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Final Exam Example

This final exam exemplifies a common structure of an in-class exam. It is broken into four sections and each section focuses on one aspect of the class. Part one emphasizes literary theory and genre issues, the second requires students to discuss important passages/quotes from the texts, the third focuses on plot and other literary devices, and the last section consists of a few short essays which reinforce important concepts from the class. This exam provides students with a chance to earn a few extra credit points for knowing some of the more obscure information discussed in class.

E238 Final Exam           Name: _______________________

I.  Lectures—Fill in the blank with the correct answer for these definitions based on the major lectures and literary theory terms discussed in class: (2 points each)

1.  The removal and/or withholding of information from the public by a controlling group or body is called ____________________.

2.  _______________________ refers to the lack of clear opinions about the accuracy of events and the credibility of the world views expressed by the characteristics in the text which promotes acceptance in Magical Realism.

3.  Novels are often now often referred to as __________________.

4.  Feminist criticism aims to correct and supplement a __________________view of the world.

5.  The study of the mind and emotions in relation to the sense of beauty is _________________.

6.  ________________, in Magical Realism, is illustrated in the inharmonious arenas of such opposites as urban and rural, and Western and indigenous cultures.

7.  Many critics, especially the ______________ from around the 1920’s to about 1960, shunned the idea of overt political messages in both literary works and literary criticism.

8.  In literary criticism, _____________________ has dominated since the 1980s to the present.

9.  ________________________ is the means by which any material objectionable to a certain faith is removed.

10.  ____________________ deals with the cultural identity matters of colonized societies: the dilemmas of developing a national identity after colonial rule.

11.  When a narrator speaks directly to the reader or acknowledges the reader or text, it is an example of __________________.

12.  ______________ basically means hypermedia or multimedia and often incorporates interactive narrative forms.

13.  Orhan Pamuk was tried by _____________ for criticizing this country’s role in the Armenian and Kurdish genocides.

14.  In Magical Realism, the _______________ is not displayed as questionable.

15.  One of the two types of literary hypertext editor programs is called __________________.

Extra Credit (2 points):  ___________, a German art critic, coined the term ‘Magical Realism’ as an art category representing and responding to the tensions between reality and subjectivity. 

II. Quote Identification—State the title, author, and a brief overall idea of the following quotations: (4 points each—1 point each for title & author, and 2 points for significance)

“When I draw a magnificent horse, I become that magnificent horse.”




“She . . . put Remedios’ daguerreotype in the place where her body had been laid out, with a black ribbon around it and an oil lamp that was always kept lighted.  Future generations, who would never let the lamp go out, would be puzzled at that girl in a pleated skirt, white boots, and with an organdy band around her head, and they were never able to connect her with the standard image of a great-grandmother.”




“‘You must be dreaming,’ the officer insisted.  ‘Nothing has happened in Macondo, nothing has ever happened, and nothing ever will happen.  This is a happy town.’  In that way they were finally able to wipe out the union leaders.”




“Nothing is pure . . . In the realm of book arts, whenever a masterpiece is made, whenever a splendid picture makes my eyes water out of joy and causes a chill to run down my spine, I can be certain of the following: Two styles heretofore never brought together have come together to create something new and wondrous.”




“It seemed as if this moment of observation went on and on and I realized seeing had become a variety of memory.  I was reminded of what I thought when staring for hours at a beautiful picture: If you stare long enough your mind enters the world of the painting.”


III.  Elements of Fiction—Answer the plot, character identification, setting, etc. questions below.  You must get the answer correct in its entirety to get credit: (2 points each)

1.  The name of the character who is Renata Remedios’ (Meme’s) lover and is permanently injured by a gunshot when sneaking over to see her is ___________________.

2. The murderer kills Enishte Effendi with a(n) __________________.

3.  Colonel Aureliano Buendía and José Arcadio both lose their virginity to ________________.

4.  How many children does Colonel Aureliano Buendía have? _____________

5.  The setting (specific time and place) for My Name Is Red is _________________________.

6.  ____________________ is the main force of censorship and protector of the morality of the Islamic faith in My Name Is Red.

7.  The twin brothers, Aureliano and José Arcadio of the fourth generation, share the (technically middle) name of _________________.

8.  The murderer in My Name Is Red is ______________.

9.  The curse of incestuous lovers in One Hundred Years of Solitude leaves the offspring with the physical deformity of a(n) ____________________.

10.  The narrative point of view in My Name Is Red is ________________________.

Extra Credit: (3 points)
Esther’s husband’s name is ________________.

IV.  Short Essays—Choose three of the following and answer them in a short essay (one to two paragraphs each) on the back of this sheet and the extra blank sheet.  More paper is available at my desk if needed.  Read the prompt directions carefully: (10 points each)

1.  What does the word ‘liminal’ mean?  Discuss a liminal state in My Name Is Red.

2.  Discuss the idea of the ‘eternal return’ in One Hundred Years of Solitude.

3.  Discuss the major differences between the Venetian/Frankish style of art and the Herat/Islamic style in My Name Is Red.  What is the conflict of these two styles in the text?

4.  We discussed the color ‘red’ in detail as it is used symbolically in My Name Is Red.  What do you think ‘black’ symbolizes?  How does this symbol relate to the character Black?

5.  Discuss how a major female character is portrayed in one of the texts.  Give a few examples of both the degradation she faces and the power she holds.

6. What is the ‘Western Canon’?  Why is it controversial and on what grounds do some support it?