Guided Questions Outside Readings

While you are reading your novel, you should consider the following questions. You should formulate answers to these questions in your reading journal. Remember, you are to cite specific examples and respond to those examples in your journal for each question. **You are to choose 8 of these questions to write your full-page journal entries. 1. What introductory techniques does the author use? Are these techniques weaved throughout the novel? How? 2. Who are the main characters in the novel? How are they developed? Are they believable/reliable? If you could meet them for lunch and have a conversation with them, what would you say? 3. What are the specific conflicts in the novel? Which characters are involved? How are the characters and the conflicts connected? Are the conflicts internal or external? Does this change or is it constant? Is it ever a combination of the two? 4. Identify the stylistic devices that the author uses throughout the novel. 5. Identify any specific times that the novel is confusing? What is confusing? Was there a moment of clarity? Did this help in your understanding of the novel? 6. Identify when you changed your mind at any point in the novel while reading? Why did you change your mind? What did you believe earlier? 7. What is the author’s tone? Does it change? 8. What is the author’s attitude and purpose? 9. What are your reactions to the text? Do you like it? Why or why not? What did the story leave you with? Was there an “Ah ha!” moment for you? 10. What strategies or techniques does the author use to connect with the reader?

Literary Terms & Strategies American Literature I and IIH
Allegory Allusion A narrative or description having a second meaning A reference, explicit or implicit, to something in previous literature or history Explicit = fully and clearly expressed and defined Implicit = implied or understood but not directly expressed Analogy Figurative Language Imagery Paradox Parallelism Repetition Rhetoric Rhetorical Question An extended comparison between something unfamiliar and something more familiar Saying something other than the ordinary way Examples: similes, metaphors, personification Language with the use of the senses A statement or situation containing apparently contradictory elements Use of similar grammatical structures to create an effect Repeating words or phrase for emphasis, clarity or coherence The art of persuasion Questions posed to raise an issue or create an effect

Stream of Narrative that presents the private thoughts of a character without Consciousness commentary or interpretation by the author Tone The writer’s or speaker’s attitude toward the subject, the audience or himself/herself; the emotional coloring or emotional meaning of the work

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