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Professor Finberg English 9J Exam English 9J “Battling Against Voldemort” Final Exam Honor Statement: I agree to abide by the rules of this take home exam: I may use my own notes and may consult the texts used in the course, but I will not consult with any persons while writing the exam. I will take no longer than 3 hours to complete the exam and will complete it in consecutive hours and before noon on Thursday, December 20, 2007. Name/Signature __________________________ Date and Time begun: ___________ Date and Time finished: _________ Directions: You have 3 hours to complete both sections of this exam. I recommend pacing yourself to allow yourself 1 ½ hours on each section. You must write about the works of at least 4 different authors from the following list during the course of the exam: Harry Potter, The Odyssey, Pan’s Labyrinth, The Lord of the Rings, His Dark Materials, Abhorsen. Give yourself time to read all the choices through and to think before you write. Section I: Choose one of the following questions and write an essay on it, using at least three of the works we have read/seen. 1. Most of the heroic quests we have explored this semester use some kind of travel. Is travel a necessity of the quest? Can one be a hero without travel of any kind? What are the purposes of travel in a quest story? 2. Most of the heroes in the quests we explored become connected to non-human companion/helpers/guides. How do the authors use these figures in similar or different ways? Why are they such integral elements of this kind of story? 3. Harry Potter , The Lord of the Rings , His Dark Materials , and perhaps other works we have read together, employ actual snakes/serpents, or images of these hissing creatures, for different purposes. Discuss the negative, positive or neutral images the authors call forth with reference to these creatures. (You may include Paradise Lost in your discussion.) 4. Aragorn warns of speaking the name of Mordor too loud; Boromir refers to Sauron as “The Nameless Enemy”; many of the wizarding community call Voldemort, “He Who Must Not Be Named”; the Disreputable Dog will write but not speak the name of Orannis; Lyra changes the name of the Harpy from “Noname” to “Gracious Wings”; Mercedes refuses to tell Vidal’s son his father’s name; and even Odysseus invokes the power of names during his adventures. Discuss the power of names in several of the heroic quests we have read/seen. Is
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Professor Finberg English 9J Exam a combination of letters or sounds truly powerful, or does the power lie in the connotations evoked by the names? Does this have ramifications for storytelling itself? You are neither limited by the examples I have given nor do you need to use them all. 5.
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This test prep was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course PHI 101 taught by Professor Finberg during the Spring '08 term at Swarthmore.

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Final Exam Draft - Professor Finberg English 9J Exam...

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