Tips for ANNIHILATING the AP English Literature Poetry Multiple Choice Like a Boss


STEP 1: Tackling the Poem in a Boss-like manner
  • Read poem carefully, more than once if necessary
  • "Close" reading - make sure you're taking notes on the side of the poem to organize your thoughts and feelings towards the poem
  • Analyze the work by stanza, including technique (rhyme, meter, structure, syntax, diction, figurative language). Under line them if necessary.
  • Identify whether the poem is open form or closed and if it has a definite and recognizable rhyme scheme
  • Try to identify any literary allusions that are present in the work
  • Watch the clock
  • Skim the questions to get an idea of what the poem is about
  • Familiarize yourself with writing techniques such as synecdoche and onomatopoiea
  • Pay attention to punctuation to note how the poem flows

STEP 2: The Multiple Choice!
  • Read each question carefully
  • Don't spend too much time on one question, if you see yourself spending more time than needed on a question, SKIP IT, and come back to it at the end
  • Use process of elimination to figure an answer out if you are unsure
  • Always watch for key words such as: EXCEPT and FALSE
  • Pace yourself, but keep an eye on the clock
  • Do the easiest questions first
  • Don't be afraid to skip a question if you have no idea what the answer is
  • KEEP AN EYE ON THE CLOCK! DON'T SPEND TOO MUCH TIME ON ONE QUESTION BECAUSE IN THE GRAND SCHEME OF LIFE ONE QUESTION ISN'T AS IMPORTANT AS YOU BELIEVE.

*Something to keep in mind is that due to the new AP format, there is no penalty for wrong answe3rs. Therefore, if you're able to cross off two or three choices, itwould behoove you to take a guess. But as always, watch your time. Make sure you're not wasting too much on any one question.*

Remember to go to sleep early the night before and eat a great breakfast the day of. DON'T STRESS IT!!!