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AP Question-Based Essay 3, Sample A

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Total Time--2 hours

Question 3

(Suggested time--40 minutes.  This question counts one-third of the total essay section score.)

Virginia Woolf once wrote, “Examine for a moment an ordinary mind on an ordinary day.”  This personal philosophy of Woolf’s revolutionized the novel as we know it in the early 1900’s.  Since then, novelists and playwrights have developed their works more and more to reveal the “minds” of their characters.

Choose a novel or play in which the mind of a character is revealed.  Discuss how the author chose to reveal the character’s mind and how the process of revelation and the revealing itself is significant to the work as a whole.