Advice for analyzing/interpreting literature?: clep

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Important! - The Analyzing and Interpreting Literature CLEPhường exam has an optional essay portion. If your school requires you lớn take this optional essay, there may be additional fees. I haven"t heard of a school that requires the optional essay yet, but it"s something to be aware of.

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Difficulty 1-5 : 2 (One being the easiest, và five being the hardest)

Exam Description:

The Analyzing and Interpreting Literature CLEP is an exam that"s difficult to lớn describe. It tests your ability khổng lồ read and understvà prose & poetry. It doesn"t chạy thử your knowledge of the works themselves, or the people who wrote them. Rather it tests your knowledge on the meaning behind the works, và the literary devices used to create them.

If your school requires that you take the optional essay portion, then the demo will require you to lớn write two essays answering two different questions. One essay will require you to lớn give your analysis on a short poem. The second essay will require you to lớn apply a theme or technique lớn a literary work you are familiar with, và explain how you"ve done so.

To repeat myself; I have sầu never heard of a school that requires the optional essays. If your school does, then they"ll give sầu you an additional 90 minutes to complete the two essays. Keep an eye on the clock and you"ll do fine.

Personal Thoughts:

I really vì my best khổng lồ stay away from generalizations lượt thích, "Oh this such an easy exam!", or "You don"t even need to lớn study for this!". The reason I vày so is simple - There will always be someone out there that proves me wrong. If 100 people take that advice và pass, there will always be that 1 person who tries it and fails. This is one of those exams that I really, really want khổng lồ make such a sweeping statement, but that one person is glaring at me from the baông xã of the crowd.

So instead I"ll qualify myself by saying the following. "Most" people have absolutely, positively, no problems with the Analyzing & Interpreting Literature CLEP.. exam. If you read quite a bit (even if it"s Dr. Seuss và comic books) then you already know the basics in how khổng lồ analyze & interpret literature. Rethành viên all those reading comprehension quizzes baông chồng in elementary school? Those are like mini Analyzing and Interpreting Literature CLEP tests. Being able lớn understvà what a poet is talking about in a poem is no more difficult then trying lớn determine what a singer is talking about in a song. Most people can tell you what a tuy vậy is about after listening to lớn it once. Look at poetry the same way và I think it will help.

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The exam may also ask you lớn determine what emotion the writer is trying to lớn convey. If the piece is about a cold, wet day with fog, I probably would steer away from "Happy, và full of good cheer!" as my answer. Most of this type of question is going to be common sense & won"t require you to get too "deep".

One thing you will need to study up on for this exam is the same literary devices you used in the American Literature CLEPhường. as well as the English Literature CLEPhường. You must know these terms & their definitions for the Analyzing & Interpreting Literature CLEPhường., and this is where the bulk of your time studying for this exam should be spent.

Exam breakdown:

According to the College Board trang web, the Analyzing & Interpreting Literature CLEPhường exam is broken down as follows:

The type of literature you"ll be asked lớn analyze:

Prose (fiction & nonfiction)

The "Nationalities" of those works:

British Literature
American Literature
Works in Translation

The Period the works are pulled from:

18th and 19th Centuries
20th và 21st Centuries
Renaissance and the 17th Century
Classical & pre-Renaissance

Of note are the time periods. You"ll probably get some poems and prose written in the English of the period. Thankfully, it"s not true Old English, otherwise I would have sầu been completely lost - An example of Beowulf in Old English. You may get hit with an author like Geoffrey Chaucer however, & the Middle English in use at the time throws a lot of people off. Click on this lớn see what I mean - Example of Middle English

Now if you just fainted, go ahead and piông xã yourself off the floor. In the Analyzing và Interpreting Literature CLEP., you probably won"t get hit with too much of this type of thing (English Lit may be a different story). I"ll give sầu you a trichồng though that works for me, và it may work for you as well.

