Monday, May 5, 2014


Exam: Tuesday, May 27th: 1:15 – 3:15 p.m. (Extended Time: 1:15-4:15 p.m.)

Intro Lit F
Classroom 215
Intro Lit Z
Classroom 217

I. What texts will be on the exam?

1. Macbeth

2. The House on Mango Street 

3. Kennedy anthology (Introduction to Poetry): 
  1. Rich, "Aunt Jennifer's Tigers"
  2. Browning, "My Last Duchess"
  3. Roethke, "My Papa's Waltz"
  4. Sexton, "Her Kind"
  5. Olds, "Rite of Passage"
  6. Williams, "This Is Just to Say"
  7. Eliot, "The Winter Evening Settles Down"
  8. Tennyson, "The Eagle"
  9. Shakespeare, "Shall I Compare Thee..."
  10. Bottoms, "Sign for My Father, Who Stressed the Bunt" (Handout/Online—this is not in the book)
  11. Plath, “Metaphors”
  12. Lawrence, “Piano”
Note: There will be several “unseen” poems on the exam in addition to those listed above.

There will be no vocabulary or grammar on the exam!

II. What will the exam be like?

a. Multiple choice questions on poetry
-- we give you the passage and ask you to identify a literary term or interpret the significance.
b. Passages from Macbeth
-- you will be given a passage (it may or may not be one we’ve studied in class) and you’ll be asked to discuss the context and the significance of the passage.

c. Essay on the class flex text (The House on Mango Street)
-- you will write a multi-paragraph thesis / support essay in answer to a general question.  You will supply textual evidence in the form of supporting examples without the help of the text in front of you.

III. Strategies:

  • Make a list of all literary terms and study them carefully.
  • Identify themes in the texts and find specific examples from the plot that show theme development.
  • Think about character. Identify protagonists and antagonists, and take note of any internal conflicts.
  • Consider setting and its importance.
  • Take note of any significant figurative language such as images, symbols, metaphors, etc.
  • Take note of any important biographical, historical, or cultural information.
  • Review significant passages in the texts. For the poetry, you should review all poems at least briefly and study those that cause you difficulty. 
  • Pose possible essay questions for yourself and try writing a practice, timed essay.
  • Review writing rubrics and grammar and writing lessons we did this semester.

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