English III fall Semester Exam Review Creation Myths Background Notes on Creation Myths

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English III Fall Semester Exam Review

Creation Myths

Background Notes on Creation Myths

  1. Sacred stories were often at the heart of Native American religious ceremonies, and in societies where myth and reality merged, what were rituals thought to do?

  1. What are stories passed from one generation to the next aloud rather than being physically recorded considered?

  1. What tells how the world and human beings came to exist including explanations of the formation of the Earth and the formation of human life?

  1. What explains how natural phenomena and various aspects of the natural world such as the wind, stars, sun, and moon came to exist, or why a society has certain beliefs, customs, and cultural traditions?

  1. What is a symbol, story pattern, event, character type or landscape found in literature across different cultures and eras?

How the World Was Made

  1. According to this myth, when will the world end?

  1. According to this myth, why do women only have one child per year?

  1. According to this myth, what was created LAST?

  1. Which archetypes appear in this myth?

The Cherokee reverenced animals for their qualities and traits. Which of the following animals: waterbeetle, buzzard, and are being described by the specific qualities or character traits listed below.

  1. courage

  2. power

  3. persistence

  4. One of only a few who had the determination to stay awake for seven nights.

  5. So strong that he changed the topography of the Cherokee’s country.

  6. Dared to go to an unknown region to discover what was below the water.

The Sky Tree

  1. According to “The Sky Tree,” where did people first live?

  1. According to “the Sky Tree” what was created LAST?

  1. In "The Sky Tree," who saved Aataentsic's life?


  1. Puritans were extreme _______________________ Protestants who viewed the Reformation as a victory of true Christianity.

  2. True or False? The Puritans had their own unique community and cultural practices based on their religious beliefs.

  3. True or False? Puritans liked the rituals and extravagant buildings of the major denominations in Europe.

  4. True or False? Every man, woman, and child was expected to attend the meeting on the Sabbath without question.

  5. True or False? Puritans were required to read the Bible which showed their religious discipline. If they did not read the Bible, it was thought that they were worshiping the devil.

  6. True or False? The events which led to the witch trials in Salem actually occurred in what is now the town of Danvers, then a parish of Salem Town, known as Salem Village.

Arthur Miller
  1. True or False? Miller began writing plays in college, but it was not until 1947, at the age of 32, that he scored his first major critical success with All My Sons, receiving the New York Drama Critics Circle Award.

  2. True or False? Two years later, in 1949, he received the Pulitzer Prize for The Crucible.

  3. True or False? Regarded as one of the finest American playwrights of the 20th century.

  4. True or False? Though he withheld information from the court, Miller was never sent to jail.

  5. True or False? The Crucible was written in 1953 as an allegory for McCarthyism or the so called (second) Red Scare.

The Crucible

(The Crucible, Act 1)

  1. What conclusion can you draw about Abigail's discharge from the Proctors'?

  1. Why does Abigail accuse Tituba of conjuring the Devil?

(The Crucible, Act 2)

  1. What is used as evidence against Elizabeth Proctor?

  1. According to Elizabeth Proctor, what is the motivation behind Abigail's accusation against her?

(The Crucible, Act 3)

  1. Why does Proctor reject the compromise that would grant his wife freedom for one year?

  1. What does Danforth call Proctor’s accusation against Abigail?

  1. Why does Mary Warren turn against John Proctor and accuse him of being the Devil’s man?

(The Crucible, Act 4)

