April Fool’s Day “No Joke Midterm” Study Guide

This week we will be studying the Brownings, but I still wanted to post this study guide to give you extra time to review 🙂

April 1, when we return from break we will have a huge midterm exam.

This test may be on April Fools day, but it will be “no joke.”

Please study so that you are not the “April Fools,” LOL.

Because I am nice, I will allow you to use one standard size index card (3 x 5 inches) for notes. It can be used as a “cheat sheet” during the test. If it is a larger size, you will not be allowed to use it. It must be in your own writing. For example, you cannot pay Macey to make you one, to support her missions trip. You need to make your own cheat sheet.

Study Guide:

We need to REVIEW what we have learned so far this semester. There has been a LOT!!! I need you to go back through this blog and your notes and STUDY.

Make sure your notes from this blog are in your folder. 

What you need to review and know for the midterm:

  • The basic story line, themes, characters and characteristics of Hamlet
  • Characteristics of an Shakespearean sonnet (iambic pentameter, 14 lines, 3 quatrains and 1 couplet, abab rhyme scheme)
  • Know what iambic pentameter is and be able to identify it
  • Characteristics of the Restoration (week 17)
  • The basic story line of Faust, “A Modest Proposal,” and Paradise Lost. 
  • The Erlkonig” by Schubert.
  • The definition of satire. (week 17)
  • Review the basics of French Philosophy (specifically Rouseau and Voltaire) and understand how the philosophy affected society. (Week 18)
  • The painting “The Death of Marat” by Jacques Luis David, and why it is important.
  • The basic story line and themes of A Tale of Two Cities and Great Expectations
  • Characteristics of the Romantic Period. (Week 19) NOTES FROM THIS WEEK–I need you to turn them in!!!
  • Know the definition and be able to identify an Ode, Ballad, Assonance, Alliteration
  • Know that “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner” was a ballad, and be able to discuss what the poem is about and the Biblical symbols.
  • Review the poetry of Blake, Wordsworth, Keats, Coleridge, Lord Byron and Shelley.
  • You should be able to remember the biographical information about the life of John Keats.
  • Characteristics of the Victorian Period. NOTES FROM THIS WEEK (Week 22)
  • Basic biographical information about Charles Dickens
  • Know the key points of from “The Subjugation of Women” by John Stuart Mill.
  • Know basic biographical information for Tennyson, Hopkins, and Van Gogh.
  • Review “Break, Break, Break” and “In Memoriam”
  • Review “Carrion Comfort” and “God’s Grandeur”
  • Notes on Literary Devices–Allusion and Sprung Rhythm (NOTES)
  • Review the Browning’s poetry and remember that they were in love and that she was the famous poet first.
  • Be able to define Dramatic Monologue and discuss a poem that is one.(NOTES)
  • Be able to discuss the mood and theme of Matthew Arnold’s “Dover Beach”
  • Review Thomas Hardy’s “Darkling Thrush”
  • Be able to define your vocabulary words.

Also, Please make sure you have Night and The Hiding Place. We are studying them next.


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