English 12 AP
Part One – Make one selection from the list below. Take notes as you read focusing on
character, plot, theme, and figurative language (for example, a reading journal). Writing
assignments based on your interpretation of the text will be completed in September.
Alligheiri, Dante. The Inferno
Austen, Jane. Pride and Prejudice
Bellow, Saul. The Adventures of Augie March
Bronte, Charlotte. Wuthering Heights
Dostoevsky, Fyodor. Crime and Punishment
Dumas, Alexandre. The Count of Monte Cristo
Faulkner, William. As I Lay Dying
Fitzgerald, F. Scott. The Great Gatsby
Garcia, Cristina. Dreaming in Cuban
Miller, Arthur. Death of a Salesman
Moliere, Jean-Baptiste Poquelin. Tartuffe
Soyinka, Wole. Death and the King’s
Shakespeare, William. Much Ado About
Wilde, Oscar. The Importance of Being Earnest
Wilder, Thornton. Our Town: A Play in Three
Hawthorne, Nathaniel. The Scarlet Letter
Hawthorne, Nathaniel. The House of the Seven
Hemingway, Ernest. A Farewell to Arms
Lahiri, Jhumpa. The Namesake
London, Jack. The Call of the Wild
Melville, Herman. Billy Budd, Sailor
Milton, John. Paradise Lost
Morrison, Toni. The Bluest Eye
Plath, Sylvia. The Bell Jar
Rand, Ayn. Anthem
Steinbeck, John. Grapes of Wrath
Swift, Jonathan. Gulliver’s Travels
Tan, Amy. The Bonesetter’s Daughter
Tolstoy, Leo. Fables & Fairy Tales
Wiesel, Elie. Night
Part Two – Personal Selection
Select one additional book to read from the above list. A five to ten minute oral
presentation will be made on the book you have selected to read. For your book talk, you
are to locate a key passage of approximately two paragraphs in length. This passage will
be read aloud. Following the reading, an explanation will be given relating how the key
passage is indicative of the plot, characterization, theme, and style of the work. The oral
presentations will be given on Fridays, beginning in September.
Part Three – Lord of the Flies (William Golding) and Things Fall Apart (Chinua Achebe)
Read both novels. You are to write an essay on either novel. Select one of the topics below
(Essay Topics). Your essay should follow the five paragraph format. It is to have an introduction
with a clearly stated thesis, three body paragraphs, and a conclusion. Be sure to use specific
quotes from the text to substantiate your views. The essay will be collected the first day of
classes in September.
Also, be prepared to discuss both novels in class. Discussions will center on the structures of the
novels, characterization, themes, the meanings of the titles, and the relevance of the novels to
today’s society. An objective test will be given on both novels.
or otherwise, in relation to important elements of the novel such as religion? Are rain and draught
significant? Explore the ways in which weather affects the emotional and spiritual realms of the
novel as well as the physical world.
hold tremendous power. What role do women play in Okonkwo's life? Is there any difference
between his interaction with specific women and his understanding of women and femininity in
3. Animal imagery abounds in the folktales and proverbs circulated among the clan members.
What is the significance of some of the animals they discuss? What does the prominence of
animal figures suggest about Igbo culture and about Achebe's larger goals?
symbolic of three successive generations, how does society in Umuofia change over the course
of their lifetimes? Where does Ikemefuna fit into this picture?
5. Throughout the novel, drums, music, and the town crier's voice punctuate the narrative at key
moments. When does silence occur and what does it mean? Is there more than one type of
silence? Can silence be characterized as a positive or negative occurrence? What are the
implications of the fact that Unoka takes his flute with him to the Evil Forest when he dies?
6. William Golding described Lord of the Flies as “an attempt to trace the defects of society back
to the defects of human nature.” Apply this comment to each of the main characters in the novel.
How do defects in each of these boys contribute to their slide from civilization to savagery?
comparison in a well developed five paragraph essay. Include a definition of allegory and specific
references from the text to substantiate your comparisons.
8. Many authors use the literary allusion to introduce new themes and concepts into their work.
Identify a literary allusion in Lord of the Flies and examine how Golding uses this reference to
emphasize his own theme. Do not merely compare and contrast this novel with the work alluded
9. In many novels and plays, seemingly common objects become pivotal to the plot and take on
the significance of symbols, thus impacting the meaning of the work. Choose three objects from
Lord of the Flies and write a well-organized essay in which you explain the significance of each
object to the plot and how they function as symbols in the work.
10. In a well-developed essay, explain Golding’s view of humanity as illustrated in Lord of the
Flies. What circumstances or situations from his background may have influenced his views?
With which character does Golding most closely identify? Why? How does Simon fit into