Books for AP literature

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Discus: SAT/ACT Tests and Test Preparation: July 2004 Archive: Books for AP literature
By Ecnerwalc (Ecnerwalc) on Sunday, July 11, 2004 - 04:01 pm: Edit

What prep books do you recommend for this course? Barron's?

By Integrity (Integrity) on Sunday, July 11, 2004 - 05:06 pm: Edit

I preferred Kaplan's over Barron's for AP English Lit.

(...and for any other standardized test, for that matter.)

By Ecnerwalc (Ecnerwalc) on Sunday, July 11, 2004 - 10:23 pm: Edit

Thanks. Any more suggestions?

By Geniusash (Geniusash) on Sunday, July 11, 2004 - 10:34 pm: Edit

you don't need a prep book, take your time reading good literature for the open-ended essay

By Integrity (Integrity) on Monday, July 12, 2004 - 02:30 pm: Edit

Yes, that's good advice (to read works for the open-ended essay).

But, a prep book can help with terminology, organization, timing tips, etc.
(practice tests=familiarization & pacing.)

However, your AP class teacher might be able to provide all that a prep book would.

Depends on the individual, I guess.

By Miniskus (Miniskus) on Monday, July 12, 2004 - 02:36 pm: Edit

I'd recommend the following books:

Crime and Punishment
The Stranger
The Metamorphosis
Song of Solomon
Pride and Prejudice
The Remains of the Day
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Tess of the D'Urbervilles
Light in August
Plus any other great literature you can find. That should prepare you.

By Integrity (Integrity) on Monday, July 12, 2004 - 02:47 pm: Edit

Shakespearean plays proved helpful, too (i.e., Macbeth, Henry V, Hamlet).

By Ecnerwalc (Ecnerwalc) on Monday, July 12, 2004 - 06:12 pm: Edit

So what happens when I need a prep book. I read a lot of literature but don't know how to analyze them extremely well for the test at least. Also, I was just wondering what book gives you the most review and overview of what the test is like.

By Monarchsfan16 (Monarchsfan16) on Monday, July 12, 2004 - 08:18 pm: Edit

Get Kaplan for prep. It's thorough, and goes over a lot of terminology you may need.

By Deeny1414 (Deeny1414) on Monday, July 12, 2004 - 08:23 pm: Edit

I actually used Princeton Review a couple days before and read a ton...Know irony and satire and especially Shakespeare, including the sonnets. I got a 5 w/ a crap teacher, so it can be done.

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