Friday, January 20, 2017

British Literature Fall 2016 Final Exam

This exam should take two hours to complete.

Pencil (or pen) and paper
Your class notes from my lectures
Adventures in English Literature (the brown textbook)
The Story of Britain
Pride and Prejudice
Wuthering Heights
King Lear
A Tale of Two Cities

1. Write a step by step description of how to write a research paper. Start with the impetus for writing, explain the steps, and end with the benefits of having completed such a thing.  This essay will be worth 15 pts.

2. Write an essay describing the intellectual and artistic shift from the Age of Enlightenment to the Romantic Age. You must reference at least four literary works and at least two historical events. 15 pts.

3. In all three of the major works we read this fall, parallelism played a major part in illustrating the author's ideas. Write an essay describing the use of parallelism to illustrate an idea in King Lear, A Tale of Two Cities, and Wuthering Heights. 20 pts.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Reading Period 15: Jan 13-19: Pride and Prejudice

Due Dates:
Quiz: Monday, Jan 16
Assignments: Wednesday, Jan 18
History: Friday, Jan 20


Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, chapters 21-40. When you're all done with the book, you can watch the movie!

Creative Assignments: 

Make an illustrated map of the novel, including the Bennets', Netherfield, Pemberley, Rosings, the Gardiners' house in London, and the Collinses'. This might help if you want to make your map of Longbourne and the environs more accurate. 


Write a new scene for Pride and Prejudice that shows something the author decided to skip over. It could be from a different point of view, like Darcy's or Wickham's, or it could just be a bit of the action you want to illustrate.

Writing Assignments:

The key to dissecting a novel's meaning often lands right on the cover in a meaningful title. Use Pride and Prejudice to write an essay about how a novel's title can give clues to the theme. In a 400 word essay, discuss how the title relates to the novel. How does prejudice influence decisions the characters make? How does pride affect the way the characters view each other? Organize your essay with a succinct introduction that clearly states your main idea. Use specific examples and quotes from the book.


Literary characters often face seemingly insurmountable obstacles on their way to happiness and fulfillment. Use Pride and Prejudice to write an essay about characters' obstacles. In a 400 word essay, discuss the obstacles that Elizabeth and Darcy had to overcome in their relationship. You can touch on physical obstacles, like siblings, parents, etc. as well as abstractions like social class, first impressions, and rumors. Organize your essay with a succinct introduction that clearly states your main idea. Use specific examples and quotes from the book.

If you are prepping for the AP exam, you must choose one of the above. If you are not, you may choose this third option:

In a 250 word essay, discuss how the opening line of the book sets the stage for the whole novel, and how fortune and necessity drives the plot. Use specific examples and quotes from the book.


The quiz covers chapters 21-40 of the book, one question per chapter. So question #1 is from chapter 21, etc. Enjoy. 

1.Jane receives a letter from Netherfield. Who is it from and what does it say?
A. It's from Caroline Bingley and it says they are leaving for good.
B. It's from Caroline Bingley and it's an invitation to tea.
C. It's from Mr. Bingley and it says they are leaving for good.
D. It's from Mr. Bingley and it's an invitation to tea.

2.Why did Lady Lucas begin to calculate how many years longer Mr. Bennet was likely to live?
A. Because she hates him and wants to rid the neighborhood of his presence.
B. Because when he dies, her son-in-law to-be will inherit his money and house.
C. Because she wants her daughter to marry him before he dies.
D. Because she believes that when he dies, his daughters will inherit the money.

3.Why does Mrs. Lucas visit Longbourn more frequently than she did in the past?
A. To get advice on marrying off her daughter from Mrs. Bennet.
B. To make sure that Lizzy Bennet isn't sad and disappointed that she will not be marrying Mr. Collins.
C. To share and enjoy the happiness of her daughter in her upcoming marriage.
D. To humble Mrs. Bennet because Mrs. Lucas has a daughter safely married off and Mrs. Bennet doesn't.

4.Finish this quote from Elizabeth Bennet: "The more I see of the world, the more am I _____________."
A. Afraid of it.
B. In love with it.
C. Dissatisfied with it.
D. Satisfied with it.

5.What does Mrs. Gardiner suggest to help with Jane's disappointment over Mr. Bingley?
A. Jane should go back to London with them.
B. Jane should join a convent.
C. Jane should read improving books and work on her piano.
D. Jane should find a less rich and important man to love.

