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LIBERAL HUMANISM - NEW CRITICISM - STRUCTURALISM
POST-STRUCTURALISM - DECONSTRUCTION - POSTMODERNISM - PSYCHO-ANALYTIC CRITICISM

The mid-term quiz (35%)
The mid-term exam (35%) is taken in a computer lab at Háskóli Íslands, or at a recognized distant learning centre, on March 1st, from 13:20-14:50 at our regular meeting time. No material is allowed (no books or dictionaries), but you can use writing utensils for notetaking.

If you are in another country, please check your time zone. In case the time is 03:00 or something like that, just let me know by e-mail, and we'll make arrangements. You will need to contact me, anyway, if you plan to take the exam outside HÍ. Someone must take the responsibility to supervise the exam (distant learning centre, or an academic).

You will know your grade right after you've submitted your exam. Written replies will be reviewed in case of spelling errors, and if these are minor (or understandable), your grade will be raised.

CLICK ON THE IMAGE WHICH WILL BE ON THE OPENING PAGE to access at that time (link only active then).

PLEASE DON'T FORGET TO WRITE YOUR
FULL NAME AND KENNITALA
ON THE FIRST PAGE WHICH APPEARS WHEN YOU OPEN THE QUIZ.
IF YOU DON'T, IT IS INVALID, NO MATTER WHAT.

The questions are on all the required reading for classes 1-12.

There will be 56 multiple choice questions for you to reply to, plus 4 "essay" questions, i.e. where you write an answer (see below).

This is how the questions will be arranged:

Subject No. of questions Grade for each Total
"Introduction" and "Liberal Humanism" 7 0.16 ..1.12
"Structuralism" 7 0.16 ..1.12
"Post-structuralism and Deconstruction" 7 0.16 ..1.12
"Postmodernism" 7 0.16 ..1.12
"Psycho-analytic criticism: Freud & Jung" 7 0.16 ..1.12
"Psycho-analytic criticism: Lacan" 7 0.16 ..1.12
"The Lottery" - "The Purloined Letter" - "The Oval Portrait" - Wide Sargasso Sea 7 0.16 ..1.12
Identify the theory (unprepared) 4 0.16 ..0.64
Identify the person (unprepared) 3 0.16 ..0.48
Total:
56   ..9.00
"Essay" question 4 0.25 ..1.00
Total possible grade:
    10.00

"Essay questions"
I need to grade these questions separately, after you've taken the exam - as the automatic grading does not take words in an unknown sequence into account. I call them "essay" questions just to distinguish them from the other questions. I don't expect an essay. Just answer in 4-8 lines, trying to get out the main information. If the question is "Explain the relationship between the signifier and the signified," I would want a name (Ferdinand de Saussure) and that these two make the sign, etc., just write whatever you can think of in a couple of minutes.

I would answer shortly, leaving a further explanation if you have time left. And there will be time left, if you've practiced the quizzes and know how they work. Normally, "experienced" students finish in about 40 minutes. (Now the post-structuralists among you question what is "normal").

Because it's not possible to grade the "essay" questions, you will get a ZERO for one question. That question will be "Are you a Literary Theory student" and you MUST tick the answer YES (not "no"). You can't miss it! I will make sure it sticks out.

This means that you get "incorrect" for a question that weighs a whole 1.0. Don't panic - this will be corrected.

So, if you score 100% on the test, that is, you give all the right answers, your grade will be 9.0 right after you take the test (before my review).

I review the "essay questions" afterwards. If your answer is absolutely correct, you get a 10.0 for it. If only a part of it is correct (that is, for instance, if you don't state the name of a theorist, you just talk about the sign, the signifier and signified, and you don't name Saussure), you get a lower grade.

If the grades for your written answers are 7+8+9+7, your grade for them will be 7.75. This means, if your exam grade was 8.0, that your grade is raised to 8.77.

I hope this is clear enough.


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