The Advanced Placement English Literature and Composition
MULTIPLE CHOICE45% of test: Students are given selections to read (2-3 poetry and 2-3
prose) in which students must choose the best answer out of five choices (a-e). There
An Example of a Successful Framework for an AP Test Essay
1983 open-ended essay question:
From a novel or play of literary merit, select an important character who is a
villain. Then in a well-organized essay, analyze the nature of the characters
A thesis statement in an essay is a sentence that explicitly identifies the purpose of the paper or previews its main
A thesis statement is an assertion, not a statement of fact or an observation.
Fact or observation: People use ma
The Oxford English Dictionary says it means '.to
take and use as one's own the thoughts, writings,
or inventions of another.' (OED 1987)
In other words, we are talking about copying. It is
clear that it doesn't matter whether the work
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Literary Terms Handbook
Advanced Placement Studies
From A Handbook to Literature by Holman and Harmon. MacMillan, 2002.
Absurd hero Gives his life his own meaning though he knows it has none
Our Mission: Discovering the Universal Theme
So what is a Universal Theme? Lets break it down. A Theme is an underlying message of a
story. So a Universal Theme (a universal truth) is a generalization about some aspect of life.
Regardless of cultural diff
The Top 20 Figures of Speech
Figures of Speech.
An expression that uses language in a non-literal way, such as a metaphor or synecdoche,
or in a structured or unusual way, such as anaphora or chiasmus, or that employs sounds,
such as alliteration or asson
AP ELA 4
30 November 2014
Through his novel, Slaughterhouse Five, Kurt Vonnegut poses the question: Are our lives
as humans dominated by a predestined fate or are we masters of our own destiny? The source