EN 2357 Final Examination- write an essay about what makes Texas literature Texan

EN 2357

Final Examination

Spring 2021

Due May 12, 5:00PM CST

Read the directions carefully.


This is an open-book, open-lecture exam. Feel free to use your copy of the Norton Anthology of American Literature or my recorded lectures as you write your answers. You’re more than welcome to email me with questions about the exam.


You may not, under any circumstances, collaborate with anyone else on this exam. This includes but is not limited to consulting with other students on answers, having a friend proof-read your exam, and consulting the Internet for any reason. It is also forbidden to post any part of this exam online in any format. Violators of these policies will receive an F in the course. I will pursue a sanction of expulsion from the University if the offense is significant enough.


You have several days to complete the exam—do not wait until the last second to complete it and turn it in. I will not provide an extension for any reason. Please submit your exam as a Microsoft Word file to Canvas, and please name your file “lastname_final,” e.g. “doty_final.”


Please note that both parts of the exam give you the option to select from a list of questions. You don’t get any extra credit for answering all of them, and you can’t answer all of them and have only the “correct” ones count.


Part II: Essay (40 points)

Choose one of the following prompts and write a brief (four to six paragraph) essay in answer to it. Be as specific as you can, referring to and citing concrete examples throughout. Do not summarize plot.


  1. Many of the authors we’ve read since the midterm—Chesnutt, Du Bois, Hughes, Anzaldúa, Cisneros, among others—write about balancing two cultures, nationalities, races, and / or languages. Select two of these authors and compare and contrast the ways they navigate dual identities.


  1. Our last unit focused on authors with strong connections to Texas. Drawing on their work, write an essay about what makes Texas literature Texan. Is there such a thing as “Texas literature”? If so, what are its distinguishing characteristics? Its themes? If not, why not?