Essay on 103 American Literature Final Exam

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Final Exam I. Multiple choice: 1% x 30 = 30% 1865-1914 1. The novels and short stories of Henry James and Edith Wharton tended to focus on (A) the tragic outcomes of impoverished characters living in industrialized urban wastelands. (B) the ordeals of isolated characters living as survivalists in the sparsely populated hinterlands of the United States. (C) the inner psychological lives of privileged upper-class characters. (D) the exploits of characters with startling accomplishments and impressive abilities. 2. What qualities distinguish practitioners of “naturalism” from practitioners of “realism” as a general movement? (A) their use of unspoiled natural settings for their fiction, rather than urban or agricultural spaces shaped by…show more content…
Although the late nineteenth-century literary marketplace to some degree focused on prose fiction, two of the most important writers of their time and beyond were devoted to producing poetry in this period. Who were these two poets? (A) Mark Twain and Henry James (B) Kate Chopin and Mary Wilkins Freeman (C) Edith Wharton and Jack London (D) Walt Whitman and Emily Dickinson 10. In 1870, the U.S. population was 38.5 million; by 1920 it was 123 million. What was responsible for the dramatic increase in population during this period? (A) More Americans married and had large families. (B) Scientific advancements led to a healthier and longer-lived population. (C) Immigrants from England

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