You will need to bring at least one large blue/green book with you to the exam. You may also bring a 4X6 card into the exam, which will be stapled to your exam book. You may have a thesis statement on the card and an outline. The outline may include quoted phrases from the texts supporting your argument.

Jane Austen’s Writing Desk

Part I. You will be asked to identify 5 out of 10 terms, characters, places, and/or objects of importance in the works read so far this semester. A complete answer (of four or so sentences; or one short paragraph) completely identifies the subject and connects that subject to the work where it appears and/or to other works read in our class this semester(10 points each; 50 points)

Vocabulary (in addition to characters, places, and objects of importance): focalization, free indirect discourse, direct discourse, indirect discourse, palimpsest, adaptation, transmedia storytelling, epistemophilia, story vs. discourse

Part II: You will be asked to write one long essay that addresses all three of the novels studied this semester: you may come into class prepared to write on one of the following topics. (50 points)

As you can see, these are very broad essay prompts, so you’ll want to come into class with a thesis and supporting evidence. You will not have access to your texts and so I will not expect direct quotes. In each case, you’ll want to begin with a consideration of Pride and Prejudice before going on to address Longbourn and Pride. If you can remember key phases, you may employ those in your essay surrounded by quotation marks.

  • Education
  • Design vs. Desire
  • Happiness
  • Narrative Technique and its Effect
  • Family