The World on the Turtle’s Back



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English III Advanced 2011 Fall Semester Exam REVIEW

I. Early American Literature

The World on the Turtle’s Back” an Iroquois creation myth



  1. According to the Iroquois’ creation myth, why is the Great Tree important?




  1. What do the arrows that the man brings to the girl represent?




  1. Why is the right-handed twin is angry at the left-handed twin?




  1. What do the twins’ creations in this myth tell you about Iroquois culture?


from La Relacion by Cabeza de Vaca

  1. To what does Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca attributes the fact that his barge survived the storm?




  1. What was Cabeza de Vaca’s role during the first meeting between his men and the Karankawas?




  1. What healing method did Cabeza de Vaca and his men use on the sick Karankawas?




  1. What are some events or action in the excerpt that show that religious faith is part of the author’s historical context?


II. Puritanism

  1. What are some of the basic Puritans beliefs?




  1. According to the Puritans, who was the final authority of truth?




  1. True or False: The Puritans believed that writing could be used as a tool to explore their inner and outer lives.

To My Dear And Loving Husband” by Anne Bradstreet



  1. What does the speaker claim at the beginning of “To My Dear and Loving Husband”?




  1. Rewrite line 7 of “To My Dear and Loving Husband.” What figurative language is used? Why?




  1. Clarify the meaning of line 8 from “To My Dear and Loving Husband.”




  1. What do the last lines of “To My Dear and Loving Husband” reveal about the speaker?

Upon the Burning of Our House” by Anne Bradstreet



  1. Rewrite lines 1–2 of “Upon the Burning of Our House” in your own words?



  1. Which description from “Upon the Burning of Our House” shows the speaker’s belief that faith in God is more important than earthly possessions?




  1. How does the speaker of “Upon the Burning of Our House” reveal her belief that God is protective?

Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God” by Jonathan Edwards



  1. What is Edwards’s purpose in delivering this sermon?

In his sermon, into what does Edwards mainly tap



?

  1. Find a simile that explains Edwards comparing the Christian’s place in life.




  1. Find a metaphor that explains Edwards comparing the Christian’s place in life.




  1. Find an example of personification that explains Edwards comparing the Christian’s place in life.


III. The Crucible by Arthur Miller

  1. What is best definition of the word “crucible” as it applies to the play?




  1. What does Abigail Williams believe about her dismissal from the Proctor’s service?




  1. Why is the Reverend John Hale summoned by Reverend Parris?




  1. Why is Betty likely to be in a trance-like state?

  2. What are the possible motivations for later accusations of witchcraft?




  1. Why does Abigail accuse Goody Good and Goody Osborn of witchcraft?




  1. Which example of figurative language is being used when John says in Act 2, “You ought to bring some flowers in the house. It’s winter in here yet.”?




  1. What are the fears of Elizabeth concerning John?




  1. How may the people who have been accused of being witches by the court save themselves from hanging?




  1. Which commandment does John forget when Hale asks him to recite the Ten Commandments?




  1. What is unusual about the doll that Mary Warren makes for Elizabeth?




  1. What is Mary Warren’s motivation for joining the girls in their accusations of witchcraft?




  1. What secret does John Proctor reveal to prove the girls are lying?




  1. What does John tell the court about his wife?




  1. What is Elizabeth’s motivation for lying about John’s affair with Abigail?




  1. What does Reverend Hale urge Elizabeth Proctor to do?




  1. For what does Elizabeth blame herself?




  1. At the end of the play, what does John want from Elizabeth?




  1. At the end of the play, what is one thing that John cannot do?




  1. What does Elizabeth mean when she says that her husband has his “goodness now” when John goes to the gallows?

*A reading passage from Act I of The Crucible will be given and students will be required to answer TAKS style questions.

**Independent Reading- Students will be given a new reading piece connected to the background information of The Crucible followed by questions.
IV. Rationalism

Speech to the Virginia Convention” by Patrick Henry



  1. What is the main purpose of Patrick Henry’s speech?




  1. What obvious contradiction of British statement versus current action does Henry point out during his speech?




  1. Why does Henry recount several instances in which the colonists sought agreement and acceptable terms with the British?

Speech to the Virginia Convention” by Patrick Henry and Rhetorical Appeals – Logical, Ethical, and Emotional



  1. What persuasive technique evokes a cognitive, rational response?




  1. What persuasive technique is related to the words – pathetic, sympathy, and empathy?




  1. What persuasive technique evokes a cognitive, rational response?




  1. What persuasive technique is Patrick Henry using when he declares, “I know no way of judging of the future but by the past. And judging by the past, I wish to know what there has been in the conduct of the British ministry . . . to justify those hopes with which gentlemen have been pleased to solace themselves”?



