This test is designed as an accompanying assessment to the analysis questions I wrote for Siddhartha. The questions are imitative of the AP Literature exam in regards to the language used in their phrasal, as well as the inclusion of variations on traditional multiple-choice questions such as “all of the above except” or “both a and b” to simulate choosing not necessarily the only correct answer, but the best answer in a list of somewhat comparable choices.
While the test could be used without the accompanying analysis study guides, students may find some of the particular nature of the questions difficult without being prompted to do the close analytical reading facilitated by the study guides. One of the goals of writing such a test (aside from always promoting AP exam readiness) is to require students to do the work I’ve assigned and actually read the novel, rather than using one of the dozens of Internet shortcuts available to students today (i.e. SparkNotes).
I have been teaching AP Lit. for 9 years using these materials and have been running a very successful program (there are no prerequisites to take the class, and typically I have pushed 50 or more kids per year with varying backgrounds to meet or exceed the national passing rates). I have a Masters in Creative Writing, and thought I would make some of my materials available for purchase.
If you end up applying this in your classroom, please provide feedback as to the challenge level, student response, etc. My name is Adam Horowitz, and I'm a sixteen year educator. You can e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Note that this test was written using the Bantam Books version of the novel, though it should apply equally well to any translation.
If you are considering making this purchase, please also consider the accompanying 64 analysis questions, or the best value for your money, which would be the complete novel package.
In the complete novel package, I’ve included all 64 questions covering the entire novel, the test, three short reading quizzes (used as bellringers), extensive background notes on the author, Hinduism, Buddhism, and various terms used throughout the story, and a 35 question background notes quiz. All of these are packaged at a discount as opposed to buying them individually.
If you’re tired of students simply SparkNoting through literature, consider giving my materials a try.
by Adam Horowitz
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