Sample Test Questions
Current section: Essay 1> Interpreting Literature
This section presents sample questions and responses along with the standards used in scoring the responses. When you read these sample responses, keep in mind that they will be less polished than if they had been developed at home, edited, and carefully presented. Examinees do not know what questions will be asked and must decide, on the spot, how to respond. Readers take these circumstances into account when scoring the responses.
Below is a sample of the first question in the test, which presents a poem and asks examinees to analyze some of the literary elements in the poem. The second question in the test is similar in format, except that it will ask examinees to analyze literary elements in a prose selection instead.
Read carefully the following poem by Louis MacNeice. Then discuss how MacNeice uses imagery and diction to convey the qualities of what the narrator calls "world." Be sure to use at least THREE specific examples from the poem to support your points about MacNeice's use of imagery and diction.
From The Collected Poems of Louis MacNeice, ed. by E. R. Dodds copyright © 1966 by The Estate of Louis MacNeice. Reprinted by permission of Faber & Faber Ltd. and David Higham Associates, agent for The Estate of Louis MacNeice.