2010 Ap English Literature And Composition Essays

 

2010

AP

English

Literature

Scoring Guide

Question #3: Exile

General Directions: This scoring guide will be useful for most

of

the essays that you

read,

but

in

problematic cases, please consultyour table leader. The score that you assign should reflect your judgment

of

the quality

of

the essay as a

whole-its

content, style, andmechanics.

Rewardthe

writers for

what

they

do well. The score for

an

exceptionally well-written essay may

be

raised by onepoint above the otherwise appropriate score.

In

no case

maya

poorly written essay be scored higher than a three (3).

9-8 These essays offer a well-focused and persuasive analysis

of

how,

in

a novel, play, or epic, a character'sexperience with exile is both alienating and enriching. Using apt and specific textual

SUpp0l1,

these essays explore the

character's

complex responses to being cut

offfrom

a home place and analyze what the experience

of

exile contributes tothe meaning

of

the work as a whole. Although not without flaws, these essays make a strong case for their interpretationand discuss the literary work with significant insight and understanding. Essays scored a nine (9) reveal moresophisticated analysis and more effective control

of

language than do essays scored an eight (8).7-6 These essays offer a reasonable analysis

of

how,

in

a novel, play, or epic, a character's experience with exile

is

both alienating and enriching. These essays explore the character's complex responses and identify what the experience

of

exile contributes to the meaning

of

the work as a whole. While these papers have insight and understanding, theiranalysis is less thorough, less perceptive, and/or less specific

in

supporting detail than that

of

the 9-8 essays. Essaysscored a seven (7) present better developed analysis and more consistent command

of

the elements

of

effectivecomposition than do essays scored a six (6).5 These essays respond to the assigned task with a plausible reading, but they tend to be superficial or thinlydeveloped

in

analysis. They often rely upon plot summary that contains

some

analysis, implicit or explicit. Although thewriters attempt to discuss how a character's experience with exile

is

both alienating and enriching and what theexperience contributes to the meaning

of

the work as a whole, they may demonstrate a rather simplistic understanding

of

the character

or

the work, and suppoli from the text may be too general. While these writers

 

2010

Ap®

ENGLISHLITERATURE

AND

COMPOSITION

FREE-RESPONSE

QUESTIONS

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ENGLISH LITERATURE

AND

COMPOSITION

SECTION

n

Total

time-2

hours

Question

1

(Suggested

time-40

minutes. This question counts as one-third

of

the total essay section score.)Read carefully the following poem

by

Marilyn Nelson Waniek. Then write an essay analyzing how Waniek employsliterary techniques to develop the complex meanings that the speaker attributes to The Century Quilt. You

may

wishto consider such elements

as

structure, imagery

l

and tone.The Century Quilt

for

Sarah Mary Taylor, Quilter

My sister and

I

were in love

25

among

her yellow sisters,with Meema's Indian blanket. their grandfather's white familyWe fell asleep under army green nodding at them when they met.issued to Daddy

by

Supply.When their father came home from his storeWhen Meema came to live with us they cranked

up

the pianolashe brought her medicines, her cane,

30

and

all

of

the beautiful sisters

and

the blanket

I

found

on

my sister's bed giggled and danced.the last time

I

visited her.She must have dreamed about Mama

I

remembered how 1'd planned to inheritwhen the dancing was over:that blanket, how we used to wrap ourselves

a

lanky

girl

trailing after her fatherat play

in

its folds

and

be chieftains

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through his Oklahoma field.and princesses.Perhaps under this quilt

r

d dream

of

myself,Now

I've

found a quilt

of

my childhood

of

miracles,

r

dlike to die under;

of

my father's burnt umber

2

pride,

Six

Van Dyke brown squares,

40

my

mother's ochre

3

gentleness.two white ones, and one squareWithin the dream

of

myselfthe yellowbrown

of

Mama's

cheeks.perhaps

r

d meet my sonEach square holds a sweet gum leaf

or

my other child, as yet unconceived.whose fingers I imagine

I'd

call it The Century Quilt,would caress me into the silence.

45

after its pattern

of

leaves.I think

I'd

have good dreams

Reprinted

by

pemlission

of

Louisiana Slale University Pressfrom

Mama's

Promi.res

by

Marilyn Nelson Waniek.

for a hundred years under this quilt,

Copyright

©

1985

by

Marilyn Nelson Wanick.

as

Meema must have, under

her

blanket,dreamed she was a girl again in Kentucky

1Aquill

is

a

type

of

bedcovering oftenmade

by

stitching together variedpieces

of

fabric.2 Burnt umber is a shade

of

brown.

3

Ochre refers

to

a shade

of

yellow.

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2010

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