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Short Answer Successful short answers will take a paragraph or two, approximately half a page . Question 1 (Mandatory) (5 points) In class, we...

Short Answer

Successful short answers will take a paragraph or two, approximately half a page

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In class, we discussed Confucianism as a philosophy. Choose two incidents in "The Story of Ying Ying" and explain how Confucianism is reflected in the characters actions or in other characters' responses to those actions.   

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In a paragraph or so, explain how Pushkin uses the theme of gambling and his expectations for reader response to structure "Queen of Spades."

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In a paragraph or so, consider the narrator in "Chike's School Days." In at least a paragraph, explain the narrator's impression of Chike's decision to embrace white culture? Does the narrator embrace colonial culture as much as Chike does? Does the narrator embrace Igbo culture as much as Chike's grandmother or neighbor? 

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Gersim ends up as the most sympathetic character in "The Death of Ivan Ilych." What qualities does he exhibit that the other characters do not and what is Tolstoy trying to impart to his readers in that distinction? Explain this in a paragraph or so. 

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In "Madman's Diary," the author presents three different viewpoints, the doctor, the madman, and the people interacting with the madman during his entries. Explain (in a paragraph or two) how those competing narratives affect our understanding of what is actually happening. In other words, is the madman really mad? How do we know?

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In a paragraph or two, explain Moliere's use of satire in Tartuffe. What flaws in his society is he satirizing? What does he hope to teach us at the end of the play? 

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"The Epic of Gilgamesh" opens with a description of Gilgamesh as a great king of Uruk, but his actions at the beginning of the story don't seem to support that description. In a paragraph or so explain how the actions in the epic help to make him a great king. What does he learn in each encounter that prepares him to lead?

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Medea and Hedda Gabler approach the same parking space at the same time in the Walmart parking lot on Christmas Eve. In a paragraph, tell me who wins the parking space, how and why? 

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Quotation Identification

In this section, you should examine the quotation provided and give the following information: 

1. Title

2. Author

3. Culture and Literary movement

4. Context 

Each identification is worth 5 points. You can get partial credit, but the context is worth 2 of the 5 points. 

For the context, make sure you do more than summarize. You MUST explain the significance of the quotation. How does it relate to what came before? How does it predict what will come next? What does it tell us that's revealing about the character

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"Zhang tried to engage the girl in conversation, but she would not answer, and soon dinner was over. Zhang had fallen passionately in love with her, and from this time he wished to tell her of his feelings, but he could find no way (2)."

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"Of all things that have life and sense we women are the most hapless creatures; first must we buy a husband at a great price, and o'er ourselves a tyrant set which is an evil worse than the first; and herein lies the most important issue, whether our choice be good or bad. For divorce is not honourable to women, nor can we disown our lords. Next must the wife, coming as she does to ways and customs new, since she hath not learnt the lesson in her home, have a diviner's eye to see how best to treat the partner of her life. If haply we perform these tasks with thoroughness and tact, and the husband live with us, without resenting the yoke, our life is a happy one; if not, 'twere best to die."

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"To­night we go to the ambassador's ball. We shall remain until two o'clock. I can arrange for a meeting in this way. After our departure, the servants will probably all go out, or go to sleep. At half­past eleven enter the vestibule boldly, and if you see any one, inquire for the Countess;"

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"When [blank] heard these words he tore out the Bull's right thigh and tossed it in her face saying, 'If I could lay my hands on you, it is this I should do to you, and lash the entrails to your side.'"

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"let us travel whither we please, and renounce the regal state, until we see whether such a calamity as this have befallen any other person like unto us; and if not, our death will be preferable to our life." 

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"Good God-People don't do such things." 

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Suppose now, [blank], that a man—in the small hours of the morning—came home to his child's mother after a night of riot and debauchery, and said: "Listen—I have been here and there—in this place and in that. And I have taken our child with—to this place and to that. And I have lost the child—utterly lost it. The devil knows into what hands it may have fallen—who may have had their clutches on it."

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"Eat People."

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Essay Question

Choose one of the essay questions below and write an complete essay with introduction, body and conclusion. You should quote from the texts to support you point, but you don't need outside research. This essay is worth 20% of the final. 

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After reading The Death of Ivan Llyich and Hedda Gabler, how would you say the Realist literary period views the role of the tragic hero? Is a tragic hero imaginable in Realist literature? In other words, if The Death of Ivan Lyich and Hedda Gabler are tragedies, how have Tolstoy and Ibsen challenged Aristotle's definition as we discussed when we read Medea

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At the end of "The Day They Burned the Books," Eddies mother launches an all-out assault on English Literature. Both of the colonial pieces we've read focus on the function of language and literature as a colonizing force. Write the essay comparing Achebe's and Rhys' presentation of language. How do they agree/disagree about the influence of language on a colonized people and their culture? How do they present language? *Note, Achebe grew up speaking English and Igbo and Rhys grew up speaking English and a French Creole (an influence of former colonizers that is the vernacular in Dominica).

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We have encountered many characters with strong opinions on the best way to rule/control people. Choose two or three and explain how that those characters embody one of Machiavelli's concepts for getting and keeping power. 

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