First Semester Final

While the list of all we’ve covered this semester is extensive, not everything will be on the semester final. Remember: The final is open note/notebook, so it’s to your advantage to have your notes organized.

The following information should help you prepare for the final:

  • WHAT TO BRING –
    • Lined paper
    • Pencil or pen
    • Your notes/notebook
    • Your copy of “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian”
  • STRUCTURE
    • The primary text you’ll use for the  final will be “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian”
    • It’s possible that there will be a couple of other short, relatively easy-to-read text(s) provided on the exam
    • You’ll be asked to analyze the text(s) by applying your knowledge of literary devices we’ve studied
    • Parts – There will be the following parts to thefinal:
      • Basic Literary Terms Understanding – probably some matching, multiple-choice or fill-in-the-blank questions
      • Short Response – questions that will require you to apply your analysis of how an literary device was employed in the novel. Be prepared to cite evidence from the novel. One to two paragraphs.
      • Short Essay – a question that will give you an opportunity to think in broader terms about the novel and your understanding of the text. You’ll have several prompts from which to choose. Three to five paragraphs following the INTRO/BODY/CONCLUSION format.
  • ELIGIBLE TERMS –
    • Please see the list on the white board in room 110 and online HERE
  • QUESTION SAMPLE –
    • Here are some sample questions:
      • SAMPLE No. 1: Identify one (or more) example(s) of IRONY in (the sample text). What type of IRONY is it and how do you know? What effect does the IRONY have on (the text)? What does it add? Why did the author include it?
      • SAMPLE No. 2: Recall the short story “Harrison Bergeron” by Kurt Vonnegut and its companion film “2081.” Write a short response (≈ 2 ¶s) in which you clearly identify the mood and tone of the story, providing evidence from the text or the film to support your claims.
      • SAMPLE No. 3: (A question modified from the study questions at the end of the novel) When Rowdy and Junior play on-on-one at the end of the book – and they don’t keep score – how is their friendship solidified by their deep understanding of who they are and what they come from? Is there something in our study of motivation that can help defend your answer?
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