6.Whose opinion does Elizabeth Bennet trust when it comes to Georgiana Darcy, Mr. Darcy's sister?
A. Mr. Darcy
B. Mr. Wickham
C. Miss Bingley
D. Mrs. Bennet

7.Why is Mrs. Gardiner concerned about Mr. Wickham's pursuit of Miss King?
A. He was only interested her after she inherited a fortune.
B. Miss King has a bad character and is known to be weak minded.
C. Mrs. Gardiner wanted Mr. Wickham to marry Elizabeth Bennet.
D. Mrs. Gardiner wants Mr. Wickham all for herself.

8.Why is Elizabeth pleased that Miss de Bourgh is sickly and small?
A. She wants Mr. and Mrs. Collins to have a sickly, unpleasant neighbor.
B. She doesn't like Lady Catherine de Bourgh very much.
C. She just prefers sickly, small people to healthy, big ones.
D. She likes the idea of Mr. Darcy having to marry this unattractive person.

9.Which statement is a logical conclusion after reading this line: "When the ladies returned to the drawing-room, there was little to be done but to hear Lady Catherine talk, which she did without any intermission till coffee came in, delivering her opinion on every subject in so decisive a manner, as proved that she was not used to have her judgement controverted."
A. Most people around Lady Catherine agree with her on everything.
B. Lady Catherine is lonely and unused to company.
C. Lady Catherine is cruel to her friends.
D. Most people around Lady Catherine are encouraged to debate her for fun.

10.Which gentlemen visit Elizabeth at Hunsford?
A. Mr. Darcy and Mr. Bingley
B. Mr. Darcy and Colonel Fitzwilliam
C. Lord de Bourgh and Mr. Collins
D. Mr. Bingley and Mr. Gardiner

11.What is Elizabeth Bennet doing while she and Darcy are teasing each other?
A. Playing the piano.
B. Planting flowers.
C. Cleaning a pot.
D. Embroidering a footstool.

12.Who tells Elizabeth that Mr. Darcy might be in love with her?
A. Mr. Darcy
B. Mr. Collins
C. Charlotte Lucas Collins
D. Mr. Bingley

13.What does Elizabeth Bennet conclude from what Colonel Fitzwilliam tells her about Mr. Darcy?
A. Mr. Darcy will soon be proposing to Elizabeth Bennet.
B. Mr. Darcy prevented Mr. Bingley from proposing to Jane.
C. Mr. Darcy has sole guardianship of his sister Georgiana.
D. Mr. Darcy will never marry, because he is too proud.

14.Why does Elizabeth Bennet get angry at Mr. Darcy when he proposes to her in chapter 34?
A. He is only proposing to her because it's what's expected, but not because of true love.
B. Colonel Fitzwilliam led her to believe that he would be proposing to her instead of Mr. Darcy.
C. She is in love with someone else, and can't forget that other person.
D. He talks too much about how his love for her goes against his reason, his character, and his judgment.

15.In his letter, Mr. Darcy reveals that Mr. Wickham tried to elope with his sister. How old was she when this happened?
A. 12
B. 13
C. 14
D. 15

16.When Elizabeth considers the insults that Mr. Darcy has delivered against her family and their behavior, what is her feeling?
A. She feels shame, because there is justice in his accusation.
B. She feels rage, because there is no justice in his accusation.
C. She has no idea what he is talking about, and is confused.
D. She doesn't recognize the incidents he is referring to at all.

17.Elizabeth, in thinking about Mr. Darcy's accusations, has to admit that certain members of her family are badly behaved. Who?
A. Her mother, Lydia, and Catherine.
B. Her mother, her father, and Jane.
C. Her mother, Lydia, and Mary.
D. Her mother, Catherine, and Mary.

18.Paraphrase the following: "To know that she had the power of revealing what would so exceedingly astonish Jane, and must, at the same time, so highly gratify whatever of her own vanity she had not yet been able to reason away, was such a temptation to openness as nothing could have conquered but the state of indecision in which she remained as to the extent of what she should communicate; and her fear, if she once entered on the subject, of being hurried into repeating something of Bingley which might only grieve her sister further."
A. She could never tell Jane about Mr. Bingley, because the news was so shaming to herself.
B. She couldn't wait to tell Jane everything about Mr. Darcy and Mr. Bingley.
C. She couldn't tell Jane everything she wanted to, because it might hurt Jane.
D. She was ashamed to reveal Mr. Darcy's proposal, but eager to tell Jane why Mr. Bingley had forgotten about her.

19.What would Mary like to do, rather than going out to lunch with her sisters?
A. Eat at home.
B. Read a book.
C. Play tennis.
D. Ride a horse.

