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Q3: The Open-Ended Essay Question AP Literature and Composition Exam Preparation
WHAT IS AN OPEN-ENDED ESSAY? This essay is based on a provocative prompt that highlights specific insights applicable to a broad range of literary texts. The question provides for varied personal interpretations and multiple approaches.
WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF THE OPEN-ENDED ESSAY? The College Board wants to assess your ability to discuss a work of literature in a particular context. The illustrations you include in your essay will demonstrate your insights and critical thinking as well as your writing ability.
WHAT MAKES THE ESSAY “OPEN”? Although the prompt is the same for all students, you have the freedom to choose the piece of literature to which you will refer. Once chosen, you have total freedom to select the specifics that will support your thesis. Unlike the other essays, which have rubrics based on certain concrete interpretations and directions of the text, your open-ended essay will be uniquely your own.
WHAT ARE THE PITFALLS OF THE OPEN-ENDED ESSAY? Providing only plot summary instead of analysis Providing illustrations and examples that are obvious or superficial instead of using ones that are relevant, convincing, and insightful
WHAT ARE THE PITFALLS OF THE OPEN-ENDED ESSAY? Depending on memory rather than on preparation Rambling on in vague and unsupported generalities or providing incorrect information Wasting too much time pondering on which work to use
WHAT WORK SHOULD I USE? You will be asked to choose a full-length work, such as a novel or play. You may never use a film. A list of works will be provided with the open-ended prompt, but you DO NOT have to choose a work from that list!
WHAT WORK SHOULD I USE? Avoid trilogies or series (i.e. Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, Chronicles of Narnia, Wheel of Time, Hunger Games, etc.) You may not use the Bible. It is recommended that you use a major work that you have read within the last year or so and know very well— especially ones that you have studied in AP Literature class.
WHAT WORK SHOULD I USE? The College Board prefers works from the literary canon because they exhibit breadth and complexity. Don’t fight these requirements! You will do yourself a disservice trying to outwit or beat the system.
EXAMPLE PROMPT: 2004, Form B The most important themes in literature are sometimes developed in scenes in which a death or deaths take place. Choose a novel or play and write a well- organized essay in which you show how a specific death scene helps to illuminate the meaning of the work as a whole. Avoid mere plot summary.
EXAMPLE PROMPT: 2004, Form B 1.What is the topic of the prompt? 2.What is the concrete task that you must accomplish? 3.What is the abstract component to address?
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