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ENG 332: Study guide for Mid-term

by: Suzanna Fleming

ENG 332: Study guide for Mid-term ENG 332

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Mid-term study guide for American Literature, 1860-1920 describing the format of the test along with short essay examples
American Literature (1860-1910)
Dr. Mark Van Wienen
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americanliterature, Romantic, Realism, midterm
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This 2 page Study Guide was uploaded by Suzanna Fleming on Monday October 10, 2016. The Study Guide belongs to ENG 332 at Northern Illinois University taught by Dr. Mark Van Wienen in Fall 2016. Since its upload, it has received 2 views. For similar materials see American Literature (1860-1910) in ENGLISH (ENG) at Northern Illinois University.


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Date Created: 10/10/16
STUDYING FOR THE MIDTERM: AMERICAN LITERATURE (1860­1920) I. Quote Identification and Discussion In the first section of the midterm exam, you will be given several (4­5) quotations taken from  works that we have read and discussed. For each quote you will be asked:  1) To identify the author and work where it appears. 2) To describe its context in the literary work: who’s doing what in the scene the quote  comes from? What comes just before, what just after, the quote? 3) To analyze the significance of the quotation for an understanding of the literary work it  comes from.  As I have mentioned once or twice in class, these quotations will be chosen only from among  those we have specifically looked at and discussed in class. You should memorize the author’s  full names and the title of each of the works we have read and discussed. To study for this section of the exam, you should look closely at the passages you know we  looked at in class and practice how you would respond to items 2 and 3, above. Your response  will be evaluated according to the accuracy of your identification, the specificity with which you  describe the immediate context, and the clarity and persuasiveness of your analysis.  II. Short Essay The exam’s second section will ask you to respond to several (2­4) focused essay questions  involving one, two, or three of the texts we have read and discussed, and demanding a short  essay (2­4 paragraphs) in response. The questions asked will either be drawn directly from our  class discussions or will follow closely questions and issues raised in class. Here are two  examples: —Discuss, with examples from the text, how 19  century “separate spheres” gender  ideologies are evident in the poetry of Sarah Morgan Bryan Piatt; include at least two poems in  this discussion. Then evaluate the extent to which the poetry ultimately challenges these  dichotomies.  —Compare and contrast how Gertrude Bonnin’s (Zitkala­Sa’s) School Days of an Indian Girl and Maria Amparo Ruiz de Burton’s The Squatter and the Don attempt to leverage power  for the minority groups to which their authors belong. What gains in achieving such power are  evident in these narratives? What are the risk of the authors’ power­plays? Your best strategies for studying for the short essays will be studying your notes, discerning  possible questions from them, and practicing responses. Your answers will be evaluated  according to these criteria: clarity, insight, and accuracy of your arguments, the specificity and  adequacy of your supporting evidence, and the persuasiveness of your analysis linking evidence  to arguments.  Bring with you to the exam: your favorite couple of pens, one or two blue books. 


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