The below guidelines will help you prepare for your exam. The exam will test your ability to apply the analytical skills we worked on all year.
For example -
- Identify/analyze/discuss symbols and symbolism
- Identify/analyze/discuss theme
- Identify/analyze discuss tone and mood
- Identify examples of imagery/figurative language within a text
- Make connections between texts and real life
- Make connections between informational and literary texts
- Make connections between various texts we read throughout the year
- Select important quotations and use to support analysis of texts
- Correctly utilize MLA format
- Edit and correct sentence errors
Your final exam includes a four paragraph essay. You are required to fully outline your essay and come to the final prepared with your introductory paragraph complete. This introductory paragraph needs to be typed and follow MLA format. Again, you must come to the exam with a typed introduction and full outline. Please have your introduction and outline on separate pieces of paper. You will finish the body paragraphs and conclusion during class. Please see below for your prompt.
Respond to the following prompt. The essay must be 4 paragraphs and include an introduction, two body paragraphs, and a conclusion. You will be graded according to the following guidelines:
- Literature is discussed in the present tense
- Grammar and mechanics
- Clear, concise introduction featuring the thesis statement as the last sentence of the introduction. Underline the thesis statement. Thesis clearly outlines the paper’s argument: contains a textual assertion and the implications of the textual assertion.
- Body paragraphs include clearly stated topic and concluding sentences
- Evidence – Introduce, Integrate, Interpret
- Correct use of and an in-depth discussion of at least four pieces of textual evidence
- Correct analysis of passages and response to the question
- Coherent, organized, formal and persuasive arguments that prove the thesis
- Concluding paragraph restates the thesis and brings the essay to a close
Answer the following question. You may write your essay on one of the following works:
Lord of the Flies
From a novel or play listed above, choose a character (not necessarily the protagonist) whose mind is pulled in conflicting directions by two compelling desires, ambitions, obligations, or influences. Then, in a well-organized essay, identify each of the two conflicting forces and explain how this conflict within one character illuminates the meaning of the work as a whole.
Practice poetry Analysis
Step One: With the poem below, provide one example of a simile, one example of personification, one example of a metaphor, and one example of alliteration. Please circle the example and label on the side.
Step Two: Once you have completed the above step, analyze further. Determine the mood, tone and theme of the poem. Defend your answers with evidence from the text.
Blackberry-Pickingby Seamus Heaney
Late August, given heavy rain and sun
For a full week, the blackberries would ripen.
At first, just one, a glossy purple clot
Among others, red, green, hard as a knot.
You ate that first one and its flesh was sweet
Like thickened wine: summer's blood was in it
Leaving stains upon the tongue and lust for
Picking. Then red ones inked up and that hunger
Sent us out with milk cans, pea tins, jam-pots
Where briars scratched and wet grass bleached our boots.
Round hayfields, cornfields and potato-drills
We trekked and picked until the cans were full
Until the tinkling bottom had been covered
With green ones, and on top big dark blobs burned
Like a plate of eyes. Our hands were peppered
With thorn pricks, our palms sticky as Bluebeard's.
We hoarded the fresh berries in the byre.
But when the bath was filled we found a fur,
A rat-grey fungus, glutting on our cache.
The juice was stinking too. Once off the bush
The fruit fermented, the sweet flesh would turn sour.
I always felt like crying. It wasn't fair
That all the lovely canfuls smelt of rot.
Each year I hoped they'd keep, knew they would not.