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Third year exam in Medieval English

Medieval English Language and Literature, English Section, BA Exams

 

the third-year BA exam in Medieval English

 

The third-year exam in medieval English language and literature is either a four-hour written exam or a thirty-minute oral exam. The material on which you are examined consists of:

 

1) Material of one of the third-year modules followed by the candidate;

2) A selection of secondary works linked to (1.), which consists of five or six articles, or a book and one or two articles, that have been approved by the examiner;

3) Reading list material:

  1. if this is your first exam in literature (medieval or modern): three groups, one of which is comprised of your seminar texts;
  2. if second exam in literature (medieval or modern): the three groups of the first exam, plus three new groups, one of which is comprised of your seminar texts;
  3. if third exam in literature (medieval or modern): the six groups of exam one and two plus three new groups, one of which is comprised of your seminar texts

 

The written exam (4h): you must answer one essay question from a choice, offering a combination of close reading and broader critical and thematic discussion, by reference to secondary material and to your reading list texts as appropriate.

 

The oral exam (30 mins + 30 mins preparation time): you must answer two questions during which you must demonstrate close reading skills and broader critical and thematic discussion, by reference to secondary material and to your reading list texts as appropriate.

 

Reading list: You should be sure to include your reading list texts in your discussion appropriately in order to demonstrate your ability to make connections with texts from a variety of genre and periods. Failure to do so and to demonstrate familiarity with the texts on your reading list can seriously reduce your mark, and in some instances it can make the difference between a pass and a fail.

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