ENG2206 Literature

Only readings listed on the syllabus by these authors are eligible for this first exam: Behn, Swift, Voltaire, Bashō, Equiano, Wordsworth, and Keats. At least ONE example has to come from the Week #3 readings (Equiano, Wordsworth, or Keats).

In most of the readings in the first three weeks, we see characters or writers in situations where they either regret or could potentially regret their actions or what happens to them. In your exam, use three examples from assigned texts to discuss how regret might play a role in the assigned texts (and your three examples cannot use the same author twice—for example, you cannot use both poems by Keats and count it as two of the three examples). Is there actual regret present in the text? Is it a situation where one might express regret for something that has happened and yet the character or writer does not? What does the acknowledgement or lack of acknowledgement of regret suggest about the writer, character, or situation? What does the text suggest about how we might face regretful situations or moments in our own lives?

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Keep in mind that all of your examples do not have to be demonstrating the same type of regret. You could easily have one example where there is active regret in the story or poem and then two other examples where regret is lacking. It will entirely depend on what you see happening in the texts.

Length and Content Requirements

Your essay response must be a minimum of 750 words (there is no maximum, but try to avoid writing a book).

While you may use some of an author’s biography to make your point, keep in mind that your discussion should include a discussion of the texts we have read in class and not rely solely on biographical information.

This should be entirely your own argument, and you are not allowed to use any secondary material in this exam (your textbook or the version of the assigned text you are using is your only source).

As much as these are your own arguments, you should minimize your use of “I” unless absolutely necessary.

I would also argue against cutting and pasting information from your discussion posts and using that as the core content for your essays. If you choose to do so and heavily revise that content, it can work, but some students have used it as a shortcut method for completing the exam in the past, and it tends not to work well without carefully tailoring that information to the specific question posed below.


Your exam must be in conventional essay format (contain an introduction, body paragraphs, and a conclusion).

Any paraphrases or direct quotations of material from the texts you are using must be properly punctuated (clear use of quotation marks for direct quotations, for example) and must contain a parenthetical citation (in MLA or APA format) noting the page number of the material. There is no need for a works cited page if you’re using the assigned textbook, but if you’re using any other version of the assigned texts, you must provide a works cited page, noting full bibliographical information for your source material, with the submitted exam.

From these works, choose 3 examples.

Aphra Behn’s Oroonoko

Jonathan Swift’s “A Modest Proposal,”

Voltaire’s Candide

From The Narrow Road to the Deep North

Equiano’s “From The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano, or Gustavus Vassa, the African, Written by Himself,”

Wordsworth’s “Ode on Intimations of Immortality” and “The World is Too Much With Us,”

Keats’ “Bright Star” and “Ode on a Grecian Urn,”

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