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Eng 110 - English Literature and Its Contexts
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ENG 110 Midterm Guide The exam is worth 250 points EXAM Tuesday 10 10 This exam may cover all texts on the syllabus up to and including The Faerie Queene This includes not only literary texts but also the assigned historical and cultural readings in the Norton Anthology The exam will also cover material discussed in class as well as on PowerPoints 1 You should know the historical time periods their dates and be able to place texts in their historical period and sub period Middle Ages Anglo Saxon Middle English and Sixteenth Century You should memorize these authors and titles Spelling counts Middle Ages Anglo Saxon Unknown The Dream of the Rood Unknown Beowulf Middle English Julian of Norwich A Book of Showings Margery Kempe The Book of Margery Kempe Sixteenth Century Elizabeth I The Golden Speech Edmund Spenser s The Faerie Queene 2 You should be able to define and explain all of the terms from class lectures These terms are especially important Middle Ages Medieval Anglo Saxon Paganism Old English Personification Syncretism Alliterative Verse Heroic Code Weregild vir dolorum Affective Piety Anchorite Anchoress Christocentric Eroticism Homely Protestant Reformation Indulgences Elizabeth I Divine Right of Kings Vernacular Spanish Armada Spenserian Stanza Allegory Epic Epic simile Fall of Mankind Harrowing of Hell The exam will consist of two parts 1 Matching 10 items x 5 points each total 50 points In this section you will match terms with their definitions and or examples There will be more definitions examples than terms 2 Passage identification and explication 4 items at 50 points each total 200 points I will provide six passages on the exam You will need to select four of the six and identify the author and the title of the work spelling counts Then you will explain in 4 5 sentences how the passage exemplifies key issues discussed in class relating to a theme in the work and or historical event Make sure that you offer a close reading of the words in the passage Connecting the passage to thematically similar elements from elsewhere in the source text is required Aim for depth sophistication and complexity in your answers Do not settle for the simplest and most surface level answer Dig deeply into the language and draw intricate connections between the passage and themes in the work Author Title Now I know in part but then I shall know as also I am known And now there remain faith hope charity these three but the greater of these is charity On the Exam I will provide this answer outline to help you compose your explications 1 The answer above starts by providing the context for the quote You might explain where and when these lines appear in a story or book Who speaks the lines and why 2 The answer in the second sentence further explains the meaning of the quote and refers to certain words in the passage This answer should demonstrate that you understand the quote on the literal level 3 The answer in the third and fourth sentences further explicates the passage proving that the student understands a deeper meaning in the lines and its cultural context The student should explore a key term or idea in the passage that links to other themes in the text The student should also connect the passage to a historical or cultural phenomenon in the period This means that students should know the historical context of each work as well as its author and title


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