English 350: Appalachian Literature  

Final Exam Study Guide

Dr. Tina L. Hanlon

Ferrum College, English Department
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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:

Short Answer Section: 7 questions (70% 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 (mostly) Second Half of Semester

Novel Belle Prater's Boy by Ruth White

Grandfather Tales by Richard Chase
Folklore selections in anthology include Ray Hicks' "Whickety-Whack" (Rex Stephenson told us "Soldier Jack") and we watched Tom Davenport's film Mutzmag.
We talked about a few Cherokee and African American tales, mainly Cherokee tales about Selu and Little People, and looked at some in picture books in class, and read Cherokee tales told by Carl Lambert in Higgs, vol. 1, 215-19.

Play Too Free for Me by Rex Stephenson

George Ella Lyon poems and picture books, especially Which Side Are You On?(read Who Came Down That Road? in class before midterm)
Any other picture books you read

"Between the Lines" by Lee Smith, in the Higgs anthology, vol. 2, pp. 428-37, and anything else in the religion section you read

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 (other poems weren't discussed in class).

"Minority and Majority" readings in vol. 1, chap. 6 (really was before midterm)

Poems by Frank X Walker on handouts and copies in BrightSpace

Poems by Latino/Appalachian poet Marcos McPeek Villatoro copied or linked d in BrightSpace

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

Any other poems that were discussed in class or recommended? Use any on the test that you read.

The Hunger Games dystopian trilogy as it depicts Appalachia--if you have read or seen one or more book or film.

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


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