Monday, April 24, 2017

Month 9 Week 3

Your final will be the same format as your mid term; combination of multiple choice, short answer, and revising/editing. The link below may be of some help for your final. 

Studying for a Multiple Choice Test

Terms and devices to know and understand: 
author's purpose 
understanding a stories theme 
character symbolization
when does a stories climax occur
author's point of view

Analyzing and evaluating a selection and responding to the questions. 
  • Never leave an answer blank on a short answer or essay test. Even if you have no idea what the correct response is, just writing something (anything!) could give you some partial credit, which is better than nothing.
  • If you aren’t sure what an answer to a question is, skip it and come back to it later. Other questions further in the test may give you clues/ hints to the questions you skipped.
  • If you are really confused about a question, ask for clarification. By doing this you are helping yourself and your classmates who might be just as confused as you are.
  • After you answer a question, reread the question. Often short answer/ essay questions have multiple parts to them.
  • Be aware of how much time you have to take the test, and how many questions you have to answer in that time. You don’t want to spend half your time answering one question (unless your test has two questions).
  • Keep in mind what the motivation of your instructor is in giving a short answer/ essay format test. He or she is not trying to see how well you have memorized the information, but how well you have grasped the concepts and their meaning/ implications. With this motivation in mind, if you can’t remember a specific term, don’t sweat it. Try to describe the term, and you will probably get points for that answer.
  • Pay attention to what the question is asking you to do. For example, are you being asked compare and contrast, describe, list, summarize, analyze, identify, or a combination of these?
Many of the short answers will ask for evidence from the short story, in scoring we will be looking for the evidence. 


  1. Thank you for sharing this, Dr. Chipman!

  2. This is very helpful, thank you!

  3. Thank you for this, Dr. Chipman! It is very informative! I would like to define the terms and devices from your list to help me learn. Please let me know if any of my definitions needs work....

    Mood: the atmosphere of the literary piece

    Tone: the author's attitude toward a subject or audience

    Inferences: logical deductions made based on context and/or premises assumed to be true

    Foreshadowing: a literary device in which a writer gives an hint/suggestion of what is to come later in the story

    Author's Purpose: the reason an author decides to write about a specific topic; possible purposes include to inform, persuade, entertain, or describe

    Understanding a Story's Theme: the theme is a story's underlying message or big idea; to understand it, you can ask the question, "What critical belief about life is the author trying to convey?"

    Character Symbolization: when character is used to symbolize something of deeper meaning - whether it be a different person, animal, object, action, event, word, symbol, etc.

    When Does a Story's Climax Occur: at the highest or most intense point in the development or resolution of the conflict; or a decisive moment that is a major turning point and from which there is no turning back

    Author's Point of View: the mode of narration that an author uses to let the readers “hear” and “see” what takes place
    - 1st Person: I, me, my
    - 2nd Person: you, you're, your
    - 3rd Person: outside voice narrating
    - 3rd Person Objective: narrator reports facts as a seemingly neutral, impersonal observer or recorder
    - 3rd Person Omniscient: narrator knows and relays everything about all the characters (including thoughts and emotions)
    - 3rd Person Limited: narrator reports the facts and interprets events from the perspective of a single character

    Irony: is a figure of speech in which words are used in such a way that their intended meaning is different from the actual meaning of the words
    - Situational Irony: when incongruity appears between expectations of something to happen and what actually happens instead; also the irony of situations that generally include sharp contrasts and contradictions
    - Dramatic Irony: when the audience knows something that some characters do not
    - Verbal Irony: when a character uses statements with underlying meanings contrasting with its literal meanings

  4. Thank you as always, Dr. C. I know the definitions of most of those devices, but I will prioritize them in my language arts terminology notebook anyways.