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Ernest Hemingway 1899-1961. Biographical Information. LITERALLY, “ IN THE MIDDLE OF THINGS ”. sterility, sameness stagnancy, routine, “ taste of licorice ” --the “ operation ”. fecundity, change, growth, beauty, life--the child. Par. 70. hills like white elephants.

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Ernest Hemingway 1899-1961

Biographical Information


LITERALLY,

“IN THE MIDDLE OF THINGS”


sterility, sameness stagnancy, routine, “taste of licorice”--the “operation”

fecundity, change, growth, beauty, life--the child

Par. 70

hills like white elephants

Ebro valley

The baby for him

The abortion for her

Tracks going in two different directions


Theme # 1 for “Hills Like White Elephants”

Without unselfish commitment and mature communication from both partners--especially regarding significant issues--a lasting love relationship may be impossible.


A couple locked behind bars of routineness and unable to communicate maturely about a significant decision may lose the chance to change direction--to move towards growth in life--and may travel on a future course marked for sterility and emptiness.


ENH 110 Fiction Exam Review communicate maturely about a significant decision


Exam Date: 10-3 communicate maturely about a significant decision

Please bring a number 2 pencil and

the correct answers.

I’ll provide the scantron forms.


The test will communicate maturely about a significant decision not have questions like this

  • In “Barn Burning,” what time is the inlaid with mother-of-pearl clock

  • (in the back of the wagon) stopped at?

    • A. 3:15

    • B. 2:14

    • C. 2:24

  • D. 3:12

  • In the same story, close to its denoument, we finally learn the

  • names of Sarty’s mother and aunt, which are respectively

    • A. Bonnie and Lucy

    • B. Lucy and Lennie

    • C. Lizzie and Lennie

  • D. Lennie and Lizzie

  • In Updike’s “A & P,” which check out slot is Sammy in when

  • the story begins (second sentence):

    • A. 4th

    • B. 2nd

    • C. 3rd

  • D. none of the above

  • b

    d

    c


    Questions for those who read Hemingway communicate maturely about a significant decision ’s “Hills Like White Elephants”

    Directions: Choose the answer which most accurately completes the statement

    • The one element of fiction that, through symbol, provides a reader

    • with the most insight into this story’s theme is

      • Plot

      • Point of View

      • Setting

      • Characterization

    c

    • When Jig responds to the American man’s extremely ironic “it’s perfectly

    • simple” with “Then I’ll do it. Because I don’t care about me.” (par. 64),

    • this signals

      • A crisis

      • A complication

      • A denoument

      • A climax

    d


    Sample questions from the assigned reading (pp. 3-12) communicate maturely about a significant decision

    In the “Reading a Story” section of your text.

    Directions: Choose the answer which most accurately completes the statement

    • The moral ascribed to “The Camel and His Friends” fable

    • relates to

      • A. Obeying authority figures

      • B. Most people being devious

      • C. Carefully choosing one’s friends

  • D. Giving power to sycophants

  • When the Death character (in “Godfather Death)

  • allows the little candle to go out, we see it as the plot’s

    • A. Complication

    • B. Denouement

    • C. Crisis

  • D. Climax

  • c

    b


    Questions for Signe, Alex, Becca, Lee, Cole, Itzy, about Donald Barthelme’s

    “Some of Us Had Been Threatening Our Friend Colby”

    Directions: Choose the answer which most accurately completes the statement

    • The narrator in the story feels that the hanging is

    • justified because

      • A. Colby wants to first hear Ives fourth symphony

      • B. Colby belongs to them

      • C. Colby has caused trouble before

  • D. Colby calls the group’s actions Draconian

  • The point of view in the story serves to augment the

  • sense of dramatic irony, which is

    • A. Saying one thing but meaning another

    • B. A contrast between reality and situation

    • C. Used to strengthen verisimilitude

  • D. A contrast between what a narrator knows

  • and what a reader knows

  • b

    d


    Questions for Signe, Alex, Becca, Lee, Cole, Itzy, about Barthelme’s

    “Some of Us Had Been Threatening Our Friend Colby”

    Directions: Choose the answer which most accurately completes the statement

    • The most repugnant idea in the story is when one of the men

    • thinks it might be “better if we used a wire.” This is

      • A. Howard

      • B. Tomas

      • C. Hank

  • D The narrator

  • The look on Colby’s face just before he hangs himself is

    • A. scornful

    • B. fearful

    • C. dreadful

    • D. grateful

  • c

    d


    Questions for Signe and Lee: Chopin Barthelme’s “Story of an Hour”

    Directions: Choose the answer which most accurately completes the statement

    A powerful story for its time, Chopin’s short piece

    depicts the protagonist as realizing

    • A. that it’s springtime

    • B. An epiphany

    • C. impending sadness

  • D. that life wil be terribly lonely sans Bentley

  • While the other characters think Mrs Mallard has died

    from a joy associated with her husband’s sudden arrival,

    the reader knows that she has died primarily from disappointment.

    This shows the author’s use of

    • A. Irony of situation

    • B. Expository characterization

    • C. Dramatic irony

  • D. Verbal irony

  • b

    c


    Questions for Jason: Barthelme“Happy Endings”

    Directions: Choose the answer which most accurately completes the statement

    • Some critics of Atwood’s metafictional narrative see one of the episodes

    • as thematically consistent with her feminist leanings, where she puts the

    • female in a position of strength--the man is pathetic--this would be section

      • D

      • F

      • C

      • G

    c

    • An insightful reader, aware of the satire in the narrative episodes,

    • can posit that Atwood feels

      • There are no such things as happy endings

      • We should spurn our yearnings for extramarital sex

      • More writers should use happy endings

      • We should all smoke more “top-grade California hybrid”

    a


    Questions about the history of and influences on Barthelme

    the development of the short story

    Consult the 110fictionintro.ppt

    and the required reading from the syllabus, which also

    covered the fable, parable, and the tale (similarities and

    differences)


    Questions about Plot and dramatic situation Barthelme

    and the two stories “A & P” and “Where

    Are You Going, Where Have You Been?”

    Consult the 110Plotweb.ppt

    and the required reading from the syllabus,


    Questions about point of view in fiction with Barthelme

    an emphasis on first person p.o.v. in

    the two stories “A Rose for Emily” and “

    “The Tell-Tale Heart”

    Consult thepovfirstper13web.ppt

    and the required reading from the syllabus,


    Questions about limited omniscient and dramatic Barthelme

    points of view in the two stories “Interpreter of

    Maladies” and ““The Chrysanthemums”

    Consult thepovlimobj13web.ppt

    and the required reading from the syllabus,


    Questions about characterization and types of Barthelme

    characters, as well as questions about

    “Everyday Use” and “Cathedral”

    Consult the110character13web.ppt

    and the required reading from the syllabus


    Questions about setting and its importance Barthelme

    in “The Storm” and “Greasy Lake”

    Consult thesettingweb13.ppt

    and the required reading from the syllabus,


    Questions about tone and style in Barthelme“A Clean, Well-Lighted Place” and “Barn Burning”

    Consult thetonestyleweb12.ppt

    and the required reading from the syllabus,


    Questions about theme in Barthelme“Dead Men’s Path,”“The Parable of the Prodigal Son,” and “Harrison Bergeron”

    Consult the110themeweb13.ppt

    and the required reading from the syllabus,


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