Senior Final Exam
Dystopian Literature / Science Fiction Literature
We have spent the last 20 weeks reading, writing, and thinking about dystopian fiction / science fiction.
The purpose of a final exam is to review the entirety of the course, from beginning to end, valuing not only the texts we have read, but also valuing your disciplined inquiry and construction of knowledge. In this course, you have developed reading skills, writing skills, digital literacy, and have culminated the course in creating your own dystopia / science fiction text .
For this final, you will
1) demonstrate your understanding of the dystopian / science fiction genre, and
2) synthesize your coursework to demonstrate higher-level analysis skills.
To begin, read three texts from our class website. After reading, write a 1-2 page open response for each one. Your response should be argumentative (have a thesis, clear topic sentences, paragraphs with quotations and analysis, and pull to a conclusion) as well as be organized and have been proofread. You can use ‘I.’
Note: ‘this text’ means the student-created text from the website. (i.e. classmates’ short stories, videos, etc)
1. Answer the appropriate question:
- Dystopian Lit: Explain how this text fulfills (or doesn’t) the types of dystopias outlined in our anchor texts (‘The Future Sucks,’ ‘Definitions & Characteristics,’ or ‘Introduction by John Joseph Adams’).
- Science Fiction Lit: Explain how this text fulfills one of the science fiction thematic topics (aliens & alien worlds, transformations, time & time travel, technology, or robots / artificial intelligence)
Choose TWO of the following five prompts to write on. You may not use the same prompt twice.
2. Explain how this text connects to one of the books you have read for this course. Consider characters, theme, point of view, style, etc. For a conclusion, make sure to teach: What does this connection show / why does it matter?
3. Explain how this text connects to one of the short stories we have read in this course.
Dystopian: ‘The Pedestrian,’ ‘Red Card,’ ‘Ten with a Flag,’ ‘Harrison Bergeron,’ or ‘The Lottery.’
Science Fiction: ‘The Pedestrian,’ ‘A Sound of Thunder,’ ‘Harrison Bergeron,’ ‘The Third Expedition,’ or a story from iRobot
All of these stories are available online or in hard copy in class. For a conclusion, make sure to teach: What does this connection show / why does it matter?
4. Choose one paper you have written for this course. Explain how its argument connects to this text. For a conclusion, make sure to teach: What does this connection show / why does it matter?
5. Explain how this text connects to a question or comment within a Correspondence or an EdCafe with Ms. Kennett. For a conclusion, make sure to teach: What does this connection show / why does it matter?
Staple the referenced coursework (your paper, your notes, your correspondence, etc) to the open response or note why it is not attached.