20.What does Elizabeth Bennet decide to do with her information about Mr. Wickham's true character?
A. Tell everyone immediately.
B. Tell only Mr. Wickham himself that she knows the truth.
C. Tell only the rest of her family.
D. Tell no one, because he's leaving soon anyway.

I'm not mad; you're mad. 

1813, the year Pride and Prejudice was published, was a great year for battles you didn't read about in The Story of Britain. Take 250 words and describe two of the following battles that took place elsewhere in the world: Battle of San Lorenzo, Battle of Rosillo Creek, the Siege of Fort Meigs, Battle of Stoney Creek, and the Fort Mims Massacre. No need to extensively research -- I just want you to get a sense of what was going on, so you can use Wikipedia and be done.


This documentary is a short review of the stuff we've just been over. If you'd like to spend two hours instead, the 1994 movie, The Madness of King George will give you a good idea of what the court was like, and shows Pitt and Fox and all the characters you'll recognize, and it's rated PG-13.

Friday, January 6, 2017

Reading Period 14: January 6-12: Pride and Prejudice

Due Dates: 
Quiz: Monday, Jan 9
Assignments: Wednesday, Jan 11
History: Friday, Jan 13

Long Read:

Read chapters 1-20 of Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. You'll find the entire book here for download.

Creative Assignments:

Create a family portrait of the Bennetts, including all five daughters and their parents. Give each person a thought bubble that reveals a bit about their character and says something essential about their personality or inner life.


Write a letter to someone by hand. Take a picture of the letter you have written on actual paper with a pen or pencil on paper, and post it to the Google+ community. You can zoom out so we can't read your letter. Then mail the letter using a stamp and envelope and the postal service.

Writing Assignments:

Read this essay on the historical context of Pride and Prejudice and write 250 words explaining why understanding the concept of "landed gentry" is essential to understanding the situation in which the Bennett daughters find themselves at the beginning of the book.


Write a 250 word compare and contrast essay in which you define three problems with the way women were treated in Jane Austen's time and compare and contrast them with the way women are treated now. Choose to structure your essay either by discussing the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd thing from the past and then, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd thing from today, or 1st thing from the past next to 1st thing today, 2nd thing from the past against 2nd thing today, 3rd thing from the past against 3rd thing today. Think about your structure in relation to whether you want to focus on comparisons (things that are the same) or contrasts (things that are different.) Your intro and conclusion shouldn't be very long, so you can focus on the "meat" in your short essay.


Learn to play Whist. Here are the rules. You can try it online here, and we'll try it live in class.


The quiz will have 20 questions on it, one for each short chapter of Pride & Prejudice that you are assigned. If you watch the movie instead of reading the actual book, you will not get a perfect score. If you watch the movie *in addition to* reading the actual book, no one's going to be mad at you for that. If I were you, I would read the book first though, because next week I'm assigning chapters 20-40, and if you watch the movie now, you're most likely not going to want to read those chapters next week.

1.According to Mrs. Bennet, what is so great about Mr. Bingley?
 A. He has 4000 pounds a year.
 B. He is principled and brave.
 C. He is kind and generous.
 D. He is honest and forthright.

2.How would you characterize the way Mr. Bennet talks to his wife?
 A. Pleasant
 B. Informative
 C. Sarcastic
 D. Angry

3.With whom did Mr. Bingley dance TWICE?
 A. Elizabeth
 B. Jane
 C. Mary
 D. Kitty

4.Who is characterized as being more intelligent, Mr. Bingley or Mr. Darcy?
 A. Neither -- they are both rather stupid.
 B. Neither -- they are equally intelligent.
 C. Mr. Bingley
 D. Mr. Darcy

5.Why is Charlotte Lucas not offended by Mr. Darcy's pride?
 A. Because he has a right to be proud.
 B. Because it's not directed at her.
 C. Because she is also proud.
 D. Because she believes he isn't really proud.

6.Finish the line, said by Charlotte Lucas: "Happiness in marriage is entirely a matter of ____________."
 A. Love
 B. Money
 C. Chance
 D. Effort

7.Why can't the girls inherit their father's money and estate?
 A. Because women cannot inherit property in the 1800s.
 B. Because their father is upset with their life choices.
 C. Because their father has promised it to Mr. Collins.
 D. Because it can only be inherited by a male.

8.What does Mr. Darcy think it should mean when a woman is called "accomplished"?
 A. She can net a purse, cover a screen, paint a table, and embroider a dress.
 B. She has extensive knowledge of music, drawing, singing, dancing, and languages.
 C. She has traveled widely and visited many other countries.
 D. She has been running around with military officers too much.

