CLEP American Literature: Study Guide & Test Prep Final Exam

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Use this material to answer question #1

My candle burns at both ends;

It will not last the night;

But ah, my foes, and oh, my friends -

It gives a lovely light!

Question 1 1. Which of the following best describes the purpose of this poem by Edna St. Vincent Millay?

Question 2 2. George and Lennie, a strong yet dimwitted man, are the main characters of the modernist novel

Question 3 3. All of the following are considered authors of the Lost Generation EXCEPT

Use this material to answer questions #4 through #5

Ye who love the haunts of Nature,

Love the sunshine of the meadow,

Love the shadow of the forest,

Love the wind among the branches,

And the rain-shower and the snow-storm,

And the rushing of great rivers

Through their palisades of pine-trees,

And the thunder in the mountains,

Whose innumerable echoes

Flap like eagles in their eyries; -

Listen to these wild traditions,

To this Song of Hiawatha!

Question 4 4. The passage above was written by

Use this material to answer questions #4 through #5

Ye who love the haunts of Nature,

Love the sunshine of the meadow,

Love the shadow of the forest,

Love the wind among the branches,

And the rain-shower and the snow-storm,

And the rushing of great rivers

Through their palisades of pine-trees,

And the thunder in the mountains,

Whose innumerable echoes

Flap like eagles in their eyries; -

Listen to these wild traditions,

To this Song of Hiawatha!

Question 5 5. In this passage, ''the thunder in the mountains, / Whose innumerable echoes / Flap like eagles in their eyries'' is an example of

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Question 6 6. Which of the following authors used allegory to critique Puritan beliefs in his writing?

Question 7 7. Edgar Allan Poe is considered the inventor of the

Question 8 8. Which novel uses Regionalism to tell the story of two people's travels in a raft on the Mississippi River?

Question 9 9. The literary movement that is characterized by a lack of empathy and realistic outcomes for characters, as exemplified by Jack London and Stephen Crane, is

Question 10 10. All of the following are authors of the Romantic period EXCEPT

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Question 11 11. The Dharma Bums, a novel of the Beat Generation that gives a semi-autobiographical account of the author's experience with Buddhism, was written by

Question 12 12. The contemporary period of American literature is marked by characters seeking

Question 13 13. Which of the following best describes Henry David Thoreau's motivation for writing Civil Disobedience?

Question 14 14. Which of the following was written by several early American politicians to convince the public to ratify the Constitution?

Question 15 15. Which of the following was a slave in the 18th century and is the first published African American author?

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Question 16 16. In Charlotte Perkins Gilman's 'The Yellow Wallpaper,' why did John believe a rest cure was the best possible option for the narrator?

Question 17 17. What is the prevailing moral dilemma that plagues Huck throughout the novel?

Question 18 18. With what region is Kate Chopin most closely associated with?

Question 19 19. What are Edna St. Vincent Millay's poems about?

Question 20 20. Which topic did Edna St. Vincent Millay write about most often?

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Question 21 21. What is modernist poetry?

Question 22 22. According to views put forth by Emerson about progress and society, the use of what innovation is MOST likely to be considered counterproductive?

Question 23 23. Transcendentalists valued all of the following EXCEPT _____.

Question 24 24. 'The American Scholar' was an important work at the center of _____, an artistic and philosophical movement of of the mid-19th century that stressed the concept of universal unity and the value of intuitive over prescribed experiences.

Question 25 25. The following are all common traits of Lost Generation writing, EXCEPT:

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Question 26 26. Which of the following is John Steinbeck's non-fiction account of his journey across America in 1960?

Question 27 27. In Eugene O'Neill's The Iceman Cometh, what has Harry Hope not done in 20 years out of respect for his deceased wife?

Question 28 28. An English teacher is seeking a colonial novel to explore interracial relationships in America. What is a good example to use with her lesson?

Question 29 29. Phillis Wheatley was all of the following, EXCEPT _____.

Question 30 30. Which of the following is true about the Iroquois story of the Owl?

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Question 31 31.

Consider the following test question:

In this story, the word 'safe' most likely means...

What kind of test question would this be classified as?

Question 32 32. T.S. Eliot's 'The Waste Land' is a crucial example of which period?

Question 33 33. What is analyzing a poem for its rhythm and meter known as?

Question 34 34. How did the death of Joan Vollmer affect Burroughs?

Question 35 35. Why is Tennessee Williams's The Glass Menagerie known as the memory play?

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Question 36 36. Your teacher has asked you to select an autobiography for required reading that depicts the harsh realities of growing up in a racist society. Which selection appropriately fits this objective?

Question 37 37. How is the novel Moby Dick an allegory?

Question 38 38. In Edgar Allan Poe's poem The Raven the character of the bird is _____.

Question 39 39. How did Dark Romantic writers differ from American Romantic writers?

Question 40 40. The Northern Migration that helped to fuel the Harlem Renaissance was largely a factor of:

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Question 41 41. In Zora Neale Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God, who is Janie's true love?

Question 42 42. The notion that America holds no ancestral meaning for Countee Cullen is symbolized in his poem:

Question 43 43. Which of the following American Romantic writers use the theme of wisdom from the past?

Question 44 44. What do we call someone who rarely spends money, even when it's necessary?

Question 45 45. In which of the following stories by Washington Irving can we find a group of townspeople that love to tell and listen to legends from the past?

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Question 46 46. Why is Kate Chopin considered a regionalist writer?

Question 47 47. Which of the following is a theme of 'Buffalo Bill's/defunct' by e. e. cummings?

Question 48 48. According to Henry David Thoreau and his views on individualism, what is a plausible remedy to employ if a citizen feels the government is unjust?

Question 49 49. In John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men, what quote most relates to the meaning of the title?

Question 50 50. The concept that material possessions are unimportant is reflected in a series of lines from Anne Bradstreet's poem:

CLEP American Literature: Study Guide & Test Prep Final Exam Instructions

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