Advanced Placement Spanish Literature: Exam Details

The exam is of approximately 3 hours and contains two sections-multiple choice and free response. Each section of the exam comprises 50% of the final exam grade.

Section I: Multiple Choice-65 questions; 1 hour and 20 minutes

Part A: Interpretive Listening-15 questions; 20 minutes (10% of final exam grade)

  • 3 sets of questions on the basis of authentic audio texts including an excerpt from an interview with an author, a recited poem i.e.not on the required reading list, and a short presentation on a literary topic related to course.
  • The students will have sufficient time to have a quick view of the questions for each set before listening to the audio. The interview and presentation will be played only single time; the recited poem will be played two times.

Part B: Reading Analysis-50 questions; 1 hour (40% of final exam grade)

  • 6 sets of questions on the basis of readings from a variety of different genres, periods, and places in the Spanish-speaking world. The readings consist of work from the required reading list even work that are not in the list and a passage of literary criticism regarding a work or author from the list.
  • 1 set will have 2 passages that are related by theme-one of the passage will be taken from the required reading list.
  • Total scores of the MCQ section will be based on the no. Of correct answers. Points are neither deducted for incorrect answers nor points are awarded for unanswered questions.

Section II: Free Response-4 questions; 1 hour and 40 minutes

2 Short Answer Questions: 30 minutes, 15% of final exam grade

  • Text Explanation-Questions may be based on read an excerpt from a text through the required reading list, identify the author and period of the text, and explain the development of a given theme found within the excerpt in relation to the whole work from which the excerpt is taken.
  • Text and Art Comparison-read an excerpt from a text on the required reading list and study an image of work of art for example a painting, photograph, sculpture or drawing connected by theme to the text. The students will compare how a particular theme is presented in both the text and the image and then to relate that theme to the genre, period or movement of the text.

2 Essay Questions: 1 hour and 10 minutes; 35% of final exam grade

  • Analysis of a Single Text-read an excerpt from a text on the required reading list and analyse how the text presents the features of a particular genre and also a particular historical, cultural or social context.
  • Text Comparison-read 2 excerpts related by theme, one from a text on the required list, and the other from a text that is not in the list and make your analysis on the effect of literary devices that is being used by the authors in the texts to form a particular theme i.e.provided in the question prompt.