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Donna M. Campbell English 210

Exam 2 Study Guide

Exam 2 Study Guide

Date: Tuesday, December 10, 8-10 a.m.

Place: Thompson 105 (our usual classroom)

Note: This page is intended as a guide, but it may not cover everything. Material not listed here might appear on the exam. The notes you took in class should be your best guide. Check the American Author pages at for other resources. You will not be able to use your book or notes on this exam.

I. Format.  Exam 2 will consist of three to four parts:

  • one section of multiple-choice questions;
  • one or two sections of identification questions, term matching, or a short passage for close reading;
  • and one essay question from a choice of two or three questions.

It will be planned to last the normal class time (75 minutes), although you can have the full 2 hours to complete it.

II. Works Covered (You should know title, author, main characters, and the significance of scenes and events)

  • Fitzgerald, “Winter Dreams” and “The Ice Palace” (917-936)
  • Millay, poems (710-714)
  • Parker, poems; “You Were Perfectly Fine “; “New York to Detroit”
  • O’Connor, “A Good Man is Hard to Find” (1301-1314)
  • Frost,  “Fire and Ice,” “Design,” “Desert Places,” “The Gift Outright” (592-593)
  • Stevens, “The Snow Man” (613-614)
  • Walker, “Everyday Use” (1450-1456)
  • Cisneros, “Mericans” (1492-1496)
  • McKay, poems (704-708 “If We Must Die,” “America,” “Outcast”)
  • Hughes, “The Negro Speaks of Rivers,” “I, too,” “The Weary Blues” (752)
  • Wharton, “The Other Two” (281-295)
  • Alexie, “What You Pawn I Will Redeem”(1502-1520)
  • Espada, “Bully” and “Alabanza”(1499-1500)
  • Harjo, “New Orleans” (1483-1485)
  • The Twilight Zone and Hamilton (general concepts)

III. Terms and Concepts

  • Literary terms (you can find the full lists of poetry and fiction terms by clicking on the Assignments link above)
    • sonnet
    • caesura
    • alliteration
    • anaphora
    • double rhyme (feminine rhyme)
  • Harlem Renaissance
  • Modernism
  • General information about There There and Educated as presented in class
  • Other material from lectures and discussions, including student presentations

IV. Potential Essay Questions.

1. Essay questions may ask you

  • To compare and contrast
    • A specific aspect or character of the two works
    • Two characters from different stories.
    • Themes or ideas in the works
    • Technique or style
  • To analyze a passage through close reading as it relates to the work as a whole
  • To address a larger theme or idea as it relates to the work
  • To analyze a particular pattern of imagery or symbolism in a work
  • To respond to a critic’s statement about the work
  • Your class notes and the discussion questions will be your best guides to potential essay questions.

2. In what ways do authors such as Harjo, Alexie, Walker, and Espada explore the idea of the theft of their heritage and their attempts to recover it? Choosing any two authors, write a thesis and develop an essay that addresses this question.

3. Compare the views of nature in poems by Stevens and Frost.

4. How have the roles of women (or the dynamics of courtship) changed?

5. In what ways do any two authors use the idea of the American dream, and how do they symbolize it within their works?

6. How has the role of women in courtship changed?