Quiz: Can You Score a 5 in AP English?
Can You Score a 5 in AP English?
By: Zoe Samuel
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About This Quiz

Advanced Placement English is an advanced class that the most gifted and competent high school students take in their final year (or two) of high school - or, if the opportunity only arises a little later, in the first year of college. AP English was previously a combination of English Literature and English Language, but the two have been two different courses since the '80s. These days, AP English is a matter of studying the literature and proving the ability to answer multiple choice questions and write essays about it. Of course, those are really just symptoms of the real goal of the course; to learn the skills that enable a person to gain a true and deep understanding of a text and parse out its meaning and construction.

Some might say, "Why is this a useful skill? After all, if you can read and write, do you need to do more than that? Can't you just pick up a book?" These people do not get a top score in AP English. They also don't know how to communicate as effectively, to understand themselves and their fellow man as deeply, they're more gullible and less informed, and they read more slowly and are less productive at work.

Fortunately, you're not one of those people - and this quiz is your chance to prove it!

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If the question asks how the writer conveys tone, what aspect of the work should you focus on?
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How many lines are in a villanelle?
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One of the main sections of a sonnet is the octet. What is the other main section?
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To what literary movement does John Donne belong?
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Which writer is considered the progenitor of the science fiction genre?
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Which of the below is NOT one of the recurring characters in Shakespeare's sonnets?
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Why did Shakespeare write "The Merry Wives of Windsor"?
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What job did John Milton have, besides poet?
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Which of the below correctly describes the meter of a trochee?
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How many syllables per line are in tetrameter?
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Which of the below is an example of a half-rhyme?
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In poetry, what is enjambement?
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Which of the below is noted for writing what they claimed was the first comprehensive English language dictionary?
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Which experimental poet is noted for his spare, experimental poems in which the placement of the words on the page are a key part of the poem's form?
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Which social satirist, now one of the most popular authors in history, was unregarded in her time and made a lifetime total of about £650?
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Which immensely popular Victorian novelist released his novel, "The Pickwick Papers," in serialized form starting in 1836?
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For whom did Lord Tennyson write his elegy, "In Memoriam A.H.H."?
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Who was the first British Poet Laureate?
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Why didn't Samuel Taylor Coleridge finish "Kubla Khan"?
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What weather event, prompting months of chilly rain, inspired the writing of the novel, "Frankenstein​"?
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Which Romantic poet best known for works such as "Childe Harold's Pilgrimage" died of malaria caught while fighting in the Greek War of Independence?
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If the essay question asks about the theme of a piece, what should the answer focus on?
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Which of the languages and language groups listed below is NOT a main source of loan words to English?
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Which of the words below is NOT a portmanteau?
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Who was the first person to play Hamlet?
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Which World War I poet was noted for his scathing commentary about the futility of the war, best expressed in his poem, "Dulce Et Decorum Est"?
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