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EN209 Midterm Study Guide

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EN209 Midterm Study Guide EN 209

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Study guide for EN209 midterm
American Literature
Heather Wyatt
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english, midterm, 209
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This 6 page Study Guide was uploaded by Jess Snider on Sunday February 21, 2016. The Study Guide belongs to EN 209 at University of Alabama - Tuscaloosa taught by Heather Wyatt in Spring 2016. Since its upload, it has received 145 views. For similar materials see American Literature in Foreign Language at University of Alabama - Tuscaloosa.


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Date Created: 02/21/16
Midterm Review Material to study for the midterm: The Iroquois Creation Story (21-25)  Named Iroquois by the French  known as people of the Longhouse (based on dwellings)  Written by David CusickNative person  Woman falls from upper world to the dark world where monsters collect enough earth to make a seat o Gives birth to twinsgood mind & bad mind o Create creationretire from earth  Good mind creates the earth by deceiving the bad mind Bradstreet: The Prologue (208-209), Contemplations(215-222), The Author to Her Book (225), Before the Birth of One of Her Children (225-226), To My Dear and Loving Husband (226), As Weary Pilgrim (233-234)  The Prologue: speaking as a woman who is stepping out & writing which was a feat in itself to begin with o Claims the topics of war, kings, and cities are too superior for her o Written in perfect iambic pentameter o Rhyme scheme o Says she’s not good enough to be called a poet or talk about important thingsrefined poetry o Belittles her own poetry o Key line  Nature made it so irreparable  Issue with writing because she was born a woman Contemplations o Reflection of the miracle that is nature and spiritually which are also the main themes o Alliteration o First 6 lines are iambic pentameter o Faith is important to her and sees god through her surroundings  The Author to Her Book o Addressing herself (author)  Apostrophe: when you address someone or something in literature o Poem is in iambic pentameter o Heroic couplets: rhyming pairs of verse o Questioning her writing  Believes her writing is poor Before the Birth of One of Her Children o Heroic couplets and iambic pentameter o Themes  Love  Motherhood  Divinity  Life is uncertain and short  To My Dear and Loving husband o Alliteration , iambic pentameter and rhyming couplet o Theme  Love and marriage  Intertwine this love with themes of death/eternity and God  Thinking of afterlife  Hopes husband is rewarded for loving her so much  A Weary Pilgrim o Rhyming couplets o outlines the incredibly rough nature of what it was like to be a Puritan/Pilgrim o reflection and then again, it shifts into a poem about God o She longs for the day her body is at rest and her soul is reunited with God forever Edwards: Reading Due: Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God (430-441)  A sermon delivered in Enfield, Connecticut in 1741  Sermon was read in a level voice with sermon boon in left hand  Application part of the sermons witches from 3 person to 2 nd person o Directly addressing congregation  Repetition= primary literary device o Repeats same notion over and over to get message across  Use of vivid imagery as scare tactics o For those that do not repent Wheatley: On Being Brought from Africa to America (764), To the University of Cambridge, in New England (766), On the Death of the Rev. Mr. George Whitefield, 1770 (767-768)  On Being Brought from Africa to America o Written in iambic pentameter & rhyming couplets o Wheatley believes that mercy brought her to America  To learn about Christ  Emphasizes that Africans can be Christian o Claims her soul was benighted  Overcome with darkness no light of god in her soul o Didn’t know she needed redemption while in Africa o She believes people look at her scornfully because of her color o Everyone can be save even those black as Cain o Theme: religion & race and coexisting To the University of Cambridge, in New England o Theme: Race & religion with science added in  Wants students to know god o Tone of being a sermon o Implies that enslaving humans is a sin On the Death of the Rev. Mr. George Whitfield o Elegy: written as a response to the death of someone; written in couplets o Dedicated to Whitfield to uplift him and promote his message o Speaking of the impact that Whitfield had on America  Wanted America to be at its best  At its best means no slavery and the right to Christ Taylor: Meditation 8 (292-293), Upon a Wasp Chilled with Cold (304-305), Huswifery (305-306)  Meditation 8 o Speaking in metaphor o Meditation on god  The glory of god god as the bread of life  If sinners could eat his bread (Heaven’s sugar cake), they can have eternal life Upon a Wasp Chilled with Cold o Wasp is a metaphor of how he should live his life and how he should praise God o Realizing the wonder in the most insignificant things as a glorification of god Huswifery o Spinning wheel used as a metaphor for God o Process with the spinning of the yarn and the tools, etc. and ends the poem completing the metaphor by saying he has now spun holy robes to glorify god Franklin: The Autobiography (parts 1, 2 and 3, beginning on page 519, ending on page 596)  His father had 17 children  Removed meat from his diet at 16  Ben Franklin and his brother hated each other o Franklin talking about Quaker policies  Doesn’t see eye to eye  Suggest they have one document to clarify beliefs o Invents a type of stove in1744 o Wants to develop a schooltrouble taking of o War beginning to develop French & Indian War o Wrote Plain Truth, encourages the colonies to have a way to defend themselves, convinces governor to provide them with 18 cannons o Receives money to start his school o He’s creating a treaty that involved working with Native Americans  Withheld rum from them until after the treaty  Native Americans got drunk on rum  Franklin refers to them as savages o Trying to build a hospital Franklin’s on board  Build a churchFranklin refuses o Desire to keep streets clean and paved  Street sweeper o Receives honorary degrees from Harvard and Yale  Postmaster general with William Hunter o French and Indian War begins o Writes an advertisement for wagons to carry supplies o Terrible battle, General Braddock dies in battle  Gov. puts Franklin in charge of Army son William is helping  Has the soldiers and farmers build a fort o Franklin no longer in charge of armydiscovers Moravian religion on way home  Communal and have sermons for diferent groups of people, have a lot of music and arrange marriages o Becomes a colonel via elections o Shifts focus back to scientific experiments  Meets Dr.Archibald Spenser and Peter Collinson  Inspires him to experiment with electricity  Publishes a pamphlet about theories on electricity o Lightning from the sky experiment o Asked to become a member of the royal society o Travels back and forth to London  Rough travellighthouse idea Themes o Religion o Money/Frugality o America/Country/Ambition/Education Rowlandson: A Narrative of the Captivity and Restoration (257-288)  Themes o Relationship between colonist and Native Americans o Savages  clearly feels like she is above this life but shows great appreciation for the life that she lives after her captivity and she realizes how fortunate she is to have the amenities she has  Rowlandson lives and makes it back to her husband  Rowlandson’s faith and hope in God at the center of the story o Faith is shaken a few times o Relies heavily on god  Shows the dedication Puritans had to god  Some natives were converted to Christianity some faking it  Sees the pros and cons to nature


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