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Unformatted text preview: ll. The score for an exceptionally well-written essay may be raised by 1 point
above the otherwise appropriate score. In no case may a poorly written essay be scored higher than a 3.
9–8 These detailed, well-written essays identify a physical journey in a novel, play, or poem and explain
persuasively how the journey contributes to the meaning of the work as a whole. Using apt and
specific examples, they describe the journey well and argue cogently for its significance. These
essays need not be flawless. Still, they exhibit the ability to analyze a literary work with
understanding and insight, sustaining coherence and control over the whole discussion. The best
essays will be written with exceptional maturity and sophistication.
7–6 These competent essays also identify a physical journey in a novel, play, or poem and discuss
plausibly its contribution to the meaning of the work as a whole. These essays contain good insights,
but their analysis is less thorough, less perceptive, or less specific than...
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