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)
- “‘Wait for the time when blood is all we have left to write with,’ they said, first in a blog post, then in circulated emails, then on scraps of cloth, then scrawled on the remaining walls, then in dirt when they could find it in the end. ‘Wait for the time… when a woman must eat her own sorcery to bleed the ink of her existence. Let her write it and leave it. Let her call it future.’
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)
- “His life was not confining and the delight he took in this observation could not be explained by its suggestion of escape. He seemed to see, with a cartographer’s eye, that string of swimming pools, that quasi-subterranean stream that curved across the county. He had made a discovery, a contribution to modern geography; he would name the stream Lucinda after his wife. He was not a practical joker nor was he a fool but he was determinedly original and had a vague and modest idea of himself as a legendary figure. The day was beautiful and it seemed to him that a long swim might enlarge and celebrate its beauty.” (Cheever)
- “The light emerged. It was the moonlight reflected from Evadne’s body. She was clad in a black bathing dress, and her arms and legs and the broad streak of flesh laid bare by a rent down the back shone brilliantly white, so that she seemed like a grotesquely patterned wild animal as she ran down to the lake. Whirling her arms above her head she trampled down into the water and struck out strongly. Her movements were full of brisk delight and she swam quickly. The moonlight made her the centre of a little feathery blur of black and silver, with a comet’s tail trailing in her wake.” (West)
- “To Lord Peter Wimsey, the few weeks of his life spent in unravelling the Problem of the Iron Staircase possessed an odd dreamlike quality, noticeable at the time and still more insistent in retrospect. The very work that engaged him–or rather, the shadowy simulacrum of himself that signed itself on every morning in the name of Death Bredon–wafted him into a sphere of dim platonic archetypes, bearing a scarcely recognizable relationship to anything in the living world. Here those strange entities, the Thrifty Housewife, the Man of Discrimination, the Keen Buyer and the Good Judge, for ever young, for ever handsome, for ever virtuous, economical and inquisitive, moved to and fro upon their complicated orbits, comparing prices and values, making tests of purity, asking indiscreet questions about each other’s ailments, household expenses, bed-springs, shaving cream, diet, laundry work and boots, perpetually spending to save and saving to spend, cutting out coupons and collecting cartons, surprising husbands with margarine and wives with patent washers and vacuum cleaners, occupied from morning to night in washing, cooking, dusting, filing, saving their children from germs, their complexions from wind and weather, their teeth from decay and their stomachs from indigestion, and yet adding so many hours to the day by labour-saving appliances that they had always leisure for visiting the talkies, sprawling on the beach to picnic upon Potted Meats and Tinned Fruit, and (when adorned by So-and-so’s Silks, Blank’s Gloves, Dash’s Footwear, Whatnot’s Weatherproof Complexion Cream and Thingummy’s Beautifying Shampoos), even attending Ranelagh, Cowes, the Grand Stand at Ascot, Monte Carlo and the Queen’s Drawing-Rooms.” (Sayers)
- “‘We have certain events to relate,’ Mr. Franklin proceeded; ‘and we have certain persons concerned in those events who are capable of relating them. Starting from these plain facts, the idea is that we should all write the story of the Moonstone in turn–as far as our own personal experience extends, and no farther. We must begin by showing how the Diamond first fell into the hands of my uncle Herncastle, when he was serving in India fifty years since. This prefatory narrative I have already got by me in the form of an old family paper, which relates the necessary particulars on the authority of an eye-witness. The next thing to do is to tell how the Diamond found its way into my aunt’s house in Yorkshire, two years ago, and how it came to be lost in little more than twelve hours afterwards. Nobody knows as much as you do, Betteredge, about what went on in the house at that time. So you must take the pen in hand, and start the story.’” (Collins)
- “Down the Strand the lamps were but misty splotches of diffused light which threw a feeble circular glimmer upon the slimy pavement. The yellow glare from the shop-windows streamed out into the steamy, vaporous air, and threw a murky, shifting radiance across the crowded thoroughfare. There was, to my mind, something eerie and ghost-like in the endless procession of faces which flitted across these narrow bars of light—sad faces and glad, haggard and merry. Like all human kind, they flitted from the gloom into the light, and so back into the gloom once more. I am not subject to impressions, but the dull, heavy evening, with the strange business upon which we were engaged, combined to make me nervous and depressed. I could see from Miss Morstan’s manner that she was suffering from the same feeling. Holmes alone could rise superior to petty influences. He held his open note-book upon his knee, and from time to time he jotted down figures and memoranda in the light of his pocket-lantern.” (Doyle)
- “Frame houses were spaced far back from a wide main street, then a sudden knot of stores, the lights of a drugstore behind fogged glass, the fly-cluster of cars in front of the movie theater, a dark bank on a corner with a clock sticking out over the sidewalk and a group of people standing in the rain looking at its windows, as if they were some kind of a show. I went on. Empty fields closed in again.
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!