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A quiz to help AP English Literature & Composition students study for the AP exam.

Questions: 27  |  Attempts: 1746
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    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 Orwell's 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. 

Welcome to the very first AP English language practice test.

Questions: 24  |  Attempts: 649
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    Allegory

This is the final exam for the first marking period for AP English Language class at Overbrook High School. This exam is an open-notes/open-books assessment. Students should use their personal notes as an answer resource. They...

Questions: 17  |  Attempts: 550
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    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:

A quiz to help students study for the prose portion of the AP English exam.

Questions: 21  |  Attempts: 234
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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. 



Questions: 24  |  Attempts: 117
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    Imagery




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  • 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. 

  • 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). 

  • 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.  

  • 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:

  • 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. 

  • 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."

  • 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"