ENGLISH 4UI: EXAM PREPARATION 2009-2010
READINGS AND GUIDELINES
Date of Exam: Wednesday January 27, 2010 at 1:30pm
Hamlet by William Shakespeare (play)
“Dehumanized: When math and science rule the school” by Mark Slouka (article)
“This is it? Not a chance” by Russell Smith (article)
“Arming the Spirit” by George Faludy (essay)
“Constantly risking absurdity and death” by Lawrence Ferlinghetti (poem)
Independent Group Novel
Guidelines for the exam day:
a) You may bring the following items with you to the exam
Printed copies of the supplementary readings (poem, essay and articles)
1 page, 8 ½ X 11, double-sided, of HANDWRITTEN NOTES that you have prepared for the exam.
Black or blue pens
b) You will be expected to provide quotations from Hamlet and a minimum of three other texts from the reading list
within your essay response.
c) Do not bring your copy of Hamlet or your group novel to the exam.
d) While you may make notes in the margins of the printed copies, please do not make extra pages of notes on the
back of the printouts.
e) Translation devices are not to be used during the exam.
Tips for preparation:
Become an expert on the assigned texts. Prepare yourself by reading, re-reading, analyzing and reflecting on the
key ideas and use of style in each text.
Participate in opportunities for group study. Scrum sessions will be scheduled during lunch periods and after
school in the week before the exam. Attend at least one – it is an opportunity to sharpen your own thinking and
deepen your insights into texts through group discussion. (Your teachers will be present to supervise, but will not
participate in the discussions.)
This is a synthesis exam. You will write a response to a given prompt (a formal persuasive essay). The idea is to
build an original document that connects the key ideas and topics in the readings into a clear, coherent argument.
BEWARE of the “downside” of research: Remember, this is a synthesis essay. Whatever outside reading you do
may deepen your understanding of the individual text, but it is NOT necessarily useful because you are not using
the texts in isolation. In other words, you will be asked to deal with the key ideas in the texts in relationship to
one another. Therefore, the writings of an author on any one individual text are not likely to prove useful to you.
A note about plagiarism:
a) You will be required to submit your essay, your page of notes and your printed readings at the end of the exam.
b) If you use outside sources without citing them, it is plagiarism. Failure to properly cite sources will result in a penalty.