*This is a bundle of passage-based literary analysis questions and answers, also available for separate purchase. Be sure not to duplicate.*
This group (or individual) activity is purely focused literary analysis and helps students master the difficult multiple choice questions required of the Advanced Placement™Literature exam, although it can also provide excellent practice for any high school passage-based reading test. This series of (5) chunks of text totals (50) questions and answers demonstrating the rigor expected of Advanced Placement™ students.
This file includes (5) text passages, both poetry and prose samples (excerpted from classics), that represent a wide range of literature genres common to the exam. Each passage includes a 10-question short answer review, and the same 10-question sample with 5 answer choices each. An answer key is also provided for each passage.
Strategy: to assist with analysis and question breakdown, I typically provide a short practice passage with created multiple choice questions, using question stems/ideas familiar to the typical AP™ Lit style of thinking. Before providing them the answer choices, however, I require the group to annotate the passage and brainstorm *possible* answers to the multiple choice questions. Only after they've discussed possible answers do I then provide the five answer choices so that they can match up their perceived answers with the answer choice that most closely matches their group discussion. Typically, this "reverse" strategy allows them to focus on the actual question rather than merely defaulting to selecting from the answers provided.
It is suggested to review one chunk every week: this file allows for over a month worth of multiple choice practice. I usually give groups about 30 minutes to read and brainstorm answers, and then require each individual to complete their own answers in 10 minutes (approx. one minute per question).
*Reminder: each passage is found as a separate listing through The Ink Life store, so be sure not to duplicate this bundle with single files.*
1: 19th century prose: excerpted from Tolstoy’s The Death of Ivan Ilych
2. 19th century poetry: Tennyson's "Tears, Idle Tears"
3. 17th century poetry: Marvell's "To A Coy Mistress"
4. 19th century prose: excerpted from Shelley’s Frankenstein
5. 20th century prose: excerpted from Kafka’s The Metamorphosis
More passages and question/answer practice posted soon!