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American Literature Foundations Chapter Exam

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Question 1 1. What is an aphorism?

Question 2 2. An almanac is a yearly publication that includes all of the of the following information except

Question 3 3. Why is Ben Franklin's autobiography important from a historical perspective?

Question 4 4. Who was Poor Richard Saunders?

Question 5 5. What is a common theme that runs through many different American Indian literature pieces?

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Question 6 6. A review of Puritan writing would consistently reveal which of the following themes?

Question 7 7. How did the viewpoint of secular and religious political writers differ in the 17th and 18th centuries?

Question 8 8. What issues influenced the literature in 17th century America?

Question 9 9. Which of these was NOT a major theme of the American Enlightenment?

Question 10 10. What role did oratory play in the American Enlightenment?

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Question 11 11. Which theme of the American Enlightenment did Poor Richard's Almanac appeal to?

Question 12 12. Who wrote poetry that condemned the relationship with the British?

Question 13 13. James Fenimore Cooper is well known for his quintessential American hero

Question 14 14. James Cooper's writing career came as a surprise to his family because he:

Question 15 15. Which distinguished American writer satirized James Fenimore Cooper's work?

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Question 16 16. What many people do not realize about Cooper is that he:

Question 17 17. What area of the United States influenced Washington Irving's imagery?

Question 18 18. Which pseudonym did Washington Irving use for The Sketch Book?

Question 19 19. How did the style and content of Irving's writing relate to those of the American literary formats that preceded him?

Question 20 20. How did Irving's travels in Europe contribute to his later development of an American style of writing?

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Question 21 21. How did Americans react to the Age of Reason fifty years after the Revolutionary War?

Question 22 22. How did immigration affect the development of Romanticism in the United States?

Question 23 23. How was Thanatopsis typical of Romantic literature?

Question 24 24. Which characteristics of the Romantic movement were expressed through a focus on nature?

Question 25 25. How did John Winthrop describe America?

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Question 26 26. Roger Williams's radical beliefs included all of the following, EXCEPT _____.

Question 27 27. As a result of his banishment, Roger Williams founded a colony that would eventually become the capital of which state?

Question 28 28. Why do some suspect that the story of Pocahontas saving John Smith is false?

Question 29 29. The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin is one of the statesman's most famous works; it includes all of the following except

Question 30 30. Various Native American tribes had stories that explained how mountains were created or why spring occurs. How would these stories have been documented?

American Literature Foundations Chapter Exam Instructions

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