Unformatted text preview: scored a 4 exhibit better control over the elements of composition than
those scored a 3.
2–1 These essays compound the weaknesses of those in the 4–3 range. They may persistently misread
the passage, be unacceptably brief, or contain pervasive errors that interfere with understanding.
Although some attempt has been made to respond to the prompt, the ideas are presented with little
clarity, organization, or support from the passage. Essays that are especially inept or incoherent are
scored a 1.
0 These essays do no more than make a reference to the task. — These essays are either left blank or are completely off topic. © 2008 The College Board. All rights reserved.
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2008 SCORING GUIDELINES
(Function of a Foil)
The score reflects 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 essays offer a well-focused and persuasive analysis of how a foil or minor character
emphasizes, by contrast or comparison, the distinctive characteristics and qualities of a main
character. Using apt and specific textual support, these essays fully explore that relationship and
demonstrate what it contributes to the meaning of the work as a whole. Although not without flaws,
these essays make a strong case for their interpretation and discuss the literary work with significant
insight and understanding. Generally, essays scored a 9 reveal more sophisticated analysis and more
effective control of language than do those scored an 8.
7–6 These essays offer a reasonable analysis of how a foil emphasizes, by contrast or comparison, the
distinctive characteristics and qualities of a main character. They explore that relationship and
demonstrate what it contributes to the meaning of the work as a whole. These essays show insight
and understanding, but the analysis is le...
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