352:368:02 Special Topics - The Military in American Literature:
The final exam covers all the works of fiction we covered this semester:
Cooper's Last of the Mohicans, Melville's Billy Budd and "Benito Cereno,"
Crane's Red Badge of Courage, Hemingway's Farewell to Arms,
and Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse Five.
Advance Release for Final Examination: December 21, 2004, 3-6 pm
Part I: Identification and Analysis: 90 minutes
A. Identify each of the following text samples, providing
- Name of author (and also name of work in the case of Melville)
- Exactly where the passage appears -or its meaning or function - in the work
- The key elements in the sample passage - ideas, emotions, attitudes, voice, images, metaphors, vocabulary, and other significant elements
- How these elements appear elsewhere in the course in this or other authors
- Please focus on the passage itse+lf -- do not summarize the plot, the background, the author's life,
the reputation of the work, etc.
[about 8 text samples]
Part II: Essays: 90 minutes
B. Answer any two (2) questions. Make sure your essays between them substantially cover all six (6) of the novels in the course (Cooper, two Melville short novels, Crane, Heminmgway, and Vonnegut). Be sure to introduce your subject, support your arguments with evidence, and reach a conclusion. Please do not present plot summaries, backgrounds, summaries of the class discussion, or encyclopedia articles. If possible, do not just repeat your course papers.
- How are the "rules of war" - both understandings about diplomacy, combat, and negotiation - and available military technology - reflected in the "rules" of literary form or structure in works in the course by two or more authors.
- Many authors are distinctive or characteristic in their style. In each case how is the author's style appropriate (or not) in view of the significance, overall story, and main characters in the work? Please discuss writings in the course by two or more different authors.
- Many military works also contain a second element of focus, such as romance, legal issues, or a social problem. Thus the actual or potential use of force in the military aspects of the work is often connected with an important additional element. Discuss how the military and civilian aspects of the work connect with each other and what would happen if only one were present in two or more authors.
Note: Be sure your discuss all six (6) novels in the course in your questions. Treat at least two different authors in each question. There are five authors but six novels, counting two Melville works as short novels. You can do three works in each question (tes, 3 x 2 = 6) or four plus two, etc.