2. Define the "American dream" and give an example from a novel you've read.
3. Who wrote Lord of the Flies? Briefly describe the setting and theme.
4. What do the protagonists in The Scarlet Letter and Fahrenheit 451 have in common?
5. What is the nature of the conflict in To Kill a Mockingbird?
6. Who wrote 1984? What is the protagonist's greatest fear?
7. Name two plays by Arthur Miller. Give a one-sentence description of each.
8. Where does a symbol of God appear in The Great Gatsby?
9. Who is the narrator of Mary Shelley's epistolary novel Frankenstein? What is the basic conflict in this story?
10. Name a nature writer from the school of American Romanticism.
11. What new kind of story is Jo trying to write to win a contest in Louisa May Alcott's Little Women, and what kind of story had she been writing before?
12. Who wrote the novel Jane Eyre? The novel uses the motifs of an old manor, a Byronic hero, the madwoman in the attic, and "the vampire." What is the name for these kinds of motifs?
13. What was the name of the periodical that Charles Dickens published Great Expectations in from 1860 to 1861 in serial form?
14. In which chapters do you find the two famous death scenes in Uncle Tom's Cabin? Who dies in each scene?
15. In his memoir Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, Douglass identifies what enabled him to free himself and work to free other slaves. What is it?
16. What year was Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice first published? What year was it first published under her name instead of "Anonymous"?
17. What is the devastating natural disaster in Zora Neale Hurston's novel Their Eyes Were Watching God?
18. Who is the one man Buck will not steal from in Jack London's Call of the Wild? Why won't he steal from him?
19. How many chairs did Henry David Thoreau have in his house on Walden Pond and what was each one for?... [continues]
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