Unformatted text preview: the quality of the essay as a whole—its content, its style, its mechanics. Students are
rewarded for what they do well. 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 well-written essays may not recognize the pervasive irony of the passage—that the narrator’s
critique of gentlefolk is itself critiqued—but they realize that his hyperbolic scorn for the idle rich is
humorous and has a satiric purpose. These students identify with clarity and precision the stylistic
elements (such as diction, tone, imagery, and point of view) that convey the speaker’s attitudes.
These essays need not be flawless. Still, they provide an insightful understanding of the speaker’s
attitudes, in a form that is skillfully controlled and phrased.
7–6 In these competent essays the students identify plausible attitudes and appropriate stylistic traits of
the narrator. Their assertions about the nar...
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