General Instructions: Please read the question carefully. Your answers should be typed in 12pt, Times New Roman font, with minimum 1-inch margins. You may write single or double spaced, but please pay attention to the word count and stay within the suggested requirements. Avoid overwriting. The completed exam should not exceed sixteen (16) pages double-spaced or eight (8) pages single-spaced. You should not spend more than six hours completing this exam. Most will complete the exam reasonably in about three hours. You may wish to spread your writing of the exam over a few days, perhaps working on 2-3 quotations a day for one hour. Given that the exam requires you to use a computer, sentence structure, spelling and all other rules of proper formal writing apply. That said, you are under time constraints so there will be some leniency regarding academic style. Be sure to leave time for a solid proofreading of the entire exam.
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Instructions: Below are quotations from the texts we studied in the course. For each quotation, identify and explain the significance of the quotation as it is related to any of the topics and/or concepts we have discussed in the course. You may refer to events or formal elements that occur outside the quote, but your answers should directly address the quote, and the particularities evident in the quote.
You will not receive marks for assessing the quote, identifying plot elements within it, or historical contexts. For example, you should avoid telling me the author, or the title of the novel from which the quote is taken, or a judgement of authorial intent, or a judgement of writing skills (like, “the quote is well-written”), or any historical context (like, “Sherlock Holmes is a well-known detective”). If you think it is necessary, you may speak to the quote’s relevance to the plot, story, or otherwise as it relates to the text as a whole, but this alone will not be enough to satisfy the minimum requirements. Focus on elements of interpretation and reflection; assume your reader has read the text and is familiar with its major themes.
What I am Looking For: I am looking to see how you apply the quote—looking to see how you “use” the quote to help illustrate some topic or idea or concept about representation. I am also looking to see how you “address” the quote—what you focus on, how you understand its impact (on the story, or on a concept, or on representation). I am looking to see whether you can use the quote to reflect your learning in the course.
When assessing your response, I might ask: “does this response show the student applying the quote to reflect on issues with (or the impact of) description?” Or, I might ask: “does this response show the student applying the quote to reflect on issues with (or the impact of) race?” Or, I might ask: “does this response show the student applying the quote to reflect on issues with (or the impact of) expectations?” Or… In short: how does your response to the quotation show that you have a grasp of the course content we have covered?
Hint: The quotations are not designed to trick you; each has relevance to, or is related to, one or more of the topics and central concepts we have covered in the course. Reflect on how the quotations below might allow you to define or expand upon topics we covered or how the examples from the texts might serve as an example of the concepts we encountered. There is no one way to apply the quote—there are many ways to apply the quote. There is no single “right” answer here—tell me what you think the quote means. And, tell me what it means within the context of the course. Remember, use literary terms and cultural expectations as a guideline for—or “way of”—focusing your response. In the end, I am looking to see what you think these quotations “signal” that is relevant to the topics and concepts we covered in the course.
7 Questions with apossible 7 markseach = 49
(Maximum 250-word answer per quotation)
So I waited. And when I couldn’t wait any more I waited twenty-eight more days.
If you can read this, I am evidence. We had been wrong all along. Blood is not money. Money is not food. The anonymous prophets were right. We cannot afford our own blood.
As I write this, the air is thick with our failure. And I am alone.
Remember us and heal.” (Gumbs)
Fate stage-managed the whole thing. Beyond Realito, just about a mile beyond, the highway took a curve and the rain fooled me and I went too close to the shoulder. My right front tire let go with an angry hiss. Before I could stop the right rear went with it. I jammed the car to a stop, half on the pavement, half on the shoulder, got out and flashed a spotlight around. I had two flats and one spare. The flat butt of a heavy galvanized tack stared at me from the front tire.” (Chandler)
1 Question = 1 Mark
What is the title of the radio show we listened to for this course?
Have a wonderful remaining summer and you are all to be commended for having completed this course under *all* the circumstances!