AP Literature Assignment

  • Choose one of the following thematic ideas and complete the assignment for each book, Frankenstein and Brave New World.

     

    The search for meaning in one’s life: What is the purpose of life? How and why does the individual search for meaning? What do the characters in these novels think their lives are for, and what does this imply about the author’s view? As you read, copy down quotations that relate to these questions. Type or neatly write the quotations, cite them appropriately, and place them in the envelope. Include at least two per fifty pages of each book. Consider and be prepared to discuss the significance of each quotation to the overall work.

    Fate and free will: Victor Frankenstein frequently blames fate or destiny for the tragedies he experiences. Is he right? How does fate operate in both novels? How much free will does the individual have? As you read, copy down quotations that relate to these questions. Type or neatly write the quotations, cite them appropriately, and place them in the envelope. Include at least two per 50 pages in each book. Consider and be prepared to discuss the significance of each quotation to the overall work.

    Parenting and education: Each generation takes part in molding the next through parenting and education, consciously and unconsciously. What is the proper role of a parent? Of a teacher or mentor? What are the proper duties of children to their parents and teachers? As you read, copy down quotations that relate to this concept. Type or neatly write the quotations, cite them appropriately, and place them in the envelope. Include at least two per 50 pages in each book. Consider and be prepared to discuss the significance of each quotation to the overall work.

    Innocence vs. experience: Is innocence prized more than experience? Why? Why do people work so hard to protect others’ innocence? What happens when innocence is lost? As you read, copy down quotations that relate to these questions. Type or neatly write the quotations, cite them appropriately, and place them in the envelope. Include at least two per 50 pages in each book. Consider and be prepared to discuss the significance of each quotation to the overall work.

    Science as panacea and monster: What is man’s proper relationship to scientific knowledge and discovery? When should science be limited by ethical concerns? As you read, copy down quotations that relate to these questions. Type or neatly write the quotations, cite them appropriately, and place them in the envelope. Include at least two per 50 pages in each book. Consider and be prepared to discuss the significance of each quotation to the overall work.

    The individual’s struggle with society: As you read, copy down quotations that relate to this concept. Type or neatly write the quotations, cite them appropriately, and place them in the envelope. Include at least two per 50 pages in each book. Consider and be prepared to discuss the significance of each quotation to the overall work.

    Friendship, caring, and the human need for companionship: We all know that humans need food, water, and shelter. Do they also need friendship? What do friends do for each other? What happens to the friendless? Is it as important to care for someone else as it is to be cared for? As you read, copy down quotations that relate to these questions. Type or neatly write the quotations, cite them appropriately, and place them in the envelope. Include at least two per 50 pages in each book. Consider and be prepared to discuss the significance of each quotation to the overall work.

    Civilization vs. wilderness: What distinguishes the civilized from the wild? Are all aspects of civilization improvements over natural man? Why do humans continue to look to the wilderness for meaning and solace? As you read, copy down quotations that relate to these concepts. Type or neatly write the quotations, cite them appropriately, and place them in the envelope. Include at least two per 50 pages in each book. Consider and be prepared to discuss the significance of each quotation to the overall work.

Last Modified on June 11, 2019