The exam is approximately 3 hours long and has two parts — multiple choice and free response. Each section of the exam is worth 50% of the final exam grade.

Section I: Multiple Choice — 65 questions; 1 hour and 20 minutes

  • Part A: Interpretive Listening — 15 questions; 20 minutes (10% of final exam grade)
    • Three sets of questions based on authentic audio texts including an excerpt from an interview with an author, a recited poem that is not on the required reading list, and a brief presentation on a literary topic related to course content.
    • You will have time to skim the questions for each set before listening to the audio. The interview and presentation will be played once; the recited poem will be played twice.
  • Part B: Reading Analysis — 50 questions; 1 hour (40% of final exam grade)
    • Six sets of questions based on readings from a variety of genres, periods, and places in the Spanish-speaking world. The readings include works from the required reading list, works that are not on the list, and one passage of literary criticism regarding a work or author from the list.
    • One set will contain two passages that are related by theme — one of those passages is taken from the required reading list.

Total scores on the multiple-choice section are based on the number of questions answered correctly. Points are not deducted for incorrect answers and no points are awarded for unanswered questions.

Section II: Free Response — 4 questions; 1 hour and 40 minutes

  • 2 Short Answer Questions: 30 minutes, 15% of final exam grade
    • Text Explanation — read an excerpt from a text on the required reading list, identify the author and period of the text, and explain the development of a given theme found within the excerpt in relation to the whole work from which the excerpt is taken.
    • Text and Art Comparison — read an excerpt from a text on the required reading list and study an image of a work of art (e.g., a painting, photograph, sculpture, or drawing) related by theme to the text. You will compare how a particular theme is represented in both the text and the image, and then to connect that theme to the genre, period, or movement of the text.
  • 2 Essay Questions: 1 hour and 10 minutes; 35% of final exam grade
    • Analysis of a Single Text — read an excerpt from a text on the required reading list and then analyze how the text represents the characteristics of a particular genre and also a particular historical, cultural, or social context.
    • Text Comparison — read two excerpts related by theme, one from a text on the required list, the other from a text not on the list and analyze the effect of literary devices that the authors use in the texts to develop a particular theme that is provided in the question prompt.

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