For the Exam: Please bring bluebooks, pencils and/or pens, and optionally your copy of Wilde's A Woman of No Importance. (Wilde's play is the only book you can use during the exam.)
Questions will be limited to texts, authors and terms that have been discussed in class or assigned on the syllabus since the midterm.
Note: The exam counts as 50 points out of a possible 250 points in the course, or one-fifth (20%) of your course grade.
20 Questions-0.5 point each (10 points possible)
The first section of the midterm will assess your knowledge of the literary texts, authors, and terms important to an understanding of nineteenth century British literature.
Some questions will focus on facts of literary history. Some questions will focus on the context of Victorian era texts, specifically outlined in the Introduction to Volume 2B of the Longman Anthology of British Literature. Some questions will focus on literary forms and terms. For this part, refer to the appendix at the back of the Longman Anthology. Be prepared to match the following terms to their definitions (some but not all of these terms will appear on the exam):
fin de siecle
2 Passages-10 points each (20 points possible)
The second section of the midterm will assess your knowledge of the literary texts, authors and techniques important to an understanding of nineteenth century British literature. You will be given three passages, with the author and text already identified. Of the three passages you will choose two. For each chosen passage, you will write a brief response in which you explain how the passage is representative (or not representative) of the author, and how the passage is important to understanding the text.
1 Short Essay-20 points possible
The third section of the exam will assess your ability to write a brief but detailed and coherent essay that responds to a specific topic. The topic will focus on Oscar Wilde's A Woman of No Importance. You can make use of other authors and/or texts to develop and illustrate your argument; however, the focus of the essay should be on Wilde's play.