Part I: Passage Identification

You will be asked to identify the author (2½ points) and  title (2½ point) of 8 out of 10 passages drawn from material read so far this semester.

All information (first and last names) must be spelled correctly to receive full credit. (40 points)

Part II: Short Essays

You will be asked to respond to a few short questions about 3 of the 8 passages that you’ve identified. Each passage will have questions associated with it. (60 points)

The questions will ask you to closely read and analyze a work of literature, as well as make connections between it and other literature read this semester. Don’t forget to study the big ideas: tabula rasa, scientific method, deism, emigration, and abolition.

In order to answer some of these questions, you’ll need to employ the literary terms that we’ve learned so far this semester:

Poetry Terms: ode, hymn, stanza, alliteration, anaphora, blank verse, the heroic couplet, apostrophe

Terms associated with prose writing: the novel, point-of-view, plot, and the distinctions between the picaresque, the novel of incident, and the novel of character; periodical literature, the essay

General literary terms: parallelism, rhetorical questions, zeugma, metaphor and simile

Over the course of the exam, you’ll want to demonstrate breadth and depth.

In other words, don’t keep writing about the same authors and works. Do not repeat yourself.

You may identify more than 1 passage from the same work but you may not answer two question sets on the same text.

For example, you might identify two passages drawn from Johnson’s The Vanity of Human Wishes but you cannot respond to both sets of questions.

You will need a blue or green book for the second part of the exam.