American Literature
Final Exam 2017
Spragins

Part One: Usage/Vocabulary (20%)

Part Two: Essay on Jitney (40%)

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?

Part Three: One–Act Play (40%)

Gather together in an interesting locale some characters from the works which we have studied this year and have them debate whether the American Dream is alive and well today. (There may even be a thunderstorm predicted!)

Characters:
 

Ben Franklin

Huck Finn
Jim

Maggie Johnson
Jimmy Johnson
Mary Johnson
Pete the Bartender

Jay Gatsby
Daisy Buchanan
Tom Buchanan
Nick Carroway
Myrtle Wilson
George Wilson
Lila
Rev. Ames
Doll

Becker
Booster
Youngblood 
Rena
Turnbo
Fielding
Doub
Shealy