Literature of the Contemporary Period Chapter Exam

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Question 1 1. In Edward Albee's The Zoo Story, why does Jerry have two empty picture frames in his room?

Question 2 2. Which is NOT a recurring theme in Beat poetry?

Question 3 3. All of the following are Beat poets, EXCEPT _____.

Question 4 4. What was Tennessee Williams first major hit?

Question 5 5. How was Kerouac's last book, Big Sur, similar to his life?

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Question 6 6. How did Miller criticize and show his contempt for the McCarthy hearings and the associated mass fear of communism in the 1950's?

Question 7 7. What is the title of Arthur Miller's play All My Sons referencing?

Question 8 8.

The following lines come from what Contemporary autobiography?

'Our too-young and too-new America, lusty because it is lonely, aggressive because it is afraid, insists upon seeing the world in terms of good and bad, the holy and the evil, the high and the low, the white and the black; our America is frightened of fact, of history, of processes, of necessity. It hugs the easy way of damning those whom it cannot understand, of excluding those who look different, and it salves its conscience with a self-draped cloak of righteousness.'

Question 9 9. In contemporary American literature, what is the hero often on a quest for?

Question 10 10. Why has Maya Angelou's poetry been criticized?

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Question 11 11. In Esperanza's opinion, the titular house on Mango Street in the novel by Sandra Cisneros is all of the following, EXCEPT that it is _____.

Question 12 12. How does Maya Angelou's I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings end?

Question 13 13. Why did people question their faith in humanity throughout the end of modernism?

Question 14 14. Which of the following examples from Ralph Ellison's The Invisible Man BEST exemplifies the use of rhythm and tone?

Question 15 15. In The House on Mango Street, how do women like Marin hope to escape the neighborhood?

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Question 16 16.

The following lines illustrate what theme from Sandra Cisneros' The House on Mango Street?

'In the movies there is always one with red red lips who is beautiful and cruel. She is the one who drives the men crazy and laughs them all away. Her power is her own. She will not give it away.'

Question 17 17. Which of the following is NOT a famous character from a Contemporary novel or play?

Question 18 18. What adjective would best describe Abigail Williams, the antagonist of Arthur Miller's The Crucible?

Question 19 19. What is the most important literary device used in Contemporary Literature?

Question 20 20. When Maya Angelou's grandmother decides to move her away from the South, she relocates to:

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Question 21 21. What is the subject of Arthur Miller's Pulitzer Prize winning play Death of a Salesman ?

Question 22 22. In the main metaphor in Tennessee William's The Glass Menagerie, what two things are being compared?

Question 23 23. In Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man, what is main character's name?

Question 24 24. According to Richard Wright in his autobiography Black Boy, what do Southern white people want black people to do?

Question 25 25. As Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman' begins, what just happened to Willy?

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Question 26 26. Which of the following BEST describes Blanche from Tennessee Williams's A Streetcar Named Desire?

Question 27 27. Which of the following BEST describes how Holden Caulfield feels about most people in Catcher in the Rye?

Question 28 28. In order to show a character's search for self, contemporary American writers often use all of the following techniques, EXCEPT:

Question 29 29. Both A Streetcar Named Desire and The Glass Menagerie are examples of what kind of writing?

Question 30 30. How are the poem The Broken Tower by Hart Crane and the Tennessee Williams play A Streetcar Named Desire similar?

Literature of the Contemporary Period Chapter Exam Instructions

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