Intro to Fiction
Preparing for the Midterm Exam
To prepare for the midterm exam next Monday, please review your class notes and the readings that we have done to date. The exam will consist of three sections: one section of "Definitions," which asks you to reflect on some key terms related to the elements of fiction that we have discussed to date, one section that asks you to write one to three paragraphs in response to a question related to Kate Chopin's "Story of an Hour," and finally one section that asks you to write one to three paragraphs in response to a question related to Jamaica Kincaid's story "Girl."
One of the best ways to prepare for the exam is to get started with thinking about and drafting your textual analysis essay. To do this, you will want to read Charters' essay "Writing About Short Stories" (1108-1132). You may also want to look at Charters' essay "Literary Theory and Critical Perspectives" (1133-1139), though I leave that up to you. You will find all of the information you need to begin drafting your essay in the first Charters essay and in the various handouts on close reading that I have distributed in class. Please also make sure to review the handout "Writing About Texts," since you may need to use some of these guidelines in writing for the midterm.