All the Pretty Horses
by Cormac McCarthy
Study Guide written by Connie Rattan
Chapter summaries and analyses of major characters, themes, symbols, and narrative technique are addressed in this study guide. In addition to fill-in-the-blank and matching questions, over 125 multiple choice questions written in literary criticism test format are specifically designed to prepare for the UIL Literary Criticism tests.
Selections by Robert Browning
The Mentor Book of British Poets
Edited by Oscar Williams
Study Guide written by Dr. Cleatus Rattan
This study guide provides a thorough explication of poetic form and technique used in each of the poems. The explication includes identification of poem types, metrical patterns, rhyme patterns and rhyme types, and figures of speech. Analysis of theme and meaning is also provided. Questions and answers on each poem conclude the study.
This set of 200 study questions is designed to serve as a review of key elements in the play. Multiple choice questions are formulated similar to UIL style test questions.
A Guide to Poetry Analysis
by Connie Rattan
This study guide is designed to provide both instruction and practice in literary analysis. A thorough examination of all styles of poetic technique including identification of types of poetry, rhythmic patterns, versification, figures of speech, types of rhyme and rhyme patterns will give the student confidence in understanding poems. All terms are taken from A Handbook to Literature by William Harmon, which help prepare the students for the first set of questions on the literary criticism test as well as the analysis portion of the test.
SUBSCRIPTION TESTS and PROMPTS
The Literary Criticism tests are written in the UIL test format. Questions cover literary vocabulary from A Handbook to Literature, Cormac McCarthy’s All the Pretty Horses, poetry by Robert Browning from The Mentor Book of Major British Poets, and Tartuff by Moliere.
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