

 

Grammar

 

Review the rules associated with comma splices, run-ons and fragments. Know how to identify subordinate and main clauses, subordinate conjunctions and coordinating conjunctions. For review use the Grammar Bytes site http://www.chompchomp.com/exercises.htm

 

The grammar potion may require you to match, correct, list, create sentences, write definitions or any combination of these tasks.

 

MLA Formatting

 

Be familiar with the basics of MLA formatting and style.

 

The MLA formatting portion may require you to match, correct, or create a first page, in text citation, or works cited page or citation for a single author book, webpage, image, or periodical.

 

 

Reading Comprehension

 

You will be provided with a short reading passage and several questions that you will respond to directly and in complete sentences. Grammar, spelling and content will be all be factored into the grading of this portion. The passage will be related to either Catcher in the Rye, The Crucible or Coming of Age.

 

Be prepared to

  1. Read the passage
  2. Answer questions regarding the passage
  3. Formulate a strong and arguable thesis

 

 

The Stories and Novels

 

You should be prepared to accurately identify and discuss protagonist, antagonist, foil, round character, flat character, dynamic character, static character, plot; including conflict, inciting incident, rising action, falling action and resolution, theme, motif, symbol, tone, mood, setting, diction, irony, epiphany, metaphor in the following poems, novel, play and stories:

 

A& P by John Updike, The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Indian Education by Sherman Alexie, Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger, The Crucible by Arthur Miller, Half-Hanged Mary by Margaret Atwood, and the poems of Robert Frost. Links to all short stories can be found on the class blog www.amlitg.wordpress.com

 

You should understand and be able to clearly explain how and why the following stories and novels are examples of coming of age literature.

 

A &P by John Updike, The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Indian Education by Sherman Alexie, Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger, and The Crucible by Arthur Miller

 

You should understand and be able to identify and discuss the connections between:

 

The Crucible and Half-Hanged Mary

 

You should understand and be able to identify and discuss the ways in which the authors lives influenced the authors’ works in the following novels:

 

The Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger and The Crucible by Arthur Miller

 

The story and novel potion may require you to match, write definitions, directly respond to short answer questions or any combination of these tasks.

 

 

 

 

 

Essay Question

 

Possible essay questions:

 

  1. Arthur Miller said, ‘I think works of art change the consciousness of people and their estimates of who they are and what they stand for (” New York Times”, 11/30/96). Can a work of art, such as a play or a film, change anything? Explain your reasoning and give at least two concrete examples to support your claim. One of your examples must relate to The Crucible.

 

  1. Preserving one’s reputation is a prevalent theme in The Crucible. Examine one character in detail who is concerned with their reputation. How does this affect how they act? Is a good name more important than the truth?

 

  1. Salinger weaves a variety of symbols into The Catcher in the Rye, including (but not limited to) the red hunting hat, the ducks in Central Park and Allie’s mitt. Select and analyze one symbol that Salinger uses in the book. Explain how Salinger develops this object as a symbol throughout the story. Discuss the symbol’s meaning and significance and explore its contributions to the overall message of the novel.

 

  1. How does Holden’s language (his diction, syntax, mannerisms, way of organizing his thoughts, etc.) reinforce the novel’s themes?