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2017 AP®ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND COMPOSITION FREE-RESPONSE QUESTIONS © 2017 The College Board. Visit the College Board on the Web: . GO ON TO THE NEXT PAGE. -2- ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND COMPOSITION SECTION II Total Time—2 hours, 15 minutes Question 1 Suggested reading and writing time—55 minutes. It is suggested that you spend 15 minutes reading the question, analyzing and evaluating the sources, and 40 minutes writing your response. Note: You may begin writing your response before the reading period is over. (This question counts for one-third of the total essay section score.) As the Internet age changes what and how people read, there has been considerable debate about the future of public libraries. While some commentators question whether libraries can stay relevant, others see new possibilities for libraries in the changing dynamics of today’s society. Carefully read the following six sources, including the introductory information for each source. Then synthesize material from at least three of the sources and incorporate it into a coherent, well-written essay in which you develop a position on the role, if any, that public libraries should serve in the future. Your argument should be the focus of your essay. Use the sources to develop your argument and explain the reasoning for it. Avoid merely summarizing the sources. Indicate clearly which sources you are drawing from, whether through direct quotation, paraphrase, or summary. You may cite the sources as Source A, Source B, etc., or by using the descriptions in parentheses. Source A (Kranich) Source B (calendar) Source C (Shank) Source D (charts) Source E (Siegler) Source F (ALA)
2017 AP®ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND COMPOSITION FREE-RESPONSE QUESTIONS © 2017 The College Board. Visit the College Board on the Web: . GO ON TO THE NEXT PAGE. -3- Source A Kranich, Nancy. Interview by Cecilia M. Orphan. American Democracy Project Blog. American Democracy Project, 4 January 2011. Web. 27 June 2014. The following is an excerpt from an interview with Nancy Kranich, former president of the American Library Association (ALA), the main professional organization for librarians in the United States. An informed public constitutes the very foundation of a democracy; after all, democracies are about discourse—discourse among the people. If a free society is to survive, it must ensure the preservation of its records and provide free and open access to this information to all its citizens. It must ensure that citizens have the skills necessary to participate in the democratic process. It must allow unfettered dialogue and guarantee freedom of expression. All of this is done in our libraries, the cornerstone of democracy in our communities. Benjamin Franklin founded the first public lending library in the 1730’s. His novel idea of sharing information resources was a radical one. In the rest of the civilized world libraries were the property of the ruling classes and religion. The first significant tax-supported public libraries were organized in the mid-19thcentury, conceived as supplements to the public schools as well as “civilizing agents and objects of civic pride in a raw new country.”

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