Anonymous : hi, really sorry to bother you, i just wondered if you have any tips for revising for english lit exams?


I don’t know what your exams look like, but if it’s just you and your teacher sitting in a room and talking about the books you’ve read, here are a few tips:

1. Read the books. This may seem like an obvious one, but I cannot stress it enough. If you’ve actually read the book, the teacher will be able to tell from your answers. Even if you didn’t understand or like it, at least it shows that you tried, and you will be able to think of specific examples.

2. Memorise the names of the main characters and the authors. If I were your teacher I wouldn’t fail you for not remembering, but it’s just an awkward moment when you can’t think of the protagonist’s name. It will only make you more nervous and you can easily spare yourself that misery. Again, knowing the basics shows that you made an effort.

3. Be aware of when/where a book was written, by whom, and when/where it takes place. Context is everything! Think about how the time period is reflected in the work or may have influenced the author (especially in the case of a female and/or queer novelist or writer of colour). How does the setting influence the story?

4. If you’ve seen the movie adaptation, make sure that you know the differences between the film and the book. Mixing up the two is horribly embarrassing and your teacher may think that you haven’t read the book at all. Also, he/she may ask you if you’ve seen the movie and what you thought of the changes that were made. Be prepared for that question.

5. Read the relevant Shmoop pages at least once to brush up on themes and symbols. If there is some really obvious and/or famous symbolism in the books you’ve read (like the eyes of Dr Eckleburg in The Great Gatsby), make sure you have some idea of what they may stand for.

If you do those things, you should be able to get a fantastic grade!

Fun fact: I hated one of the books I’d read for my list and when my teacher asked me what I thought of it, I whipped out this ridiculously complex diagram I’d made to keep track of the billions of characters in the book. I showed it to him and said “I mean, what the hell man, how am I supposed to remember all that?” My teacher laughed, nodded, and gave me an A. …Well, not for that bit, but it did help! Even though I didn’t understand the plot at all, I showed that I’d tried. Teachers love that.


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“The truth is, everyone likes to look down on someone. If your favorites are all avant-garde writers who throw in Sanskrit and German, you can look down on everyone. If your favorites are all Oprah Book Club books, you can at least look down on mystery readers. Mystery readers have sci-fi readers. Sci-fi can look down on fantasy. And yes, fantasy readers have their own snobbishness. I’ll bet this, though: in a hundred years, people will be writing a lot more dissertations on Harry Potter than on John Updike. Look, Charles Dickens wrote popular fiction. Shakespeare wrote popular fiction - until he wrote his sonnets, desperate to show the literati of his day that he was real artist. Edgar Allan Poe tied himself in knots because no one realized he was a genius. The core of the problem is how we want to define “literature”. The Latin root simply means “letters”. Those letters are either delivered - they connect with an audience - or they don’t. For some, that audience is a few thousand college professors and some critics. For others, its twenty million women desperate for romance in their lives. Those connections happen because the books successfully communicate something real about the human experience. Sure, there are trashy books that do really well, but that’s because there are trashy facets of humanity. What people value in their books - and thus what they count as literature - really tells you more about them than it does about the book.”

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A new religious statue in the town of Davidson, N.C., is unlike anything you might see in church.

The statue depicts Jesus as a vagrant sleeping on a park bench. St. Alban’s Episcopal Church installed the homeless Jesus statue on its property in the middle of an upscale neighborhood filled with well-kept townhomes.

Jesus is huddled under a blanket with his face and hands obscured; only the crucifixion wounds on his uncovered feet give him away.

The reaction was immediate. Some loved it; some didn’t.

"One woman from the neighborhood actually called police the first time she drove by," says David Boraks, editor of "She thought it was an actual homeless person."

That’s right. Somebody called the cops on Jesus.

And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Since you have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, you have done it unto me.



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