Mid-Year Exam 2015-16
Part One: Grammar and Vocabulary: 20%
- Parts of Speech
- Parts of the Sentence: (Subjects, Predicates, Direct and
- Phrases: (Prepositional Phrases, Participial Phrases,
Gerund Phrases, Infinitive Phrases, Appositives)
- Clauses: (Independent and Subordinate Clauses, Adverb
Clauses, Adjective Clauses, Noun Clauses)
- Types of Sentences: (Simple, Compound, Complex and
- Vocabulary Units 1-3
Part Two: Analytical Essay: 40%
|Essay on The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Huckleberry Finn is Twain's story of a child's passage
from youth into adulthood, but it is also an allegory about
America's passage into maturity. Twain's problem, though, was
that he could not devise a happy ending for his hero. Can Huck
ever get clear of his culture's racism, greed and perverse
romanticism? What psychological obstacles does he face? What
feat must he accomplish to make a happy ending possible.
Remember that Twain himself did not think he had any answers.
Find a thesis which interprets Twain's novel as both a
psychological study and a political allegory.
Part Three: Creative Essay: 40%
|Imagine yourself on the raft with Jim and Huck.
You have passed through the fog and have not yet realized that
Cairo (and freedom) is fast slipping behind you. Huck has taken
the canoe to shore and just returned, with the Duke (in costume as Ben Franklin) and the
Dauphin (in costume as Caliban), who have just
escaped a mob intent on tarring and feathering them after their performance of The Tempest. Dramatize the scene which takes place on the raft. (At some
point Huck and Jim need to be informed that Cairo is long past.) (Take a close look at this passage from Chapter 19 to get a sense of Twain's writing style.)