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AP Lit Summer Reading

AP English Literature Summer Reading
AP Lit Summer Reading

Name: __________________________________________ Date: ________________

I. AP English Literature and Composition Review Form for Major Works

Full Title of Work: ___________________________________
Year of Publication: ____________
Genre: _____________
Historical Era / Cultural Movement: _______________________________
Author: ______________________
Birth-Death Dates / Places: _____________________________
Setting(s) [times and places as well as significant socio-economic and historical aspects] Primary: ______________________________________________________________________Secondary: ______________________________________________________________________Central Conflicts [identify both sides, eg "X vs. Y"] Primary External: ___________________________________________________________________ Primary Internal: ____________________________________________________________________ _

Narrative Style [point of view / perspective, distinctive literary style / devices used, and narrator's name / character traits]: ____________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________________
Themes [full statements of the lessons or messages of the work, not 1-word "concepts"] Primary: ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Secondary: ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Symbols, Metaphors, and Allegories: _________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Other Significant Literary Devices / Notable Aspects: ___________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ ____

QUOTES!!! [include at least 3, from beginning, middle, and end of work]
*You should select quotes that show characterization, theme, or symbolism

Who? Said What? [Exact Words and Punctuation] To Whom? Why? Chapter/page number














II. Close Reading Passage
Step One: Start by choosing a 300 word passage from the novel that interests you. Type or write that passage out, word for word.

Step Two: Analyze your passage for literary devices, characterization, and importance to the novel as a whole.

Example from The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn:

"He chased me round and round the place, with a clasp-knife, calling me the angel of death and saying he would kill me and I couldn't come for him no more. I begged, and told him I was only Huck, but he laughed such a screechy laugh, and roared and cussed, and kept on chasing me up. Once when I turned short and dodged under his arm he made a grab and got me by the jacket between my shoulders and I thought I was gone; but I slid out of the jacket quick as lightning, and saved myself. Pretty soon he was all tired out and dropped down with his back against the door, and said he would rest a minute and then kill me. He put his knife under him, and said he would sleep and get strong, and then he would see who was who" (36).

. . . Huck's description of the passage of time in the chase relays a sense of urgency and danger. Descriptive phrases like "Once when I turned," and "slid out of the jacket quick-as-lightning" change the novel's pacing into an action-packed, suspense narrative. With Huck's use of the phrase "Pretty soon," after he narrowly escapes a knife in the back, the reader is led to wonder what happened in this gap of time. Pap's desire to "Rest a minute" gives the reader a chance to "rest a minute" and recap the events that have just transpired, though the reader continues to dread Pap's awakening to "see who was who." But the reader is ever mindful of Huck's distance from his experience by telling it in the past tense. This might also explain why he relates in a matter-of-fact way the story of his father trying to kill him. Though Huck is describing the chase in a rapid, vivid play-by-play, which the reader gets a sense of from the frequent temporal clues, his nonchalance adds a disturbing tone to the scene, as if Pap's terrible abuse of him has always been commonplace. Pap hallucinates Huck as an "angel of death," and in a sense his retrospective narrator self is a spiritual presence in the scene between his younger self and Pap.