Monday, May 15

Happy Monday! Today in class, students wrote their final exam essays. There were a couple of students who were absent – it that’s you, please come write your essay tomorrow (Tuesday) during lunch.

Speaking of the final exam, I’d like to give you a run-down of what will be on it. The test will be entirely multiple choice and matching and will be a total of 100 questions, including:

  • 10 close reading questions over an excerpt from Dracula
  • 10 close reading questions over a Shakespearean sonnet
  • 10 close reading questions over an article about Ebola
  • 10 close reading questions over a biographical article
  • 6 close reading questions over a scene from Romeo and Juliet
  • 4 close reading questions over an excerpt from a book by Jeanette Walls (not The Glass Castle, but similar in style)
  • 30 questions over grammar
  • 20 questions over vocabulary from the spring semester

Some of the close reading questions will be over texts we have read in class; some will be over texts that are similar in style and genre to what we covered in class but which you have not read before.

I am going to particularly recommend that you prepare yourself by being able to do the following things:

  • understand how the following terms apply to a piece of literature: epistolary, character foil, exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, resolution, quatrain, couplet, alliteration, ethos, logos, pathos, allusion, verbal irony, dramatic irony, situational irony, author’s purpose, gender bias
  • identify all of the parts of speech as used in a paragraph
  • determine whether a clause is independent or dependent
  • identify whether a sentence is simple, compound, complex, or compound-complex
  • identify whether a sentence is declarative, imperative, interrogative, or exclamatory
  • use commas to separate series of adjectives
  • identify appositive, gerundive, infinitive, and participial phrases
  • identify direct and indirect objects
  • identify predicate nominatives and predicate adjectives
  • complete a sentence by selecting the appropriate vocabulary word


I also gave you a list of all of the words that could appear on the vocabulary section (Pre-AP ELA 1 2017 Spring Vocab Final Study Words). I recommend that you prepare so that you would be able to use any of those words in a sentence.