Part 1: Take-home Final Exam

Take-home Final Exam Instructions: Respond to the three questions below using the following guidelines: 

    • FORMAT: Copy and Paste the Final Exam questions from Canvas/Assignment onto your word document and write your answer below each question. 

     â€¢ Each response should contain 300-400 words not including the questions. You must include word-count in each answer. Answers without word count will be marked down of 0.5 pts. 

      • Write complete sentences making sure your answers focus on the question asked, promptly and concisely, without unnecessary introductions or deviations. Your answers should be formatted using a 12 standard font with double spacing. 

    • Even though you are not expected to write a full essay for each question, you should have a thesis statement that states your argument. 

     â€¢ Sustain your answer/argument with an example chosen only from within the pages or chapters of the reading assignment. • Don’t forget to name the text(s) and author(s) you are responding to at the beginning of your response. 

    • Don’t forget to write your analysis in the present tense. 

    • Be sure to italicize book titles, and put short stories, poem titles, and essays in quotation marks.

    • Be specific in your answers, and be as accurate and precise as possible with your choice of words. This means that you should not write generic statements nor should you write the summary of a story. 

    • Give at least one example for each story, and connect them (minimum 300 to 400 words — 6 points each). Here you can choose one or more characters to analyze.

 

      Final Exam Part 1 Questions: You must respond to the first two questions, but you can choose to respond either to #3 or #4. You will only be graded on three responses, so do not respond to four questions: (be sure to ground your arguments using specific examples from the works listed above): 

   1. Consider the various representations of identity and coming-of-age we have discussed in the second part of the semester. Focusing on one of the following concepts (gender, sex, sexuality, race, class, etc.) compare and contrast the ways at least two characters from “How to Tame a Wild Tongue,” “Introduction to Herculine Barbin,” “The Brothers,” The Wachowski Human Rights Visibility Award Video, or Your Name struggle to express their identities. Are their struggles caused by interior issues, or are they coming from the world around them? How do they overcome these struggles? 

    2. How does resilience manifest itself in two characters from The Best We Could Do; Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress? Be sure to give concrete examples and explain them. 

     Respond to either question 3 or 4 (only one): 

   3. Compare and contrast the different writing techniques (genre, style, structure, point of view) used by the authors we read from the list above to address the larger theme of “Literature of the Child.” 

   4. Compare themes, characters, and/or issues dealing with childhood/coming of age from your Art, Culture, and Childhood Analysis Video with one or two other works we have read (or watched) we read from the list above. Be sure to make a clear argument and sustain it with specific examples.

   

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