By George Ehrenhaft

In-depth practise for the AP English Literature and Composition examination includes:

  • Five full-length perform AP tests with all questions responded and explained
  • Additional pattern questions with solutions overlaying poetry and prose fiction
  • A evaluate of try out issues overlaying info try takers want to know approximately poetry, fiction, and drama
  • Sample pupil essays with evaluations in their strengths and weaknesses
  • A particular word list defining one hundred seventy five literary and rhetorical terms
  • Updated directions for choosing ultimate AP examination ranking
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    This type of close reading, consistently done, boosts performance in both the multiple-choice and essay sections of the exam. 3 Devour poetry. A steady diet of poems builds appreciation and understanding of poetry, a major subject on the AP exam. Read poems daily. For each one, answer the ten essential questions designed to make clear the poet’s purpose and meaning. With practice, you’ll soon see how structure, sound, meter, and other elements give poems the power to move, entertain, and enlighten.

    Comment: A poem, an essay, a symphony, or any other work of art is unified when all its components—style, subject matter, structure, themes, composition, even its technique—work together to create a harmonious whole. Unity of action, of form, of intent—these, along with dramatic unity, are principles that one might apply to a literary work. The concept of unity in literature is hard to pin down but easy to recognize when absent. To answer the question, survey the poem for stylistic features listed in Choices (A) through (E).

    If all goes well, you’ll find four of the five listed in (A) through (E). The one you don’t find is the answer to the question. You should anticipate two or three questions structured like this one on the exam. Other questions that require familiarity with the whole passage may be phrased something like: “The excerpt is chiefly concerned with a …” “The change that Lou undergoes in the passage can best be characterized as …” “By the end of the excerpt, Doc probably believed that Jesse had been …” Sample #3 Making Inferences The speaker implies in the first paragraph that the narrative preceding the passage most likely included (A) an altercation in the street (B) a reunion between two old friends (C) a description of Venice (D) a conversation between the shopkeeper and a policeman (E) the receipt of a shocking letter Almost certainly you’ll be given a question that asks you to infer what might have occurred in the story before the passage begins or to speculate on what events might follow.

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