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  1. Knowledge Folder

  2. Purpose • This double major-grade assignment is intended to help you track and understand significant features and themes of the novels being studied. • It is an individual project, but feel free to ‘compare notes’ with other students.

  3. Contents • Front of Folder: collage that is representative of the book • Inside folder: • one-page mini-report for each section of the book analyzing elements of the novel including plot, characters, literary devices, theme, and more! • Novel Statistics: information about the novel as a whole • Rhetorical Situations: the rhetorical framework as found in the book • Back of Folder: Author information and a letter to the author

  4. Front of Folder • Collage-style representation of major elements from the book. • Must Include: • Title and Author • Pictures that are representative of the story • Favorite line or quote from each section (total of four)

  5. Inside • You have been given two folders. This allows plenty of room if you follow instructions. • I will not provide replacement folders- you’ll have to get those on your own if something happens to the folders I gave you. • All quotes MUST have page numbers as a citation. • Information MUST be handwritten. NO EXCEPTIONS

  6. Inside pg. 1: Part I: Keating • Plot: Brief synopsis of the plot. • Major events • Climax • Resolution • Characters: As of this section of the novel. • Choose two major characters and describe: who they are, what drives them, why the author chose to include the character, and what is your reaction to them at this point in the novel? • Symbolism: Find three examples of symbolism from this section. • Quote where the symbol appears in the book • Explain what the symbol is, and what it means • Why is it important? • How does it advance the story or add to the message/theme? • Figurative Language: Three rhetorical devices. • Quote where it appears • Explain the device • Explain why the author used the device "Were he to be told that this was the best or the ugliest house in the world, he would agree with either." (pg. 72)

  7. Inside pg. 2: Part II: Toohey • Plot: Brief synopsis of the plot. • Major events • Climax • Resolution • Characters: As of this section of the novel. • Choose two major characters and describe: who they are, what drives them, why the author chose to include the character, how has the character developed or changed, and what is your reaction to them at this point in the novel? • Symbolism: Find three examples of symbolism from this section. • Quote where the symbol appears in the book • Explain what the symbol is, and what it means • Why is it important? • How does it advance the story or add to the message/theme? • Figurative Language: Three rhetorical devices. • Quote where it appears • Explain the device • Explain why the author used the device "Allies never trust each other, but that doesn’t spoil their effectiveness."

  8. Inside pg. 3: Part III: Wynand • Plot: Brief synopsis of the plot. • Major events • Climax • Resolution • Characters: As of this section of the novel. • Choose two major characters and describe: who they are, what drives them, why the author chose to include the character, how has the character developed or changed, and what is your reaction to them at this point in the novel? • Symbolism: Find three examples of symbolism from this section. • Quote where the symbol appears in the book • Explain what the symbol is, and what it means • Why is it important? • How does it advance the story or add to the message/theme? • Figurative Language: Three rhetorical devices. • Quote where it appears • Explain the device • Explain why the author used the device "One can't love man without hating most of the creatures who pretend to bear his name."

  9. Inside pg. 4: Part IV: Roark • Plot: Brief synopsis of the plot. • Major events • Climax • Resolution • Characters: As of this section of the novel. • Choose two major characters and describe: who they are, what drives them, why the author chose to include the character, how has the character developed or changed, and what is your reaction to them at this point in the novel? • Symbolism: Find three examples of symbolism from this section. • Quote where the symbol appears in the book • Explain what the symbol is, and what it means • Why is it important? • How does it advance the story or add to the message/theme? • Figurative Language: Three rhetorical devices. • Quote where it appears • Explain the device • Explain why the author used the device “The man who thinks must think and act on his own. The reasoning mind cannot work under any form of compulsion. It cannot not be subordinated to the needs, opinions, or wishes of others. It is not an object of sacrifice.” 

  10. Inside Contents- pg. 5Novel Dissection • Genre and Theme: • What is the genre? Provide evidence directly from the novel, and an explanation. • What is the theme or themes? Provide evidence and explanation. • Author’s style: • Presence: What feeling do you get of the author’s personality through her portrayal of her characters? Who are clearly her favorites? Her least favorites? How do you know? • What kind of diction and syntax does the author use? Why did she choose to use that style? • What is the level of artificiality? Does the narrator’s voice seem “real” to you?

  11. Inside Contents- pg. 6Rhetorical Situation • Argument: • What argument is being made through this novel? (Think back to the theme.) How successful is the author in making her argument? Provide a quote that you think is particularly moving. • Exigence: • Why did Rand feel this novel needed to be written? • Audience: • Who was Rand’s target audience? Is this a surprise? What evidence did you use to identify the audience? • Purpose: • What was Rand’s purpose in writing this novel? How does her exigence and target audience play into or further that purpose? • Appeals: • Identify Ethos, Logos, and Pathos in the novel as specifically relates to her overall argument. • (Note: this is not necessarily as simple as one of her characters using it. You need to find an instance of each that goes directly back to the argument you identified above.)

  12. Back of Folder • Author information: • Background: date of birth/death; nationality; living conditions; education; entry into writing; influence of background on writing; major world events or conditions going on at the time of writing, etc. • *major world events, background, etc. often influence exigence • Letter to the Author: • Use letter formatting • Mention one thing you liked • One thing you did not like • One question you have for the author • What has reading this book meant to you?

  13. And then you… • Bring it in for a progress check 3/22, 3/29, and 4/8. • daily grades, emails to parents will follow • Final Turn In: April 8-12. • double major grade