IB Survey Literature Final Exam for Semester 1

 Part One:  Narrative and Descriptive Writing—Multiple Choice/Short Answer

You may not use any notes or books (including dictionaries) during this part of the exam.

For this part of the exam, you will need to know the following:

  • plot elements, story maps, and types of conflict
  • descriptive language vocabulary, especially the different kinds of figurative language, mood, and tone
  • points of view
  • internal monologue (and how you know when internal monologue is being used and whose internal monologue it is)
  • dialogue

You will be given at least one reading passage on this exam.  Expect to identify types of figurative language used in the passage, the tone of parts of the passage, plot elements in the passage, type of conflict, point of view, and moments of internal monologue.  Also be prepared to write out short responses about any of the above.  You may also be asked to figure out which characters from the passage belong to which lines of dialogue or lines of internal monologue.


Preparation:  It is recommended that you study your notes from semester one on the above topics.  Review work done on internal monologue and on dialogue, especially the Mango Street chapter with multiple speakers and Brave New World Chapter 3.  Also, spend some time reading through the list of “tone words” given to you earlier this year.  Work to have an understanding of what a majority of those tone words mean.



Part Two:  Brave New World—Extended-Response*

*(This means you will be writing a few paragraphs.)

This part of the exam is open book and open note.  You will be writing an extended-response* to another reader’s opinion of Brave New World.  You will have to say whether you agree or disagree with that reader’s opinion and explain why.  In your explanation, you must refer to specific moments in the book from what we’ve read so far (Chapters 1-3) and explain why each moment you refer to supports your opinion.


Preparation:  It is recommended that you review the first three chapters of the book, particularly those moments where you strongly reacted to the book.  Consider why you reacted to those moments in that way.  Also, think through what your opinion of the book is so far.  Be specific as you think about this!  Don’t just say to yourself, “Yeah, like, I think the book is, you know, interesting.”  Try to pin-point what your exact reaction is so far.  Should this book be read by freshmen high school students?  Why?  Should the book be burned?  Why?  Is the book disturbing but intriguing?  Why?  Again, be specific as you think about your opinion.