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the question and your answers.I. Short Answer Questions (150-200 words) – answer the following questionsthoroughly and be sure to integrate short quotations from the book in order to proveyour point. Quotations should be followed by the author's last name and page number inparenthesis. (Twain 263). Value: 2 points each.
1) Twain’s Adventures of Huckleberry Finn has been criticized for its ending(from then point when Tom Sawyer shows up at his aunt’s farm to the novel’s conclusion). Many critics claim that this portion of the book stops theongoing moral development that Huck has had to undergo during the courseof the novel and he becomes a side character as Tom dominates. Do youagree with the critics or not? If you do agree, explain why using examplesfrom the novel. If not, then explain why not.
2) A standard strategy in American literary naturalism is to deny the protagonist full self-awareness. In other words, to show human powerlessness before vastsocial and natural forces, naturalistic writers often avoid allowing theircharacters to see themselves clearly for who and what they really are. Howdoes this tie to the characters in Chopin’s stories? How thoroughly do hercharacters understand their situations?3) In Gilman’s “The Yellow Wallpaper,” the narrator first describes the viewfrom her attic room as follows: “I get a lovely view of the bay and a littleprivate wharf belonging to the estate. There is a beautiful shaded lane thatruns down there from the house. I always fancy I see people walking in thesenumerous paths and arbors, but John has cautioned me not to give way tofancy in the least. He says that with my imaginative power and habit of storymaking,a nervous weakness like mine is sure to lead to all manner of excitedfancies, and that I ought to use my will and good sense to check thetendency.” Consider where her “imaginative power” leads the narrator by theend of the story, and then explain how passages such as this one contribute toGilman’s attack on “the rest cure.”
4) Before each of the chapters excerpted in this anthology, Du Bois begins his essays with staves of music from the “Sorrow Songs” (or black spirituals),“some echo of haunting melody from the only American music which welled up from black souls in the dark past.” Why do you think Du Bois intercuts TheSouls of Black Folk with these songs? What claims is he making about theapplicability of the “Sorrow Songs” to the early twentieth-century blackexperience?
5) Which of the stories in Module I did you find to be the best match to the definition of realism found on pages 902 and 903 of your book? Which didyou find to be the worst match? Be sure to explain your answer!II.
Essay: (500-600 words) - answer the following questions thoroughly and be sure to integrate short quotations from the book in order to prove your point. Value: 5 points
6) In The Souls of Black Folk, W.E.B. Dubois discusses his theory of “doubleconsciousness”or “two-ness” among African-Americans of the time. While he wastalking specifically about the African-American experience, it’s certainly possible toapply his ideas to other marginalized groups as well, like women and the poor.In this essay I would like you to:ν Explain what he meant by the term “double-consciousness”Then answer the following questions:ν Does the character Huck Finn exhibit this sense of “double-consciousness?”ν Does the narrator of “The Yellow Wallpaper?”