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English Literature


English Literature covers the material that is usually taught in a two-semester course at the college level. The test is primarily concerned with major authors and literary works, but it also includes questions on some minor authors. You will need to be able to:

  • Identify common literary themes
  • Identify common literary terms, such as metaphor and personification
  • Identify basic literary forms, such as the sonnet and ballad
  • Have a sense of the historical development of English Literature so that you can identify basic literature periods
  • Identify the author of a representative quotation
  • Recognize the period in which a certain excerpt was written

In both coverage and approach, the proficiency exam resembles the historically organized survey of English Literature that deals with literature from Beowulf to the present. This course covers the following areas:

  • Knowledge of Information
    • Literary background
    • Identification of authors
    • Metrical patterns
    • Literary references
    • Literary terms
  • Ability to:
    • Perceive meanings
    • Identify tone and mood
    • Follow patterns of imagery
    • Identify characteristics of style
    • Comprehend the reasoning in an excerpt of literary criticism

(Taken from “English Literature,” CLEP: English Literature, ©2006.)


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

  • A Handbook to Literature   
      12th by William Harmon - Longman,
        
    ISBN 9780205024018
  • The Norton Anthology of English Literature 9th   
      Volume 2 by Greenblatt, Stephen - Norton,
        
    ISBN 9780393912487
  • The Norton Anthology of Eng Lit   
      9th, Volume I by Greenblatt, Stephan - ,
        
    ISBN 9780393913002