basic principles: The exam is a chance to develop an original response to questions about the readings, and to demonstrate your writing skills. The strongest responses use details to organize, develop and illustrate their ideas with compelling clarity.
The exam will use the course essential questions: How do we [e.g., literary characters–as representative of ourselves] handle struggle–external and internal? Where do we see demons, or monsters, and what makes them so? What influences our responses to these demons and struggles?
format: one paragraph (poem on Frankenstein-related theme) and one essay (comparing Beowulf and Frankenstein), submitted to TURNITIN
content: poetic terms (e.g., metaphor, imagery, sound), Beowulf, Frankenstein
special instructions: bring your own copies of Beowulf and Frankenstein to exam, since essay requires quotations form these texts
review exercises: done primarily in teams; recommended–keep a file called “exam notes”
Monday: reply email to Mr. Brown, solving paradox found on pages 170 & 174 (specifics TBA)
HW: list as many as possible of the specific poetic tools we studied earlier in the semester; bring “Intro to Poetry” to Tuesday’s class
Tues: review “exam principles and review exercises;” finish Paradise Lost exercise started Friday; share lists of poetic tools and find examples in lines from Paradise Lost
HW: find passages in Beowulf that connect to course essential questions
Wed/Thurs: poetry section of Dec. 2012 exam; Beowulf/Frankenstein parallels
Fri: write practice paragraph on poetry topic (w/ Keats poem), topic TBA