Study Guide for Final Test
- Know the names of each of the generations through the Millennial Generation. You don't need to know exact birth dates, but have a general idea of when they were born. In particular, know the characteristics of the generations. Also know the differences between the generational types: Idealistic, Reactive, Civic, and Adaptive. Be able to match each of the generations above with the generational type. I have put together a summary of each of these: Summary of Generations
- Review religious and painting terms. You'll see these in the mid-course test, but I've also put together a summary for you here: Review of Terms
- During one of our class periods, we discussed several conservationists that played key roles in protecting our nation's forests, parks and wilderness areas. It's a good idea to review them. Here is summary: Review of Conservationists
- On the last day of class, we looked at several women writers who have been, and are, making an impact in outdoor writing. A synopsis is found here: Contemporary Women Writers.
- Look over your corrected quizzes. You'll see similar questions on the test.
- Study over the mid-course test. Like the quizzes, many questions will be similiar. The mid-course is a good all around study guide for the first half of the class.
- Review the readings in the Anthology. Have a good idea of what happens in each reading. It's best to run through each reading and write down some notes of what happened, the location, and the names of some of the key people. (Note that the test will include essay questions similiar the mid-course test in which you'll need to summarize several of the readings. A good way of handling an essay question is to think about the story for a minute. Then write down short phrases or words that come to mind when you think of the story. Don't worry about any order. Just write them down as they come to you. Then put the words or phrases in an appropriate order and start writing.)
- When you review the reading, don't forget to read the introductions to the chapters. Those provide you with an overview of the reading, and helps give you a feel for the author or outdoor personality.
- Know the names of the authors and their works.
- Just like the mid-term Test, there will be series of quotes which you need to match with the author. As you review each reading, get a feel for how the author writes. For example:
Who is the author of the following quote:
"And still I have not seen the fabulous city [Los Angeles] on the Pacific shore. Perhaps I never will. There's something in the prospect southwest from Barstow which makes one hesitate. Although recently, driving my own truck, I succeed in penetrating as close as San Bernardino. But was hurled back by what appeared to be clouds of mustard gas rolling in from the west on a very broad front. Thus failed again. It may be however that Los Angeles will come to me. Will come to all of us, as it must (they say) to all men."
And the answer would be?
- Finally, I wanted to give you a link to a special website that I've put together about outdoor literature. I forgot to give you the link during our last class session. (Note: this is for your information. You do not have study this for the final.) On the website, I've included several best reading lists and reviews of the top ranked outdoor books. All of the books that we studied in class are included (with authors' pictures) plus much more. You'll find great ideas for Christmas gifts too! Here's the link: Outdoor Literature Website
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