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Unformatted text preview:The Third Exam: The Victorian Era The exam will be on Thursday, May 5, 9-11 am. You may work for the entire two hours scheduled for the exam, but I'm designing the exam (as I did the others) to be one that can be completed»@ The exam will consist of a brief selection of passages from Browning's "W" CWEC, and Bram Stoker's Dracula from which you will cho'ofia 4 to comment on in ways s1m1 ar to the Wat I'm asking you to address only 4 passages this time instead of five, shifting more prominence to the essay as a component of your exam score. The Essay (30 points): For your essay, you will address a question that I'll choose from one of the following two topics. Having these topics in advance should enable you to think in more guided ways as you review "é'é'é'B'B'gh' "gfi'mfisnx'fieycfirmrmvv'rfiesflie essayi'from memory, and I'm askihg you not to consult notes or outlines as you compose it exafii'session. I'm also asking that you not work together as you think about your response to the questions. Essays planned in tandem are neither of them as successful as they might be were they born of individual labors and insights. Obviously, I can't police you as you review notes and reread sections of the novels, but I trust that you'll abide by this request and do your best individual efiort. The qualities most important to your essay as I evnwmmmmummm... your essay's central argumenta the degree, which your essay establishes and maintains its focus at » - _ . ~mm~n 1M", on the assigned question, and the strength of the'evr ec use o, 7 d7. '_ gym i ' ii' usr ility c' s1gmficance of your argument. C r O A ' 'mmm'mwzmryJAG-«<15"M'ésw_»~u:axmn ., .35., n ' One of the following will be the topic for your essay. Whatever the question ends up being, it will ask you to placflane Efle and Dracula in relationship to each other in a particular wafl For both topics, you should explore the novels' explicil-commfimmmsnmmflmor narrators) and ways that the events in the stories enact or demonstrate ideas about the subject. \Ag—JH 1. Compare and contrast Bronté's and Stoker's contributions to the Victorian debates about a ufiflww'fl'" " by eventsmin the stog as 1t reac es narrative closure. 7' 2. Compare and contrast the ways that Britain's intgmzmgggl saws as an empire manifests itself infirofinWs. To what extent and in what ways do these nove s 0 er commentary on? England's relationship to its colonies? Consider such things as references to the Orient, to the colonies, to empires, to race, and to slavery in conversations and narration, and note any ways that the events in the story involve the colonial project. women's proper aspirations, behaviors, and roles gin marriage and/or work). Consider the statements made about this subject (by characters or narratorsz as well as e 1 eas emonstrated WW'{'W.\ "To women who please me only by th Sample passages (5 pts each; total: 20 pts!: For this section of the exam, you'll choose the four passages you discuss from an available six, noting the author and title and commenting on their significance to the works they are taken from. Consider such things (when relevant) as where it appears in the story, who narrates it (and does he or she present an adequate view of things), how the events or the language add to prominent issues within the novel, how this passage relates to other works we've read, and so on. me LS SWIM" 7'5 ' faces, I am the very devil when I find out they have / neither souls nor hearts—when they open to me a perspective of flatness, triviality, and perhaps ham brim" W Sgt!" I daily wished more to please him: b / Wu W a 5X ' imbecility, coarseness, and ill-temper: but to the clear eye and eloquent tongue, to the soul made of fire, and the character that bends but does not break—at once supple and stable, tractable and consistent—I am ever tender and true." DruUMIBM $3M - I 6" Buda-Pesth seems a wonderful place, om the glimpse which I got of it from the train and the little I could walk through the streets. I feared to go very far from the station, as we had arrived late and would start as near the correct time as possible. The impression I had was that we were 1W the most Western of splendid bridges over the Danube, which is here of noble width and depth, took us among the traditions of Turkish rule. 1 5.}; if" , y W. 0W: with 'l.}«)'rg"&* . . lit to 0 so, I felt daily more and more that I must hdfgy nature, stifle half my faculties, wrest my tastes from their originalibent, force, myself to the adoption ofpurSuits.Ifétwhichllladaapaluia! He wanted to train me to an elevation I could never reach: it racked me hourly to aspire to the standard he uplifted. The thing was as impossible as to mould my irregular features to his correct and classic pattern, to give to my changeable green eyes the sea blue tint and solemn luster of his own. '6'," She lay in her Vampire sleep, so full of life and voluptuous beauty that I shudder as though I have come to do murder. Ah, I doubt not that in old time, when such things were, many a man who set forth to do such a task as mine, found at the last his heart fail him, and then his nerve. So he delay, and delay, and delay, till the mere beauty and the fascination of the wanton Un-dead have hypnotise him; and he remain on, and on, till sunset come, and Vampire sleep be over. Then the beautiful eyes of the fair woman open and look love, and the voluptuous mouth present to a kiss—and man is weak. ' ~ 10, Kbrwfi" '55-}