Final Exam Study Guide and AP Contract


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The final exams for this semester’s AP Lang/American Literature courses will take place on Thursday, December 20th (1st period) and Friday, December 21st (4th period). It is imperative that you are on time and present for all of your final exams!



Click here for a copy of the AP exam contract. Ms. Antonacci will provide hard copies to students wishing to take the AP exam in May. Signed contracts are due back to Ms. A. by the last day of classes.

Please use the study guide below to prepare for your AP Lang/Am. Lit. final exam.

Terms to Know (Definition AND effect on text):

  • Persuasive Appeal
  • Ethos
  • Pathos
  • Logos
  • Repetition
  • Restatement
  • Denotation
  • Connotation
  • Parallelism
  • Metaphor and Extended Metaphor
  • Personification
  • Anecdote
  • Anaphora
  • Tone
  • Allusion
  • Rhetorical Question
  • Imagery

Characteristics of American Modernist (Depression-Era) Literature:

  • Use of dialect; experimentation with structure, type, and punctuation; blunt and direct social criticism; disillusionment, especially with capitalism

Primary Standards Assessed:

    Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text, including determining where the text leaves matters uncertain.
    Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases based on grades 11-12 reading and content, choosing flexibly from a range of strategies.
    Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings.
    Analyze and evaluate the effectiveness of the structure an author uses in his or her exposition or argument, including whether the structure makes points clear, convincing, and engaging.
    Delineate and evaluate the reasoning in seminal U.S. texts, including the application of constitutional principles and use of legal reasoning (e.g., in U.S. Supreme Court majority opinions and dissents) and the premises, purposes, and arguments in works of public advocacy (e.g., The Federalist, presidential addresses).

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