Final Exam Study Guide
1. The final is Wednesday December 12, from 1-4:00 p.m. in MLC 2 (basement computer lab). Plan to arrive ahead of time and to spend the full three hours on the exam (you likely will not need three hours, but it's a good idea to block out the full time just in case). Bring pens or pencils and all books we have read so far this semester. 2. I design the final exam to test what I expect you to know at the depth I expect you to know it; I am not looking to trip you up with obscure quotations or highly technical terminology. If you have kept up with the reading, participated in class, worked hard on in-class and out-of-class writing, and asked questions when you were confused, you should be well-prepared, and your studying will consist of reviewing material, not learning it. 3. You are responsible for knowing/understanding the literary devices on the Final Exam Terms to Know List and for knowing ALL texts we have read this semester (see below). You should know the TITLES and AUTHORS of all these texts, including short story titles 4. You will not be able to use any books for Parts I, II, and III. You may use your books on Parts IV and V. Since you can use your books for IV-V, you will have to complete and turn in I-III before you can continue. You may spend as long as you want on each section, but keep in mind my suggested times so that you spend enough time on each section and also have enough time to finish the whole exam. 5. Restrictions: For Part IV, you cannot use the same text as an example for more than one answer. For Part V, you may NOT write about the text on which you wrote Essay #1 OR #2. 6. Grammar/Mechanics/Documentation:
• Remember that literary analysis is written in the present tense. • Grammar and spelling errors will detrimentally affect your midterm grade. • In the sections where you can use your books, you should use textual evidence correctly by introducing it with a signal phrase, using quotation marks where you use the author’s exact language, and by using correct parenthetical citations as needed for summary or direct quotations. 7. Leave time at the beginning to PLAN your answers. Leave time at the end to CHECK OVER your work. 8. Where you have choice on the exam, I will grade the first answers I come to, so you do NOT improve your grade and are wasting time by answering more than the number of questions required. If you start an answer but decide you do not want me to grade it, just put a big X through it.). 9. Because I have not yet created the final version of the final exam, the guide gives you an estimated number of questions and point values.
THE FINAL EXAM WILL CONSIST OF THE FOLLOWING SECTIONS:
PART I: Identification [15 points, 25 minutes]. These questions test your knowledge of all the texts we read. You will answer 3-4 of the 5-6 questions given. Each question will give you a quotation from one of our texts. You will need to identify the author, title [novel or story] of the text, character(s) speaking or described or situation described, and significance to the text in 1-2 brief complete sentences. Note: I will use XX, YY, etc. to replace any names of characters, etc. that would allow you to identify the passage.
Example question: With every ounce of strength he could muster, XX raised his head a few inches and saw an animal amid the light, galloping away across the lake. … Eyes burning with sweat, XX tried to make out what it was. … It was bright as a unicorn. … Fighting to stay conscious, XX watched it canter to a halt as it reached the opposite shore. For a moment, XX saw, by its brightness, somebody welcoming it back … raising his hand to pat it … someone who looked strangely familiar … but it couldn’t be …. [Identify the character being described (the “he”).]
Example answer: This passage is toward the end of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban and...