2010 Ap Literature Essay Question

 

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ENGLISH LITERATURE AND COMPOSITION

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Question

2

(Suggested

time-40

minutes. This question counts as one-third of the total essay section score.)In the following passage from Maria Edgeworth's

1801

novel,

Belinda,

the narrator provides a description

of

Clarence Hervey, one

of

the suitors

of

the novel's protagonist, Belinda Portman. Mrs. Stanhope, Belinda's aunt,hopes to improve her niece's social prospects and therefore has arranged to have Belinda stay with the fashionableLady Delacour.Read the passage carefully. Then write an essay

in

which you analyze Clarence Hervey's complex character asEdgeworth develops it through such literary techniques as tone, point

of

view, and language.Clarence Hervey might have been more than aattentive to appearances than her ladyship. Bypleasant young man,

if

he had not been smitten withLord Delacour's jealousy he was sometimesthe desire of being thought superior

in

every thing,

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provoked, sometimes amused, and sometimes

Line

and

of

being the most admired person

in

all flattered. He was constantly

of

all her ladyship's

5

companies. He had been early flattered with the ideaparties in public and private; consequently he sawthat he was a man

of

genius; and he imagined that, Belinda almost every day, and every day he saw heras such, he was entitled to be imprudent, wild, and with increasing admiration

of

her beauty, and witheccentric. He affected singularity, in order to establish

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increasing dread

of

being taken

in

to marry a niecehis claims

to

genius. He had considerable literaryof 'the

catch.-match-maker,'

the name by which

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talents, by which he was distinguished at Oxford; butMrs Stanhope was known amongst the men of hishe was so dreadfully afraid

of

passing for a pedant,acquaintance. Young ladies who have the misfortunethat when

he

came into the company

of

the idle andto be

conducted

by these artful dames, are alwaysthe ignorant, he pretended to disdain every species

of

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supposed to be partners

in

all the speculations,knowledge. His chameleon character seemed to varythough their names may not appear

in

the firm.

If

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in different lights, and according to the different

he

had not been prejudiced

by

the character

of

hersituations

in

which he happened to be placed. Heaunt,

Mr

Hervey would have thought Belinda ancould be all things to all

men-and

to all women. Heundesigning, unaffected girl; but now he suspectedwas supposed

to

be a favourite with the fair

   

and

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her

of

artifice

in

every word, look, and motion; and

of

all his various excellencies and defects, there waseven when

he

felt himself most charmed

by

her

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none on which he valued himself so much as on hispowers

of

pleasing, he was most inclined to despisegallantry. He was not profligate; he had a strong senseher, for what he thought such premature proficiency

of

humour, and quick feelings

of

humanity; but he

in

scientific coquetry. He had nol sufficient resolutionwas so easily led,

or

rather so easily excited by his

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to keep beyond the sphere

of

her attraction; butcompanions, and his companions were now

of

suchfrequently, when he found himself within it, he cursed

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a sort, that it was probable

he

would soon becomehis

folly,

and drew back with sudden terror.vicious. As to his connexion with Lady Delacour,he would have started with horror at the idea

of

d.isturbing the peace

of

a family; but

in

her family, hesaid, there was no peace to disturb; he was vain

of

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having it seen

by

the world that he was distinguishedby a lady

of

her wit and fashion, and he did not thinkit incumbent

on

him to be more scrupulous or more

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2010

AP

English

Literature

Scoring Guide

Question #3: Exile

General Directions: This scoring guide will be useful for most

of

the essays that you

read,

but

in

problematic cases, please consultyour table leader. The score that you assign should reflect your judgment

of

the quality

of

the essay as a

whole-its

content, style, andmechanics.

Rewardthe

writers for

what

they

do well. The score for

an

exceptionally well-written essay may

be

raised by onepoint above the otherwise appropriate score.

In

no case

maya

poorly written essay be scored higher than a three (3).

9-8 These essays offer a well-focused and persuasive analysis

of

how,

in

a novel, play, or epic, a character'sexperience with exile is both alienating and enriching. Using apt and specific textual

SUpp0l1,

these essays explore the

character's

complex responses to being cut

offfrom

a home place and analyze what the experience

of

exile contributes tothe meaning

of

the work as a whole. Although not without flaws, these essays make a strong case for their interpretationand discuss the literary work with significant insight and understanding. Essays scored a nine (9) reveal moresophisticated analysis and more effective control

of

language than do essays scored an eight (8).7-6 These essays offer a reasonable analysis

of

how,

in

a novel, play, or epic, a character's experience with exile

is

both alienating and enriching. These essays explore the character's complex responses and identify what the experience

of

exile contributes to the meaning

of

the work as a whole. While these papers have insight and understanding, theiranalysis is less thorough, less perceptive, and/or less specific

in

supporting detail than that

of

the 9-8 essays. Essaysscored a seven (7) present better developed analysis and more consistent command

of

the elements

of

effectivecomposition than do essays scored a six (6).5 These essays respond to the assigned task with a plausible reading, but they tend to be superficial or thinlydeveloped

in

analysis. They often rely upon plot summary that contains

some

analysis, implicit or explicit. Although thewriters attempt to discuss how a character's experience with exile

is

both alienating and enriching and what theexperience contributes to the meaning

of

the work as a whole, they may demonstrate a rather simplistic understanding

of

the character

or

the work, and suppoli from the text may be too general. While these writers demonstrate adequate control

of

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