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PRAXIS Review Sheet
ENGL 241 American Literature I
Concepts addressed in this course: Reading and Understanding Text:
Identifying major works and authors of American, British, and World literature from
various cultures, genres, and periods, including literature for young adults
Specifically, students should review the following chronological study of authors and their works,
identifying the various genres they represent, situating them within an appropriate historical period,
and recalling each writer's major contribution to the canon of early American literature. Entries are
found in Perkins and Perkins, The American Tradition in Literature, Vol. I, 10th edition, or may be
found in a comparable anthology.
The Colonial Period
Bradford, Of Plymouth Plantation Winthrop,
"A Modem of Christian Charity"
Williams, "The Bloody Tenet of Persecution for Cause of Conscience" and "Letter to the
Town of Providence"
Bradstreet, "The Prologue," "The Author to Her Book," "Before the Birth of One of Her
Children," "To My Dear and Loving Husband," "In Memory of My dear Grandchild
Elizabeth Bradstreet," "Upon the Burning of Our House"
Rowaldson, A Narrative of the Captivity and Restoration of Mrs. Mary Rowlandson"
Taylor, "The Preface," "Upon Wedlock, and Death of Children," "Huswifery," "Upon a Spider
Catching a Fly," "Meditation 146, Second Series"
Mather, from The Wonders of the Invisible World, "The Life of His Excellency Sir William
Woolman, "The Journal of John Woolman"
DeCrevecoeur, "Letters from an American Farmer," "Sketches of Eighteenth Century America"
The National Period/A2e of Reason
Edwards, "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God"
Franklin, selections from The Autobiography, "Letter to Ezra Stiles," "Information for Those Who
Would Remove to America," "Speech in the [Constitutional] Convention at the
Conclusion of Its Deliberations"
Paine, "The American Crisis" or selections from Common Sense, "The Age of Reason"
Jefferson, "The Declaration of Independence," "Notes on the State of Virginia," "Letter to Dr.
Benjamin Rush," "Letter to John Adams"
Freneau, ""To the Memory of the Brave Americans," "On Mr. Paine's Rights of Man," "The Wild
Honey Suckle"
Development of this review sheet was made possible by funding from the US Department of Education through
South Dakota’s EveryTeacher Teacher Quality Enhancement grant.
Wheatley, "On Being Brought from Africa to America," "An Hymn to the Evening," "To S.M. a
Young African Painter, on Seeing His Works," "To His Excellency General Washington"
Equiano, from the Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano
The Romantic Age
Irving, "The Author's Account of Himself," "Rip Van Winkle"
Cooper, selections from The Pioneers
Bryant, "Thanatopsis," "To a Waterfowl," "A Forest Hymn," "To Cole, the Painter, Departing for
Europe," "The Prairies"
Emerson, "The Divinity School Address," "The Snow-Storm," "Each and All," "The Rhodora,"
"The Apology," "Hamatreya"
Fuller, selections from Woman in the Nineteenth Century
Thoreau, selections from Walden, "Civil Disobedience"
Poe, "Sonnet-To Science," "To Helen," "The Coliseum," "Sonnet-Silence," "The Raven,"
"Ulalume," "Ligeia," "The Fall of the House of Usher," "The Philosophy of
Hawthorne, "Young Goodman Brown," "Rappaccini's Daughter," "Ethan Brand," "Preface to The
House of the Seven Gables," The Scarlet Letter
Melville, Billy Budd
The Humanitarian Sensibility
Longfellow, "A Psalm of Life," "The Arsenal at Springfield," "The Jewish Cemetery at
Newport," "Nature," "The Tide Rises, the Tide Falls"
Whittier, "Massachusetts to Virginia," "First-Day Thoughts," "Laus Deo"
Lincoln, "The Second Inaugural Address," The Gettysburg Address," "Letter to Horace Greeley"
Stowe, selections from Uncle Tom's Cabin
Jacobs, selections from Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
Douglass, selections from Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
Davis, Life in the Iron Mills
Whitman, "Song of Myself," "Chanting the Square Deific," "Calvary Crossing a Ford," "When I
Heard the Learned Astronomer," "The Wound Dresser," "I Hear It Was Charged Against
Me," "A Sight in Camp in the Daybreak Gray and Dim"
Development of this review sheet was made possible by funding from the US Department of Education through
South Dakota’s EveryTeacher Teacher Quality Enhancement grant.