Teaching AP Language and Composition skills through American Literature can be a complex task. These two final exams (one for fall and one for spring) use the American Literature novels students read for class to test the skills required to pass the AP Language and Composition exam.
These tests have very few comprehension questions; mostly students will need to infer, analyze, apply, or synthesize the information from the texts to answer questions.
The novels used to tests students' skills are listed below. Texts marked "text selection" are the "new" pieces that are on the tests but that students are seeing for the first time.
Both tests have answers highlighted in blue and are editable Microsoft Word documents to save yourself the time of starting from scratch when making your final exams.
Fall Final Exam (Early American Literature, American Romanticism, American Renaissance): 70 multiple choice, true/false
Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God
Thomas Paine (text selection)
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
Ralph Waldo Emerson (text selection)
The Scarlet Letter
The Yellow Wallpaper
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Spring Final Exam (American Realism, American Modernism, Contemporary American Literature): 65 multiple choice + synthesis
The Great Gatsby
The Glass Menagerie
Long Day's Journey Into Night
A Raisin in the Sun
Of Mice and Men
Clauses and Phrases
Ralph Ellison (text selection)
Shirley Abbotts (text selection)
Synthesis Question (from AP Central--link provided)