WORLD LITERATURE I (ENG 251)
Dr. Diane Thompson, NVCC, ELI
Bring the following to the Testing Center of your choice:
You will write this exam in the Testing Center on the Blackboard testing system.
Call the Testing Center you intend to use well ahead of time to be sure that they will be open when you intend to take the exam.
There is no time limit, so be sure that you enter the Testing Center early enough to allow yourself as much time as you think you may need. Allow yourself about two hours. You may use a dictionary. Be sure to edit your writing carefully before submitting it to Blackboard.
After you have completed the exam, you will submit it to the Blackboard exam box. I will read it there and mail your grade to you with my comments on your exam. Allow several days for turnaround. You will not receive the exam back, nor will you be able to get back any papers you bring to the exam. The exam will be retained on Blackboard for one year.
Exam Two will ask you to compare/contrast some interesting theme, event, or character(s) from more than one time and place. You need to select at least one text from those you have studied in Unit 3, and one from either Unit 1 or Unit 2. You may discuss more than two texts, but the discussion MUST be in depth with many supporting examples from the texts you have selected. It is much better to work with two texts in depth than with more than two superficially. Possible topics include:
Remember--your essay must have a point to it; it should be able to answer a reader's question: SO WHAT? If you are having trouble thinking about how to plan your exam, you are welcome to email me with questions but do NOT send me a full outline or draft of your exam. I will not read those. I will read and respond to a statement of thesis topic that explains which texts you intend to write about and what your main point will be.
Plan on about two hours to write and edit your essay before posting it--I want good writing as well as good thinking; you may have more time if you wish.
You should develop an essay of not less than eight hundred words; it may be longer if you need to say more about your topic. You may bring notes and articles to the testing center; the notes and articles will be stapled to your test and returned to me. You may also bring your textbook to the testing center.
Note: If you are using etexts, you will not be able to access them from the Testing Center. You may bring short printouts of texts--don't bring more than ten pages! That will force you to plan in advance to decide what you actually will use for the essay.
You may not bring a draft of the essay, or completed Activities. Be sure to support any statements you make with examples from the texts themselves. The purpose of this exam is to encourage you to demonstrate your own understanding and thinking about what you have read; there is no simple, single answer to any of these questions.
For the exam itself, discuss the group you have selected. Look at the similarities and differences between/among the works in your group. Be sure to ask yourself, "so what?" and try to answer that question. This will help you to focus your discussion. Be sure to use plenty of specific examples from the texts you choose to support your ideas.
Exam 2 is worth up to 150 points.
(c) Diane Thompson: 11/14/1998; updated:07/06/2011