The AP Exam. Free response questions, 1, 2, and 3. Questions 1 and 2. A reminder. The “What” and the “How”. All questions 1&2 have these two parts: The WHAT = the message, the thematic concern, the meaning of the work as a whole The HOW = the literary elements used to create meaning
Free response questions, 1, 2, and 3
All questions 1&2 have these two parts:
The WHAT = the message, the thematic concern, the meaning of the work as a whole
The HOW = the literary elements used to create meaning
The HOW part of the question asks you to…
Remember, the “what” is the question you are expected to answer!
In comparison to questions 1 or 2
Question 1 from 2009
Question 3 from 2009
A symbol is an object, action, or event that represents something or that creates a range of associations beyond itself. In literary works a symbol can express an idea, clarify meaning, or enlarge literal meaning.
Select a novel or play and, focusing on one symbol, write an essay analyzing how that symbol functions in the work and what it reveals about the characters or themes of the work as a whole. Do not merely summarize the plot. You may choose a work from the list below or another novel or play of comparable literary merit.
Question 2 from 2010
Question 3 from 2010
“You can leave home all you want, but home will never leave you.”
SonsyreaTate’s statement suggests that “home” may be conceived of as a dwelling, a place, or a state of mind. It may have positive or negative associations, but in either case, it may have a considerable influence on an individual. Choose a novel or play in which a central character leaves home yet finds that home remains significant. Write a well-developed essay in which you analyze the importance of “home” to this character and the reasons for its continuing influence. Explain how the character’s idea of home illuminates the larger meaning of the work. Choose a work from the list below or another appropriate novel or play of comparable literary merit. Do not merely summarize the plot.
The following passage is taken from the story “Cherry Bomb” by Maxine Clair. Read the passage carefully. Then write an essay in which you analyze how Clair uses literary techniques to characterize the adult narrator’s memories of her fifth-grade summer world.
2009, question 2
2009, question 3
9–8 These essays offer a well-focused and persuasive analysis of how a symbol functions to reveal characters or themes in a novel or play.
Using apt and specific textual support, the essays fully explore the symbol and its significance.
Although not without flaws, these essays make a strong case for their interpretation and discuss the literary work with insight and understanding.
Generally, essays scored a 9 reveal more sophisticated analysis and more effective control of language than do essays scored an 8.
Unsupported or irrelevant
Absence of textual support
Relies on plot summary alone
Oversimplified or repetitive
Lots of errors
Poorly written with little clarity
Little supporting evidence
1) Quote or information
2) A connection to a work of your choice
3) “Significance to the work as a whole”
In the last 9 years
When you’re preparing for the AP Exam, review the characters in the novels and plays you’ve read and studied!
And, whatever you do, do not ignore the quote provided!!
Each and every Essay Question #3 will include a phrase like:
explain how ____ illuminates, explains, or reveals the meaning of the work as a whole. Make sure you have some ideas as to what the thematic concerns are of the play.
9-8 essays will
Question 3—one part of the exam for which you can actually study!
First, be well read.
Second, review the novels and plays you have read throughout high school, both in class and on your own, by creating the novel review cards I gave you instructions for earlier.
This is probably the one part of the AP test that you really need to study for prior to the exam!