Revolutionary Period



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Authors/Works:

Henry David Thoreau

Jonathan Edwards

Nathaniel Hawthorne

Thomas Paine

William Cullen Bryant

Herman Melville

Washington Irving

Edgar Allan Poe

Ambrose Bierce



Revolutionary Period:

Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God”

According to Edwards, (a) human beings have done nothing to appease God; (b) God is determined to save human beings; (c) human beings have promised to obey God; (d) the Devil does not want to take them.

What does he mean by “unconverted persons in this congregation”?

How does Edwards present God?

What is the author’s purpose?

What is the ONLY thing that has literally saved his listeners from hell?

What does he mean when he says, “The bow of God’s wrath is bent, and the arrow made ready on the string.”

Speech to the Virginia Convention”

Henry points out a contradiction between British (a) claims of peaceful intent and their growing military presence in America; (b) settlement of America and maintenance of their government in Britain; (c) interest in the Colonies and neglect of the colonists’ needs; (d) democratic tradition and the institution of royalty.

What is the author’s purpose?

To whom is he speaking when he uses the word “sir”?

How does he appeal to the readers’ sense of reason?

The Declaration of Independence”

What is the author’s purpose?

The Crisis”

What is the best way to defeat the British?

What does he say about the Tories?

How does he inspire readers in his conclusion?

What is one of the anecdotes he uses?

What is an example of loaded words?

The American Romantics:

Characteristics of Romanticism

Who are the “fireside poets”?

What is a characteristic of the American Romantic hero?

The Devil and Tom Walker”

What do the woods symbolize?

What does Irving use to symbolize hypocrisy and hidden evil?

Why does Tom’s wife go to the forest?

What happens to Tom’s money at the end of the story?

What feeling about the setting does Irving want to arouse?

What is the MOOD of the story?

What archetype is used in the story?

Thanatopsis”

How is this poem a good example of Romantic poetry?

What is the theme of the poem?

What is a symbol?

The Raven”

What is the noise he believes he hears?

What does the speaker believe “Nevermore” means at the beginning of the poem?

What two questions does he ask the raven at the end of the story?

What is onomatopoeia?

What is internal rhyme?



Dark Romantics

Who were they?

Resistance to Civil Government”

What view of government does Thoreau express in the opening paragraph?

What is his opinion of the Mexican War?

What does he ask for instead of NO government?

What is his main hope for the democracy of his time?

What is his primary purpose in writing this essay?



Using the Right Word

weather/whether

who/whom

capital/capitol

chose/choose

allusion/illusion

accept/except

bring/take

affect/effect

among/between

good/well

different from/different than

peak/pique/peek

to/too/two

healthful/healthy

compliment/complement

their/they’re/there

Vocabulary from Literature:

consolation

eloquence

perseverance

relinquish

tyranny


adversary

avert


inevitable

insidious

martial

Research:

1. Which of the following statements does not apply to the purpose or characteristics of the research paper?

A. Civilization depends on the social interaction of all sorts of people – people who are willing to research and explain solutions to social issues.

B. The thesis statement, your argument’s claim, belongs near the end of your introduction.

C. Almost the entire paper is to be double-spaced. The only exception is the Works Cited page, which is single-spaced.

D. The concluding paragraph(s) summarizes (without restating) the main points and leaves the reader with a final thought.

2. All of the following statements about a thesis statement are true except which one?

A. It does not state the main idea of your paper because you want your reader to be surprised as he or she learns more about what you’ve researched.

B. The thesis statement provides your claim, states the main idea of your paper, and guides your writing.

C. Your thesis statement includes an interesting subject plus a special part(s) to emphasize.

D. Your thesis statement should be written by reviewing your notes to help you find a main point that you could make about your topic.

3. Which of the following is not a good example of a strong thesis statement?

A. Frederick Douglass, a former slave whose freedom was purchased by abolitionists, changed America with his eloquent speeches, his powerful essays over bondage and freedom, and his heart-wrenching autobiography.

B. In my opinion, Frederick Douglass wrote some very good speeches, essays, and books.

C. Frederick Douglass used his powerful words to help bring about an end to slavery, to expose an awareness of its horrors, and to explain how America should proceed in its dealings with the newly freed slaves.

4. “The act of presenting someone else’s ideas as your own” is referred to as _______.

A. paraphrasing

B. summarizing

C. citing

D. plagiarism

5. Which of the following statements is not true of an in-text citation?

A. In-text citations are also referred to as parenthetical citations.

B. In-text citations are placed after the words taken from that source.

C. In-text citations refer your reader to the “Works Cited” page at the end of an MLA paper.

D. The parenthetical citations belong at the end of the sentence and after the end punctuation.

E. The parenthetical citations belong at the end of the sentence and before the end punctuation.

6. Which of the following would be the appropriate way to provide an in-text citation from “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge” by Ambrose Bierce?

A. Peyton Farquhar is keenly aware of the sights and sounds of nature, all of which “made audible music” (“An Occurrence”, p. 494).

B. Peyton Farquhar is keenly aware of the sights and sounds of nature, all of which “made audible music.” (“An Occurrence, 494)

C. Peyton Farquhar is keenly aware of the sights and sounds of nature, all of which “made audible music” (Bierce 494).

D. Peyton Farquhar is keenly aware of the sights and sounds of nature, all of which “made audible music”. (Bierce 494)

7. Which of the following is NOT a required element for an MLA works cited entry?

A. Author’s full name

B. The author’s date of birth

C. The title of the story or poem

D. The title of the book in which it appears

8. Which of the following is the correct way to cite Ambrose Bierce’s “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge” as it appears in our textbook? (Notice that the MLA Works Cited indention and spacing rules cannot be presented correctly on this test. Note also that you can assume the page numbers are correct.)

A. Bierce, Ambrose. “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge.” Elements of Literature Fifth Course. Ed. Kyle Beers, Lee Odell. Texas: Austin, 2007. 490-496. Print.



B. Bierce, Ambrose. “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge.” Elements of Literature Fifth Course. Ed. Kyle Beers, Lee Odell. Austin, Texas: 2007. Pp. 490- 496. Print.

C. Bierce, Ambrose. “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge.” Elements of Literature Third Course. Ed. Kyle Beers, Lee Odell. Print Source. Texas: Austin, 2007. pp. 490-496.

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