Friday, September 7, 2012

preliminary literature analysis questions

Literature Analysis Questions

Here is an initial set of questions to consider as you begin your first literature analysis (reminder: you should have a book, and you should be reading it). We will refine this list and add to it after reading the first round of each others' analyses.  Plan to finish your book, answer these questions, and post to your blog by Friday, 9.14.

1. Briefly summarize the plot of the novel you read.
2. Succinctly describe the theme of the novel. Avoid cliches.
3. Describe the author's tone.  Include three excerpts that illustrate your point(s).
4. Describe five literary elements/techniques you observed that strengthen your understanding of the theme and/or your sense of the tone.  Include three excerpts (for each element) that will help your reader understand each one.


  1. Have to say, I like this new format. Brief and straight to the point questions.