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What Types of Multiple-Choice Questions will Appear on the AP English Literature Exam?

1 min readoctober 19, 2021


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🌟 Your ability to do well on the AP English Lit exam depends on your performance on the multiple choice section. Knowing beforehand what you will encounter is helpful and can increase your score. Here are the 4 main types you could see and their corresponding keywords and phrases! 🌟

Factual

✨ Keywords and phrases:
  • Words refer to
  • Allusions
  • Antecedents
  • Pronoun referents
  • Genre
  • Setting

Technical

✨ Keywords and phrases:
  • Sentence structure
  • Style
  • Grammatical purpose
  • Dominant technique
  • Imagery
  • Point of view
  • Organization of passage
  • Narrative progress of passage
  • Conflict
  • Irony
  • Function of

Analytical

✨ Keywords and phrases:
  • Rhetorical strategy
  • Shift in development
  • Rhetorical stance
  • Style
  • Metaphor️
  • Contrast️
  • Comparison️
  • Cause/effect️
  • Argument️
  • Description️
  • Narration️
  • Specific-general️
  • How something is characterized️
  • Imagery️
  • Passage is primarily concerned with️
  • Function of

Inferential

✨ Keywords and phrases:
  • Effect of diction
  • Tone️
  • Inferences️
  • Effect of last paragraph️
  • Effect on reader️
  • Narrator's attitude
  • Image suggests️
  • Effect of detail️
  • Author implies️
  • Author most concerned with️
  • Symbol
Make sure to watch these videos for more tips and tricks next!
🎥Watch: AP English Literature - MCQ Intro
🎥Watch: AP English Literature - Tips and Tricks

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