ENG 125 Final Exam Fall 2019
NAME _______________________________________ Total Score:
ENG 125: Literatures of Identity – Final Exam
200 points total
I. Define/Connect/Explain (105 points total/5 points per question) Points for this section:
Directions: For each question in this section, you are given a term, concept, or theory that we have covered in class.
For each one, you will need to do three things:
● Define—Provide a definition, paraphrasing in your own words what the term means. I realize it is difficult to
write an “original” definition, but what I want you to avoid is simply repeating back the wording that I have
used. I want to see some evidence that you have processed the term and have an understanding of what
the term means, rather than just the ability to be a parrot. ☺
● Connect—List a work of literature we have covered in class (story, novel, essay, article, poem, song, film,
TV episode, video) that you have identified as having a connection to the term/theory/concept.
● Explain—Provide a short-answer explanation (2-3 sentences) that describes the connection you have made
between the work of literature to the term/theory/concept.
1. For this question, choose any of the seven theses of monster culture that Jeffrey Jerome Cohen identifies
in his essay, “Monster Culture (Seven Theses)”.
Thesis Number ______2___
Definition: The monster always escapes. In other words, the “bad guy” is able to do bad things but get away with it, and sometimes
even repeat what it is doing without getting caught.
Connected Literary Work: Black Mirror - White Bear
In this episode, I believe the real monster to be the actors punishing the main character. They torture her, let others watch and
encourage her, and repeat this continuously. While the criminal should receive punishment, the punishment is cruel and
usual. It is pushing it too far. The real monster is not the criminal, it is the actors. They are the ones who get to hurt her
repeatedly and get away with it day after day.
2. the uncanny valley
Definition: The fear of things that have human traits but are not human