The early 20th Century American Literature Exam

  • This is your final exam.  You may not use any notes, books, or the godamned internet either.  This is multiple choice.  Lord of the Fucking Rings and Harry Fucking Potter are not any of the answers.

    Good luck.

  • 1

    What writer named the post WWI generation, the "Lost Generation?"

  • 2

    What writer only completed 4 novels before dying during the 5th?

  • 3

    Edith Wharton was the first female recipient of the Pulitizer Prize for her novel about a man who married the wrong woman and yearns for her cousin.  What is the name of this novel?

  • 4

    Which of the following is NOT from a Robert Frost poem?

  • 5

    In Henry James' The Beast in the Jungle, what is the "beast?"

  • 6

    This writer won the Nobel Prize, the Pulitizer Prize, and is in the California Hall of Fame.

  • 7

    The first line of dialogue in this Tennesse Williams play about the Wingfield family is: "Yes, I have tricks in my pocket, I have things up my sleeve.  But I am the opposite of a stage magician.  He gives you illusion that has the appearance of truth.  I give you truth in the pleasant disguise of illusion."

  • 8

    Among other things, this writer was involved in WWI, WWII, the Spanish Civil War, the Cuban revolution, big game hunting, won a bunch of awards, had a bunch of wives, underwent electro-schock therapy, and committed suicide with a shotgun.

  • 9

    What is the best description of the narrative style of the Great Gatsby?

  • 10

    Why is it that Catherine dies in A Farewell to Arms?

  • 11

    Complete this line:  "so much depends/ upon . . ."

  • 12

    Faulkner called him, "the father of my whole generation of writers."  He wrote Winesburg, Ohio.

  • 13

    This short story, from what I can tell, is basically about an insane woman who creeps around her room.

  • 14

    What best describes the speaker in "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock?"

  • 15

    Which of the following characters does NOT die?

  • 16

    Which of the following Steinbeck novels does not take place somewhere in California?

  • 17

    Complete this Langston Hughes poem: "They'll see how beautiful I am/And be ashamed--/ I, too, am . . ."

  • 18

    What DOESN'T happen to a "dream deferred?"