AP English Literature and Composition

Please do the following and bring all materials to class for the first few days of school. If you have any questions about this work, please email Mr. Frick at frick_david@svvsd.org

Question #3—the Open Question—of the AP Lit exam asks students to use a novel of literary merit when responding to the prompt.  The following list offers you many of the contemporary books most often recommended by College Board or have come to be recognized through literary awards. Pick one of these and read it. Then, in a well written essay that does not exceed 1200 words (it must be concise), answer the following prompt: How do the choices of a main character in your novel contribute to an overall message (or theme). 

Book List:

All the Pretty Horses (1992) by Cormac McCarthy

The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay (2000) by Michael Chabon

Americanah (2013) by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Atonement (2001) by Ian McEwan

Beautiful Ruins (2012) by Jess Walter

Beloved (1987) by Toni Morrison

The Bonesetter’s Daughter (2001) by Amy Tan

Bless Me, Ultima (1972) by Rudolfo Anaya

Catch-22 (1961) by Joseph Heller

The Color Purple (1983) by Alice Walker

Freedom (2010) by Jonathan Frazen

The Handmaid’s Tale (1985) by Margaret Atwood

The House on Mango Street (1984) by Sandra Cisneros

In the Time of Butterflies (1994) by Julia Alvarez

The Namesake (2003) by Jhumpa Lahiri

Night (1956) by Elie Wiesel (15)

Obasan (1981) by Joy Kogawa

One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich (1962)

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1962) by Ken Kesey

One Hundred Years of Solitude (1967) by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Oryx and Crake (2004) by Margaret Atwood

The Poisonwood Bible (1998) by Barbara Kingsolver

The Road (2007) by Cormac McCarthy

A Separate Peace (1959) by John Knowles

Snow Falling on Cedars (1994) by David Guterson

The Story of Edgar Sawtelle (2008) by David Wroblewski

Sula (1973) by Toni Morrison

Things Fall Apart (1958) by Chinua Achebe

The Things They Carried (1990) by Tim O’Brien

A Thousand Splendid Suns (2007) by Khaled Hosseini

To Kill a Mockingbird (1960) by Harper Lee

The Women of Brewster Place by Gloria Naylor


NOTE: This assignment will be due after the first week of school, so please bring it and your copy of the book with you the first few days of school.


* This class's fee (no more than $30) is distributed throughout the year by students having to purchase some of their own books. If you can not purchase a book, though, please check it out from a local library and make sure you take extensive notes, since we will be referring back to the information from this book over the year.

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