The exam will consist of short answer questions about Mark Twain, the Edgar Allan Poe poems "The Raven" and "Annabel Lee," and the Robert Frost poems "Once by the Pacific" and "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening." In addition, there will be reading passages and multiple choice questions, as well as an extended response based on independent reading that the students completed this past year.
Here is some material to assist students in their exam preparation:
"Mark Twain Author Study Unit"
- Mark Twain was born Samuel Clemens (his real name)in 1835.
- Twain wrote, among many other things, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876) and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1884).
- Among Mark Twain's well known characters are: Tom Sawyer, Huckleberry Finn, and Injun Joe. You can find a summary of the characters from The Adventures of Tom Sawyer here.
- Mark Twain grew up in Hanibal, MO, along the Mississippi River.
- Mark Twain first became well known as a writer when his story "The Notorious Jumping Frog of Calaveras County" was published in a newspaper. You can find a summary of the story here.
- Mark Twain had a mansion built for his family in Hartford, CT. It is now a museum and some say it is haunted!
- Mark Twain's daughter, Susy, wrote a biography of her father when she was a teenager.
- Mark Twain vacationed in the summer of 1901 at a camp on Lower Saranac Lake.
1. Here is a summary of Edgar Allan Poe's "The Raven."
2. Here is a summary of Edgar Allan Poe's "Annabel Lee"
3. Please be familar with the following poems by Robert Frost: