Study Guide for American Literature Final Exam
- each student will be allowed to bring notes to help with your exam.
-exam will focus on what we discussed in class, should understand basic importance of the author and the work. Also have a good understanding of the basic idea in the essay or what happens in the story. Be familiar with some famous quotes as well.
Anne Bradstreet and Puritans, “Prologue to The Tenth Muse” American Enlightenment
Benjamin Franklin and his 13 Virtues
Be familiar with the basic ideas in Nature and The American Scholar by Emerson Walden by Thoreau
Romanticism and Dark-Romanticism
Hawthorne and The Minister’s Black Veil
Edgar Allen Poe’s The Raven and Masque of the Red Death
Herman Mellville’s Moby Dick.
Walt Whitman, Song of Myself. O Captain! My Captain!.
Mark Twain, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Henry James, Daisy Miller
Kate Chopin, The Story of an Hour
Robert Frost and his poems.
Ernst Hemingway, Pulitzer Prizes, Noble Prize, and The Killers Minimalism
Ezra Pound, In A Station of the Metro
Essay questions – On test day, you will be asked two essay questions. They will be picked at random from the four questions below. So be prepared to answer all of them because, you will not know which one you will have to answer.
1. Discuss how Robert Frost uses Nature in his poetry. Give at least 3 examples and be specific.
2. What are the foundations, important concepts, of Realism and who are 2 authors that represent this literary movement and why?
3. What are the foundations, important concepts, of Modernism and who are 2 authors that represent this literary movement and why?