In a timed test, plan to spend 1-3 minutes deconstructing the question.
Example prompt: circle or underline the essential terms and elements in the prompt.
Carefully read the following excerpt from Louisa May Alcott’s nonfiction narrative Hospital Sketches (1863). In a carefully constructed essay identify the author intended effect on the reader and the ways in which the author recreates her experience as a nurse in a U.S. Army hospital during the Civil War. Consider such elements as diction, imagery, selection of detail, and tone.