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English 3 Second Semester Final Study guide Your final will include questions from The Great Gatsby, the poetry of Emily Dickinson, Walt Whitman, Robert Frost, William Carlos Williams, The Lovesong of Alfred J Prufrock, the character poems (Richard Corey, Lucinda Matlock, Miniver Cheevy) poetic devices and analysis, An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge, The Yellow Wallpaper, The Story of an Hour, characteristics of Regionalism, Realism, and literary Modernism, the three Twain pieces, The Open Boat, and A Rose for Emily, including vocabulary for all applicable works. Lots of material! From The Great Gatsby: 1. Which character represents the American Dream as characterized by the accumulation of wealth and material goods? 2. Why does Nick tell Gatsby that he (Gatsby) is better than Tom, Jordan and Daisy? 3. Who represents “new money” in the novel? 4. Why do Nick and Jordan break up? 5. What does the Valley of Ashes represent? 6. What do the eyes in the old optometrist’s billboard symbolize? 7. What happens to Daisy the night before her wedding to Tom? 8. What do Nick and Gatsby have in common? 9. Why did Gatsby change his name from James Gatz? 10. What is Daisy’s most notable feature? 11. What does the green light signify? 12. Who narrates the novel, The Great Gatsby? From The Open Boat: Review vocabulary and the following: 1. Who is in the boat? 2. What is the oiler’s name? 3. Do we know the names of any of the other men? 4. From what perspective is the story told? 5. What is the main conflict in the story? 6. Who is the only man to die? 7. How many days were the men in the boat? 8. What was the tourist trying to tell the men? 9. In the newspaper articles, who got all the guns and ammunition after the Commodore sank? 10. What is the cook’s attitude about newspaper writers? From the three Twain Stories; The Autobiography, Life on the Mississippi and The Notorious Jumping Frog, please review the vocabulary and the following: 1. What does Smiley bet on in the Notorious Jumping Frog? 2. Why does the narrator want to leave while Wheeler is out of the room? 3. What scared Twain the first time he steered the riverboat? 4. Why does the steamboat crew imply that Twain is a baby? 5. Why is Twain’s notebook complete and incomplete? 6. What does Twain lose in return for knowledge of the river? 7. Why does Twain pretend to be hypnotized? 8. Why did Twain soon dislike hearing about his acts done under the spell of hypnosis? 9. What opinion does Twain hold about one’s ability to be hypnotized? From A Rose for Emily: Review vocabulary and the following: 1. What was Miss Emily’s attitude about taxes? 2. What did the townspeople do when the smell from Miss Emily’s got so bad? 3. Describe the way Miss Emily’s father treated her. 4. What is the mood that the narrator sets in the story? 5. Give two examples of how the decay of Miss Emily’s house and furnishings are described. From selected poems of Emily Dickinson: 1. Who is the speaker in My Life had stood-A Loaded Gun? 2. How is the character of Death described in Because I Could Not Stop for Death? From An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge: Review the vocabulary and the following: 1. Where is Peyton Farquhar when the reader first meets him? 2. Why is Mrs. Farquhar happy to serve the soldier a drink of water/ 3. Is this story in chronological order? 4. What happens after the soldiers fire at Farquhar with their rifles? From A Song of Myself: 1. Where are readers to look for the speaker? 2. How is the grass described in Part 6 of the poem? From I hear America Singing? 1. How are the different sorts of Americans described in the poem? From The Story of an Hour: 1. How does society view women in the story? 2. What does the open window represent to Mrs. Mallard? 3. What is ironic about Mrs. Mallard’s death? From the Yellow Wallpaper: 1. Who is the narrator? 2. What is the climax of the story? 3. What is the “rest cure”? From the poem, “Grass”: 1. How does the grass help people to forget even the most significant military battles? 2. Who is the speaker of the poem and what command doe she/he/it give? From “The Lovesong of Alfred J Prufrock’: 1. What is the setting of the poem? 2. Who is the speaker? 3. Describe Prufrock in social situations? 4. Why does Prufrock fail to ask his overwhelming questions and to whom would he have asked them? 5. What is the action at the end of the poem? From the poem, “Lucinda Matlock”: 1. Describe Lucinda’s life? 2. What significant events happened before she turned 60? 3. Who is the speaker and what is her attitude about her descendants? 4. How does she feel about her death? From the poem, Richard Cory: 1. Describe Richard Cory from a towns-person’s point of view. 2. How does the reader know Richard Cory was an unhappy man? From the poem, Miniver Cheevy: 1. What does Cheevy most want to do? 2. How does he feel about everyday life and what does he do to cope with it? From Death of a Hired Man: 1. Who are the main characters in the poem? 2. Which one has no dialog? 3. What is the setting of the poem? 4. How does Mary define home? 5. What is the problem between Warren and Silas? 6. What does Warren think Silas should do? 7. What happens to Silas?
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