American Lit Final Test Review
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creation myths; archetypes; the cyclical view of nature; "World on a Turtle's Back"
religious in nature; includes sermons, journals, and poems; Jonathan Edwards' "Sinners in the hands of an Angry God."
Historical documents; Benjamin Franklin; "Poor Richard's Almanack"; aphorisms; logic; writing that encouraged independence
appealed to emotion rather than reason; interest in the supernatural; fascination with death; Edgar Allen Poe; Nathaniel Hawthorne; "The Minster's Black Veil"; The Scarlet Letter
Emerson; Thoreau; The Over Soul; God, man, and nature united as one; back to simplicity
Believable characters and events; Mark Twain; Ambrose Bierce; Jack London
A rejection of traditional views; includes the Harlem Renaissance; F Scott Fitzgerald; The Great Gatsby.
Lorraine Hansberry; "A Raisin in the Sun"
main character (protagonist); Lena's son, Ruth's husband, Travis' dad, Beneatha's brother; works as a chauffeur; dreams of having a liquor store
Walter's wife and Travis's mother. Ruth takes care of the Youngers' small apartment. Her marriage to Walter has problems, but she hopes to rekindle their love. She is about thirty, but her weariness makes her seem older.
Walter and Ruth's sheltered young son. Travis earns some money by carrying grocery bags and likes to play outside with other neighborhood children, but he has no bedroom and sleeps on the living-room sofa.
Walter and Beneatha's mother. She wants to use the insurance money to get a house in a better neighborhood. She worries about her family falling apart.
Mama's daughter and Walter's sister. In college, and better educated than the rest of her family. She wants to be a doctor. She has had many hobbies; Afrocentrism is her latest cause.
The Youngers' neighbor. Mrs. Johnson is jealous that the Youngers are going to a better neighborhood. She takes advantage of the Youngers' hospitality and warns them about moving into a predominately white neighborhood.
only white character; Representative of the Clybourne Park Improvement Association; offers to buy their house by giving them more money than what they paid for the down payment; says his motives are not racial.
Tells Walter that the money is gone.
We never see this character, but he is important to the story because he steals all of Walter's money. The women in the family had been warning Walter that this character was a "good-for-nothing low-life," but Walter was blinded by his offer to go into business together.
Wealthy African-American man who courts Beneatha. He ignores his African culture and is becoming absorbed into the white culture, which makes him an assimilationist. He and Beneatha argue about this.
college friend of Beneatha; he's from Nigeria, Africa; accuses Beneatha of assimilationism; brings her a gift from Africa; proposes to Beneatha so she will marry him and move to Nigeria and practice medicine there
What is in the envelope that the family awaits?
An insurance check for $10,000
How does Walter redeem himself in the end?
Walter refuses Lindner's offer and thus maintains his family's dignity. They are poor, but they did not take money from someone who tried to make them feel that they had no right to live in a better place.
The white neighborhood where Mama plans to buy a house.
A comparison without using like or as
A comparison using "like" or "as"
Attitude a writer takes toward the audience, a subject, or a character
Repeated use of sounds, words, or ideas for effect and emphasis
A struggle between opposing forces
The time and place of a story
A reference to another work of literature, person, or event
the giving of human qualities to an animal, object, or idea
Repetition of initial consonant sounds
A word that imitates the sound it represents.
Feeling or atmosphere that a writer creates for the reader
When Henry Gonzalez was elected to Congress, many of his Spanish speaking constituents felt he would fight for their rights. What is the definition of constituents?
The scientist was accused of several acts of espionage, such as photographing secret documents and taping private conversations. What is the definition of espionage?
The club's coffers were so low that the members had to ask for donations to refill the treasury. What is the definition of coffers?
strongboxes to store money
As in so many polluted cities, the air in our community is sometimes too contaminated to breathe. What is the definition of contaminated?
filled with unhealthy things
The team's uniforms were immaculate before the game, but by the end of the first half they were filthy. What is the definition of immaculate?
Will Rogers was considered to be a humanitarian because he worked to improve people's lives. What is the definition of humanitarian?
someone who works to help others