Final Exam Review Sheet

Exam Day is Wednesday, March 28


For this exam you will interpret texts in terms of themes developed during this class. During this class we have spent a significant amount of time discussing issues related to the following topics (see the syllabus for more detail):

  1. Family, friends, and communities
  2. Romance
  3. History
  4. Social change
  5. Immigration, migration, and seeking refuge
  6. Work
  7. Representation

During this exam you will analyze four out of the following five texts from the course reader (reader page numbers in parentheses):

  1. Kelly Zen-Yie Tsai, "Making Guacamole" (3-6)
  2. Janice Mirikitani, "Breaking Silence" (103-105)
  3. Carlos Bulosan, America is in the Heart (131-132)
  4. le thi diem thuy, "shrapnel shards on blue water" (207-209)
  5. Marilyn Chin, "Round Eyes" (225-229)

To review for the exam you should read each of the texts and you should be able to answer the following questions:

  1. When was the text written? Where and in what medium was the text published?
  2. What group or groups of people does the text represent? What does the text say about one or more significant experiences for the people it represents?
  3. What is one detail from the text that really brings to life the historical experience of the people it represents?
  4. What is an issue related to the topics above that the text addresses?
  5. What solution does the text suggest for the conflicts and problems around the issue that it addressses?

Answers to these questions should provide you with a framework for future research. Remember differences along lines of socioeconomic class, gender, sexuality, mixed heritages, and nationality.

Like the mid-term the final exam will be open book, open note, open class and open Google. The exam should take you no more than one hour to complete.

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