9.What is Miss Bingley's behavior toward Elizabeth and Jane?
 A. Civil to their faces, mocking them privately.
 B. Mocking them outright, but privately jealous.
 C. Civil to their faces, respectful in private.
 D. Outwardly and privately kind and loving.

10.What do people at Netherfield do for fun?
 A. Watch TV, play Playstation, read books.
 B. Talk, play musical instruments and sing, walk around.
 C. Read books, learn languages, debate politics, study philosophy.
 D. Fencing, horseback riding, archery, and hunting.

11.Why does Miss Bingley remark on how much she likes to read and how much she wants a library?
 A. She genuinely enjoys reading and books.
 B. She thinks it will endear her to Jane and Elizabeth.
 C. To stand out in contrast to Elizabeth's love of music.
 D. Because that's what Mr. Darcy does and what his house has.

12.Why does Darcy say so little to Elizabeth on her last day at Netherfield?
 A. He's worried he likes her, and doesn't want to encourage that.
 B. He's bored with her, and can't wait for her to be gone.
 C. He is monopolized by Miss Bingley and Mrs. Hearst.
 D. He can't think of anything to say, because he's overcome with love.

13.What is Mr. Collins' job?
 A. He's a clergyman.
 B. He's a banker.
 C. He's a longshoreman.
 D. He's a gentleman.

14.Who interrupts Mr. Collins' reading of the sermon?
 A. Jane
 B. Eliza
 C. Lydia
 D. Mrs. Bennet

15.How does Mr. Collins intend to make amends to the girls for the unfairness of the entail and the fact that he will inherit their house?
 A. He's going to give them the house anyway.
 B. He's going to marry one of them.
 C. He's going to find them husbands.
 D. He's going to introduce them to Lady Catherine de Bourgh.

16.What is a "living"?
 A. A job in the clergy, appointed by the local nobility.
 B. A job at a bank, appointed by the bank president.
 C. An inheritance that allows a man not to work.
 D. A ripe gym sock.

17.Why could the girls not go into Meryton in the days preceding the ball?
 A. Their parents wouldn't allow them to go.
 B. Meryton was under quarantine.
 C. The horses were sick.
 D. Rain.

18.Who is Mrs. Bennet's least favorite daughter?
 A. Jane
 B. Elizabeth
 C. Mary
 D. Catherine

19.What is the result of Mr. Collins' proposal?
 A. Elizabeth and Mr. Collins will be married.
 B. Jane and Mr. Collins will be married.
 C. Elizabeth rejects Mr. Collins.
 D. Jane rejects Mr. Collins.

20."Nobody can tell what I suffer! But it is always so. Those who do not complain are never pitied." This statement by Mrs. Bennet is an example of what?
 A. Figurative language.
 B. Paradox.
 C. Irony.
 D. Synecdoche.


Watch the movie, "Miss Austen Regrets" which is about Jane Austen's life. It is available on YouTube starting with this clip, and it is also on Netflix. As you read the movie, answer the following questions:

1: When the clergyman tells Jane she is "very clever, I'm sure" do you think that is a compliment or an insult?
2. The maze and ribbon game is a symbol. For what?
3. Why does Jane's brother discourage her from "writing for money"?
4. "All I want is to be a girl and be pretty and be loved." How does it make you feel toward Fanny when she says this?
5. What do you think Jane means when she says her canvas is so small, two inches wide, on which she works with so small a brush?
6. What does it mean for Jane that she is "allowed" to dedicate her next book to the Prince Regent?
7. Jane's mother says she's "hardly like a woman at all" because she doesn't know "which end of a baby is up." Do you think that all women should be skilled with babies? You may feel like the correct answer is automatically "no" because you've been raised properly and understand that women should be seen as more than just child-care-givers. But examine your opinions as seriously as you can and think about your answer.
8. "How could I have written if we'd been married? All the effort of mothering." Do you think that Jane Austen would have said that women are correct to give up the pursuit of a job for their children?
9. True or false: Rich is just another word for safe.
10. Do you think Cassandra was right to try and burn Jane Austen's letters? 

Now that you've watched the movie, have read the Hanoverian section of the history book, and have read half of Pride and Prejudice, consider that Jane Austen's world exists within the world of George III. So much was going on in the outside world -- war, revolution, industrial progress, social shifts. But Jane Austen's work reflects a very limited scope -- country life, love, marriage, family. Compare this novel to A Tale of Two Cities, which does include all those important world events in its plot. Which do you feel is more important and why? Write an essay about this. It may take the form of a compare and contrast essay, or it may assume a shape more like "Why are some books important and others less so?" or wherever your mind takes you. We will be working on revising this one, so give it some thought.