Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights is a romance novel about destructive passion set in the
northern English moors, a place of unpredictable weather and countryside. Listed below
are the main characters. For each one, provide two or more adjectives that from your
perspective accurately describe the individual personality:
English 252: Final Examination
Each of the following questions tests your understanding of the particular work.
Write concise, well-supported responses to each question. Don't get bogged down by
re-reading the selections during the exam. You should know them well enough by
now that you are able to respond in some fashion to what follows. If you need to
look at the text, go ahead, but do so quickly just to refresh your memory. You have
two hours for the exam. You may use the backside if necessary.
The basis of Sartor Resartus is Thomas Carlyle's hostility to what he considered the soul-
destroying forces abroad in his age. The shams of civilized life are the decorated robes
with which the world conceals its soul. The divine principle is hidden. His purpose is to
whisk away this robe to reveal the divinity of God. Those who deny God and who have
no faith in the spirit, give 'the Everlasting NO' to life; those who accept God say the
Everlasting YEA.' Reading Carlyle today is no easy task, partly due to the stilted
language he prefers, and partly to the metaphorical style of his clothes imagery. Yet, his
assertion that all people must choose to confront the divinity of God or face what to
Carlyle was the horror of nihilism still has relevance for the modern reader who may
ponder the very same thing. Explain in your own words this relevance.
Education, to John Henry Newman, was a term that ought to mean more than a passive
acceptance of facts, data, and statistics. He had a particular horror at the thought of a
society whose knowledge base consisted exclusively of those whose learning was a
function of how rapidly they could disgorge on command a flow of previously
memorized data bits. What, specifically, is the ideal of education according to Newman?
Thomas Hardy's poem, “Ah, Are You Digging on My Grave?” dramatizes the conflict
between a dead woman and all of the people she imagines, or hopes, that would be
digging on her grave, now that she has died. What is ironic about this poem?
Such an idyllic retreat as William Butler Yeats describes in “The Lake Isle of Innisfree”
is one that everyone dreams of from time to time, as Yeats did on busy London streets
when he conceived the idea for the poem. According to this poem, what is idyllic about
In “A Prayer for My Daughter,” William Butler Yeats reveals his deep thoughts about his
daughter while she is asleep during a stormy night. He is concerned for his daughter's
safety and the fear of his inability to protect her from the dangers of the future. What are
the dangers from which he prays he might shield his daughter?
What is Tennyson talking about in the following lines taken from the ending of
Some work of noble note, may yet be done, ..
Though much is taken, much abides; and though
We are not now that strength which in old days
Moved earth and heaven; that which we are, we are;
One equal temper of heroic hearts,
Made weak by time and fate, but strong in will
To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.
Matthew Arnold's "Dover Beach" is quite obviously a melancholic poem. What exactly
is the poet melancholy about and how does that melancholy tie into the following closing
And we are here as on a darkling plain
Swept with confused alarms of struggle and flight,
Where ignorant armies clash by night."
From the poet's vantage in Gerard Manley Hopkins' Spring and Fall: to a young child,”
he intimates that Margaret knows the source of her sorrow. According to the poem, what
is the source of her sorrow? Pay particular attention to the closing lines:
It is the blight man was born for,
It is Margaret you mourn for.
Of Wuthering Heights, one critic wrote: “It is a stunning novel, frightening, inexorable,
unsettling, filled with unbridled passion that makes one cringe. Even if you do not like it,
should read it at least once--and those who do like it will return to it again and
again.” Regardless of your own reactions to the novel, defend the critic's position, above,
that “Even if you do not like it, you should read it at least once.” Why?
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