How to Score Higher on a Close-Booked English Lit. Exam Under Pressure?
January 10, 2014 2:33 AM Subscribe
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Typically, as you might already know, English Lit exams consist 2 parts -- short answer and essay. Hand-written. 3 hours.
1. What are the tricks that allow you to quickly identify passages?
2. Normally, what are the major components to include when answer passage-identification questions? Close-reading analysis is a must...what about contexts? (I once answered my questions including the close-reading in a sandwich format that basically resembles an essay paragraph that describe the feature+function+meaning of a passage. Then was told by prof that I didn't include historical context, hence I lost a point for each question. Do you always have to include the context particularly mentioned by the prof in lecture, even if the instruction does not particularly specify so?)
3. How does one prepare for the essay question?
4. What are the best ways to memorize quotations and hard facts?
Bonus questions --
What's the most efficient way of studying for such exams? If running out of time, how to prioritize time to get the as many points as possible? Anyone can combat attention-span/focus/stamina issue?