• Patterns of Human Experience – Periods 1 and 5


    Miss Carlino


    Be familiar with the important information related to each of the individuals, places, and events listed below.  Use your study guide packets and books to help you review.


    Vocabulary, Level E Units 1 – 12

                65 questions:  synonyms – sentence completion –definitions


    The Odyssey: 


    In general:

    ·        Know general information about the author, time period, length of journey

    ·        Be able to define and identify examples of elements of epic structure

    ·        Know each of the chapters’ important events/character actions

    ·        Know and be able to apply the characteristic of a hero

    ·        Be able to discuss and evaluate the development of themes throughout the text

    ·        Know The Oresteia and its connection to the text



    ·        Be familiar with the following characters and their role in the novel:

    ·        Review epithets for these characters

    ·        Review symbols

    Know Major Themes and Epic Structures and Devices


     Trojan War


    Be able to identify each character and know the role each character plays in the story

    ·        Eris           

    ·        Hera          

    ·        Aphrodite 

    ·        Athena      

    ·        Poseidon

    ·        Paris

    ·        Helen

    ·        Menelaus   

    ·        Ulysses

    Know the prophecies about Odysseus and Paris


    Love Myths

    Be familiar with the overall message of each story and with the type of love that each myth addresses.

                            Pygmalion and Galatea                                                 Atalanta

                            Narcissus and Echo                                           Orpheus and Eurydice


    Romeo and Juliet – by William Shakespeare


    ·        Background on Shakespeare himself

    ·        Background of plays:  when plays were written, where plays were performed, types of and number of plays written

    ·        Background on general play information (setting, dramatic structure, time it covers)

    ·        Basic character information

    ·        Themes:

    o   Haste

    o   Duality/Antithetical patterns

    o   Love

    o   Rivalry/Revenge

    o   Influence of fate vs. character decisions

    o   Communication

    Literary Terms:  know the definitions for the following and be able to identify these devices in quotes

    pun                                                foreshadowing                                      allusion           

    simile                                 iambic pentameter                               dramatic irony

    metaphor                           personification                                     literary foil      



    Reading and Response/Short Essay content: 

    As the focus of the year has consistently been, the exam will focus more on application and synthesis of ideas rather than just basic recall and comprehension.  This requires you to know these topics, concepts, and events very well in order to use them to answer higher order thinking questions.  


    You will  ACTIVELY read a short selection on Romeo and Juliet.  Your comments should ultimately demonstrate your understanding of the piece and how it applies to our year’s learnings.  Secondly, you will write a response, indicating if you agree to disagree with the author’s position.  Your response will undoubtedly need to include:


    -          A clear thesis statement indicating your position/answer to the question

    -          Embedded quotations from the article to support your point

    -          Paragraphs!

    -          Specific evidence from the play to support your stance


    Please Note:  This is the most heavily weighted portion of the exam and requires rather thorough and intimate knowledge of Romeo and Juliet.  Therefore, as a learner, you need to assess NOW if the method of reading and note taking you’ve engaged in thus far is sufficient.