Template for the MA Terminal Examination
The MA terminal examination completes the student’s study program in the department. It is written in one day and takes four consecutive hours. Students have the option of writing by hand or taking their examination on a computer provided by the department. Plan to spend a brief portion of the time organizing your response, and the remainder of the time writing.
A. Write on your choice between two essays on Russian language [1 hour]
B. Write on your choice between two essays on Russian literature [1 hour]
C. Write on four shorter questions, choose from among six; at least one must be on language and linguistics, at least one must be on literature [15 minutes each]
D. Identifications; answer as many of 30-40 IDs as possible, split between language and literature [1 hour]
Successful completion of the written examination is followed by a one-and-a-half hour oral examination within five business days of writing. This exam has a short Russian portion; the remainder of the examination is in English.