Prose on the AP Exam: What am I supposed to do with it?
Well…you will answer multiple choice questions about it. Duh…
And you will write an essay about a prose selection… AP readers know you have two hours for essays, so they arent terribly long. Must…write…faster…
Unfortunately, the AP test-taker does not have a crystal ball; however, there are trends in prompts. Here are five common types of prose essay prompts:
The following passages are by two different authors. Read the passages carefully, then write a well-organized essay in which you compare the different attitudes of the writers by analyzing the diction and choice of details of each.
Write an essay in which you demonstrate how the narrator of this passage establishes his attitude toward__________. Attitude? I got attitude…
Read the passage carefully. Then write an essay that explains how the writer enables us to understand__________. Pay particular attention to such literary devices as tone, word choice, and figurative language. Im not sure why Mrs. Gaetjens put me on this page…
Write a carefully constructed essay in which you analyze the narrative techniques and other resources of language that the author uses to characterize the main character of the piece. Oh, Im the main character all right…
In a well-organized essay, describe the various elements of conflict within the passage and how these conflicts enhance the story. Did someone say well organized?
Consider The Teacher by Sherwood Anderson. Write a developed introductory paragraph; then outline three body paragraphs to support your thesis. Yea..