Monday, July 20, 2009

The Literature Exam

Believe it or not, I am now giving my first long exam on Literature. And yes, it's a take-home exam. Too easy? Too tough? Let me know. See the questions below:

  1. Reconstruct the events related in "A Rose for Emily" in chronological order. Why do you think the was the story written out of order? Would it enhance or diminish the story if it was written in chronological order? Why?

  2. How is setting used to reflect the mood in "Hills Like White Elephants", "Misery", "The Lady with the Pet Dog", and "A Rose for Emily?" Quote examples from the text and explain how they enhance characterization.

  3. Briefly describe the strengths and weaknesses of Jigs, Anna Sergeyevna, Mathilde, and Emily. As women, are they portrayed favorably or unfavorably? Support your answers by quoting relevant passages from the text.

  4. What are the respective themes of "The Killers", "Misery", "The Lady with the Pet Dog", "The Necklace", and "A Rose for Emily?" Are what the authors are trying to say still valid now as when they were written back then? Why or why not? (Refer to the handout "The Elements of Fiction" on the subject of Themes.)