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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.
Review all readings and the introductions in anthologies and other required background material, putting emphasis on being most familiar with assignments that have received the most attention in class discussions since the midterm.
Be sure all your answers make reference to one or more specific works of literature or folklore.
You do not need to remember in detail every work we have studied, but you should know well the title, characters and plot of one or two examples to fit each category in the review list of assignments below, and you must be prepared to write about the novels The Rosewood Casket and folktales in Grandfather Tales. You may write about the novels we studied before midterm as well, if you wish.
Write all answers in complete sentences and standard English. Test answers arenít expected to be as polished stylistically or mechanically as out-of-class papers, but college-level writing skills must be used to make your answers clear to the reader who evaluates them.
In general, you should have a good understanding of how the literature we have studied for this test represents trends in Appalachian literature and culture or particular issues from the List of Themes as we have discussed some of those themes in class.
Don't forget that in BrightSpace, you view the calendar as a Course Schedule list (and print those pages if you wish), in order to view a list of the assignments for each day of the course.
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):
There will be one essay question, requiring you to write about several different works of literature or folklore we have studied.
You will have a choice of essay questions. You choose which work(s) you will discuss to answer the question you chose. Be sure to use specific examples and details from the works to support the generalizations in your essay.
If questions ask for comparison/contrast, be sure you have included specific, explicit points of comparison and/or contrast in your essay.
See Pointers for Taking Essay Tests. Many writing and literature textbooks also give advice about responding to essay questions and samples of essay questions and answers. The Purdue OWL guide Writing Essays for Tests is at this link.
Particular themes that may appear in exam questions (not necessarily a complete list here):
Different perceptions of progress, advantages and disadvantages of modernization (especially mining industry), folk traditions vs. modernization
Relationship between memories of childhood/youth and realities of adult life, or nostalgia for past and coping with present realities
Cultural diversity in Appalachia
Writers' treatment of conflicts caused by racism in Appalachia
Differences between oral traditions and written literature and/or between folklore and realistic literature
Relationship between historical or personal past and present realities
Strong women and strong men in Appalachian folktales and literature
Different uses of humor in Appalachian folklore, literature and culture
Sense of place in relation to home, family, and natural world
Personal identity in relation to region and different views of Appalachia
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
Read the instructions carefully and answer the number of questions required. Don't leave any blank or it will cost you too many points.
Budget your time so that you won't be forced to leave anything blank or run out of time for checking your answers at the end.
Follow any instructions you might find about not duplicating the same examples or writing about a certain number of different authors.
Select examples that you know well and that fit the question especially well.
Don't just summarize plot or rephrase the idea in the question. Be sure you stress the significance of the examples you discuss.
Include specific details as much as possible, without just summarizing plot or using up too much time on any one question.
Write clearly, legibly, and in complete sentences (for your sake as you check your answers as well as the reader of the test).
If you have time, take a mental break from working on the test and then look back over answers you wrote earlier in the test period.
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