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AP Language MULTIPLE CHOICE Test Strategy Olson and Bailey
Annotate the Passage <ul><li>Clear statement of Argument or Thesis </li></ul><ul><li>Identify the kind of argument being m...
General Guidelines <ul><li>Answer every question in which you can eliminate at least one or two answers </li></ul><ul><li>...
Advice for Certain Questions <ul><li>Pronoun Antecedents </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ It refers to which of the following nouns...
Advice for Certain Questions <ul><li>Roman Numeral Questions </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Look at the Roman Numerals first, decid...
Advice for Certain Questions <ul><li>Main Idea Stem Questions </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“the author’s primary focus” </li></ul...
Footnote Questions <ul><li>Footnotes can </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Identify sources </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Define Terms </...
Syntax Questions <ul><li>Parallel Syntax </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Provides good momentum, gives drive and energy </li></ul></...
Syntax Questions <ul><li>Clauses and Phrases </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Clauses are either Independent or Dependent </li></ul><...
Attacking the Questions <ul><li>Read and annotate the question stem </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Underline words like “except, be...
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  1. 1. AP Language MULTIPLE CHOICE Test Strategy Olson and Bailey
  2. 2. Annotate the Passage <ul><li>Clear statement of Argument or Thesis </li></ul><ul><li>Identify the kind of argument being made </li></ul><ul><li>Vivid Language or vivid Metaphors </li></ul><ul><li>Shifts in point of view or tone </li></ul><ul><li>Parallel syntax </li></ul><ul><li>Underline unknown words with context clues </li></ul><ul><li>Bold claims or false arguments </li></ul><ul><li>CONTROL THE PASSAGE </li></ul>
  3. 3. General Guidelines <ul><li>Answer every question in which you can eliminate at least one or two answers </li></ul><ul><li>Leave blank the answers you don’t have time to finish </li></ul><ul><li>Context clues </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Often times the unknown word will be placed with a passage with a certain image, that should be enough to give you a clue as to the answer, </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Questions are sequential from the beginning of the passage to the end, not from easiest to hardest </li></ul>
  4. 4. Advice for Certain Questions <ul><li>Pronoun Antecedents </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ It refers to which of the following nouns?” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>To answer this question, substitute each word in its place </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Familiar but unfamiliar vocabulary </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ In colonial times, it was important to husband the food supply during the winter.” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Our future would be better insured if we carefully husband our natural resources.” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Best Answer: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>To use, to marry, to conserve, to waste, to join </li></ul></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Advice for Certain Questions <ul><li>Roman Numeral Questions </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Look at the Roman Numerals first, decide which of these are correct then move to the A, B, C choices OR Find the Roman numeral you know is wrong then eliminate those answers. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Figures of Speech </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Questions clarify an unknown with something that is known and add a layer of meaning </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ The new CEO entered the boardroom with the flair of a matador.” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>This analogy makes all the following inferences EXCEPT: </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>The new CEO is the center of attention </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>The new CEO is in high risk profession </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>The new CEO faces substantial opposition from others </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>The new CEO exudes power and strategy </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>The new CEO is and effective delegator of responsibility </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Advice for Certain Questions <ul><li>Main Idea Stem Questions </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“the author’s primary focus” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“the intent of the passage” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“the anticipated outcome of the argument” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Don’t be fooled by the partial idea distractor </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Tone or Mood Questions </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Defined by the connotation or imagery </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Know your tone words </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Footnote Questions <ul><li>Footnotes can </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Identify sources </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Define Terms </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Add facts or details </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Clarify confusion </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Set the Record Straight </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>READ FOOTNOTES! </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Syntax Questions <ul><li>Parallel Syntax </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Provides good momentum, gives drive and energy </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Rhetorical Question </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The reader is being manipulated into giving the answer the writer wants </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Function as transitions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Organizational techniques from discussion to solution </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Syntax Questions <ul><li>Clauses and Phrases </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Clauses are either Independent or Dependent </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Phrases do not have verbs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Think about what the clause and phrase is doing for the writer to the reader </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Loose Sentence </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Ind. Clause followed by Dependent Clauses </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Periodic </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Dependent clause followed by the Ind. Clause </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Attacking the Questions <ul><li>Read and annotate the question stem </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Underline words like “except, best, primarily” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Make sure you know what each question is asking </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Your Answer </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Think of the answer before looking at the distractors </li></ul></ul><ul><li>POE: Rule out certain answers </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ x” words/phrases/clauses that make answers wrong </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“  ” Possible answers </li></ul></ul>
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