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12A Final Study Guide

Final Exam Review

English 12A

MLA Formatting:

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  • Accurate usage of parenthetical citations

  • Accurate usage of block formatting for citations

  • Works Cited page formatting

  • Proper title for Header

Old English Lecture:

  • First Anglo-Saxon king

  • Story of Selkirk/What did it prove about language

  • What changes language

  • Four languages that contributed to Old English

  • Four things linguist studies

  • Four Celtic Tribes

  • Four Germanic Barbarian tribes

  • Phoneme

  • Scop

  • Noam Chomsky

  • International Phonetic Alphabet

  • Hadrian’s Wall

  • Words/Language

  • Caesura/Personification/Kenning

Exile Poetry:

  • Speaker of "The Wanderer” misses?

  • Theme of exile demonstrated in what ways

  • "The Seafarer”-message at end?

  • Theme of each poem

  • Type of exile of each poem/Causes of exile in each poem

  • First stanza of "The Seafarer” describes?

  • Mood

  • Who was responsible for the development of the written word in this time period?


  • Grendel’s ancestry

  • King Hrothgar-king of ?

  • Who spoke ill of Beowulf?

  • How did Beowulf know about Grendel?

  • How does Beowulf kill Grendel?

  • Who does Beowulf attribute his defeat of Grendel to?

  • Name of mead hall? Who built it?

  • Who aided Beowulf when he needed it most?

  • Who gets credit for Beowulf’s victory over Grendel’s mother?

  • Attributes of an epic

  • How do you know Beowulf is honorable?

  • How do you know Grendel is intelligent?

  • Caesura/Kenning Examples

  • Example of reparation

  • How does Beowulf provide for his men in the event of his death?

  • Theme

Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

  • Summary of the first section

  • Supernatural occurrences

  • Characters

Morte D’Arthur

  • Theme

  • Treaty between Arthur and Mordred

  • Supernatural occurrences

  • Brief Summary

  • Epic battle characteristics

Middle English Lecture:

  • Battle of Hastings details:

    1. language of peasants

    2. language of aristocracy

    3. winner

    4. language distinguished what?

The Canterbury Tales:

  • What does Chaucer use the prologue to do?

  • What level of society is not represented?

  • How many tales will each pilgrim tell?

  • What is theme of the Prologue?

  • Whose tomb are they visiting?

  • In what order are the characters introduced?

  • What word best describes the narrator?

  • How is the Friar described?

  • How is woman from Bath described?

  • Why does Chaucer place the Miller right after the Plowman?

Pardoner’s Tale:

  • What has caused Death to stalk the land?

  • What is ironic about the pledge the rioters make to one another?

  • What do the rioters represent symbolically?

  • How do the rioters treat the old man at the beginning?

  • Examples of irony throughout?

  • Describe the 3 rioters

  • Moral of story?

  • Reason the Pardoner tells this particular story?

  • How do 2 rioters plan to increase their share of gold?

  • Who is the real traitor?

  • Sauntered-vocab

These items are involved on the test. There may be more things to know from each selection. Be fully prepared. You also need to be able to paraphrase quotes from passages of text.  There will be 100 multiple choice questions from the material listed above as well as Constructed Response questions.

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