ENG 3U: Exam Review

Here are the questions we generated yesterday:

How is the love in Twelfth Night different from the Love in the Five People You Meet in Heaven? (still too general)

In Twelfth Night and the Five People You Meet in Heaven, how does the unraveling of complicated events drive the plot?

How do characters in Twelfth Night and the Five People You Meet in Heaven misunderstand the worth of other characters and themselves?

In what ways are the characters from Twelfth Night and Five People You Meet in Heaven plagued with near sightedness (confused by appearance verses reality)?

To what extent are the characters in Twelfth Night and Five People You Meet in Heaven motivated by selfishness or selflessness?

Here is the essay rubric.

When you face a comparative essay on an exam, make sure you do the following:

  • quickly brainstorm any relevant details from both texts (5 minutes)
  • create a skeletal outline for the essay, including the thesis (5 minutes). Make sure that your outline includes basic ideas for your topic sentences.
  • write a 3-4 sentence introduction that leads to the thesis. The general to specific approach isn’t mandatory, but it is usually the safest approach.  Remember: because you have far less time to write an introduction on an exam, the expectations for your introduction are not as high. Thus, don’t spend more than a few minutes on your introduction.
  • Follow your outline. You can certainly add more ideas as they occur to you, but make sure that you remain focused on your outline.
  • Leave yourself a few moments to write a conclusion. Remember that conclusions often mirror the introduction; thus, the safest approach is to restate your thesis, and move the reader to more general comments.

Today, we will prepare for the essay component of the exam by quickly reviewing the Five People You Meet in Heaven and Twelfth Night. Each group will need to choose one of the following, and brainstorm any relevant ideas:

Five People You Meet in Heaven Twelfth Night
Key characters Key characters
Key events Key events
Key theories/concepts/themes Key theories/concepts/themes
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