Final Exam Topics, Prompts, Guidelines

Literary Interpretation

Dear Class,
In case you would like to begin thinking of final papers on this rainy Sunday, topics are below. I will be discussing this in class on Monday.

Final Paper: Due May 7th 12PM in Prof. Gajarawala’s box
• 7-8 pages
• MLA guidelines
• Must be proofread
• Should provide an original analysis of said literary text
• Should have an incisive and compelling argument

Final Paper Topics

1. Agha Shahid Ali’s poetry, particularly in The Half Inch Himalayas, is a meditation on exile, longing, loss and nostalgia. Trace this theme through three poems, using the techniques of close reading. Pay special attention to imagery, metaphor, diction etc. You may choose to follow one particular image or word through the poems (maps, or writing, for example); you may choose to concentrate on a certain technique. How does each poem do what it does?

2. Choose one short story and make an argument that considers the following question: how does the narrative work? How does the plot unfold? You may want to consider: the delineation of character, the perspective of the narrator, narrative pacing, style, imagery etc. Use this formalistic analysis in service of an argument about the thematic resonance of the story. In other words, make an argument that considers the relationship between ‘form’ and ‘content’.

Note: This is not a research paper. I don’t expect you to consult critical material. That being said, if you are making an argument that relies on historical and social context, which, at some level, all arguments do, you need to get the facts right. You therefore may want to do some reading on, for example, the politics of Kashmir, or the genre of the Gothic novel. Wikipedia is not a suitable source for a term paper.

World Cultures: Africa
Prompts will be handed out Thursday, April 29
Final Paper(s) due May 6
Quiz $4 due Thursday, April 29

Quiz #4:

As you know, your last quiz is a museum review based on the exhibits you visited for class. You will find sample reviews in the “Assignments” section of Blackboard where you will also submit your quizzes. You should submit your quizzes on or before Thursday, 29 April at 5:00pm. If you submit your quizzes later than that date and time, your grade is sure to suffer a penalty. Your submissions should be no longer than 500 words in length (this does not include your name or any titles you wish to include nor does it include any citations). I will grade your quizzes next weekend and have them back to you via email.

Creative Writing
Final portfolio due Thursday, April 29

Spanish Intermediate I
Final In-Class Exam Thursday, April 29
Final Cumulative Exam – May 5


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