Look at the last links I gave sầu you, & instead of trying to read it silently, just read it out loud instead. As your eyes read the letters, your mouth will shape the words on its own. It will tkết thúc to go with the words that it knows and that sounds most lượt thích what your eyes are reading.

It may sound dumb, but that method has saved me quite a few times with poetry & reading older forms of English. Maybe it"ll help you out too. Don"t read it too loud if you vì use this method. We don"t want you getting kicked out of the testing center for screaming Chaucer! ;)

Areas of Study

A few of the topics that you will need to know for the Analyzing và Interpreting Literature CLEP. are:

AntagonistBlank VerseClimaxContextDialogueExpositionHyperboleImageryOnomatopoeiaParallelismProtagonistSymbolismToneTragedy

This is not a comprehensive sầu menu. Learn all of the Literary Devices found on the below links.

I always recommkết thúc you see the Instant Cert Exam Specific forum for a further breakdown of study topics. They"ve spent years accumulating their lists, which goes into much greater detail. You"ll learn about Instant Cert below if you haven"t heard of it already.

Free study resources

Cliông chồng on the titles khổng lồ go khổng lồ the study resource

Glossary of Poetic Terms - One of our visitors found this outstanding danh sách of Poetic Terms và their definitions. Probably the most compact menu of these that I"ve seen. Thanks Suzi!

Comtháng Literary Devices - Know these & you"ll be happy you did when it"s time lớn take the Analyzing & Interpreting Literature CLEP.. It"s one of the only real online resources I can give sầu you for this exam, so spend some time on it! You may notice a few duplicates from the liên kết above sầu this one, but there"s plenty of new terms as well that don"t apply lớn poems.

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Analyzing Poetry - Because I"m wracking my brain trying khổng lồ come up with something for everyone to lớn practice on, và yet not waste time with. This gives a pretty decent understanding of how khổng lồ analyze poetry (và prose). Most people vị this without thinking about it, but if you have had trouble in the past understanding poetry, try some of the examples listed here và see how they"re analyzed. Also, rethành viên the tuy nhiên method. Treat the poem lượt thích a tuy nhiên if it helps to lớn understvà it.

Poetry Practice - Some famous poems that have been analyzed lớn death. If you have sầu trouble understanding one, then simply type "Analysis of *Poem title here*" inlớn Google and behold the millions of college students who have been in your shoes! ;)

Rudyard Kipling"s - "IF" - Just because I"m the one typing this study guide, I"m including my favorite poem of all time so you can err... analyze (enjoy) it too. ;)

Recommended bargain-priced study resources

Always kiểm tra your library first! You may be able to lớn find some of these for miễn phí. You don"t have to lớn buy the officially recommended resources all the time. If you"re the type of person that prefers to lớn study from a textbook source however, then please see below.

CLEPhường Analyzing và Interpreting Literature with CD-ROM (REA)

- Most people are not going lớn need this for the Analyzing & Interpreting Literature CLEP. In fact, I"m convinced the only reason REA put this book out was they knew most people could pass without it, & it"s an easy win. "Yeah! I read the book & passed! REA works!" If you"re still feeling nervous though, it will help you pass. If nothing else the practice tests will help.

InstantCert Academy - Analyzing & Interpreting Literature Specific Exam Feedbaông xã - Mostly 6 pages of people saying they can"t believe how high they scored. They bởi vì have sầu a lot of study notes, specific topics of study, and after action reports.

If you don"t know what InstantCert is, then click here for the scoop as well as a discount code: **InstantCert Academy**

You"ll find an InstantCert liên kết for every exam here if that gives you an idea of the amount of information they have available. It"s an outstanding resource.

Closing Thoughts

I"ll never tell someone to lớn go take a test without studying for it. If you fail a CLEPhường, you have sầu to lớn wait six months lớn retake it, so you should study at least a little bit for all of them. That being said, this is one that I truly wouldn"t spend more than a week (tops) studying for. A few days of targeted study should be enough. It"s worth six credits, so it"s definitely worth the effort. Go get em!

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