Final Exam Review: Honors 9th Grade English

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       Final Exam Review: Honors 9th Grade English
Your test contains an overview of all the major literary genres we studied in
the 2nd half of the year. The test will also assess the writing skills, knowledge
of literary devices, critical reading skills and use of context clues refined
throughout the year. The test is comprised of multiple choice questions and
one (1) five paragraph essay. Make sure to go through your English materials
/ binder section by section to study, take notes, and review for your test.

Test Specifics:
*100 points total
*Contains One Skills-Based Reading Selection (as well as new poems) and Two Critical
Reading Selections
*Material Covered: The Last Three Sections in Your English Binder (Great Expectations,
Wuthering Heights, Poetry and Shakespeare) and Vocabulary Words in Context

Here are the focus areas for the exam:
      Analysis of Literary Terms- *Check your binder notes and handouts carefully.
       Review your literary terms from ALL literature sections in your binder.
      Analysis Literary Genres: the novel, drama and poetry
      Reading Comprehension
      Essay Composition


                                      THE NOVEL
You will need to be familiar with the author, setting, characters, plot, historical
significance, applicable literary movements (Victorian, Gothic, Romantic, etc.), and themes
of each novel. You will also need to know the literary terms or devices that apply to or
function within each novel. Each selection will appear on your final exam. *Study your
notes and handouts within your binder.
         Great Expectations
         Wuthering Heights
                                         DRAMA
Questions about Romeo and Juliet will appear on your final. You need to review the
author, the historical significance, the plot, the applicable literary terms, and the themes of
the play. (Refer to all of the Shakespeare handouts and terms.)
       Romeo and Juliet
                                         POETRY
Some of the following poems from your poetry packet will appear on your final. Study
your notes carefully. You will need to know the author, significance, style, tone, theme, and
applicable literary terms. You will also need to know how to explain or explicate each
poem. You will also be required to apply poetic devices to unfamiliar poems.
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NECESSARY LITERARY CONCEPTS AND TECHNIQUES

For your final exam, you will need to know how to successfully complete the following:
Read for purpose / read actively for understanding / identify context clues
Identify and classify literary genres
Identify the topic / main idea of a piece of literature
Explicate / explain poetry
Identify universal themes in literature
Compare / contrast literary figures, themes, and events
     Compare and contrast characters from literature
     Consider and reflect on characters’ motivations
Organize story events
     Recognize key details from literature
     Apply key plot details to themes within pieces of literature
Identify literary terms
     Analyze and apply literary terms to pieces of literature

Skills Based Component:
Read an unfamiliar work of fiction: determine meaningful details of plot
     Identify literary devices and elements within an unfamiliar work of fiction
     Discover how the literary devices function in the new / unfamiliar story
Read unfamiliar poems: discern meaning, theme and tone
     Identify literary devices and elements within unfamiliar works of poetry
     Discover how the literary devices function in new / unfamiliar poems



                                       THE ESSAY
For your exam essay, you will write a five paragraph essay. For your essay topic, you may
draw upon many of the literary works—including poems—we have studied this year.
Please keep in mind the following points when constructing your essay:

      Organize your thoughts before writing and use your time wisely
      Remember to organize your thesis and details statement according to the five paragraph
       essay structure and the components of an excellent essay (see notes)
      Be clear and concise- use active verbs, strong nouns, and descriptive adjectives
      Remember to stay organized throughout each body paragraph
           o Remember to use transition words and stay focused on proving your thesis
      Remember to use topic and concluding sentences in each body paragraph
      Remember to restate your thesis and details statement in your conclusion
      Remember to write in the formal style (no personal pronouns, no contractions, etc.)




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   Here are the selections you can         You can also choose to write about authors
   choose characters and themes from:      and themes from the following selections:
   “The Scarlet Ibis”                             Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream”
   “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty”              Franklin D. Roosevelt’s “First Inaugural
   “New Directions”                               Address”
    “The Golden Kite, the Silver Wind”            Lian Dolan’s “Carry Your Own Skis”
   “The Lottery”
   “The Red-Headed League”
   “The Cask of Amontillado”
   “The Interlopers”
   To Kill a Mockingbird
   Great Expectations
   Wuthering Heights
   Romeo and Juliet
   The Odyssey

Essay Scoring Guide / Grading Criteria:
5 well-developed paragraphs

            An introduction that includes:        (5 points)
                - an attention-grabbing lead
                - titles of selections (including the additional selection you are using as the
                    basis of your theme)
                - all parts of the introduction
                - sentences / ideas that flow smoothly together
                - a strong thesis statement (that indicates what is to be proven and uses the
                    correct thesis formula)
            Body paragraphs that:                 (10 points)
                - contain strong topic sentences
                - use specific examples to illustrate points
                - fully interpret the examples
                - prove the thesis
            A conclusion that:                    (5 points)
                - restates your main ideas
                - includes all components of a conclusion
                - contains sentences that flow from one to the next
                - contains a strong concluding statement
                - leaves the reader with something to think about (but does not shift the
                    focus of the essay)
            Style and conventions that            (5 points)
                - follow the rules of formal writing
                - use strong verbs and the active voice
                - do not state the obvious and do not use awkward sentence structure (i.e.
                    “This is an example of…,” “One example of this is…,” “This means
                    that…,” or “This quote shows…,” etc.)
                - use sophisticated transitions (no “first,” “second,” “third,” etc.)



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SKILLS-BASED READING SECTIONS:
YOU WILL HAVE ONE (1) NEW SKILLS-BASED READING SELECTION ON YOUR
FINAL EXAM. YOU WILL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR READING AND ANALYZING IT
USING THE LITERARY DEVICES AND CRITICAL READING STRATEGIES WE
HAVE STUDIED AND PRACTICED THROUGHOUT THE YEAR.

                    REVIEW &
    CONTEXT VOCABULARY WORDS WITHIN THE EXAM:

*Bold words denote previously studied vocabulary words.

Allotted                       Domiciled                   Pilgrimages
Apparition                     Drudge                      Pinioned
Apprehensive                   Emanated                    Protectress (form of
Appropriated                   Evince                      protector)
Arbitrary                      Exertions                   Ravenous
Atrociously                    Gratified                   Rebuke
Attenuated                     Haughtiest                  Reclusive
Augmented                      Humility                    Recollection
Benevolent                     Imbecile                    Remorseful
Buffeted                       Impart                      Salutation
Bureaucracy                    Impertinences               Satiety
Calculating (adj)              Implicitly                  Saturnine
Choleric                       In Vain                     Solemn
Conceit                        Inadvertently               Stipend
Consigned                      Intractable                 Strata
Consolation                    Kindred                     Superintendence
Contemptible                   Lament                      Surly
Content                        Lustily                     Temerity
Countenance                    Magnanimously               Treachery
Deliberation                   Notwithstanding             Well-affected
Demeanor                       Parochial                   (affectations)
Destitute                      Pauper                      Wicket
Diminutive                     Pensive                     Wiles
Disparity                      Per Diem                    Wrath




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