9th Grade Honors Intro to Genre Final Exam Outline

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Name: ____________________________________________ Ms. Correa

Honors Intro to Genre May 2017

9th Grade Honors Intro to Genre - Final Exam Outline

20 POINTS - Vocabulary – all words from Units 8 – 15 (see attached sheet)

Synonyms & Antonyms are included as well.

5 POINTS - Grammar


Semicolons / Commas

Subject-Verb Agreement

Pronoun-Antecedent Agreement

Types of Phrases/Clauses

Infinitive Phrase

Prepositional Phrase

Appositive Phrase

Adjective Clause

35 POINTS – Literature

Literary Terms

All literary terms from the entire year apply! See the attached comprehensive sheet. You should not only know the definitions, but more importantly, you should be able to apply examples to the works that we have read.

Literary Elements

Be able to apply these literary elements to each of the works that we have read, including poetry.

1. Plot (exposition, inciting incident, conflict, rising action, climax, falling action, resolution, lack of resolution)

2. Setting

3. Point of View (know all types)

4. Conflict (know all types)

5. Character (know types of labels)

6. Mood

7. Tone

8. Symbolism / Motifs

9. Theme

Literature – you should be familiar with all that we discussed in terms of the following works of literature. Be sure to know which genres they belong to, what the author’s purpose / major themes are for each, as well as the correct spellings of author and character names.


“Ars Poetica” by Archibald MacLeish

“if you like my poems let them” by e.e. cummings

“old age sticks” by e.e. cummings

“i carry your heart” by e.e. cummings

“Hope is a thing with Feathers” by Emily Dickinson

“The Lady of Shalott” by Alfred, Lord Tennyson

“The Highwayman” by Alfred Noyes

“The Author to Her Book” by Anne Bradstreet

“Diving into the Wreck” by Adrienne Rich

“Sonnet 18: Shall I Compare Thee?” by William Shakespeare


“Neat People vs. Sloppy People” by Suzanne Britt

“My English” by Julia Alvarez

“How to Become a Writer” by Lorrie Moore

“On Summer” by Lorraine Hansberry

“The Washwoman" by Isaac Bashevis Singer

Major Works

A Separate Peace by John Knowles (novel)

Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare (drama / play)


You will read a poem that you have not seen before and write a short answer in which you demonstrate your knowledge of poetic techniques as well as your understanding of theme


Essay Writing Tips and Guidelines:

  • All poems and essays should be in quotes.

  • All novels and plays should be underlined.

  • The name(s) of the author(s) and texts should always be introduced and properly spelled in the first or second sentence of your introduction

Your essay should…

  • be written neatly; any additions should not be crammed in the margins but should be neatly noted with a star and put below where there is enough space

  • be properly indented whenever you begin a new paragraph.

  • include literary terms as often as possible.

  • contain sophisticated vocabulary.

  • show a variety in sentence structure and composition, and should demonstrate an ability to combine or extend sentences using grammatical conventions.

  • contain an introduction with a clear thesis statement, fully developed body paragraphs, and a conclusion.

  • give more than one example for each body paragraph

  • include relevant and specific examples from the text. Specific quotes are helpful, but of course, not required.

  • avoid informal pronouns like “I,” “you,” “Me,” “My,” “we,” “our,” “I believe,” “I think,” “In my opinion,” “we see,” etc.

  • refer to author’s purpose / historical context, if relevant.

  • use only present tense verbs when referring to literature.

  • address ALL parts of the question and not just one part.

  • provide ANALYSIS (deeper thoughts and critical thinking) rather than plot summary (re-telling the entire story)

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