English 30 Final Exam: The Human Condition–In Search of Self

… not selfishly–or not always selfishly, we are in search of our identity, the identity of our human condition.
– Malcolm Ross & John Stevens

The most profound discovery that we can make is our discovery of self. Our identity rests in the kind of people we are. To understand who we are and to develop fully as human beings, we must explore the nature of our humanness and the purpose of our lives.

The life which is unexamined is not worth living.
– Plato

Consider how the discovery of self has been reflected and developed in a literary text or texts you have studied. Discuss the idea(s) developed by the text creator(s) about the effect a search for identity has on discovery of self.

Duration: 2.5 hours. (2 hours + 30 minutes extra).
Materials: An approved non-electronic dictionary, thesaurus, writer’s reference.
Electronic Devices: Only the workstation and software provided may be accessed. No access to the internet, no USB/wireless devices, no cell phones, no iPods, no watches, no earphones, no.

Additional Exam Instructions:

  • Student number in header.
  • Style: Times, 12pt, double-spaced, page number in footer(no bold/italic/underlines).
  • Print only to the Lab printer.
  • The exam supervisor will return your papers from the printer to you.
  • Submitt papers to exam supervisor.


Critical Response Rubric
Critical Response Rubric