Engl 385 final Study Guide

The purpose of this study guide is not to indicate exactly what will be on the exam. The ideas (which we have discussed in class) below are intended to help you think about the works we've read and studied this semester. Use these ideas with your notes and own ideas to think about the stories and novels we have read. Don't forget your notes about the history of detective fiction, Conan Doyle, and the critical intro. to the Penguin ed. of the Sherlock Holmes stories. Also, the Course Notes have information to help you study.  Finally, check the D2L discussion forum.

Focus on your notes and the texts. Write out practice responses to previous quiz questions and questions you make up.  Remember the quiz examples we went over in class. The cards from in-class group work should be helpful.

Also, keeping the stories, adaptations, and novels straight in your mind will require you to know the these works well. Go back through your notes and revise them as needed to clarify these works.  Review your adaptation note sheets too.

The exam will cover everything since the midterm--beginning Mar. 19. Also, there will be a few carry-over works from before the midterm: "The Blue Carbuncle"; "Silver Blaze"; "The Beryl Coronet"; "A Scandal in Bohemia"

Possible question types:

  1. Multiple choice, matching, or fill in the blank*
  2. Short Answer*
  3. Identifications: You will identify a passage (title of a story or novel) and explain its significance. (I will not give you obscure passages.) NEW
  4. Essay (11/2-2pgs) Will focus on a single work or on two works (compare/contrast) NEW

**Like quiz questions. For the exam, you will have some choices.

Time for midterm: 90 mins. (You will have the full class period--2 hrs--if you wish.)

Think about the main ideas/themes in each work below (consider the Holmes stories as a collection) as well as the relationship among the stories and the two novels (e.g., concept of chivalry; game playing; science/reason/God vs imagination/feeling/daily life).  Add your own ideas to those below.

Sherlock Holmes Stories

Holmes and Moriarty--antagonists/master criminal/game playing
Role of legends/rituals
Threat from abroad/empire (e.g., "The Crooked Man")

Themes from the midterm study guide will also apply here.

Sherlock Holmes Adaptations

Adaptation:  We consider two theories this semester:  fidelity and auteur.  Key questions we raised were 1.) What purpose does an adaptation serve for contemporary viewers who may or may not have read (or even be familiar with) the Holmes stories? and 2) and why does an adapation maintain some links with the original and change or transform other characters, plot details, themes, etc.?  Is an adaptation an interpretation of an original work or itself "original"?  Consider the adaptations we have reviewed and our excellent class discussions.  Think about how characters are adapted, role of visuals/music, plots, and themes.

The Lost World

Differences in characters and how they interact/relate to each other
Romance--exploration--Malone as a knight on a quest--glory and distinction/Gladys--false idol/goal
Malone as journalist and narrator
Life as a game--Lord Roxton passage we looked at
Science and imagination
Human nature--biology/evolution--what does it mean to be human?/how has society evolved?
Plotting of the novel/genre
**See the themes I put on the board from groups 

The White Company

Personal maturation of Alleyne--quest to achieve honor--Lady Maude
Relationship of Alleyne, John, and Sam
Medievalism: The view of the past (Anglo-Saxons/Nomans--church/abbey--changing world) and relationship to the Victorian present (PP slides/my essay)
Sir Nigel--view of chivalry/social class (e.g., peasants seige of Castle Villefranche)/view of the church--religion
Adventure--plot--description of dramatic scenes--contests and battles
Women characters
Nature of daily life/social class structure