Monday, December 10, 2012

AP--a few exam notes

Your semester exam will have 3 sections, weighted equally.

1. 30 or so multiple choice questions, approximately double the kinds of quizzes you have taken 5 times throughout the semester. Two passages with 15 or so questions each.

2. A prose passage or poem accompanied by an essay prompt. I haven't chosen the passage yet, but what they all have in common is that they challenge you to discuss the methods the author uses to achieve the desired effect. In other words, how do such elements as diction, imagery, selection of key details, use of figurative language, characterization, or irony help establish and control the narrative tone toward the subject matter of the passage? Your ability to recognize and describe tone and thoughtfully discuss the methods by which said tone is achieved is the crux of the matter.

3. A literary topic which I will ask you to apply to a work we have studied together, let's say, oh, Hamlet for example. "Literary" questions on past AP's have been based on such issues as technique (the use of two contrasting settings), characterization, (the presence and importance of a morally ambiguous character), or theme (the desire for power). I will select two or three options and ask you to choose one and identify how it applies to Shakespeare's Hamlet.