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Preparing for Success<br />Advanced Placement Literature and Composition Test<br />
Format of the Test<br />Test is broken into two major sections<br />Section 1 – Multiple Choice<br />Allowed 1 hour<br />S...
Multiple Choice<br />Typically there are 55 questions asked on the test<br />Try to find a half way point<br />If there ar...
Multiple Choice - Prose<br />Read actively and visually – underline and circle<br />Examine organizational pattern<br />Id...
Multiple Choice - Prose<br />Question Categories<br />Rhetoric <br />How does language work in the passage?<br />Author’s ...
Multiple Choice - Poetry<br />Pay attention to punctuation, looking for complete sentences indicated by periods, semi-colo...
Multiple Choice - Poetry<br />Dramatic situation<br />Analyze for speaker<br />Note sentence structure<br />Identify any e...
Multiple Choice - Poetry<br />Question Categories<br />Dramatic Situation (speaker, occasion, audience, purpose)<br />Stru...
Meter<br />Foot<br />Monometer	1<br />Dimeter		2<br />Trimeter		3<br />Tetrameter	4<br />Pentamter	5<br />Hexameter	6<br /...
Free Response Questions<br />Three prompts– poetry, prose, open-ended<br />Use about 40 minutes per question (2 hours tota...
Free Response - Poetry<br />When utilizing poetic devices, do not list rhyme scheme as a device – pointless<br />Show a wo...
Free Response - Prose<br />Make sure you carefully answer the prompt given<br />Sometimes individuals have the tendency to...
Free Response – Open-Ended<br />Discuss specific elements – don’t generalize<br />Do not merely summarize plot<br />Analyz...
A few last thoughts…<br />Come prepared<br />Get plenty of rest the night before<br />Eat a good breakfast the morning of ...
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Ap lit comp test prep

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Ap lit comp test prep

  1. 1. Preparing for Success<br />Advanced Placement Literature and Composition Test<br />
  2. 2. Format of the Test<br />Test is broken into two major sections<br />Section 1 – Multiple Choice<br />Allowed 1 hour<br />Section 2 – Writing<br />Allowed 2 hours<br />
  3. 3. Multiple Choice<br />Typically there are 55 questions asked on the test<br />Try to find a half way point<br />If there are 60 questions, try to be at question 30 halfway through the allotted time<br />Multiple choice passages broken up in two ways<br />Prose<br />Poetry<br />
  4. 4. Multiple Choice - Prose<br />Read actively and visually – underline and circle<br />Examine organizational pattern<br />Identify transitional words and phrases<br />Acknowledge point of view<br />Evaluate tone through diction and sentence structure<br />Be especially watchful for irony and satire<br />Watch for odd words that may shift the language<br />Pay attention to punctuation for changes in tone<br />Use context clues to identify any unknown vocabulary<br />Notice and mark SOAPStone<br />Speaker, occasion, audience, purpose, subject, tone<br />
  5. 5. Multiple Choice - Prose<br />Question Categories<br />Rhetoric <br />How does language work in the passage?<br />Author’s meaning and purpose<br />Why does the author choose a specific wording? To what effect?<br />Main Idea<br />What is the author’s thesis, attitude and tone?<br />Organization and Structure<br />How is the passage organized?<br />Comparison/Contrast, definition, specific to general<br />
  6. 6. Multiple Choice - Poetry<br />Pay attention to punctuation, looking for complete sentences indicated by periods, semi-colons, etc.<br />Watch for shifts in tone, point of view, verb tense, and time<br />Consider repetitions<br />Parallel syntax, imagery, simile/metaphor<br />What is the logic?<br />Asking – then answering questions<br />Developing an argument<br />Story with a conflict and climax<br />Series of analogies and comparisons to prove a point<br />
  7. 7. Multiple Choice - Poetry<br />Dramatic situation<br />Analyze for speaker<br />Note sentence structure<br />Identify any enjambment<br />Discriminate between literal and figurative elements<br />Scansion – handout from earlier<br />Inferred attitude from author<br />Note the difference between author and speaker<br />Notice literary devices<br />Simile, metaphor, personification<br />Notice sound devices<br />Alliteration, assonance, internal and external rhyme<br />
  8. 8. Multiple Choice - Poetry<br />Question Categories<br />Dramatic Situation (speaker, occasion, audience, purpose)<br />Structure and form<br />Universal theme<br />Definitions of words in context<br />Images and figurative language<br />Diction and connotations<br />Tone<br />Literary devices<br />Sound devices<br />Scansion<br />
  9. 9. Meter<br />Foot<br />Monometer 1<br />Dimeter 2<br />Trimeter 3<br />Tetrameter 4<br />Pentamter 5<br />Hexameter 6<br />Heptameter 7<br />Octameter 8<br />Iamb U/<br />Trochee /U<br />Anapest UU/<br />Dactyl /UU<br />Multiple Choice - Poetry<br />
  10. 10. Free Response Questions<br />Three prompts– poetry, prose, open-ended<br />Use about 40 minutes per question (2 hours total)<br />Most questions ask you to analyze<br />Analyze – to break something into smaller pieces<br />You can do some prewriting<br />Develop a working thesis that requires proof<br />Full introduction not necessary<br />Do not need to list the items of analysis in thesis<br />It is okay to scratch something out – reader should only read what is intended to be read<br />Understand punctuation of poems, novels, plays, short stories<br />
  11. 11. Free Response - Poetry<br />When utilizing poetic devices, do not list rhyme scheme as a device – pointless<br />Show a working knowledge of poetic language<br />Know the difference between the following:<br />Sonnet – 14 lined poem, often about love<br />Ode – long, serious, meditative lyric poem<br />Elegy – serious, reflective; often love poetry<br />Epic – narrative poem, recounts adventure of a hero<br />Dramatic monologue – speaker addresses silent listener, revealing himself in a dramatic situation<br />Mock heroic poem – lengthy poem about a trivial subject written in the manner of an epic<br />
  12. 12. Free Response - Prose<br />Make sure you carefully answer the prompt given<br />Sometimes individuals have the tendency to wander<br />Specific textual examples are helpful to mention when you identify ideas<br />Be sure not to simply repeat the prompt<br />Do not analyze the quality of a text unless you are asked to do so<br />Understand the language of prose<br />Specifically, be able to describe and analyze tone<br />
  13. 13. Free Response – Open-Ended<br />Discuss specific elements – don’t generalize<br />Do not merely summarize plot<br />Analyze, analyze, analyze<br />Develop strong and varied sentences<br />Choose a work from the list or an appropriate literary work for the prompt<br />Do not use Hamlet<br />Write about a work you feel comfortable and knowledgeable<br />Refresh yourself with works from past school years<br />What works have you read in high school?<br />
  14. 14. A few last thoughts…<br />Come prepared<br />Get plenty of rest the night before<br />Eat a good breakfast the morning of the test<br />Be sure you are hydrated<br />Test fatigue can set in, so be patient and mindful<br />Everything we have learned this year has been review for this test<br />Novels, discussions, writing prompts, essays, practice passages<br />Ask me questions if you have any<br />jvanengen@sfcss.org – @j_man_v – (605) 759-3914<br />

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