STARTING TIME: April 5, 2000 at 6:00 p.m. DURATION: 3 HRS
DEPARTMENT, COURSE NO. & SEC. NO.: English 17: 2116/3-050
COURSE TITLE: Canadian Children's Literature
EXAMINER: Perry Nodelman
This examination consists of four sequential parts:
The exam will be evaluated as a whole--no specific portion of the grade is assigned to the individual questions. The evaluation will take into account your mastery of the skills and strategies encouraged throughout the course:
You may bring texts and notes with you into the test room.
1: DISCUSSION (one hour)
1. You have been asked to read Tim Wynne Jones's The Maestro. The class will divide into groups, ideally of four people each. Within your group, explore ways in which The Maestro might be seen to be expressing the characteristics whose recurrence we have been noticing in "mainstream" texts of Canadian children's literature. You should also explore ways in which the novel might be seen to be diverging from those characteristics. Your discussion should focus on specific details in both The Maestro and other texts we have read during the course.
2: WRITING (forty-five minutes)
2. Consider the significance of what you explored in the discussion. How might your perception of shared characteristics or their absence in The Maestro influence your understanding of one or more of the following:
It's not necessarily a wise choice to attempt to cover all these topics. The most valuable answers are likely to be the ones that discuss specific matters as specifically as possible. Concentrate on the topics that interest or perplex you most, and explore them as thoroughly as you can by means of detailed descriptions of thoughts and experiences.
3: DISCUSSION (approximately forty-five minutes)
Return to your group, and read and discuss what you have written so far to each other. The object of the discussion is for everyone to enrich everyone else's understanding--so make sure that you have enough time for a consideration of all four of your answers. Your goal is to provide each other with feedback: express responses to each other's ideas, suggest gaps that might be filled, explore disagreements and their implications, suggest further paths that might be followed.
4: WRITING (approximately half an hour)
Discuss how you might use each other's responses to what you have written in order to deepen your understanding of The Maestro and/or reading and responding to Canadian children's literature in general. You might either further develop the matters you discussed before or further consider the other aspects suggested by your colleagues. If you believe that nothing said in the discussion suggested any worthwhile paths for you to follow, explain why, through discussion of the specific comments made and issues raised by your colleagues.