AP Language Study Help

Your test on Monday will have three (or four, depending on how you count them) parts:

1. Vocabulary – 20 pts.

2. Mode of Discourse Identification – 5 pts.

3. Parallelism (The grammatical parallelism section will be worth about 15 points; the scheme identification will be worth about 20 points)

If I had to rank what I guess the order of difficulty is (so that you know how to spend your time studying), I would say: Parallelism is hardest (esp. schemes), vocabulary is next, modes is easiest.

If you want some extra practice in some things, here are some exercises:

To practice grammatical parallelism, click here. (There are actually a ton of these available on-line. Just search parallelism quiz. You may even see some sentences from these quizzes on the test on Monday!)

There aren’t a lot of good interactive quizzes on either rhetorical schemes or modes of discourse. But this one is pretty good. These are actually flashcards that you can use various ways. There are quite a few terms you don’t need to know (YET–you’re welcome!), so just ignore those.

For those of you who would like a little more practice APPLYING the schemes, try your hand at these. As in the Parallelism for Fun and Fortune handout, there may be more than one scheme in each example. I’ll post the answers this weekend. Feel free to discuss the possibilities or ask questions in the comment section, too:

1. “There is no power on earth to tell how many hearts would be calloused, how many souls would be wrecked, how many blood stains would come upon the conscience of men.” (Clarence Darrow)

2. “All my life I have been planning and hoping and thinking and dreaming and loitering and waiting…” (Clarence Darrow)

3. “As he was valiant, I honour him. But as he was ambitious, I slew him.” (Shakespeare)

4. “Better a witty fool than a foolish wit.” (Shakespeare)

5. “By that sin fell the angels.” (Shakespeare)

6. “Go to Heaven for the climate, Hell for the company. ” (Mark Twain)

7. “It is better to deserve honors and not have them than to have them and not deserve them.” (Mark Twain)

8. “Am I not destroying my enemies when I make friends of them?” (Abraham Lincoln)

9. “Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering.” (Yoda)

10. “My brother need not be idealized, or enlarged in death beyond what he was in life; to be remembered simply as a good and decent man, who saw wrong and tried to right it, saw suffering and tried to heal it, saw war and tried to stop it.” (Edward Kennedy)

 

 

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