1. Naturalism in writing, and how "The Second Choice" is a naturalistic work.
2. The Lost Generation: who are theym why are they called that, what common characteristics do they share?
3. Hemingway’s principles of short story writing: traditions and innovations. Be prepared to show examples of it from the stories we read.
4. Peculiarities of E. Hemingway’s style.
5. W. Faulkner as a fine stylist (high rhetoric, folk language, long sentences, paradoxes, etc.).
6. Themes and plot structure in “Dry September”.
7. The peculiarities of narration in T. Dreiser’s “The Second Choice”.
8. Symbols and their role in “The Great Gatsby”.
9. Themes in “The Great Gatsby”.
10. Plot structure and themes in "Of Mice and Men".
- Be ready to talk about the following characters:
Barton in The Second Choice,
Miss Minnie Cooper in Dry September,
the barber in Dry September,
Jay Gatsby in The Great Gatsby,
Daisy Buchanan in The Great Gatsby,
Nick Carraway in The Great Gatsby,
Jake Barnes in The Sun Also Rises,
Robert Cohn in The Sun Also Rises,
Lady Brett Ashley in The Sun Also Rises,
George from Of Mice and Men,
Lennie from Of Mice and Men.
- Be ready to explain the distinguishing characteristics of realism, naturalism, and regionalism.
- Be ready to compare and contrast the writing styles of the authors.
- Be ready to explain the following terms: Roaring Twenties, The Great Depression, The Dust Bowl, Flappers.