Final Exam for Introduction to Literature

23Jan 2022 by

Choose one question and complete a 1.5 page essay. 
Your essay should be double-spaced, in Times New Roman 12 point font, and formatted according to MLA style.

1. Pick two literary periods that we have studied this semester; they may be British or American or both. Describe the defining characteristics of these periods. Then choose at least two authors studied during the course from each period and demonstrate how their works reflect these characteristics. Give specific examples from the authors’ texts.
2. Nature is an important topic in literature for many British and American writers. Chose at least two writers from our course readings and explain how they treat nature in their works. What are the similarities? What are the differences? Offer an explanation for these similarities and differences.
3. For this particular essay prompt you are expected to reflect on the role that imagination plays in the works of at least two authors from the course. How does imagination impact the ways in which the author of the work, or the protagonist within the work, sees the world around them? How does this reflect their inner-state of being? Is this a calm or tumultuous state? Ultimately, what does this reflection say about the particular work and the underlying themes that it represents?
4. The idea of independence or self-worth is a theme that runs through much of literature. Take at least two authors from our assigned readings and compare and contrast their views of independence and self-worth. How do these works demonstrate the search or struggle to find self-worth through the journeys of their protagonists?