I have a test soon on Gone with the Wind.  How will I study now?I have my unit test coming up in the next week.I am sure that I can't read it completely in just 2 weeks.Plz help!I was scared and...

I have a test soon on Gone with the Wind.  How will I study now?

I have my unit test coming up in the next week.I am sure that I can't read it completely in just 2 weeks.Plz help!I was scared and frightened after i saw the size of the book.I want to get good marks.

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Ashley Kannan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I think that you have asked a relevant question.  I think it’s especially interesting that the manner of phrasing it is actually reminiscent of Mitchell’s work.  The idea of “How will I study now,” is very similar to Scarlett’s interrogation of Rhett of “Whatever shall I do.”  It’s an interesting tie in.  I do believe that there are some immediate steps that can be taken in preparation for this exam.  The most elemental would be for you to speak with your instructor about where you are and where you need to be.  Perhaps in speaking with them, you might receive some insight about the exam and how to approach it.  If there have been any notes or a distribution of study guides/ essential concepts, this might also be a helpful reference to which to turn.  If you are on good terms with your colleagues, forming a study group with your colleagues might be another step to be taken.  In collectivizing your attempts in a serious manner, there can be more understanding developed and each of you might bring some new level of cognizance to the text and the exam on it.  If you had to pursue this all alone, I think that being able to go back to the text and identify specific themes or traits of a character would be a good start.  You do have two weeks.  This is a great deal of time on your side and I think that this is where you need to strike.  Using this to your advantage is going to be critical.  Depending on your reading pace and comprehension, you do have a chunk of time to be able to reread specific sections or lengthy chunks of the book in order to gain a better understanding of it.  I think that this is going to have to be something where you assess which parts of the text you “got” and which parts evaded your grasp, skimming over the former and  spending legitimate time examining the latter.  Taking these steps would certainly help you stand a better chance of succeeding on this assessment.

clairewait eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Well, as a teacher I rarely give this advice - but if you haven't read the book - you might want to rent the movie.  Of course it isn't the exact same - but at least you'll get an overview of the story.

As for studying, in high school you can often pass most tests just by paying attention in class.  Have you been taking notes on daily discussions?  Have you kept up with the homework assignments?  Teachers typically teach a unit building up to the test, which means, likely, there won't be something on the test that hasn't been reviewed in class first.  If you've been a little mentally absent for all the class discussion, find a friend who takes good notes and ask if he or she will allow you to borrow notes - and possibly help you study.

As with any novel (long or short) it is going to be important to know the following for a test:

  • Identifying major characters.
  • Identifying major themes - and backing them up with a couple examples from the book.
  • Know the basic storyline - chronological order is easiest.

You are correct that reading the book in the next week will be difficult - but if you can set aside a Sunday afternoon, I actually knew someone who read the whole thing on a 5 hour plane ride.  It is possible.  I'm also posting a link below for the eNotes study guide.  I encourage you to read ALL of it, especially if you rush through the book.


mwestwood eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Margaret Mitchell could truly write!  This novel captivated me so much when I was 14 that I read it non-stop in 3 days.  Then, I reread it as a middle-aged woman, and I still could not put it down.  You will have no trouble reading this novel as the main characters virtually come alive for you. 

 Remember that Mitchell grew up loving her South; her grandfather talked of the battles of the Civil War as though the Confederacy had won them.  Not until she was a young lady did Margaret Mitchell realize that the South had lost!  Yes. Perhaps this is why there is such an aura of the romance of the Old South in this novel.  At any rate, the characters come alive on the pages and there is much action to the plot that is so interesting and intriguing.  Margaret Mitchell makes her readers become absorbed in the setting.  It is true.

vand | Student

Thank you so much mam and sir!I hope i will be able to read this book.Thank you for your guidance and replying me.I joined this Site few days back and i honestly did not expect any reply.So i am really pleased and overwhelmed.I hope you will help me out in the future also.

enie-meney-moe | Student

this is gonna sound really stupid but try it.... find a lotion, perhaps the stress relieving lotion from bath and body works, and smell it while your studing. to recall the info, resniff the same scent and it should help. also if it is a test on a book, consider researching at sparknotes.com. hopefully something will help and good luck

martinrsca | Student

Try to memorize the scheme of this book and memorize a bit of it with your own words for each part