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Advanced Placement Courses


MANDATORY SUMMER HOMEWORK

AP LIT - 2019

Attention all Von Students:

Below is a list of course with mandatory summer homework, please check your course schedule and see if you have any homework to complete, then email your teacher with any follow up questions!


Course:


AP LIT

Teacher:

Ms. Hoffman

Mr. Rutkowski

Ms. Sullivan

Email:

dhoffman3@cps.edu

ddrutkowski@cps.edu

mesullivan1@cps.edu

ASSIGNMENT

INTRODUCTION:

For your AP lit summer assignment, you are required to read the novella Benito Cereno by Herman Melville. Following is an active link to the novella:  https://ebooks.adelaide.edu.au/m/melville/herman/benito-cereno/.

 

WRITING PROMPT:

One definition of madness is “mental delusion or the eccentric behavior arising from it.” But Emily Dickinson wrote “Much madness is divinest Sense— To a discerning Eye—”

 

Novelists and playwrights have often seen madness with a “discerning Eye.” Choose a character from Benito Cereno whose apparent madness or irrational behavior plays an important role. Then write a well-organized essay in which you explain what this delusion or eccentric behavior consists of and how it might be judged reasonable. Explain the significance of the “madness” to the work as a whole. Do not merely summarize the plot.

 

FORMAT:

The essay must be typed, double-spaced, font size 12, Times New Roman or comparable, legible font. Length must be no less than two pages.

DUE DATE:

ON THE FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL. Your AP Literature teacher will ask you to upload it to both Turnitin.com and Google Classroom or Google Drive. THIS ESSAY WILL BE YOUR DIAGNOSTIC, and there will be a “DID-YOU-READ-THE-NOVELLA QUIZ” on it.