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Analyzing and Interpreting Literature


In order to do well on the Analyzing and Interpreting Literature test, you do not need to be familiar with specific works or to memorize anything; however, it is essential that you have a broad knowledge of literature and familiarity with basic literary terminology. Your text, The Compact Bedford Introduction to Literature: Reading, Thinking, Writing, seventh edition, by Michael Meyer, will provide you with example readings and will define terms for you. Examination questions will be based on passages already in the test booklet; therefore, no previous knowledge of the passage is required. The exam will include approximately 80 multiple-choice questions to be answered within 90 minutes. On the test, you will be required to do the following: Read prose and poetry with understanding; Analyze the elements of a literary passage and respond to nuances of meaning, tone, imagery, and style; Interpret metaphors, recognize rhetorical and stylistic devices, perceive relationships between parts and wholes, and grasp a speaker's or author's attitudes; Know the means by which literary effects are achieved; and Have familiarity with the basic terminology used to discuss literary texts. This course covers the following areas:

    The required textbook(s) for the Traditional course are listed below.

    • The Compact Bedford Introduction to Literature   
        9th by Michael Meyer - Bedford St Martins,
          
      ISBN 9780312594343