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American Lit. Semester 1 midterm
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a myth that describes the ordering of the cosmos
time and place
a group of verse lines forming a poem
a pattern of measured sound
a pair of rhyming lines
point of view
vantage point from which the events of a story are told
unrhymed iambic pentameter
continuation without pause in one line to the next
individual mind, regenerate, value of nature, limits of institution
no rhyme, no meter
repetition of word/phrase at the beginning or successive phrases
author's attitude towards a work-mood
distinctive features of a written work in terms of spoken utterance
a piece of writing that can be interpreted as having a hidden meaning
List all the movements learned.
4. 19th century
In the Iroquois Creation Myth, the Good Mind tells his brother (the Bad Mind) that ______ will kill him for sure?
What story does the Iroquois Creation Myth mirror? Why?
1. The creation story
2. Twins were created into the same likeness from dust, air breathed into their nostrils
religious free-form movement to reform the Church of England
Beliefs of puritanism. Explain each.
1. nature of man - sin and depravity
2. free will - always being linked to sin, but always having access to it
3. predestination - we all come from the same place, but God has already chosen who will saved and who will be damned
How are pilgrims different than puritans?
1. church of England can't be reformed from within
2. they don't like a natural church
In William Bradford's "Of Plymouth Plantation," what happens to the "proud and very profane young man...of a lusty, able body" in the beginning of the chapter?
He becomes ill and dies.
How does Bradford interpret this unfortunate moment?
As a form of predestination. He believes this God's will over his life.
Why does Bradford put in a very humanizing moment of the depressing state of where they are living?
Wrote it for the people to come afterwards or to the England audience who aren't the most sympathetic.
What extended metaphor does Anne Bradstreet use in her poem "The Author To Her Book?"
She compares the poem to one of her children
Explain the quote, " send thee out the door."
Her son being sent out into the world without a father and hopes he does well like sending this poem out into the world and hoping it will do well.
What sort of imagery does Bradstreet use to describe the love she has for her husband in "To My Dear and Loving Husband"?
She describes her love as precious and rare than all of the gold in East
We discussed various ways in which Mary Rowlandson crafts an "us versus them" mentality between her and the native americans in her captivity narrative. Describe one of these.
In the cover of her book she depicts herself as the heroine defending herself and her home against 3 indians.
What was the purpose of Rowlandson being taken captive?
To look within herself to see if she's saved or not.
Name all the qualities of the Enlightenment or Age Of Reason.
1. focusing on what man can do for himself
3. focused on the capacity of the human mind
4. reliance on order and methods for understanding
5. increased role with science
Where do you see a quality of Enlightenment thought in Benjamin Franklin's Autobiography?
His autobiography is more geared towards science and reason (creating the scientific method) while trying to find a happy method with his faith.
What is Olaudah Equiano trying to argue/do in this quote? "O, ye nominal christians! might not an African ask you-Learned you this from your God, who says unto you, Do unto all men as you would do unto you? Is it not enough that we are torn from our country and friends, to toil for your luxury and lust of gain."
Speaking out to white christian men as "to do unto others as others will do unto you", but you will demean black people. Calling out their christianity by stating facts.
Qualities that transcendentalists shared.
1. individual mind
3. value of nature
4. limits of institution
What were Walt Whitman's Characters in "A Song of Myself"?
4. the dead
5. the reader
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