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Eryn Woo Book Notes for AP English Literature and Composition 2016 The purpose of constructing book notes on the course’s novels and plays is to give each student a complete record of the individual works. Through researching each work, the student has an intimate knowledge of the piece and its place in literature. An added advantage of the notes is that the student will have a comprehensive study guide at his or her disposal in preparation for future college English courses and/or the AP exam. Type the entries in Times New Roman font at 12 points with one-inch margins. These entries are due on the day that the reading check quiz is given for each work. Each section has a point value. The sections total to 100 points. This will count as a homework grade (20%). Use the labels and order that I have listed (EXACTLY!) . In addition to your book notes, you will complete a critique of a critical essay about your book. The information on how this is to be completed is also on my website. This MUST be a literary critique of the novel being studied. It CANNOT be a blog, overview, Top 100 summary, review, excerpt, etc. Be careful, some students are confused as to what constitutes a critical essay. I. Authorial Background (15 pts.) William Shakespeare Where, when born- around April 23, 1564 on Stratford upon Avon Death date and place- around April 23, 1616 on Stratford upon Avon What is going on in his or her country at the time o War of Roses ends and politics begin to stabilize o Printing press is invented o Economy gains international trade What happens to make him or her write this work—what/who influenced/motivated him or her? o o Based on a short story called Gli Hecatomithi by Geraldi Cinthio. The story is about a general who really wants to prove that his wife is cheating on him o The Turkish Invasion of Cyprus occurs in 1570 which is worked into the play Note any major writing prizes won for this text or for the author for another work/achievement/etc- Awards back in his time were nonexistent. But his adaptions of his plays and the actors that put it together have won many awards. Shakespeare’s greatest award is that he will always be remembered and admired for all of his work. Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet, The Tempest, Twelfth Night, Midsummer Night’s Dream… II. Literary Period/Country Notes (10 pts.) Place the work in the right country. When and where is the book written? Was written in England. What were the general literary movements of the time- Renaissance/Elizabethan Definition/characteristics of this time period o Notes from Mrs. Benjamin Views shift from religion and afterlife Stress about the human life Development of human potential Order vs. disorder Aspects of love that is bound to change How this work fits o Many of the characters in Othello obsess about their lives and the reputation they have o
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