Since the midterm is a take-home (or rather, stay at home) exam, it will be mostly essay. There will be no true/false, multiple-choice, or fill-in-the-blank questions. Just short, medium, and long essay.
As a result, the midterm will not test your retention of knowledge, but rather your ability to quickly find relevant information.
Much of the relevant information will be in your textbook, so you should know it well. And you’ll be able to access it at anytime during the exam. If you’ve read the textbook closely, taken notes, underlined words, looked up words in bold, etc., you’ll be able to find the information you need quickly.
You have to know my blog postings on the class blog as well. If you’ve read them closely, you should be able to find the information you need in a timely fashion.
The search box on the class blog will help you find information. Just type in a key word and you’ll get a list of results with posts or pages that have that keyword. It’s a pretty robust search function. Don’t be afraid to use it.
(DO be afraid to rely on general searches online. Stick to my posts and the textbook).
I have been told by students in the past the the Critical Analysis Prompts are helpful in preparing for exams.
The same is probably true of the in-class writing and group exercise prompts. They will help you get at the important themes and the significant use of formal film elements in a given film.
It goes without saying that you should know the films of the first half of the course quite well. I take it for granted that you’ve watched the films closely. And the more you know about the film, the better you’ll be able to answer essay questions about it.
One important change: I discovered I’m not allowed to do week-end-long midterm exams. You will only have two hours to take the midterm exam. You shouldn’t have any problems finishing it in that time.
Besides, this way the midterm exam will test your skills in retrieving information in a set time, which is a good skill to have, particularly for a college student.