Final Exam: Essay Preparation
Instructions: Write two essays on the topics below. Be sure to take into account the formal
aspects of poetry and fiction, as well as their implications for the author’s creation of meaning.
You must state and develop a thesis concerning your reading of the texts, and develop your
argument in essay form.
Each essay must be six-to-eight (6-8) double-spaced pages. Please meet and do not exceed these
limits. You must write on at least ONE (1) nineteenth-century author and ONE (1) fiction writer
in each question (you may use one author to fulfill both of these criteria).
Each essay must attend to different writers—do not reuse authors. You may use authors on whom
you wrote your final paper.
1. Discuss notions of community in THREE of …. What makes and/or threatens a community in
these texts? How do these portrayals compare and contrast?
2. Prepare an essay on the use of literary, biblical, or political allusion in written works by
THREE of …What is the general function of allusion in these works? In what ways are the uses
of allusion similar and in what ways are they different?
- Roughing It in the Bush Susanna Moodie
- community and nature: if we moved from a cultivated and civilized society into the
uncultivated and uncivilized wilderness, do we become animals and detached from
- coming into a community as an outsider
- Sunshine Sketches of A Little Town Stephen Leacock (fiction)
- small town community, pastoral, very Canada depiction
- mocking a community,
- routine of the community
- As For Me and My House Sinclair Ross (fiction)
- Mrs. Bentley no personality in the community vs Philip who is a leading figure in the
- false fronts: performing certain roles and having to act a certain way
- community at war
- the drought of the community is also sexual drought for Philip and Mrs. Bentley
- The Window Ethel Wilson (fiction)
- alienation from a community, superficiality of West Coast society
- feeling an outsider in a community you grew up in
- “Like an Old Proud King in a Parable”A.J.M Smith
- people are false towards the king; he wants to go somewhere by himself - The Wind Our Enemy Anne Marriott
- historical poem about the prairie community
- cultural drought
- “Reflections in a Train Window” P.K Page
- disconnection from a community
- train window like Sunshine Sketches?
- “Country Wihtout a Mythology” Douglas LePan
- a country with “no monuments”
- Canada needing unity, what defines Canada?
- “The Rising Village” Oliver Goldsmith (19th Century)
- a rising community
- a community mixed of First Nations, the French
- first building is a tavern, there’s an incompetent doctor, a crazy school teacher andAlber
who is supposedly “the best” this culture can produce, what’s the hope for the colony?
- “The Man Who Rose from Nothing” Alexander McLachlan (19th Century)
- rise of nationalism (community)
- “Quebec to Ontario:APlea for the Life of Riel”Agnus Maule Machar (19th Century)
- a divided vision of Canada
- a community that is put together by being put apart
- “AWindflower” Bliss Carmen (19th Century)
- new ways taking over the old ways “sweeping rain forebode” (rain is good for flowers,
in the process of growth not dying away)
- “Night Hymns on Lake Nipigon” Duncan Campbell Scott (19th century)
- a place where something is on the verge of happening
- coming of a new century; new cultural forms, no escape from change
- “The City of the End of Things”Arc