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MARCH 29 - WOODCHUCKS
AP Lit Exam: Poetry MC
Practice Poetry MC Questions
Complete and submit your
Critical Lens essay by Sunday
Self-assess you essay (on the
rubric) and bring it in on
Practice answering AP-style
multiple choice questions in
preparation for the exam
60 min to complete 50-60 MC Q’s
No penalty for incorrect answers
4 or 5 lit passages (2 poems, 2 prose)
old (pre 1900 poem)
1 new (post 1900 poem)
1 old prose passage
1 new prose passage
3 TYPES OF QUESTIONS
General Comprehension Questions:
Ask about: primary purpose, overall characterization, or tone of passage.
They tend to be the most challenging questions on the exam.
The passage is primarily about . . .
Which of the following choices best describes the tone of the passage?
Which of the following choices best describes the narrator’s relationship to his sister?
Refer to chunks of a passage – demand close reading
What does the author mean by “aesthetic” (line 19)?
Which of the following is the best paraphrase for the sentence that begins at line 13?
Factual Knowledge Questions:
Questions are more rare
General knowledge questions about language, grammar, and literary analysis
Which of the following meters is used in line 3 of this poem?
In line 19, the phrase “frozen fire” is an example of . . .
What the object of the verb “took” in line 14?
TIPS FOR TAKING CONTROL:
Change the order
PACE YOURSELF! More than 15 minutes per passage is TOO LONG
Read Carefully –
If part of an answer “looks good” but the other part does not… IT’S WRONG!
Watch the Clock
Write in the booklet
Half Right is ALL WRONG
You may choose to skip passages
Look for familiar authors and styles
This may seem obvious, but don’t space out
Always guess when in (complete and utter) doubt
“WOODCHUCKS” BY: MAXINE KUMIN
You have 15 minutes to read and analyze the
poem, and answer the multiple choice
questions that follow
We will check the answers, and work through
the explanations when you have finished