  1. What persuasive technique is Patrick Henry using when he declares, “Let us not deceive ourselves, sir. These are the implements of war and subjugation; the last arguments to which kings resort”?




  1. What persuasive technique is Patrick Henry using when he declares, “There is no retreat, but in submission and slavery! Our chains are forged!”?

The Declaration of Independence” by Thomas Jefferson



  1. Whose actions does Jefferson criticize most in the document?




  1. When did Jefferson believed that people should rebel against government?




  1. Summarize the conclusion of the Declaration of Independence.



*A reading passage from the Rationalism will be given followed by a reading comprehension and application question.

V. Romanticism

The Devil and Tom Walker” by Washington Irving



  1. Why are Tom and his wife so unhappy?




  1. What is satire? Give an example in the story as well as the purpose.



  1. What is imagery? Give an example from the text as well as the purpose.



  1. Describe Tom Walker. Give examples from the text that show his character. Consider any changes that he might have made during the course of the story.



  1. Why is Tom so successful at working for the devil?




  1. Why does Tom begin praying and reading the Bible?




  1. What does the devil do to Tom at the end of the tale?

The Tide Rises, the Tide Falls” by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow



  1. What is the principal message conveyed in “The Tide Rises, the Tide Falls”?




  1. Why does Longfellow uses an iambic meter (the rhythm) for “The Tide Rises, the Tide Falls”?




  1. Why are the last lines of each stanza in “The Tide Rises, the Tide Falls” repeated?

Psalm of Life” by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow



  1. What simile does the speaker in “A Psalm of Life” use to highlight life’s difficulties?




  1. What does the speaker say you should do in lines 21–23 of “A Psalm of Life”?




  1. What is the basic meaning of stanza 8 of the traditional poem “A Psalm of Life”?

The Tide Rises, the Tide Falls” and “Psalm of Life” by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow



  1. What image do both poets use to discuss human acts?




  1. How are the two poems alike in their view of nature?


*Independent Reading - Students will be given a new poem to read and interpret.


    1. Transcendentalism

from “Self-Reliance” by Ralph Waldo Emerson

    1. Summarize Emerson’s philosophy of life as suggested in “Self Reliance.”




    1. Emerson wants his readers to become individuals in both ______________ and _______________.




  1. What does Emerson mean when he writes, “To be great is to be misunderstood”?

What is the “hobgoblin of little minds”?


from Nature by Ralph Waldo Emerson

  1. According to Nature, what happens when people go into the woods?




  1. How does Emerson shows his transcendental belief that humans, nature, and God are connected?

  2. What is Emerson’s purpose in his essay Nature?


from Walden by Henry David Thoreau

  1. What reason does Thoreau give for wanting to live at Walden Pond?




  1. What reason does Thoreau give for finally leaving Walden Pond?




  1. How does the author describe newspapers?




  1. At the conclusion of Walden, why does the author uses the imagery of a beaten path?


from “Civil Disobedience” by Henry David Thoreau

  1. According to “Civil Disobedience,” why do people become “wood and earth and stones”?




  1. Which statement best explains Thoreau’s objections to a standing government in “Civil Disobedience”?




  1. Why does the author pity the state for putting him in prison?


from Walden and “Civil Disobedience” by Henry David Thoreau

  1. In both essays, what does Thoreau seem to say about society’s influence on people?




  1. How does the author describe newspapers?




    1. Gothic Romanticism

The Masque of the Red Death” by Edgar Allan Poe

  1. Why did Prospero have the iron gates welded shut?




  1. Despite his precautions, who arrives at the Masquerade?




  1. What does Prospero try to do to the intruder?




  1. List the symbols and their meanings.




  1. What is the theme of this story?

Fall of the House of Usher” by Edgar Allan Poe



  1. Describe the overall setting of the story. Give a quotation as proof.




  1. Describe the narrator.




  1. How does the narrator know Roderick Usher?




  1. What does Usher believe is the root cause of his family’s decline?




  1. Describe the mood of the story. Give a quotation as proof.




  1. What does the narrator observe when Usher and the narrator entomb Lady Madeline’s body?




  1. Why can the narrator not sleep on the final night of his stay?




  1. What happens to Roderick at the end of the story?




  1. When considering Madeline, about what is Usher mostly concerned?




  1. What does the fall of the house represent thematically?




    1. Revising and Editing – a reading piece with grammar and mechanics questions will appear on the exam

    2. Vocabulary – the following 20 SAT vocabulary words will be on the exam

abhor

accolades

audacity

charlatan

credulous

depravity

dormant

erudite


expunge

guile


incongruity

incorrigible

morose

poignant


recant

reiterate

spontaneous

synthesis



toxic

vigilan


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