University of Toronto
Department of English

ENG359Y: American Literature, 1880-1960 (L0101)

Instructor: M. Cuddy-Keane

 

Time and Place of the Final Exam:

ENG359Y1Y TUE 06 MAY AM 9-11 BN2S L0101

BN2S: Large Gymnasium, South End, Benson Building, 320 Huron Street (south of Harbord Street), Second Floor

Notes on the final Exam:

Read the instructions and questions carefully. Follow the suggested guidelines for timing as closely as possible (50 minutes for Part A, 60 minutes for Part B, 10 minutes for planning). Do not leave out any question, even if you can only write a little bit on it. An omitted answer substantially lowers your grade!

There are two sections to this exam; each is of equal weight.

Part A

The instruction for this section is:

Discuss the role or significance of four of the following, writing approximately one single-spaced or two double-spaced pages on each. Discuss the specific aspect in detail, indicating how it raises issues or questions that are important for an understanding of the work as a whole.

There are questions on each of the following texts (decode the initials): HF, TA, GG, CC, MA, TEWWG, IOT, GDM, H

In addition you may choose the topic on Plath IF you are not writing about her in Part B. Similarly, you can choose the topic on Hansberry IF you are not writing on her in Part B.

Part B

The instruction for this section is:

Write a well structured essay on one of the following topics. As much as possible, show a detailed knowledge of the texts. For questions one, two, and three, do not choose a topic that focuses on a work that was a major component of your second term essay.

There are four topics: (1) a comparison of The Bell Jar and A Raisin in the Sun (2) a comparison of The Bell Jar with another work in the course (3) a comparison of A Raisin in the Sun with another work in the course (4) a controversial issue which you are asked to examine in relation to four to six writers on the course. For this question only, you may include works on which you wrote your final essay.

General Advice: Take the exam as an opportunity to show what you know. If you write only generalizations, if you "fill up" the page, you will get a middling mark. It is not necessary to write a great deal. It is necessary to make every sentence count. Give me specific ideas, and specific references to the texts.

 

Questions and Answers:

Q: The Winter Exam did not require us to write on any parts except the Nick Adams stories from In Our Time. Do you suggest studying the vignettes and other short stories for the final exam?

A: Yes.