20-Minute Practice AP Exam
Question-Based Essay on Hamlet
DO NOT OPEN
UNTIL YOU SIT DOWN FOR YOUR 20 MINUTE SESSION.
assignment, you are to do the following:
- Write a thesis statement
in response the question.
- Create a point-by-point
outline for the rest of your essay.
NOT USE YOUR COPY OF HAMLET TO COMPLETE THIS ASSIGNMENT. You
must work from your memory of the play.
TUESDAY, March 8 IN CLASS
eighteenth-century British novelist Laurence Sterne wrote, “Nobody, but he
who has felt it, can conceive what a plaguing thing it is to have a man’s
mind torn asunder by two projects of equal strength, both obstinately
pulling in a contrary direction at the same time.”
Hamlet choose a character (not necessarily the protagonist) whose
mind is pulled in conflicting directions by two compelling desires,
ambitions, obligations, or influences. Then, in a well-organized essay,
identify each of the two conflicting forces and explain how this conflict
within one character illuminates the meaning of the work as a whole.