English 207/350: Appalachian Literature  

Final Exam Study Guide

Dr. Tina L. Hanlon

Ferrum College, English Department
Revisions for Fall 2014 are complete.

Please note: If you have questions or see mistakes in this study guide, contact the professor as soon as possible. It will not be revised again unless someone finds an error that needs to be corrected.

NOTES: You may bring one page of notes to the test, handwritten or typed by you. They must be notes that you wrote yourself and not be identical to notes by other students or summaries or notes available in other sources. You must attach this page to your test when you finish and leave it with the professor.

General Guidelines:

Matching Section: (10% of test grade)
The matching section will include items such as types of literature, trends and characteristics of Appalachian literature we have discussed, titles and authors of works we discussed in class, prominent features of poems and prose passages we discussed in class.

Short Answer Section: 6 questions (60% of test grade)

You must name the author and title of the work if there is an author and these facts are not given in the question. Only  works discussed in class will appear in the short answer section but you may mention other works if that makes sense for the question. One paragraph in answer to the question should be sufficient. See the sample short answer question on the study guide for the midterm in this course.

Essay Questions (30% of test grade):

Particular themes that may appear in exam questions (not necessarily a complete list here):

Review List of Assignments from Second Half of Semester (revision of this list still in progress)

The Rosewood Casket by Sharyn McCrumb

Grandfather Tales by Richard Chase
Folklore selections in anthology include Ray Hicks' "Whickety-Whack," and we watched Tom Davenport's film Soldier Jack.
We listened to a few Cherokee tales and looked at some in picture books in class, and read Cherokee tales told by Carl Lambert in Higgs, vol. 1, 215-19.

George Ella Lyon poems and picture books, especially Which Side Are You On?

Vol. 1, chap. 8: Nikki Giovanni's poem "Knoxville, Tennessee," pp. 314-15 (we looked at picture book in class); Lisa Koger's short story "Extended Learning," pp. 341-46, and any other selections you chose.

"Between the Lines" by Lee Smith, in the Higgs anthology, vol. 2, pp. 428-37

From Chapter 4, vol. 1, Labor, Wealth, and Commonwealth: poems and the short story by Marat Moore, "Because the Earth is Dark and Deep"

Chapter 5, vol. I, Nature and Progress, especially the poems in this chapter

Marilou Awiakta, "When Earth Becomes an 'It'" in vol. 1, p. 202 and "Mother Nature Sends a Pink Slip" online copy.

"Minority and Majority" readings in vol. 1, chap. 6

Poems by Frank X Walker on handouts

Nikki Giovanni poem "knoxville, tennessee"

Poems by Latino/Appalachian poet Marcos McPeek Villatoro on handouts from Jessa King's oral report and class discussion

James Still, "Heritage," vol. 2, p. 741
(also short passage, not a poem, by James Still, "Appalachia," p. 683)

Jesse Stuart, "Our Heritage," vol. 2, p. 740

Tips on avoiding common pitfalls on tests of this type with paragraph and essay questions:


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