Question 3 on the AP Literature exam is often thought of as the easy question. Students (and maybe some teachers) think this because of the fact that there is no text to read. Read the prompt; write the essay. That’s it, right? Not necessarily.
What all AP students need to realize is that the AP Lit test is a test about sophistication. Success on the AP exam relies on being able to demonstrate a level of sophistication in reading, thinking, and writing. And, this is all true for Q3.
Sophistication in Reading
Just because no text is given to the student on Q3, does not mean that the text they choose is just an afterthought–a secondary priority to the prompt. The text a student chooses to use for Q3 requires just as deep a level of analysis as any other text on the test. This means that a student needs to prepare for Q3 is a special way. They need to go into the test already knowing what book they will be using on the exam. … KEEP READING