CLEP American Literature

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    Description of the Exam:

    Covers the equivalent of a two-semester survey course or equivalent
    100 questions to be answered in 90 minutes
    Optional essay section two questions 90 minutes

    Knowledge and Skills Required:

    Knowledge of the content of particular literary works - their characters, plots, setting, themes, etc. 46%-60%
    Ability to understand and interpret short poems or excerpts from long poems and prose works presented in the test 25%-40%
    Knowledge of the historical and social settings of specific works, their authors and influences on them, and their relations to other literary works and to literary traditions 10%-15%
    Understanding the critical theories of American writers and of critical terms, verse forms, and literary devices 5%

    Colonial Period (1620-1830) 10%-15%
    Romantic Period (1830-1870) 25%
    Period of Realism and Naturalism (1870-1910) 25%
    Modernist Period (1910-1945) 25%
    Contemporary Period (1945 to Present) 10%-15%

    Study Resources: They recommend that you read at least one anthology. They also recommend that you familiarize yourself with Willa Cather, Kate Chopin, Steven Crane, William Faulkner, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, Herman Melville, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Mark Twain, and Edith Wharton. Also recommended are Ellison and Wright.
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    Ted Heiks Moderator and Distinguished Senior Member Reading List for CLEP American Literature

    Ace The CLEP, CLEP American Literature
    American Literature CLEP Study Guide
    Laurie E. Rozakis, Complete Idiot's Guide to American Literature
    Jack Rudman, American Literature: Examination Section Questions and Answers (College Level Examination Series/CLEP)
    Jack Rudman, CLEP American Literature (College Leval Exam. Ser.: Clep-3)
    Francis E. Skipp, American Literature (Barron's Ez-101 Study Keys)
    Sheryl Spencer, American Literature CLEP Study Guide
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    Ted Heiks Moderator and Distinguished Senior Member

    And Now For The Whole Ed Catalog Reading List American Literature

    Louisa May Alcott, Short Stories
    Sherwood Anderson, Winesburg, Ohio
    Edward Bellamy, Looking Backward
    Ambrose Bierce, Civil War Stories, Devil's Dictionary, and Moonlit Road & Other Ghost & Horror Stories
    Willa Cather, My Antonia, O Pioneers!, and Paul's Case & Other Short Stories
    Kate Chopin, The Awakening and A Pair of Silk Stockings & Other Stories
    Joseph Conrad, Heart of Darkness, Lord Jim, and The Secret Sharer & Other Stories
    Steven Crane, The Little Regiment & Other Civil War Stories, The Open Boat & Other Stories, The Red Badge of Courage, and War Is Kind & Other Poems
    Theodore Dreiser, Short Stories
    F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Diamond As Big As the Ritz & Other Stories and This Side of Paradise
    Ben Franklin, The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
    Mary E. W. Freeman, The Revolt of Mother & Other Stories
    Charlotte Gilman, Herland and The Yellow Wallpaper & Other Stories
    Great American Novels (5 Volumes) (Dover Thrift Edition), which includes Steven Crane's Red Badge of Courage, Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter, Henry James, The Turn of the Screw, Mark Twain, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, and Edith Wharton, Ethan Frome
    Bret Harte, The Luck of Roaring Camp & Other Short Stories
    Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter and Young Goodman Brown & Other Short Stories
    Sarah Orne Jewett, The Country of Pointed Firs
    Ring Lardner, You Know Me, All
    A. Lincoln, Great Speeches
    Jack London, Call of the Wild, Five Great Short Stories, Three Complete Books, and White Fang
    Thomas Mann, Death in Venice
    Edgar L. Masters, Spoon River Analogy
    Herman Melville, Bartleby and Benito Cereno
    O. Henry, The Gift of the Magi & Other Short Stories
    Edgar Allen Poe, The Gold Bug & Other Tales and Tales of Terror & Detection
    Gertrude Stein, Three Lives: Stories of the Good Anna, Melanctha, and the Gentle Lena
    Henry David Thoreau, Selections from the Journals
    Mark Twain, Adventures of Tom Sawyer, The Diary of Adam & Eve, Humorous Stories & Sketches, Mysterious Stranger & Other Stories, Tom Sawyer Abroad, and Tom Sawyer, Detective
    Candace Ward, Great American Short Stories by Women, which includes Louisa May Alcott, Transcendental Wild Oats, Djuna Barnes, Smoke, Willa Cather, Paul's Case Kate Chopin, The Storm, Rebecca Harding Davis, Life in the Iron Mills, Alice Dunbar-Nelson, The Stones of the Village, Mary E. Wilkins Freeman, A New England Nun, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, The Yellow Wall-Paper, Susan Glaspell, A Jury of Her Peers, Zora Neale Hurston, Sweat, Sarah Orne Jewett, A White Heron, Nella Larsen, Sanctuary, and Edith Wharton, The Angel at the Grave
    Edith Wharton, The Age of Innocence, Ethan Frome, and Short Stories
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