Journals You can pick up your journals in our classroom anytime after noon Monday, May 23. Inside the journals, you will find a rubric indicating the source of your score.
Review An exam review session is scheduled for Wednesday–from 1-2 pm. Typically, students attending reviews fall into one of these categories: talkers, listeners, and hybrids. I will bring exercises for the group, in case circumstances warrant using some of these. Primary attention will go to the two plays, since we did not address them in this past review week’s classes.
Exam The exam is scheduled for Thursday morning, May 26. Extended time students start at 9am, and others start at 10. You can bring your journals to the exam, in case you want to consult them. Otherwise, during the exam, you are expected to access no other texts or notes, paper or digital. Be sure to bring your laptop, since you will submit the entire exam as one document to TURNITIN. Also, bring a book to read, in case you finish early and want to read. Once you return your paper copy of the exam, you will have to close your laptop.
Included below are excerpts from this semester’s exam. Ideally, they let you make the most of your exam time. Notice especially the instruction to write your exam on the “prescribed template.”
Exam / English 10H (Brown) / May 2016
Write the entire exam on the prescribed template that contains the revised pledge in header and the blank acknowledgment statement in footer. If necessary, complete your acknowledgment statement by filling in both of its blanks. When finished writing the exam, submit it to TURNITIN (“May exam”).
Once you have finished, signal the proctor, hand in your exam sheets, and STORE YOUR LAPTOP BELOW YOUR SEAT. IF YOU FINISH BEFORE NOON, YOU MAY READ A BOOK YOU BROUGHT. OTHERWISE, SIMPLY SIT QUIETLY, UNTIL THE TEST PERIOD HAS ENDED.
Part 1: Poetry (short answers) 30%
This section tests how fully you understand basic poetic terms, and how well you apply them with original thought. Respond with complete sentences, and explain your answers well enough to demonstrate your understanding of the terms. Since you are writing your answers on a document that does not contain the questions, be sure to clearly label your answers. Each numbered question refers to the Macbeth passage above it.
Terms studied this year: speaker, metaphor, line-endings, tanka, imagery, turn, syllables, ode, ghazal, qafia, radif, rhyme–exact, near, end, couplet, run-on line, end-stopped line, alliteration, symbol, meter, quatrain, sonnet, concrete imagery, allusion, trochaic tetrameter, structure, jueju, mood
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Part 2: Samurai’s Garden (paragraph) 30%
This section tests how well you understand the development of a particular character in a novel. It also examines how effectively you express that understanding. Effective expression involves not only clear sentences, but also meaningful, purposeful organization of compelling examples.
To compose your paragraph, use the 11-part structure attached at the end of this exam. Some parts of your paragraph may need more than a single sentence. Do not feel obligated to make the paragraph exactly eleven sentences. Instead, develop the paragraph’s ideas effectively.
You may use your journal for this question. Feel free to take ideas or quoted passages from there while writing your response.
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Part 3: Plays (essay) 40%
This section tests how effectively you handle a question you have not seen before. In other words, it tests your knowledge of the material, originality of interpretation, and basic skills of written expression.
To illustrate your statements in this essay, use references that are as specific as possible—for example, specific references to details of character and plot. In other words, you do not need direct quotations, unless you have memorized some. For the purposes of this exam, it is possible to write a successful essay without any direct quotations.
Compose an essay that responds to ONE of the questions below. In the introductory paragraph, clearly state the main idea (thesis) of your response. Use three body paragraphs to develop three related ideas that support your main idea. End the essay with a concluding paragraph, according to the particular question’s instructions.