Just like the common final, this is going to be a timed exam that you will type and submit here on Canvas, so it is not something that is required for you to be on campus for. If you are registered with DSPS, please contact me, so I can cater to your needs whether it is extra time or more support.
The following document are the directions and the questions you have to choose from for the final. Remember you can have your index card with all of your notes and quotes with you when you take the exam.
Questions for The Cuckooâ€s Calling
The bookâ€s prologue opens with a quote that translated from Latin reads, â€œUnhappy is he whose fame makes his misfortunes famous.â€ How does The Cuckooâ€s Calling express this?
Our culture seems obsessed with celebrity, violence, and fame – why do you think that is? What do you think Galbraith (Rowling) was trying to say about these concepts? What do you think the author thinks of our cultureâ€s contemporary obsession with celebrities and fame?
How does the author incorporate social criticism into the narrative and the characters?
Much of the book is devoted to interviews and conversation; as a result, some readers have critiqued lack of action. How did you respond to the dialogue-intensive construction of the book?
Mystery novels are a hugely popular genre â€” Why do murder mysteries have such a high potential for entertainment value?
The author possibly winks at us on this topic: Strike says. â€œSome might have questioned the taste of finding amusement in the midst of a murder inquiry, but he had found humor in darker placesâ€ (362).
How does the book tackle race? What does it have to say about race? What do you make of Rowlingâ€s constant racial references in the novel?
For example, you could focus on Lula Landryâ€s mixed race heritage and her exotic and othered role as a supermodel or you could focus on Rochelle, etcâ€¦
Why does Strike have to be an amputee? How would the story have been different if he didnâ€t have a physical problem? Does this physical ailment give Strike strength or piteousness?
In this book, the author is writing about love and grief and how to deal with it. Each of the characters is wallowing in grief of one kind or another, and some in more obvious ways than others. How did this grief influence the actions between characters?
Using a hard-bitten investigator assisted by a young, ambitious â€œGirl Fridayâ€ is a classic detective story trope. What do you think of Robin Ellacott? What role does she play in the story? Is she an integral part? Could Strike have done it on his own without Robin? If so, what does that say about her character and/or the â€œGirl Fridayâ€ trope?
How does the author portray the culture â€” and the characters â€” of the worlds of fashion and the very rich?
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