So far, the exam looks like this:
poetry section (20%)
Know the poetry terms in your poetry folder’s table of contents, from both semesters. Be ready to (1) identify a term in a given poem (2) explain how the device contributes to the overall poem or (3) create an example of a term in an original poem or short set of lines.
11-part-paragraph response on The Samurai’s Garden (30%)
Choose one of the available questions to be answered in a single paragraph. Questions will be derived from some of the critical thinking skills named and illustrated across the front of Groesbeck 410.
essay section addressing The Kite Runner and Macbeth (50%)
In a multi-paragraph essay, clearly state and develop a response to one of several possible questions. Each question concerns some area of overlap between these two works. For example, one work is a play written for the stage, while the other is novel meant to be experienced by individual readers? How does this affect the two works’ treatment of a similar element–for example, the theme of conscience, or fate; or the development of similar character traits; or the effect of setting on the characters?
Bring no books to the exam. Just your laptop. A quote bank will be provided, based on collection from past years.
How do I prepare? Based on the above description, practice generating possible questions and responses. Do this on your own, or with a classmate. If you do this with a classmate, make possible questions then switch and respond and assess each other’s responses.
I will host a review session in the classroom from 1-2pm on Mon May 21, the day before our exam.
Between now and then, as always, if you have a question, ask.
If the exam starts looking significantly different from this description, I will notify you with a follow-up blog post.