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Project: (50%)

• Due Monday, May 23rd (A), Tuesday, May 24th (B)


Exam: (50%)
• Short answer/essay – Day of Final Exam

LIST A: I have copies of these books. You may check out a school copy from
me, so you don’t have to purchase one.

1) Pride and Prejudice escaping slave, Jim. In the course of their


perilous journey, Huck and Jim meet adventure,
danger, and a cast of characters who are
Elizabeth Bennet is the
sometimes menacing and often hilarious.
perfect Austen heroine: intelligent,
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
generous, sensible, and incapable
of jealousy or any other major sin.
A wickedly subversive parable
That makes her sound like an set in a mental ward, the
insufferable goody-goody, but the novel chronicles the head-on
truth is she's a completely hip collision between its hell-
character, who if provoked, is not raising, life-affirming hero
above skewering her antagonist Randle Patrick McMurphy
with a piece of her exceptionally and the totalitarian rule of
Big Nurse. McMurphy
sharp -- but always polite -- 18th century wit.
swaggers into the mental
ward like a blast of fresh air
I, Robot and turns the place upside
In this collection, Asimov sets out down, starting a gambling
the principles of robot behavior operation, smuggling in wine
that we know as the Three Laws and women, and egging on the other patients to
of Robotics. Here are stories of join him in open rebellion. But McMurphy's
robots gone mad, mind-reading revolution against Big Nurse and everything she
robots, robots with a sense of stands for quickly turns from sport to a fierce
humor, robot politicians, and power struggle with shattering results.
robots who secretly run the
world, all told with Asimov's
trademark dramatic blend of science fact and
science fiction. **Note: Since this is a short
2) Uncle Tom’s Cabin
story collection, on the final exam, you may be
tested on ANY of the stories. Uncle Tom, Topsy, Sambo,
Simon Legree, little Eva: their
names are American bywords,
and all of them are characters in
Harriet Beecher Stowe's
remarkable novel of the pre-Civil
The Adventures of
War South. Uncle Tom's
Huckleberry Finn Cabin was revolutionary in 1852
for its passionate indictment of slavery and for its
Mark Twain's classic novel, The presentation of Tom, "a man of humanity," as the first
Adventures of Huckleberry black hero in American fiction.
Finn, tells the story of a
teenaged misfit who finds
himself floating on a raft down
the Mississippi River with an
3) The Joy Luck Club

Four mothers, four daughters, four


families whose histories shift
with the four winds depending
on who's "saying" the stories.
In 1949 four Chinese women,
recent immigrants to San
Francisco, begin meeting to eat
dim sum, play mahjong, and
talk. United in shared
unspeakable loss and hope, they call
themselves the Joy Luck Club. Rather than sink
into tragedy, they choose to gather to raise their
spirits and money

LIST B: I do not have copies of these books, but you may still choose
one from this list.
8) The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
The mysterious Jay Gatsby embodies the American notion that it is possible to redefine oneself and
persuade the world to accept that definition. Gatsby's youthful neighbor, Nick Carraway, fascinated with the
display of enormous wealth in which Gatsby revels, finds himself swept up in the lavish lifestyle of Long
Island society during the Jazz Age. Considered Fitzgerald's best work, The Great Gatsby is a mystical,
timeless story of integrity and cruelty, vision and despair.
9) Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
Mesmerizing in its immediacy and haunting in its subtlety, Their Eyes Were Watching God tells the story of
Janie Crawford—fair-skinned, long-haired, dreamy woman—who comes of age expecting better treatment
than what she gets from her three husbands and community. Then she meets Tea Cake, a younger man who
captivates Janie's heart and spirit, and offers her the chance to relish life without being one man's mule or
another man's adornment.
10) Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
Emily Brontë’s only novel, Wuthering Heights remains one of literature’s most disturbing explorations into the
dark side of romantic passion. Heathcliff and Cathy believe they’re destined to love each other forever, but
when cruelty and snobbery separate them, their untamed emotions literally consume them.
11) The Awakening by Kate Chopin
Set in New Orleans and the Southern Louisiana coast at the end of the nineteenth century, the plot centers
around Edna Pontellier and her struggle to reconcile her increasingly unorthodox views on femininity and
motherhood with the prevailing social attitudes of the turn-of-the-century South. It is one of the earliest
American novels that focuses on women's issues without condescension. It is also one of the most important
novels written by an American woman in the nineteenth century.
12) Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
This classic story of the March family women and their lives in New England during the Civil War has
remained enduringly popular since its publication in 1868. Poor, argumentative, loving, and optimistic, the
March sisters struggle to supplement their family's meager income and realize their own dreams. This highly
autobiographical novel shows us women who are strong-minded and independent in their determination to
control their own destiny.
4) Fallen Angels

Fallen Angels is the story of Perry, a


Harlem teenager who volunteers for
the service when his dream of
attending college falls through. Sent to
the front lines, Perry and his platoon
come face-to-face with the Vietcong
and the real horror of warfare. But
violence and death aren't the only
hardships. As Perry struggles to find virtue in himself
and his comrades, he questions why some troops are
given the most dangerous assignments, and why the
U.S. is there at all.

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