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Comprehensive Exams Undergraduate

Comprehensive Exams Undergraduate

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D
EPARTMENT
 
OF
E
NGLISH
U
NDERGRADUATE
P
ROGRAM
S
TATE
F
INAL
E
XAM
The exam consists of two parts. The first part of the exam is written with focus onEnglish proficiency skills. It is expected that students perform at least at the B2 level of the Common European Framework of Reference. The exam takes place 2-6 weeks beforethe oral exam. Its successful completion is a prerequisite for taking the second part of thestate final exam.The second part of the state finals reflects the content course work of the undergraduate program. Students are to show knowledge and skills associated with linguistics(grammar, lexicology, phonetics and phonology) and British and American literature.During the exam, students demonstrate their speaking skills by addressing a speakingtask (7 minutes), explain and discuss selected literary works (15 minutes) as well asidentify and describe selected grammatical, lexical, phonological items in a text (7minutes).
L
ANGUAGE
S
KILLS
The language part of the exam focuses on general English proficiency skills. It isexpected that students perform at least at the B2 level of the Common EuropeanFramework of Reference. Students are expected to:
understand the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics,
interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interactionwith any language speakers quite possible without strain for either party,
 produce clear, detailed text on a wide range of subjects and explain a viewpoint
on
a topical issue giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options.
 
Part 1: Reading skills, listening skills, language in use
The specifications of the exam (skills to be assessed, types of tasks, etc.) are to beannounced.
Grading criteria
Points will be awarded for each answer. Specific criteria are to be provided on the exam.
Part 2: Speaking skills
Grading criteria
TBA
L
ITERATURE
 
The main purpose of this examination is to test the student’s knowledge of British andAmerican literature up to the end of the 19
th
century. Fundamental to this should be a firmgrasp of all the works on the reading list, and their places in the wider literary context.
Grading criteria
1.Grade 1 criteria:The student displays an excellent knowledge of the works on the reading list, as wellas the biographical background of each author discussed. The student is also able torespond to questions regarding the themes and characterisation in a given work through comparison, as well place those works in wider contexts of British or American literature.2. Grade 2 criteria:The student displays a fair knowledge of works on the reading list, as well as some biographical background of each author discussed. While the student might not beable to convincingly respond to questions about themes and characterisation throughcomparison with other authors, he or she is clear about them in the work under discussion.3. Grade 3 criteria:The student displays only disjointed knowledge of the author and works under discussion. The student is unable to respond to questions regard theme andcharacterisation.
 
Required reading for English and American literature
Students presenting themselves for the BA examinations in English and AmericanLiterature are required to have read all of the books below in the original, and also befamiliar with the materials covered in both the lectures and seminars. These are theminimum requirements. Students are also advised that all of these books might notnecessarily be covered in seminars.
 English Literature
 
Geoffrey Chaucer
,
Canterbury Tales
: ‘The Wife of Bath’s Tale,’ ‘ThePardoner’s Tale,’ ‘The Miller’s Tale’
William Shakespeare
, 2 tragedies:
 Romeo and Juliet 
or 
Macbeth
or Hamlet or King Lear or 
Othello
; 1 comedy:
 As You Like It 
or 
Twelfth Night 
or 
TheMidsummer Night Dream
; Sonnets # 18, 66, 73, 130
George Herbert
, ‘The Collar’ and ‘Love’
John Donne
, ‘The Sunne Rising’, ‘Death, Be Not Proud’, ‘Song’, ‘TheCanonisation’, ‘The Bait’
Christopher Marlowe
, ‘The Passionate Shepherd to his Love’
Walter Ralegh
, ‘The Nymph’s Reply to the Shepherd’
Philip Sidney
, from
 Astrophel and Stella
‘Come, Sleep, O Sleep’, ‘Loving inTruth’
Edmund Spenser
, Amoretti 40, 64, 68
John Milton
, ‘Lycidas,’ 1
st
124 lines of Book I of 
 Paradise Lost 
, ‘On HisBlindness’
Daniel Defoe
,
 Robinson Crusoe
or 
Moll Flanders
Samuel Richardson
,
 Pamela
or 
Jonathan Swift
,
Gulliver’s Travels
Henry Fielding
,
Tom Jones
or 
Tobias Smollett
,
 Roderick Random
or 
OliverGoldsmith
,
The Vicar of Wakefield 
Jane Austen
, one novel
Charles Dickens
,
 David Copperfield 
or 
Great Expectations
or 
 Hard Times
or 
 Bleak House
William Wordsworth
, ‘Tintern Abbey’
William Blake
,
Songs of Innocence
and
Songs of Experience
Samuel Taylor Coleridge
, ‘Frost at Midnight’, ‘Rime of the Ancient Mariner’,‘Kubla Khan’
John Keats
, ‘Ode on a Grecian Urn’, ‘Ode to a Nightingale’ , ‘La Belle DameSans Merci’, ‘Ode to Autumn’
Lord Byron
, ‘She Walks in Beauty’,
 Don Juan
(canto 1)
Percy Bysshe Shelley
, ‘Ode to the West Wind’, ‘Ozymandias’, ‘Mont Blanc’
The Brontës
:
Wuthering Heights
or 
 Jane Eyre
or 
Villette
Alfred Lord Tennyson
, ‘The Lady of Shalott’, ‘Ulysses’, from ‘In Memoriam’(# VII, LV, CXVIII, CXXVII)
Robert Browning
, ‘My Last Duchess’
W. B. Yeats
, ‘The Lake Isle of Innisfree’, ‘The Stolen Child’, ‘A Coat’, ‘Easter,1916’, ‘The Tower’, ‘Politics’
George Eliot
,
Silas Marner 
Thomas Hardy
, one novel
Oscar Wilde
,
The Importance of Being Earnest 
 American Literature

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