Instructions: Every student MUST answer the first question. After doing so, ans

Instructions: Every student MUST answer the first question. After doing so, answer any TWO of the remaining questions completely and coherently. Be sure to number your answers according to the numbers on these directions. Your answers are to be typed, double-spaced, using a 12-point font. I’m looking for roughly 1 to 1 ½ pages for each question, and the completed exam should not be longer than 6 typed pages. All answers must be your own opinion and analysis and must not incorporate information from any source other than our texts (poems, plays, short stories, and novels). If you use any direct quotations from the texts, be sure to indicate and cite them in MLA format. Check the calendar for due dates, as LATE EXAMS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.
It is your responsibility to check and make sure that your exam has been submitted. Please include all of your answers in one document. You may submit in .docx., .rtf, or .pdf format.
Good luck, and enjoy showing off your hard-won literary knowledge and sparkling writing skills! To reduce the likelihood of any technical problems, I strongly recommend that you do not wait until the last minute to submit your exams.
REQUIRED QUESTION: Everyone must answer.
1. This class is a requirement for the majority of majors at SCCC (and, indeed, most liberal arts colleges and universities). Having completed the course, why do you think the study of literature and writing is a requirement? In what ways is it (or is it not) relevant to your life and/or future career path? Use specific examples from the texts covered this semester to back up your assertions.
2. Choose any drama we have studied this semester that functions on both literal and allegorical levels. Using specific examples from the text, explain the deeper meaning of the work.
3. Imagine that you are tutoring a college student in this class, and you have to select one work of short fiction to demonstrate as many of the literary elements we have covered (plot, characters, setting, etc.) as possible. Which work would you choose, and what elements does that story typify?
4. Read the poem below, and write an essay describing the figures of speech it contains as well as the effect that figurative language has on the reader’s understanding of the poem.
“Earworm” By Al Maginnes
A German phrase for a tune you cannot get out of your head
At the first twisting I believed it would pass.
I knew how these creatures fluttered,
took wing and retreated.
Now it has eaten so much of my brain
it must be fattened
beyond any easy escape.
I tried singing it out,
as if volume might be the salt needed
to dissolve it
but my voice only made it swell.
Maybe if the whole song were known
it could fade with the last phrase.
But only the first line of the chorus,
a nonsense phrase, six
jingling bars, stays with me to dictate
the speed of my walk,
how my pencil taps the desk, even my breathing.
I wait for the cycle to complete,
for the bopping worm
to become cocoon, then butterfly, but I fear
this hummable slug
prefers the damp nest it has found
and will remain,
a slick, legless creature determined
to dance me to death.
Texts used this semester:
1) Alice walker’s – everyday use
2) Jack londons – to build a fire
3) Flannery Oconnor – A good man is hard to find
4) Charlotte Perkins Gilman – the yellow wallpaper
5) Langston Hughes – Mother to Son
6) Langston Hughes – The negro speaks of rivers
7) T. S. Eliot’s – The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock.
8) Billy collins – To My Favorite 17-Year-Old High School Girl
9)Sylvia Plath’s – “Metaphors”
10) Henrik ibsen – Hedda Gabler (Acts 1-4)
11) William faulkner- a rose for emily
12) John updikes “a&p and plot”
13) Ives – sure thing

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