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The Spring 1999 Mid-Term Exam

Here is a virtual replica of the mid-term exam (minus, of course, the passages to be IDed in Part I; if I were to tell you what they were, I'd be forced to kill you).

EN 209: Novels and Tales.................Mid-Term Examination...............Spring 1999 (Simon)

NAME: __________________ ................................................... DATE: ______________

Part I: PASSAGE IDENTIFICATIONS (20 points; recommended time: 15 minutes)

Choose ten (10) of the fifteen (15) passages that are listed at the end of this exam and identify both the author and title of each. Errors will be penalized for answers in this section (including spelling errors); partial credit will be awarded. Please fill out your answers to Part I below.

PASSAGE NUMBER..................................AUTHOR......................................TITLE
a.
b.
c.
d.
e.
f.
g.
h.
i.
j.

For extra credit, you may try to identify the author and title for the other passages. Errors will not be penalized for answers in this section; credit will be awarded only to exact identifications of author or title. Try for extra credit on Part I only AFTER completing Part II.

PASSAGE NUMBER..................................AUTHOR..................................TITLE
k.
l.
m.
n.
o.

PART II: INTERPRETIVE SKILLS (45 points; recommended time: 35 minutes)

Demonstrate your competence in the following interpretive skills:

A. Do a brief close reading of a passage: write one to three paragraphs or list several observations on its meaning and the means by which that meaning is disclosed.

B. Briefly relate a passage (not necessarily the same one as in A.) to the work from which it comes: write one to three paragraphs or list several observations on how it contributes to the meaning of the larger work.

C. Briefly compare/contrast a passage (not necessarily the same as in A. or B.) to work by a different author: write one to three paragraphs or list several observations on a theme/issue/problem that the passage addresses, noting similarities and differences between the treatment of it in the passage and the same theme/issue/problem's treatment in another work.

Read all your answers over again before handing in your exam. Give yourself time to plan your approach to the exam; time spent planning what you will write in Part II is time well spent. Relax, focus, and enjoy yourself.

PART III: INTERPRETIVE ESSAY (35 points; take-home essay)

Choose one (1) of the following options on which to write a short essay. Your task here is to let me understand your position. It is better to be reasonable (evidenced and persuasive and thoughtful) than "right" (to select an "answer"). You may even discover that your "answer" is your opening sentence and all the rest (the important stuff) is justification/explanation. You may assume I am familiar with the texts, so keep plot summary and other scene-setting devices to an absolute minimum.


If you are dissatisfied with the options on Part III, you may pose and answer a question of your own, provided you justify/explain the significance of the question itself in your essay. You should be aware that choosing this option means taking a significant risk. Your question must be one that requires you to draw together at least two different texts, take a position, and justify it.


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EN 209: Novels and Tales, Fall 1998
Created: 10/14/98, 9:15 pm
Last modified: 3/11/99, 4:53 pm