Part I—Literary Terms
You will have to match some of the literary terms we have
studied with the appropriate definitions.
A good way to study these terms is with flash cards.
You will have to make you own out of 3 x 5 index cards, but you will be
able to take them with you everywhere you go and learn a few at a time.
Alliteration, Allusion, Analogy,
Apostrophe, Assonance, Atmosphere, Catalog, Charged Words, Conceit, Conflict,
Connotation, Consonance, Denotation, Diction, Dramatic Monologue, Elegy, End
Rhyme, Epitaph, Exact Rhyme, Extended Metaphor, Figure of Speech, Foreshadowing,
Free Verse, Idyll, Imagery, Internal Rhyme, Irony, Leitmotif, Metaphor, Meter,
Mood, Paradox, Parody, Parallel Structure, Personification, Persuasion, Point of
View, Refrain, Rhythm, Satire, Setting, Simile, Simile, Slant Rhyme, Stock
Character, Stream of Conscience, Style, Symbol, Theme, Tone, walter mitty
Part II—Literary Units
You can find all the answers in the notes from the year. If
you have lost some of your notes, check out my web site http://abeckett-willis.tripod.com.
You can find all the background notes, which is where the questions are
coming from, on that site.
The purposes for writing in the Colonial period
The types of writing in the Colonial period
The purposes for writing in the Revolutionary period
The types of writing in the Revolutionary period
Define Symbolism as a literary movement
What did the Olde Deluder Law state?
Who were the two types of early settlers and where did each type settle?
Give the ideals versus realities of the Colonial period.
List the characteristics of the Enlightenment.
Give two alternate names for the Revolutionary period.
Give the characteristics of the Early Romantic period.
What is another name for the Early Romantic period?
List the Fireside Poets
List the Brahmin Poets and why did they call themselves this.
What is another name for the Later Romantic period?
List the purposes for writing during the Later Romantic period.
What were the two major influences on the Later Romantic period?
Give the ideals versus realities of the Later Romantic period.
Give three (3) alternate names for the Civil War period.
List the tenets of the American Dream.
One distinguishing mark of 20th century literature is that it
shows __________________ and ______________________.
What is the major theme of Modern literature?
List the two men who had a major impact on Modern literature.
What is another name for the expatriates who left America to live in
Why did the expatriate writers leave America?
List the five (5) elements of Modern literature.
List the issues that many Harlem Renaissance artists addressed.
Give the names of two important Harlem Renaissance publications.
During this time, the Harlem Renaissance artists insisted that the
African American be accepted as
Be sure to know which author wrote what work (only the works
we have studied this nine weeks (4th nine weeks).
“A Wagner Matinee,” “Nothing Gold Can Stay,”
“Neither Out Far Nor In Deep,” “Bells for John Whiteside’s Daughter,”
“Shine, Perishing Republic,” “The Leader of the People,” “The Secret
Life of Walter Mitty,” “A Worn Path,” “Richard Cory,” “Miniver
Cheevy,” “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock,” “The Life You Save May
Be Your Own,” “The Jilting of Granny Weatherall,” “A Rose for Emily,”
“America,” “Incident,” “Harlem,” “The River Merchant’s Wife: A
Letter,” “The Red Wheelbarrow,” “Chicago,” “what if a much of a
which of a wind,” and “somewhere i have never travelled, gladly beyond”
I will only have 4th nine weeks authors on the
exam. You should have notes for
each of these authors. If you do
not have the notes, you can check their background information in the textbook,
some background notes will be on my web site (I do not promise that all of the
authors will be there, but you are still responsible for them).
You will have questions from each of the authors (like on each of the
Langston Hughes, Countee Cullen, Claude McKay, Carl Sandburg,
Ezra Pound, William Carlos Williams, e. e. cummings, William Faulkner, Eudora
Welty, Katherine Anne Porter, Flannery O’Conner, T. S. Eliot, Edwin Arlington,
Robert Frost, John Steinbeck, James Thurber, Robinson Jeffers, John Ransom
Crowe, Willa Cather
1925—he left three poems near Vachel
Lindsay’s plate who was eating dinner in the restaurant where Hughes was a
An American myth by the time of his death
when he was 90
Born and raised in Jamaica
Came in contact with Ezra Pound while
studying medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.
Charged with treason during WW II and
spent years in a psychiatric hospital
Foremost humorist of the 20th
Founded a group of “renegade” poets
(the Fugitives) from the South, who were determined to emphasize the values of
Had a “wise and ironic” view of
He altered conventional English syntax and
made typography and the division of words part of the shape and meaning of the
championed the virtues of elitism in a age of celebration of the common person
had a “dark vision of the limited life of human beings.”
himself built a stone tower that he used for a retreat and for a writing studio.
inherited money from his uncle, which enabled him to pursue his writing and
provide for his family.
often combines the tones of tenderness and detachment in his poetry.
saw himself primarily as a lyric poet in the Romantic tradition, not as a black
poet writing about social and racial themes.
However, he did find himself repeatedly drawn to such themes.
most characteristic voice is the vernacular (slang, street talk, and the common
speech of clichés and plain expressions).
17. His sonnets voice his ambivalent and often
defiant feelings about African American life in the United States.
by two U.S. Senate resolutions.
of his poems are heavily influenced by jazz rhythms if not written specifically
for jazz accompaniment.
writes about sensitive individuals who are restricted by their environment.
Reserved his satire for the “unman” or
the unthinking, unfeeling temperament of urban “humans”
22. Slogan—“Make it new!”
ideas but in things”
poet was controversial because he called for black poets to write traditional
is the theme of his poetry.
later go on to evolve his own distinctive style which he called objectivism.