instead, Test Three will ask you to offer an in-class, essay length (4-5 paragraphs, 6-9 sentences each) analysis on a poem (provided at the time of the test) that explains how and why that poem is a good representation of postmodern American literature. I have provided you a list of characteristics of postmodern American literature in Study Guide Three, which should be familiar to you based on your reading of the introduction to this era.
Note that your essay will need a thesis statement (debatable assertion about the poem), topic sentences, and integrated, correctly cited quotations from the poem. I am providing you a paragraph development outline similar to the one that I give my composition students to use as a reminder (if you need/want) of how to craft developed paragraphs with integrated, correctly cited quotations for an analysis essay.
You may use both the Study Guide and the paragraph outline during the Test.
You will have one sitting of two hours to read the poem provided in the Test and then compose a four paragraph, well-developed essay asserting/discussing how and why the poem is postmodernist American literature. Be forewarned that I have intentionally chosen a poem that does not have readily available internet sources providing analysis for students, so it is truly sink or swim for all students equally (which is only fair).
To be successful on Test Three, you will need to study the characteristics of postmodern American literature in the Study Guide and practice analyzing with these characteristics in mind using our assigned poems for this week in order to prepare for Test Three.