Thursday, April 26, 2012

"Nonquiz" survey of works

Here are the results from the "nonquiz" you took on Tuesday. The information on the other questions varied quite a bit, so it isn't tabulated here.

1. Which of the authors from this semester had you read prior to enrolling in this class?

18__ Mark Twain
6__Edith Wharton
0__Charles W. Chesnutt
8__Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
7__Jack London
2___Wallace Stevens
7___Stephen Crane
17__Robert Frost
0___Paul Laurence Dunbar
9___Ernest Hemingway
13___Emily Dickinson

2. Which of these classic works from 1865-1940 have you read before taking this class?

7___ Crane, Maggie: A Girl of the Streets
4____Crane, The Red Badge of Courage
5___ Wharton, The House of Mirth
3___ Wharton, The Age of Innocence
1___ James, The Portrait of a Lady
1___ James, Daisy Miller
5___ Chopin, The Awakening
0___ Chesnutt, The House Behind the Cedars or The Marrow of Tradition
18___ Twain, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
12___ Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby
1___ Fitzgerald, Tender is the Night
3___ Hemingway, The Sun Also Rises
0___ Hemingway, A Farewell to Arms
13___ Frost, “Stopping by Woods,” “Fire and Ice,” “Birches,” (etc.)
9___ Dickinson, “Success is Counted Sweetest,” “I heard a fly buzz,” etc.

Did this theme (popular then/classic now) and more intensive focus on fewer authors work well for you, or would you have preferred a general survey?

2____Teach as survey (previous version)
17____Teach as theme (current version)

6. In the future, should the assignments in this course be as they were this semester or as they have been traditionally?

18_____ This semester: 2 short papers (3-4 pages) plus 1 optional short creative paper that allows dropping the lowest short paper grade; 1 longer paper/project that can be based on a short paper.

1_____Previous semesters: 1 medium-length paper (5-7 pages) and 1 longer paper (8-10 pages)

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