ID and Significance Tips

ID and Significance Tips - 5. Ask yourself: if I had only...

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How to do well on the i.d. and significance portion of the exam 1. Don’t panic (do the ones you know, then come back) 2. Choose to explicate (write analysis of) items you’re sure of 3. Re-read those items carefully, underlining key words, topics, issues, stylistic markers (both of the character and writer)—whatever seems most important about the item. Connect repeated words, ideas, etc. with your pen or pencil. 4. Think of why—and how —this item is significant to the larger work of which it is a part. Imagine it’s a tissue sample: what can we tell about the larger organism it comes from based on what’s in it? How do we know it’s spoken by X character or playwright? What are the significant features that led you to make the identification?
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Unformatted text preview: 5. Ask yourself: if I had only this item with which to teach someone about the larger work (and/or its author), how would I proceed to do so, based on its makeup and textures? 6. Deploy your most important points and evidence first, then work to the less important ones. 7. Any plot summary you do should be dispensed with (if necessary) in your first sentence; for example: This is X speaking to Y about Z, at the beginning of the work. 8. Read the details, dont summarize them. Its impossible, in this kind of examination, to play too close attention to particulars. Every word in a passage could be a different word: why this one? Whats the result of the writers (or characters) choice here?...
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