English 3 Midterm Review

Part 1: Quote Identification

For part one of this exam, you'll see EIGHT quotes. Pick any FIVE of them, and identify:
1) The SPEAKER of the quote
2) The NAME OF THE WORK in which the quote appeared
3) A brief description of why the quote is SIGNIFICANT.

So what should you review for this section? Your best bet is to focus on the major works:

A Farewell to Arms - Ernest Hemingway
A Raisin in the Sun - Lorraine Hansberry
The Great Gatsby - F. Scott Fitzgerald
The Scarlet Letter - Nathaniel Hawthorne
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn - Mark Twain

And if you have the time, you'll want to review the famous lines in shorter works from:
Jonathan Edwards
Thomas Jefferson
Thomas Paine
Patrick Henry
Ben Franklin
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Henry David Thoreau
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Part II: Literary Terms

For this second section, you'll be presented with FIVE literary terms. For each item, you'll be asked to define the term in 1-2 sentences (feel free to provide examples if you'd like).

Literary terms discussed in class include:

Part III: Short Essay

For part III, you'll be asked to write a three paragraph response on an open-ended question dealing with one of the major themes discussed in the first semester. You'll need to incorporate relevant text evidence, but you will not need to include page numbers.

Sample Question 1:
Female characters often reflect the values of their society. Pick any THREE works we've read, and discuss how a female character in that work reflects the value(s) of her society.

Sample Question 2:
The Dark Romantics played a major role in the literature of the 1800s. Pick any ONE novel we've read, and discuss what makes it an example of Dark Romanticism.

Part IV: Rhetorical Analysis

For the final section of this exam, you will be provided with a text that you have never seen before. Read the text, and compose a THREE PARAGRAPH answer in which you discuss how the passage makes use of ethos, pathos, and logos.

Try it out now:

Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.

Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.

But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate -- we can not consecrate -- we can not hallow -- this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us -- that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion -- that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain -- that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom -- and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.