  1. What news does Parris give Danforth about Abigail?

  1. What has Elizabeth learned through her test of character?

  1. Why won’t Elizabeth plead with Proctor in the final scene?

The Age of Reason

  1. Which of the Age of Reason authors was considered the most radical?

  1. Which of the Age of Reason authors was a scientist, publisher, and statesman?

  1. Which of the Age of Reason authors wrote letters that campaigned for women’s rights?

  1. Which of the Age of Reason authors was an American president, philosopher, and statesman?

  1. Benjamin Franklin wrote letters to his brother’s paper in the persona of what middle-aged woman?

  1. What was the theme of the Enlightenment?

  1. What was the theology behind the Enlightenment?

  1. Who was the leading philosopher of the Enlightenment?

  1. What day did Congress declare independence?

  1. What are the three parts of the Declaration of Independence?

Speech to the Second Virginia

  1. What does Henry believe that the issues facing the convention call for?

  1. What is the theme of the speech?

  1. What does Henry believe is the best way to guess what the future holds?

  1. At the time this speech was written, what does Henry believe that Britain was preparing for?

  1. What are the choices Henry recognizes for himself as he concludes his speech?


  1. What was the Romantic author’s purpose of writing?

  1. Which group of Romantic writers believed everything in the world is fueled by imagination and imagination leads to the Divine Soul?

  1. Which group of Romantic writers believed imagination does NOT lead to the Divine Soul, because God is still here, and He still punishes?

  1. The new romantic hero defined _________________ ________________, not ____________________ _____________________, as the answer to the ideal protagonist.

  1. Self-reliance is a “_____________ ___________________” mentality.

  1. What were the three separate movements (groups of authors) during the Romantic Period?

  1. All three movements of the romantic period had different styles, but they had the same goal; what was their goal?

Edgar Allan Poe

  1. What university did Poe attend?

  1. While working as a literary critic, what nickname did Poe receive?

  1. Poe wanted knowledge of what existed beyond __________________.

  1. Which of his works was most personal because it reflected all the losses of loved ones to tuberculosis?

  1. After whom did he model the main character of Annabelle Lee?

  1. Where and when did he die?

  1. How old was he when he died?

The Cask of Amontillado

  1. What does the Montresor family motto promise, and to whom?

  1. What is Montresor’s motive for leading Fortunato to the vaults?

  1. According to Montresor, What must be the result in order for an act of revenge to be meaningful?

  1. Why does Montresor tell Fortunato that he plans to have Luchesi judge the Amontillado?

  1. At the carnival, what is Fortunato’s manner towards Montresor?

  1. As Montresor leads Fortunato through the vaults, what does Montresor express as his main concern?

  2. This statement makes a joke that only Montresor and the reader understand:

    [to Fortunato] "'Come,' I said with decision. 'We will go back; your health is precious.' “What is ironic about this statement?

  3. What characteristic of both men leads to Montresor's actions and to Fortunato's destruction?

  1. Why does Montresor tell his servants that he will be gone all night?

  1. How does Fortunato react when he is first chained up?

  1. Why does Montresor stop working when Fortunato rattles his chains?

  1. How does Montresor feel about what he has done?

  1. What is Poe’s purpose for not telling us what Fortunato said or did to insult Montresor?

  1. What theme, or perception about life or human nature, does Poe communicate in this story?

El Dorado

  1. What are the three psychological stages the knight goes through in the first three stanzas?

  1. The repetition of the word “shadow” is found in this poem; however, each stanza’s “shadow” has a different meaning. What does “shadow” symbolize in each stanza of the poem?

  1. According to the Pilgrim Shadow, what is Eldorado?

  1. What is the line, “Down the valley of the shadow” an example of?

  1. This poem is an example of narrative poetry -- poetry that tells a story. What are the lessons of life that are intended to be learned from the story it tells?

The Raven

  1. At the beginning of "The Raven," what is the speaker is trying to do?

  1. At first, where does the speaker of "The Raven" assume the raven has come from?

  1. At first, what does the speaker of "The Raven" believe is causing the tapping?

  1. In lines 85–95 of "The Raven," what does the speaker seek from the raven?

  1. What does the speaker of "The Raven" seem to want more than anything else?

  1. What does the poem indicate that the raven's main purpose is?

  1. What do you think the raven in the poem of the same name represents or symbolizes?

  1. What does this symbolic meaning indicate in regards to the speaker’s existence?

  1. What is a feeling of curiosity, uncertainty, or even dread about what is going to happen next?

  1. What does the repetition of rhyme scheme within a work give the work? (two things)

Define and identify in context:

  1. internal rhyme

  2. end rhyme

  3. rhyme scheme

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