For Section A – Literary perspectives, the Literature Exam Guide provides strategies for presenting an interpretation of a text that is informed by a particular literary perspective. Ways of reading a text using different perspectives are discussed and modeled, with a strong focus on theoretical perspectives. Strategies for responding to sample topics for this section are also outlined.
For Section B – Close analysis, the guide includes tips and guidelines for the close analysis of passages, and for presenting an interpretation of a text that draws on this analysis. Sample responses demonstrate ways of making connections between passages and the text as a whole, and of showing an understanding of the text’s views and values.