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This exam focuses on John Gardner's Grendel and is geared towards upper-grade high school students in accelerated courses (honors and/or AP). This exam covers the text of Grendel, the BASICS of postmodernism, and philosophies that drive Grendel's development like solipsism, nihilism, and existentialism. It also pertinently focuses on Gardner's use of symbolism and the distinctions between Gardner's interpretation of Grendel and the interpretation presented in Beowulf.
This exam is my pride and joy. It's from my absolute favorite unit to teach and has been in all my years of teaching. You will clearly be able to see my passion for this novel in my exam.
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