Atonement: in-class essay question(S) II

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AT English/ Dr. Krollie Turner


Choose ONE of the following AP Exam “open questions” (from past AP exams) and answer it using Atonement in a clear, well-organized essay.

1971 AP QUESTION: The significance of a title such as The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is so easy to discover. However, in other works (for example, Measure for Measure) the full significance of the title becomes apparent to the reader only gradually.
Select a literary work of merit (like, say, Atonement !!) and show how the significance of its title is developed through the authors’ use of devices such as contrast, repetition, allusion, and point of view.

1973 AP QUESTION: An effective literary work does not merely stop or cease; it concludes. In the view of some critics, a work that does not provide the pleasure of significant closure has terminated with an artistic fault. A satisfactory ending is not, however, always conclusive

in every sense; significant closure may require the reader to abide with or adjust to ambiguity and uncertainty.
In an argumentative essay, discuss the ending of a novel or play of acknowledged literary merit (yep, Atonement!!). Explain precisely how and why the ending appropriately or inappropriately concludes the work. Do not merely summarize the plot.

1985 AP QUESTION: A critic has said that one important measure of a superior work of literature is its ability to produce in the reader a healthy confusion of pleasure and disquietude.

Select a literary work that produces this “healthy confusion” (i.e. Atonement ). Write an essay in which you explain the sources of the “pleasure and disquietude” experienced by readers of the work.

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