AP Lit Final Review
- Count the passages for time management.
- Rank passages from easiest to hardest.
- Do the math.
- Okay to skip a passage if you do really well on the rest.
- POE (Process of Elimination)
- Eliminate easiest questions, then come back to hardest.
- No blind guesses.
- 1/2 bad = all bad.
- Preview questions.
- Read for main idea.
- (Poetry) Read twice before answering qs.
- Don’t worry about deeper meanings the first time through.
- Ignore line breaks—read as if it’s sentences.
- When in doubt, pick answer that agrees with main idea.
- Pick answers that agree with each other.
· If confused, answers can help you understand.
· For general qs, look for answer that describes entire passage.
· Pay close attention to wording of qs
· Check time at last passage.
· If 7 min or less, use 7 min passage technique (don’t read passage—go from qs requiring no knowledge to those requiring complete knowledge)
- Read before and after line references
- Don’t worry about scansion (IP)
- On EXCEPT, NOT, and LEAST qs, eliminate negative word and eliminate all answers that fit remaining qs.
- 40 min per essay
- easiest 1st, hardest last
- AP – answer the prompt
· Idea machine—hidden q is first question
- Don’t worry about being wrong; have confidence in your interpretation
- Identify key words in essay prompt
- Do get attention and answer prompt in intro
- Body par: clear topic, provide and explain evidence
- Conclusion: have one, add something!
- Do not ignore or restate prompt
- Do not have more quotes/plot summary than analysis
- Do not have hurried concl that restates intro
- Shakespeare is recommended
- Do not write about non-fiction