Final Exam (part #1)
Your final exam will be 25% comprehensive, and 75% on Northanger Abbey. The comprehensive part will consist of several quotations from the various books we’ve read (including Austen): you will have to identify each passage and explain its significance to the work as a whole. This should be quite easy as long as you’ve read and you have a halfway decent ear for the “sound” of each author in class.
The Northanger Abbey portion will be a series of short essay questions using ONE of the following essays from the back of the Norton Critical Edition of the novel:
· Lee Erickson, “The Economy of Novel Reading” (pp.325-338)
· Narelle Shaw, “Free Indirect Speech and Jane Austen’s 1816 revision of Northanger Abbey” (pp.339-348)
· Joseph Litvak, “The Most Charming Man in the World” (pp.348-357)
Be sure to read one of these essays prior to the final exam, though you may bring your book to the exam. You will use the essay to answer the questions, and I will expect you to quote from the essay AND the novel to support your answers. The trick here is to see how well you can apply second hand research to a primary text, while balancing your own views on the work itself.
REMEMBER, the final exam is on Friday, December 12th @ 9:00. Bring your copy of Northanger Abbey (I don’t have extra copies to loan you) as well as lots of paper to write with. See you then!