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Easy template for constructing study notes for any novel.
This template is especially helpful for creating book guides for quick reference for exams such as the AP English Literature and Composition Exam
AP English Literature and Composition
8 February 2016
Author: Last, First
(optional brief description of characteristics of the era)
Explain how and why this work reflects the hallmarks of the era in which it was written.
Main Character 1
1-2 sentence description
Main Character 2
Minor Character 1
Minor Character 2
1-2 sentence description. Explain why and how each setting is ssignificatnt to the work as a whole.
Theme 1 in complete sentence.
1-2 sentences explaining significanst to work overall.
Theme 2 in complete sentence.
Theme 3 in complete sentence.
"Short quote from beginning."
Speaker (page #)
Why the quote is important to the scene or novel as a whole.
"Short quote from middle."
"Short quote from end."
Symbol 1 symbolizes ______.
Explain why this symbol is used to symbolize that and the significance to the work as a whole.
Symbol 2 symbolizes ______.
Describe the author's style (use of diction, detail, syntax, figurative language, point of view, tone, etc.). Give two examples--using apt, specific references to the text--that demonstrate that style.
Opening and closing scenes:
Discuss the significance of the opening scene to the work as a whole.
Discuss the significance of the closing scene to the work as a whole.
This paragraph is NOT a plot summary. This is your personal critique and final though on the book. You should also apply what you have learned from Thomas Forster's "How to Read Literature Like a Professor" to this analysis.
Choose one "school" of literary criticism--Formalism, Biographical, Historical, Psychological, Mythological/Archetypal, Sociological, Gender, Reader-Response, Deconstruction, Cultural Studies--and briefly explain how it might approach analyzing the work.
word 1 form of speech
dictionary definition: usage from novel/play (page number)
a printed or written problem or exercise designed to illustrate a rule: it's a good -- of how European action can produce results (112)
word 3 form of speech
word 4 form of speech
word 5 form of speech
word 6 form of speech
word 7 form of speech
word 8 form of speech
word 9 form of speech
word 10 form of speech
AP Open Response Practice:
Refer to your list of AP Literature Exam Open Response (Q3) Prompts. Write a strong thesis statement for the prompt selected.