For the Exam: Please bring bluebooks, pencils and/or pens, and optionally your copy of Gaskell’s Mary Barton. (Gaskell’s novel 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 up to and including February 6.
Note: The midterm counts as 50 points out of a possible 250 points in the course, or one-fifth (20%) of your course grade. Please note that it is possible to earn more than 50 points.
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 the facts of literary history, such as who was instrumental in the development of the dramatic monologue.
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):
5 Passages—5 points each (25 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 asked to identify five out of seven passages. For each identified passage, you will need to write the name of the author (1 point), the title of the text from which the passage was taken (1 point) and a brief paragraph (3 points) explaining what the passage tells us about the text.
1 Short Essay—15 points possible
The third section of the midterm will assess your ability to write a brief but detailed and coherent essay that responds to a specific topic. The topic will focus on Elizabeth Gaskell’s Mary Barton. 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 Gaskell’s novel.