English World Lit Exam Review

English World Lit Exam Review

A few years ago, she offered to give me the piano, for my thirtieth birthday. I had not played in all those years. I saw the offer as a sign of forgiveness, a tremendous burden removed.

“Are you sure?” I asked shyly. “I mean, won’t you and Dad miss it?”

“No, this your piano,” she said firmly. “Always your piano. You only one can play.”

“Well, I probably can’t play anymore,” I said. “It’s been years.”

“You pick up fast,” said my mother, as if she knew this was certain. “You have natural talent. You could been genius if you want to.”

“No, I couldn’t.”

“You just not trying,” said my mother. And she was neither angry nor sad. She said it as if to announce a fact that could never be disproved. “Take it,” she said.

But I didn’t at first. It was enough that she had offered it to me. And after that, every time I saw it in my parents’ living room, standing in front of the bay window, it made me feel proud, as if it were a shiny trophy I had won back.

Based on the narration and dialogue, which statement describes the narrator best?

The narrator feels guilt over something she did in the past.
What is alliteration?
the repetition of initial consonant sounds
Seven captains at seven gates
matched against seven equal warriors . . . .

Which word describes the tone of the speaker?

Ishmael Beah published a(n) __________ called A Long Way Gone in order to explore the experience of surviving a civil war.
Why is it important to make connections to texts?
Doing so will increase your comprehension of the text.
Which thematic idea does the story “Subha” explore?
loneliness and isolation
Which type of theory focuses either on how to form art that pleases an audience or on what an audience should be like in order to enjoy art correctly?
Which myth is the best example of mythology used to transmit societal values and ethics?
How is theme influenced by history and culture?
A society’s values and morals are reflected in the themes of its literature.
Which conflict represents one of the cultural clashes in the story “Marriage Is a Private Affair”?
Ibo vs. Ibibio
That’s when we saw the girl. She was shrieking—
a distressing painful cry, just like a bird
who’s seen an empty nest, its fledglings gone.

Which mood is created by the figurative language used in the passage?

Why are databases useful to researchers?
because they include scholarly articles that add credibility to your research
How should information in resumé bullets be written?
using action words such as “Developed interactive presentations delivered to audiences of up to 100”
Anyone who’s well disposed towards our state,
alive or dead, that man I will respect.

Based on these lines spoken by Creon, what does he value?

loyalty to state
“My Love Reveals Objects”
by Isabel Fraire

my love reveals objects
silken butterflies
concealed in his fingers

his words
splash me with stars

night shines like lightning
under the fingers of my love

my love invents worlds where
jeweled glittering serpents live

worlds where music is the world

worlds where houses with open eyes
contemplate the dawn

my love is a mad sunflower that forgets
fragments of sun in the silence

Source: Fraire, Isabel. “My Love Reveals Objects.” Casa Poema. Judith Pordon, 30 Sept. 2010. Web. 18 May 2011.

Which convention of love poetry does this poem illustrate?

What does Julia Alvarez have in common with the speaker from the poem “Exile”?
Both of their families fled the Dominican Republic while Trujillo was in power.
Which character values divine authority more than human authority?
Which statement is not a reason archetypes are important to understand?
Archetypes vary from culture to culture and must be memorized.
What is the role of diction in writing?
to make language more specific
What is a task analysis?
the process of determining the steps required to perform a task
Which sentence describes an external conflict?
Roland must ride his bike through a monsoon to get home.
Astronomers these days can do the most amazing things. If someone struck a match on the Moon, they could spot the flare. From the tiniest throbs and wobbles of distant stars they can infer the size and character and even potential habitability of planets much too remote to be seen—planets so distant that it would take us half a million years in a spaceship to get there. With their radio telescopes they can capture wisps of radiation so preposterously faint that the total amount of energy collected from outside the solar system by all of them together since collecting began (in 1951) is “less than the energy of a single snowflake striking the ground,” in the words of Carl Sagan.

Source: Bryson, Bill. “Welcome to the Solar System.” A Short History of Nearly Everything. New York: Broadway, 2003. 19. Print.

What is the author’s main purpose in this excerpt?

to instruct
Analyze the image below from The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie and answer the question that follows.

Which character trait does the characterization from the image reveal about Arnold?

Ancient Greek tragedy developed from __________.
religious ceremonies
By the side of a wood, in a country a long way off, ran a fine stream of water; and upon the stream there stood a mill. The miller’s house was close by, and the miller, you must know, had a very beautiful daughter. She was, moreover, very shrewd and clever; and the miller was so proud of her, that he one day told the king of the land, who used to come and hunt in the wood, that his daughter could spin gold out of straw. Now this king was very fond of money; and when he heard the miller’s boast his greediness was raised, and he sent for the girl to be brought before him. Then he led her to a chamber in his palace where there was a great heap of straw, and gave her a spinning-wheel, and said, “All this must be spun into gold before morning, as you love your life.” It was in vain that the poor maiden said that it was only a silly boast of her father, for that she could do no such thing as spin straw into gold: the chamber door was locked, and she was left alone.

She sat down in one corner of the room, and began to bewail her hard fate; when on a sudden the door opened, and a droll-looking little man hobbled in, and said, “Good morrow to you, my good lass; what are you weeping for?” “Alas!” said she, “I must spin this straw into gold, and I know not how.” “What will you give me,” said the hobgoblin, “to do it for you?” “My necklace,” replied the maiden. He took her at her word, and sat himself down to the wheel, and whistled and sang:

“Round about, round about,
Lo and behold!
Reel away, reel away,
Straw into gold!”

And round about the wheel went merrily; the work was quickly done, and the straw was all spun into gold.

When the king came and saw this, he was greatly astonished and pleased; but his heart grew still more greedy of gain, and he shut up the poor miller’s daughter again with a fresh task. Then she knew not what to do, and sat down once more to weep; but the dwarf soon opened the door, and said, “What will you give me to do your task?” “The ring on my finger,” said she. So her little friend took the ring, and began to work at the wheel again, and whistled and sang:

“Round about, round about,
Lo and behold!
Reel away, reel away,
Straw into gold!”

till, long before morning, all was done again.

Source: Grimm, Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm. “Rumplestiltskin.” Project Gutenberg, 12 Dec. 2008. Web. 07 Mar. 2011.

Which situational archetype is represented in this story?

the test or tasks