How to Prepare for the

Outside Reading In-Class Critical Essay Test

 

You will have one hour to write a critical essay. I have amassed a huge critical lens bank that covers the following themes:

 


Ignorance

Happiness

Power of the Individual

Fear

Safety

Freedom

Conflict

Education

Change

Evolution

Immensity of universe

Government

Knowledge

Courage

Truth


 

Consider what theme/s works best with your novel.  You are permitted to create a “cheat index card” to bring with you to the test.  You must hand write the card. You may use both sides. Look for appropriate quotes and literary analysis (characterization, theme, setting, POV, symbolism, etc.) and write them out! This will make your essay STRONGER! Remember, this is not a plot summary but a literary analysis.

 

You will hand in the card with your essay.