AP Literature Exam Study Guide


The AP English Litearture Exam is on Thursday, May 8. Scores will be posted online in July.

We will be having a Mandatory Study Session on Saturday, May 3rd from 8:00am – 12:00pm.

The test itself is three hours.

  • Multiple Choice: 60 minutes on 4-5 reading passages – Counts as 45% of the final score
  • Essay: 120 minutes for three essay questions, includes poetry analysis, prose analysis and “Open Question” – Counts as 55% of the final score
  • No points are deducted for wrong answers, so students are encouraged to answer all multiple-choice answers. Use process of elimination to get rid of wrong answer choices.

Released Test Questions:

Helpful Study Resources:

Essay Questions (Free Response Section):

  • Literary Analysis (Poetry, 40 minutes)
  • Literary Analysis (Prose, 40 minutes writing)
  • Literary Analysis (“Open Question,” 40 minutes)

Possible Texts for “Open Question”:


AP Lit/Lang Essays

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Essay Prompt for 12th Grade AP Literature

Based on one of the following novels:

  • Amaya, Rudolfo.  Bless Me, Ultima.
  • Cather, Willa.  My Antonia.
  • Hosseini, Khaled.  The Kite Runner.
  • Joyce, James.  A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man.
  • Vonnegut, Kurt.  Slaughterhouse-Five.

Choose one of the “lenses” of literary theory.  Write a critical essay about the novel of your choice through the “lens” of a literary critic.  Include specific textual evidence to prove your assertion.  Also, discuss symbolism/allusions in the text.  Use MLA Format for citations and typing guidelines.

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Essay Prompt for 11th Grade AP Language

Based on the memoir: Walls, Jeannette.  The Glass Castle.

Jeannette Walls’ memoir, The Glass Castle, establishes a unique tone to convey her story.  Write a critical essay about Walls’ text, The Glass Castle, analyzing her persuasive appeals, rhetorical techniques/strategies and use of language.  Include specific textual evidence to prove your assertion.  Use MLA Format for citations and typing guidelines.

AP English Lit Winter Break Assignment

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All 12th Grade AP Lit students need to post comments here over the break about their chosen novel: A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, My AntoniaBless Me, Ultimathe Kite Runner, or Slaughterhouse Five.

  1. You must post at least one original comment (at least a paragraph in response to the novel). **Make sure to specify which novel you’re referring to.
  2. You must also comment in response to another student’s post about the same book.
  3. Use this as a place to ask questions, share online resources or seek for clarification about the book.

Keep comments, academic appropriate and book-related. Mr. Nittle reserves the right to delete any off-topic or inappropriate comments.

All comments are due Friday, 1/17/14!

For the writing assignment related to the book, click to download the file: AP Lit Winter Break Assignment.