Top AP English Quizzes & Trivia

Are you ready for your AP English exam? That’s more than just a rhetorical question (which of course you’ll know if you’ve been studying for your exam on your own already).

If you don’t yet feel comfortable distinguishing between an author’s form, tone, and voice; if your use of grammatical conventions is still a little, well, unconventional; if your diction tends to err on the side of ridiculousness; or if you can’t tell an analogy from an antelope, it may be time to brush up on your English skills. Don’t let your nerves get in the way of a great exam score – take a few minutes to take our trivia quizzes. Don’t make us appeal to authority – you know better than anyone how much you need to study! 

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  • Allegory

  • Alliteration

  • Allusion

  • In reference to your reading of "On Compassion" by Barbara Ascher, please read paragraph 7 (located in 50 Essays on page 36, beginning half-way down the page with the words "Up the avenue...").  In this paragraph, you will find each of the following EXCEPT:

  • In reference to your reading of "On Compassion" by Barbara Ascher, the tone of the essay can best be described as:

  • In reference to your reading of "The Ways We Lie" by Stephanie Ericsson (starting on page 120 in 50 Essays), judging from her explanations and examples, it can be inferred that the author believes that people:

  • A literary work in which characters, events, objects, and ideas have secondary or symbolic meanings. One of the most popular examples from the 20th Century was George Orwells Animal Farm, about farm animals vying for power. On the surface, it is an entertaining story that even children can enjoy. Beneath the surface, it is the story of ruthless Soviet totalitarianism. 
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  • Reference to a historical event or to a mythical or literary figure. Examples: (1) Sir Lancelot fought with Herculean strength. (Reference to the  mythological hero Hercules). (2) "I have met my Waterloo," the mountain climber said after returning from a failed attempt to conquer Everest. (Reference to the Belgian town where Napoleon lost a make-or-break battle). 
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  • Repetition of a word, phrase, or clause at the beginning of word groups occurring one after the other. Examples: (1) Give me wine, give me women and give me song.  (2) For everything there is a season . . . a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted.–Bible, Ecclesiastes. (3) To die, to sleep; to sleep: perchance to dream.–Shakespeare, Hamlet.  
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  • Repetition of a word, phrase, or clause at the beginning of word groups occurring one after the other. Examples: (1) Give me wine, give me women and give me song.  (2) For everything there is a season . . . a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted.–Bible, Ecclesiastes. (3) To die, to sleep; to sleep: perchance to dream.–Shakespeare, Hamlet. 
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  • Placement of contrasting or opposing words, phrases, clauses, or sentences side by side. Following are examples:      - I am tall; you are short.      - The world will little note nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here.–Abraham Lincoln, "Gettysburg Address."                      - To err is human, to forgive divine.–Alexander Pope, "Essay on Criticism."
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  • A symbol, usually an image, which recurs often enough in literature to be recognizable as an element of ones literary experience as a whole. Examples consist of the "innocent babe," the "unheeded prophet," the "enchanted forest" and the "philosophers stone"
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