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Final Exam Help

  1. 1. THE FINAL FRONTIER Junior Exam Spring 2008
  2. 2. Writer's imply, readers infer <ul><li>Infer: to conclude from evidence </li></ul><ul><li>Follow the CLUES, Sherlock! </li></ul>
  3. 3. TONE <ul><li>Author/poet's attitude towards the subject </li></ul><ul><li>angry </li></ul><ul><li>sad </li></ul><ul><li>boring </li></ul><ul><li>apologetic </li></ul><ul><li>nostalgic </li></ul><ul><li>sarcastic </li></ul><ul><li>somber </li></ul><ul><li>didactic </li></ul>
  4. 4. Always notice Shifts in tone <ul><li>Notice key words (e.g. but, yet, nevertheless, however, although) </li></ul><ul><li>punctuation </li></ul><ul><li>stanza and paragraph divisions (why is this a new paragraph? What new thing is happening?) </li></ul>
  5. 5. THEME <ul><li>The author's/poet's message </li></ul><ul><li>Think back to Aesop's fables: a moral is a stated theme </li></ul>
  6. 6. Tricks to help identify themes <ul><li>How has the main character changed? </li></ul><ul><li>What lessons has he or she learned? </li></ul><ul><li>What is the conflict? </li></ul><ul><li>What is the subject and what does the author say about it? </li></ul>
  7. 7. Point of View <ul><li>Is the narrator a participant in the story or not? </li></ul><ul><li>Great Gatsby: Nick participates in the story (1st person) </li></ul><ul><li>Scarlet Letter: The narrator does not participate (3rd person) </li></ul>
  8. 8. Poetry help <ul><li>Be prepared to RE-READ THE POEM multiple times. Don't read the questions until you've re-read the poem. </li></ul><ul><li>Look for key words that make sense to you. Re-read those lines </li></ul>
  9. 9. More poetry help <ul><li>Title gives you clues </li></ul><ul><li>Start with what you know </li></ul><ul><li>look for patterns </li></ul><ul><li>Identify the narrator (poet or not)? </li></ul><ul><li>Consider form: Haikus are about nature, Sonnets are often about love, rhyme schemes emphasize ideas </li></ul>
  10. 10. Poetry test-taking steps: <ul><li>READ THE POEM </li></ul><ul><li>RE-READ THE POEM </li></ul><ul><li>RE-READ THE POEM </li></ul><ul><li>Read the questions </li></ul><ul><li>RE-READ THE POEM </li></ul><ul><li>Answer the questions </li></ul>

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