Purpose of the Category:

To develop skill in identifying, selecting, combining and presenting quality literature from a variety of genre which address a specific theme or emotion.

Definition of the Category:

The challenge of "Farrago" is to select material from a variety of literary genre (poetry, short stories, speeches, essays, drama, novels) which address a central specific theme or emotion and to interpret the material through oral presentation. Quality material is required. Quality material provides insight into human values, motivations, relationships, problems, and understandings and is not characterized by sentimentality, violence for its own sake, unmotivated endings, or stereotyped characterizations. The student is to include introductory and transitional material to establish and maintain coherence of development.

  1. The reader should choose no fewer than two literary genre which have a common theme or emotion.
  2. An introduction and transitions between the pieces of literature are required. They are to be memorized or given extemporaneously without the use of notes.
  3. The selections are to be read from a manuscript. The use of a reading stand is permitted but not required.
  4. Costumes, props, music, or other audio-visual supports may not be used.
  5. Maximum time limit: 10 minutes. A 30 second grace period is allowed, after which one point wil be deducted from that evaluation item dealing with rate.

Criteria for Evaluation:
  1. The extent to which the introduction and transitions provide the listener with appropriate unifying information.
  2. The extent to which the chosen material demonstrated quality.
  3. The extent to which the reader indicated an intellectual, emotional and sensory understanding of the material presented.
  4. The extent to which the reader's vocal interpretaion projected the imagery of the material, including such items as rhythm, cadence, dictation, and phrasing, as well as the use of effective pauses, volume, rate and pitch.
  5. The extent to which the reader's physical presence was appropriate to the individual selections, including such items as eye contact, facial expressions, gestures and bodily movement.