There will be one poem, one passage from prose fiction (or drama), and one work that you choose from a given category.
Each fictional work will be accompanied by a question that you must answer in your essay.
As we approach AP exam time, you’ll want to explore how to best prepare yourself for the AP English Literature free-response section of the exam. In this section, you will write three essays regarding prompts from poetry, a selected passage, and a work of literary fiction you select.
Only 7.6% of AP English Literature students scored a 5, in 2016.
This article was co-authored by Stephanie Wong Ken.
Stephanie Wong Ken holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Portland State University.
Poets such as John Keats, Walt Whitman, and Gwendolyn Brooks are possible examples.
In drama, you may see the likes of Samuel Beckett, Sophocles, or Tennessee Williams.
And, in expository prose, you’ll find authors such as Gloria Anzaldua, George Orwell, or Edward Said.
Managing your time, as the AP exams grow closer, is imperative if you want a perfect score.