English Midterm Exam 2014 Essay

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Name: Shawn Hodgins
Student Number: JM1409261

Directions: Answer the questions below. Use full sentences when applicable.

Give two examples of each of the following elements of fiction and nonfiction from the texts you’ve read in Units 1, 2, and 3.

Story of fiction: The Giant’s House
Story of Non-fiction: “Desiderata
Fiction: James, narrator, and Astoria
Non-fiction: Elizabeth McCracken
Fiction: In a Library on different days to find a book that James is looking for.
Non-fiction: It seems the narrator is at home describing the documented history that she has from her family.
Fiction: James is looking for a book on tall people and the narrator helps him by looking for him but
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In the non-fiction essay “The Talk”, there are many examples of the usage of hyperbole such as “First, our heads got large, but our necks wavered, frail as crisp tulips. The eyes stayed small as well, receding into pencil dots on each side of an unshapely nose that cast remarkable shadows when we turned sideways.” (Soto, pp. 574). This is very effective in visual terms and kind of humorous in my opinion.

Cite examples from the texts you’ve read in Units 1, 2, and 3 to briefly explain the answers to the Big Questions. A. Unit 1: Can truth change? I feel truth can change depending on how perceive it, in “The Giant’s House” the truth for the main character was that he was different and it was a bad thing but the truth for the narrator was that he was trying to understand James find answers but could not understand why. I feel the truth can change because everyone has his or her own point of view and the truth for one person may not be the truth for another person.

B. Unit 2: Is conflict necessary?

I do think conflict is necessary, without conflict there is not thrill or excitement to continue reading. Like when Mr. Rainsford realized General Zaroff was talking about hunting humans, without the disagreement then there would be no suspense. In conclusion I feel conflict is necessary for the sake of the story and the interest of the reader.

C. Unit 3: Is knowledge the same as understanding?

No, I do not think that knowledge is the same as