Original tests over The Great Gatsby, The Sound and the Fury, As I Lay Dying, The Grapes of Wrath, East of Eden, and The Natural.
My novel testing units are designed to ensure that AP English Lit students (or any literature students) complete their reading assignments while preparing for discussions and examinations. The 66-page unit is a series of ORIGINAL MULTIPLE-CHOICE TESTS (with keys) to use once you have announced to your AP English Literature and Composition class that they will be reading a particular novel or work. Originally composed tests prevent students accessing on-line tests and knowing the items before class time. Yet, like the AP exams, these tests demand proof of reading. I wrote the following tests myself in the following manner. If, for example, we were studying a 200-page novel, I would take a test item from every tenth page, roughly speaking. That test design would produce, therefore, a 20-item test spanning the breadth of the book. Almost all of the tests follow this pattern to ensure students finished each book. Participation in class discussions increased dramatically, and well-versed students were much more engaging than those posing as having read during our discussions over each text.