AP Exam Writing Section 2000-2001
Total Time: 2 hours

Question 1 (Suggested time: 40 minutes)

Question #2 (Suggested Time: 40 Minutes)

Read the following poem carefully. Then, taking into
consideration the title of the poem, analyze how the
poetic devices convey the speaker's attitude toward the
the sinking of the ship

"The Confluence of the Twain" by Thomas Hardy
(lines on the loss of the Titanic)

In a solitude of the sea
Deep from human vanity,
And the Pride of Life that planned her, stilly couches she.

Steel chambers, late the pyres
Of her salamandrine fires,
Cold currents thrid, and turn to rhythmic tidal lyres.

Over the mirrors meant
To glass the opulent
The sea-worm crawls-grotesque, slimed, dumb, indifferent.

Jewels in joy designed
To ravish the sensuous mind
Lie lightless, all their sparkles bleared and black and blind.

Dim moon-eyed fishes near
Gaze at the gilded gear
And query: "What does this vaingloriousness down here?" . . .

Well: while was fashioning
This creature of cleaving wing,
The Immanent Will that stirs and urges everything

Prepared a sinister mate
For her - so gaily great -
A Shape of Ice, for the time far and dissociate.

And as the smart ship grew
In stature, grace, and hue,
In shadowy silent distance grew the Iceberg too.

Alien they seemed to be:
No mortal eye could see
The intimate welding of their later history,

Or sign that they were bent
by paths coincident
On being anon twin halves of one august event,

Till the Spinner of the Years
Said "Now!" And each one hears,
And consummation comes, and jars two hemispheres.

1. On April 14, 1912, the Titanic sank with the
death 2,206 passengers
2. salamandrine: bright red--the salamander was supposed
tobe able to live in the midst of a great fire
3. thrid: thread

Question 3 (Suggested time: 40 minutes)

The Age of Innocence
All the King's Men
Anna Karenina
The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man
The Awakening
Billy Budd
Crime and Punishment
The Glass Menagerie
Great Expectations
The Great Gatsby
Heart of Darkmess
Hedda Gabler
Henry V
The Mayor of Casterbridge
The Merchant of Venice
Mrs. Warren's Profession
Pere Goriot
The Picture of Dorian Gray
The Plague
The Scarlet Letter
Silas Marner
Sister Carrie
The Turn of the Screw
Typical American