As you recall, the final exam is divided into two sections.
In the first, you will have a choice of two questions and will write an essay that responds to one of them. In that essay, you will talk about three texts we have read this semester, at least two of which have to be novels.
In the second section (you can work on these sections in whichever order you prefer) you will have to identify five out of eight passages.
Everything we have read is fair game for this exam. The passage identifications will include at least one selection from one of the essays we have read.
Here’s what that question will look like:
PART B (50%):
CHOOSE FIVE OF THE FOLLOWING EIGHT PASSAGES AND IDENTIFY THE FOLLOWING:
• The title and author of the text from which the passage is taken (1 mark)
• The names of the speakers, listeners, or narrator if relevant (1 mark)
• When and where this passage takes place in the book if relevant (1 mark)
• The significance of this passage. Questions you will need to consider in this regard include: What do we learn from this passage? Does this passage affect the overall plot of the text? Which of the major themes in the text are present here? How does this passage tie into other themes or ideas we’ve seen in some of the other novels we’ve looked at in the course? What else do you notice about this passage? (7-9 marks)
ANSWER ONLY IN COMPLETE SENTENCES AND PUT YOUR ANSWER IN PARAGRAPH FORM
REMEMBER: YOU CANNOT FOCUS ON THE SAME WORK TWICE
(brief allusions to a work you have already discussed are fine, particularly in the passage id section when you are trying to connect the passage to other things we’ve read)