Part I (40 points total)

This section of the exam covers material read and discussed since November 5th, beginning with selections from Victorian literature. It will have the same format as your semester examinations.

  1. Identify the author and title of 5 (out of 8) passages. You must provide first and last name of the author. (10 points)
  2. After you note author and title, you will be asked to respond to a few short questions about 3 of the passages that you’ve identified  (30 points).

Part II (20 points total)

 In this section of the exam you will be given three sets of passages from two different literary periods.

  1. Choose one set of passages (out of three)
  2. Identify each passage by author, title, and era (6 points)
  3. Respond to some writing prompts in regards to the identified passages. (14 points)


Part III (40 points total)

 In this section of the exam, you will be responsible for responding to 8 out of 12 prompts, inclusive of literary terms and “big issues”. When responding to a literary term, you must fully define it, provide 2 examples (from two different periods), and briefly discuss how the example fulfills the term’s requirements. When responding to a “big idea” (i.e. emigration, industrialization, the Romantic Imagination, etc.), you must briefly summarize the main issues associate with the idea and note the ways in which 2 works contribute to the conversation surrounding that idea. You may draw upon excerpted passages on the exam for specific examples, IF YOU DO NOT WRITE ABOUT THEM IN AN ESSAY IN PARTS I and II. DO NOT REPEAT MATERIAL COVERED EARLIER ON THE EXAM.

List of literary terms and “big issues” covered on the exam [this list may be updated prior to the exam reflecting what we are able to cover during the last three class]

Lyric poetry (sonnet; personal lyric; dramatic lyric; ode; dramatic monologue)

Other poetic forms (heroic couplets; the narrative poem; the ballad; the “lyrical ballad”)

Verse terms (blank verse, free  verse, and Iambic pentameter; parallelism; anaphora; apostrophe);

Sound Devices (alliteration, assonance, and consonance)

 Metaphor and Simile

Narrative voice (1st person and  3rd person)

Bildungsroman, Novel of Incident, Novel of Character

Nested Narration, Omniscent Narration

The Literary Essay

“Big Issues”

Representations of Faith and Skepticism; Emigration; Urban and Rural Poverty; England and Global Trade; Ideas about the Imagination and the Role of Literature across all three literary periods; Abolition; Representations of Science and Industrialization; Post-Colonial Writing

Please bring an exam booklet for Parts II and III