American Literature
Final Exam 2018

Part One: Usage/Vocabulary (20%)

Part Two: Essay on Jitney (80%)

What was August Wilson's advice to African-Americans at the end of the 20th century? How should they move forward?

Becker’s faith in hard work, his strategy of accommodation with racism, and his resolution to follow the rules have been shaken to the core. How have the people in his neighborhood really survived to this point, and what will happen now that the city is moving them out? Has the role of middle class values changed over the years between 1776 and 1978? Has the time come for Becker to re-consider his judgment of Booster’s militancy?