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!
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/.
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.
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.
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.