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GACE English: Realism in American Literature - Chapter Summary
Use the lessons in this chapter to review information on America's literary realism movement in preparation for the GACE English exam. Our videos and quizzes will aid you in answering questions on the following topics:
- Causes of the literary realism movement
- The impact of Uncle Tom's Cabin
- The writings of Frederick Douglass
- Mark Twain's works and style
- Willa Cather's My Antonia
- The works of Kate Chopin
- The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman
You can watch these lessons whenever you have a few minutes to spare, on a computer or mobile device. They include video tags that let you quickly locate key topics for extra review. If you need more help, feel free to contact the instructor with your questions.
GACE English: Realism in American Literature Chapter Objectives
Georgia requires passing the GACE English exam as a condition for obtaining a license to teach the subject. The test is divided into two parts, and questions on the subjects this chapter covers are on Test I, in the subarea on Reading for Literature. This subarea accounts for 37.5% of Test I's scoring.
Most of the questions on Test I are multiple choice, like the quizzes that accompany our lessons. These quizzes offer practice answering questions in a format like you'll encounter on the exam. They also let you assess your knowledge and see where additional study is needed.
1. The Literary Realism Movement: A Response to Romanticism
In this lesson, we will learn about Realism in American literature, how this new literary movement grew out of Romanticism and what circumstances in our changing nation made that literary shift possible.
2. Uncle Tom's Cabin and the American Civil War
In this lesson, we will explore the context, characters and plot of one of the country's most influential novels, Harriet Beecher Stowe's 'Uncle Tom's Cabin.' Then, find out how it inched America closer to the Civil War.
3. Frederick Douglass: Narrative and Style
In this lesson, we will learn about Frederick Douglass, an escaped slave who became one of the most powerful voices in the abolitionist movement in the United States. In addition, we will examine his written work, most notably his first autobiography - ''Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave.''
4. Mark Twain: Biography, Works, and Style as a Regionalist Writer
In this lesson, we will learn about Mark Twain's life, his most acclaimed writings and his place as a realist and regionalist writer in this country's literary history.
5. Willa Cather's My Antonia: Summary and Analysis
In this lesson, we will examine Willa Cather's most recognizable literary work, 'My Antonia'. We will take a look at the plot of this story while considering the ways in which this modernist novel uses language and setting to reflect character relationships and emotion.
6. Kate Chopin: Biography, Works, and Style
In this lesson, we will learn about Kate Chopin, a Southern regionalist writer. First, we will consider how her life created a framework for stories that reflect early feminist values in a very traditional world, then we will look at her two most famous works, 'The Story of an Hour' and 'The Awakening.'
7. Charlotte Perkins Gilman's The Yellow Wallpaper: Summary & Analysis
In this lesson, we will examine the famous short story The Yellow Wallpaper. We will consider the ways in which Charlotte Perkins Gilman uses the story to communicate about her own difficult experiences post-birth. Additionally, we will discuss her use of fiction as a vehicle to reveal what she felt was the less-than-equal existence of women during the 19th century.
8. Naturalism in Literature: Authors and Characteristics
Nature is indifferent; humans are just animals. So it goes in naturalism. In this lesson, we'll explore this literary movement. Authors discussed include Stephen Crane, Jack London and Theodore Dreiser.
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- GACE English: Elements & Language of Literature
- GACE English: Grammar & Language Use
- GACE English: Vocabulary & Language Development
- GACE English: Meaning of Words
- GACE English: Literature Types, Terms & Theory
- GACE English: Context in Literary Works
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- GACE English: 17th & 18th Century English Literature
- GACE English: Romantic Prose in English Literature
- GACE English: Romantic Poetry in English Literature
- GACE English: Victorian Literature
- GACE English: Ancient & Modern World Literature
- GACE English: Native & Colonial American Literature
- GACE English: Romantic American Literature
- GACE English: Dark Romanticism
- GACE English: American Transcendentalism
- GACE English: Modernism in American Literature
- GACE English: Harlem Renaissance Literature
- GACE English: Contemporary American Literature
- GACE English: Young Adult Literature
- GACE English: Writing Forms & Structure
- GACE English: Writing & Editing Skills
- GACE English: Researching & Citing Sources
- GACE English: Communication & Speech
- GACE English: Digital Support & Communication
- GACE English: Instructional Strategies
- GACE English: Analysis & Evaluation Strategies
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