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MC Answers and Review (Short Fiction II)

5 min readapril 18, 2023


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Answers and Review for Multiple Choice Practice on Short Fiction (Part 2)

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STOP ⛔ Before you look at the answers, make sure you gave this practice quiz a try so you can assess your understanding of the concepts covered in the unit on Short Fiction. Click here for the practice questions: AP English Lit Short Fiction II Multiple Choice Questions.
Facts about the test: The AP English Lit exam has 55 multiple-choice questions and you will be given 1 hour to complete the section. That means it should take you around 10 minutes to complete 9 questions.
The following questions were not written by CollegeBoard and although they cover information outlined in the AP English Literature and Composition Course and Exam Description the formatting on the exam may be different.

1. What is syntax?
A. Word choice
B. The arrangement of a sentence, including word choice and punctuation
C. Connection between words
D. When more than once piece of punctuation is present in a sentence
✅Answer: Definition, with emphasis on punctuation 
📄 Study AP English Lit, Unit 3: Short Fiction Overview

2. What is organization?
A. A group collaborative
B. Identifying the beginning, middle, and end
C. When perspective shifts from one character to another
D. How events unfold in an excerpt of writing, including perspective and order
✅Answer: Definition, with emphasis on point of view
📄 Study AP English Lit, Unit 3: Short Fiction Overview

3. What is language?
A. Word choice as it relates to context, typically over a full piece of writing or a complete excerpt
B. Dialect spoken in an area
C. Word choice
D. Categorized as off-putting
✅Answer: Emphasis on complete passages, rather than strictly word choice 
📄 Study AP English Lit, Unit 3: Short Fiction Overview

4. What is imagery?
A. Colorful language
B. Symbolism
C. Figurative language used to represent objects, ideas, or a degree
D. Descriptive language
✅Answer: Definition, with emphasis on gradients 
📄 Study AP English Lit, Unit 3: Short Fiction Overview

5. What is diction?
A. Word choice, particularly unique word choice
B. What a word means
C. When a word gives direction
D. The events that inspire a character
✅Answer: Definition, with emphasis on strength
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6. What can be inferred by these details? "(Our attention goes to the two girls upstairs in their room. NORA is crying. LAURIE sits on the twin bed opposite her, watching.)"
A. Laurie is unfeeling
B. Nora has been denied the opportunity to pay for new lodging
C. Their father has passed away
D. Their relationship is close enough to share a space; maybe sisterly
✅Answer: Further knowledge would have to inform the other answers 
📄 Study AP English Lit, Unit 3: Short Fiction Overview

7. What is a tragic flaw?
A. A specific character trait that leads to the character's downfall
B. A particular moment that makes a character evil
C. A personal shortcoming
D. When a character dies to represent a point
✅Answer: Definition
  📄 Study AP English Lit, Unit 3: Short Fiction Overview

8. What is objectivity?
A. When a character is consumed by a singular goal
B. A story with an antihero
C. An unreliable narrator
D. When any storyteller is removed from the events
✅Answer: Definition, disassociated from the narrator 
📄 Study AP English Lit, Unit 3: Short Fiction Overview

9. What is hamartia?
A. Innocence
B. A tragic flaw, specifically related to the protagonist
C. Only negative character traits
D. A sense that something negative is about to occur
✅Answer: Definition, with emphasis on the protagonist
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10. What is an epiphany?
A. A sudden realization
B. Words meant to represent something harsher
C. A character defined by religious traits
D. Knowledge meant to be kept secret
✅Answer: Definition
📄 Study AP English Lit, Unit 3: Short Fiction Overview

11. What is cacophony?
A. A large collection, usually of animals
B. The feeling something is too quiet, like an echo
C. Word choice that is deliberately dissonant
D. Any sounds
✅Answer: Emphasis on sound 
📄 Study AP English Lit, Unit 3: Short Fiction Overview

12. What is irony?
A. When two events occur simultaneously
B. Two events causing a divergence
C. Two events that are entirely expected by the audience
D. When an obvious event is undercut by an opposite occurrence
✅Answer: Definition
  📄 Study AP English Lit, Unit 3: Short Fiction Overview

13. What is dramatic irony?
A. When the audience is aware of a reality, to which the actors are blind.
B. The events that bring about a death
C. The events which occur to derail a plan
D. When the audience suddenly realizes how a plan has unfolded
✅Answer: Specifically relating to a play 
📄 Study AP English Lit, Unit 3: Short Fiction Overview

14. What is a paradox?
A. When one thing exists only because its opposite is true
B. Two related characters
C. Two events connected by a shared outcome
D. An undoing of the hero
✅Answer: Definition
  📄 Study AP English Lit, Unit 3: Short Fiction Overview

15. What is juxtaposition?
A. A character trait found between two characters
B. One character used to show emphasis of another character's traits
C. A pair of similar props
D. Two events occurring side-by-side one another, usually to show contrast
✅Answer: Definition, mentioning events, or language
📄 Study AP English Lit, Unit 3: Short Fiction Overview

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