TEST PREP: TEST 1 – Vonnegut Part 1 – Objectives – 9/15 – 70% This portion of the test will include three styles of questions: Multiple Choice Passage Identification Short Answer These questions will examine your knowledge of the text as well as your knowledge of concepts discussed in class. Short Answer style questions require a combination of learned material and original thought. Always back up your answers with specific examples from your reading whenever possible. Also remember that all responses to Short Answer style questions should be written legibly using complete sentences. As you prepare your study materials, revisit: Notes you have taken in class from PowerPoints and group discussion Notes you have taken while reading Discussion questions handouts Homework assignments Select stories from Vonnegut’s Welcome to the Monkey House: “Where I Live” “Harrison Bergeron” “Welcome to the Monkey House” “Long Walk to Forever” “The Foster Portfolio” “Miss Temptation” “All the King’s Horses” “Next Door” “More Stately Mansions” “Report on the Barnhouse Effect” “The Euphio Question” “The Lie” “Unready to Wear” “The Kid Nobody Could Handle” “The Manned Missiles” “EPICAC” Part 2 – Essay – 9/15 – 30% Choose one of the following questions to respond to in an essay of at least 4 paragraphs. You must include a solid introduction with thesis statement and a well thought out conclusion. Be sure to pace yourself and take time to organize your essay before you begin writing. I expect you to plan out your thoughts and include plenty of specific examples from the text. See me prior to test day if you have any questions. 1. An antihero is defined as “a protagonist who lacks the attributes that make a heroic figure, as nobility of mind and spirit, a life or attitude marked by action or purpose, and the like” (dictionary.com). Discuss Vonnegut’s use of the antihero in two or more of the stories you have read for this class. Be sure to include several examples from the text to support your argument. 2. Discuss Vonnegut’s overall style as it applies to two or more of his short stories. As you compile evidence, consider the author’s tone, his choice in point of view, his unique characterization, his often complex storylines, and any other aspect of his writing that speaks to you (positively or negatively). Be sure to include several examples from the text. 3. Vonnegut spends much of his stories contemplating the often negative effects brought on by advancements in the fields of science and technology. Might his stories be considered warnings to a younger generation? How does Vonnegut view technology in the hands of the wrong people? You may want to consider the close relationship he paints between technology and power. Be sure to include several examples from the text. 4. In many of Vonnegut’s fictional worlds, he discusses the theme of government power, particularly the way it often thrives at the expense of the individual. Examine this idea in two or more of his short stories and be sure to support your argument with several examples from the text.