West Chester University

Fall 2001

Spring 2002

West Chester University

Fall 2002



Course Information
  Lit 165 Syllabus
  ENG 020 Syllabus
  About the Instructor

Notes for Introduction to Literature
  Approaching Literature
  Notes on the Art of Fiction: Early Forms
  The Short Story
  Graduate Students Define the Art of Fiction
  Bartleby the Scrivener - Questions for Analysis
  Notes on Melville
  Critical Approaches to Literature
  A Vocabulary for Short Fiction and Beyond
  Study Guide for Fiction Exam
  Reading Poetry
  The Craft of Poetry
  A Catalogue of Poems
  Notes on Langston Hughes
  Lines of Continuity
  Poetry Take Home Exam
  The Birth of Drama
  A Doll House
  Study Guide for the Final Exam
  A Glossary of Literary Terms

Notes for Basic Writing (ENG 020)
  The Rhetorical Situation
  Essay #1 Assignment Sheet
  Workshop Assignment for Essay#1
  How to Write Descriptively
  Building a Thesis
  Overcoming Reader's Block
  Analysis and the Culture of Advertising
  Essay #2 Assignment Sheet
  Writing Effective Introductions
  Writing Effective Conclusions
  Propaganda Analysis
  Politics and the English Language
  Propaganda: A Sample Analysis
  Midterm Exam: Tips for Writing on the Spot
  Notes on Rational Argument
  Mapping the Parts of an Arugment

General Announcements
  Announcements for LIT 165
  Assignments for LIT 165
  Announcements for ENG 020
  Assignments for ENG 020


Go Exploring
  A Weblog for LIT 165
  A Weblog for ENG 020

Join the Conversation
  LIT 165 Discussion List
  ENG 020 Discussion List

~~ Study Guide for Fiction Exam ~~

The Fiction Exam will be on Tuesday, October 2 for sections LIT 165-16 and LIT 165-17. It will be on Wednesday, October 3 for LIT 165-86.

Be prepared to recall and analyze the following short stories, which were assigned and discussed in class:

The Story of an Hour
A Sorrowful Woman
Miss Brill
Bartleby the Scrivener
The Birthmark
How to Tell A True War Story
Popular Mechanics

You can also use the following questions to further prepare:

  • What are several ways (discussed in class) we can distinguish literature that's worthy of study?
  • What are several ways (discussed in class) to define the short story?
  • How have several influential fiction writers (Poe, Chekov, Conrad, Hemingway, Carver, and Bambara) helped illuminate the "art" of the short story?
  • What are several formal elements (discussed in class) common to many short stories, what's the meaning of the terms we used to discuss these elements, and how do these elements apply to the short stories you were assigned to read?
  • What is the meaning of literary terms like theme, ambiguity, irony, paradox, and symbol, and how do these terms apply to the short stories you were assigned to read?






Questions? Contact me.

All materials unless otherwise indicated are copyright © 2001 by Stacy Tartar Esch.
The original contents of this site may not be reproduced, republished, reused, or retransmitted
without the express written consent of Stacy Tartar Esch.
These contents are for educational purposes only.