Ap English Open Ended Questions For Exa

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Sample Question 1: In some works of literature the insanity (or a period of insanity) of a main character plays a central role. Choose a novel or play of literary merit and write an essay in which you discuss the mental illness of a central character and the specific ways in which that character’s illness relates to the larger themes of the work. Avoid plot summary.

Sample Question 2: “The struggle to achieve dominance over others frequently appears in fiction.” Choose a novel in which such a struggle for dominance occurs, and write an essay showing for what purposes the author uses the struggle. Avoid plot summary

Sample Question 3: In many works of literature, a main
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Choose a play with a major character to whom this statement applies and write an essay in which you consider the following points: what the character 's illusion is and how it differs from reality as presented in the play and how the destruction or perpetuation of the illusion develops a theme of the play.
1969: Setting is the physical environment in which action occurs. It includes time and place. In many novels and plays, setting is used significantly. For examples, the author may employ it as a motivating force in human behavior, as a reflection of the state of mind of characters, or as a representation of the values held by characters. Choose a novel or a play in which setting is important and write an essay in which you explain the uses the author makes of it. Choose your illustrations from works of recognized literary merit. Do not merely summarize the plot.

1970: Choose a character from a work of recognized literary merit and write an essay in which you: briefly describe the standards of the fictional society in which the character exists, and show how the character is affected by and responds to those standards. Do not merely summarize the plot.

Also 1970: Choose a work of recognized literary merit in which a specific inanimate object (e.g. a seashell, a handkerchief, a painting) is important, and write an essay in which you show how two or three of the purposes the object serves are related
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