ENG4U Final Exam

Date: Wednesday, June 26
Time: 10:40-12:40 (for all students; both period 1 and period 2 will write the exam during period 2)

60 marks total:
– 15 matching (10 characters to quotations, 5 theme-related)
– 16 multiple choice
– 18 marks short answer
– 11 marks long answer

All texts that we have studied are mentioned on the exam at least once, except the TED Talks, which are not on the exam. However, there are some “open” questions, in which you may talk about any texts you want from this semester, including the TED talks.

To study, you will want to review the class powerpoints, any handouts you received, and the notes you took during lessons (including your classmates’ seminars).

In preparation for the exam, please answer these sample questions. We will discuss them in class next week.

Short Answer (analysis within a single text, basic comparisons, or application of skills)
1) Define “ethos”, “logos”, and “pathos”. Which would be most useful if you were trying to convince your friend to do you a favor?
2) Imagine that you are a hero going on an adventure. You belong to the comic human world, and you are walking through the comic animal, vegetable, and mineral worlds. Describe your journey and surroundings.
3) Write a literary thesis statement for “Is the Pathetic Fallacy True?”
4) Match Dead Poets Society‘s plot to the archetypal seasons.
5) Choose 3 characteristics of Modernism. Explain what they mean, and give an example from something we have studied.
6) What is ironic about Juliet’s break-up with Rob?

(big ideas, making connections between various units & texts)
1. In “The Word”, Pablo Neruda says that communication is “born in the blood”. Write 2 paragraphs explaining what this means, using examples from two texts we have studied, and your own ideas.
2. In Unit 3, we asked who has the ability to limit our dreams. In Unit 4, we asked who has the right to judge our actions. Reflect on these two questions, using examples from three texts we have studied (from any unit).


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Assignment Rewrite

If you have signed up to re-do an assignment, please review the updates below. Remember to read your rubric before completing the assignment (it has all the details of what you need to do). Furthermore, you must print the rubric and hand it in with your assignment at the start of class on Monday.

Remember to give back your original assignment when you hand in the rewritten one!

Comparison Essay (click here for rubric)
You must choose different texts than you did the first time. This is not an assignment edit, it’s an assignment re-do.
You must choose only texts from Unit 1 (“The Word”, “Write me Sometime”, “Mazes”, “Don’t Insist on English”, “Not Waving But Drowning”, “Was it a Dream?”, “Hush”).

Archetypes Poster (click here for rubric)
You must choose a different movie than you did the first time.

Collage (click here for rubric)
You must choose a different character than you did the first time. You will re-do the collage, but receive your original mark for the in-class poem reading.

Guernsey Reflection (click here for rubric)
You must choose the other topic (that you did not do the first time), and a new style.

If you have any questions or problems, feel free to e-mail me or leave a comment on this post.

Upcoming Assignments

Can you believe we’re only 3 weeks from the end of the semester? We’ll continue with our seminars for The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society this week and next week, but here’s a list of what else to expect in the coming weeks. Remember to keep up with your ISP reading at home!

Tomorrow (June 5): 1st Guernsey reflection (details in class)
Friday (June 7): 4th ISP reflection, Guernsey quiz (mark will only count if it is higher than your short story quiz from unit 1)

Monday-Tuesday (June 10-11): Guernsey assignment (details next week)
Thursday (June 13): Final ISP reflection
Friday (June 14): 2nd Guernsey reflection

Last week of class: ISP essay & exam preparation

“Guernsey” Seminars

Reminder: seminar powerpoints must be submitted the night before your presentation. For those of you presenting June 3, you’re very near to not having it in on time, which may lead to technical difficulties in class!
Also, I want to clarify that your seminar is not only about your historical subject. The seminar is first and foremost about your section of the novel and its contents; the historical topic is merely one small part to help your classmates understand some of the references in the plot.