English 3: Final Exam Review

Your final exam will consist of 50 multiple choice questions and 2 short essays (about 2-3 paragraphs each). The exam lasts for 75 minutes, and it is closed notes, no books.

Part I: Character Description

For the first 10 questions, you'll be given paragraph-sized descriptions and asked to identify which CHARACTERS are being described. These paragraphs are directly cut-and-pasted from the pages our five major texts. Again, those texts are:

"A Farewell to Arms"
"The Great Gatsby"
"The Crucible"
"Adventures of Huckleberry Finn"
"As I Lay Dying"

Which character is being described in this passage?

"He is looking at me. He don’t say nothing, just looks at me with them queer eyes of hisn that makes folks talk. I always say it ain’t never been what he done so much or said or anything so much as how he looks at you. It’s like he had got into the inside of you, someway. Like somehow you was looking at yourself outen his eyes..."

Part II: Source Text Identification

For the next 10 items, you will be given important quotes and asked to identify which major work is the SOURCE of the passage provided. Once again, all 10 of these items will be cut-and-paste quotes directly from each of the five major texts.

Which major text is the source of the following quote?

"I never knew what pretense Salem was, I never knew the lying lessons I was taught by all these Christian women and their covenanted men! And now you bid me tear the light out of my eyes? I will not, I cannot! You loved me, John Proctor, and whatever sin it is, you love me yet!"


For the next 10 items, you will be presented with a series of famous literary passages. All 10 of these items will be cut-and-pasted directly from each of the five major texts, and you will need to identify the AUTHOR of each.

Who is the author of this passage?

"Poor, poor dear Cat. And this was the price you paid for sleeping together. This was the end of the trap. This was what people got for loving each other. Thank God for gas, anyway. What must it have been like before there were anesthetics?"


For the remaining 20 items, you'll be presented with a traditional series of multiple choice questions. Each of the questions in this section deals with the authors, literary genres, and thematic elements.

REALISM (including Regionalism, Naturalism, and  the reaction to Romanticism)
MODERNISM (including Southern Gothic)

Regionalist authors typically drew inspiration from each of the following except:

A) Local customs and traditions unique to particular geographic areas
B) Colloquialisms, idiomatic expressions, and local slang
C) Colorful “tall tale” characters, often similar to those appearing in oral tradition
D) Local landscapes, as well the natural hazards that these same settings could pose
E) A desire to eliminate different regional differences and bring the country together


The final portion of the exam will ask you to write a short response (approximately 2-3 paragraphs) to a broader thematic question connecting the works and units studied in this year's class. There are THREE questions in this section, and each student will write answers to TWO of these prompts (one item is teacher choice, one is student choice).

Your responses do not need an introductory paragraph or a conclusion paragraph.

"How do the main characters of any three of the major works read in this year's class embody the unique values and customs of their society? Using protagonists from three separate works studied in this year’s class, identify the role that each person plays in the story, and discuss how each character can provide insight into the cultural values and attitudes of the time in which their story is set."

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