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Analyzing and Interpreting Literature

Analyzing and Interpreting Literature

4 weeks / 6 hours per week

About This Course

It reviews the fundamentals of Analyzing Literature that are usually covered throughout a one-semester, undergraduate college course. Our goal as creators of this course is to prepare you to pass the College Board’s CLEP Analyzing and Interpreting Literature exam.

This examination contains multiple-choice questions based on passages of poetry, drama, fiction and nonfiction from American and British literature. Some colleges may require candidates to take an optional essay section in addition to the multiple-choice section.

Through the guidance of Dr. Dana (Dean) Simpson, from Tufts University, this course will review materials intended to improve your ability to analyze prose, interpret metaphors and reinforce terminology used to discuss literary texts.

“Analyzing and Interpreting Literature” is a completely self-paced course. It has no prerequisites and it is offered entirely for free.

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How is this course organized?

This course is organized into three modules that contain short video lessons, readings, resources and exercises.

All of the course material has been released at once so you can complete it anytime.

What do I need to pass the CLEP exam?

You will be required to demonstrate knowledge and skills on comprehension, interpretation, and analysis of literary works.

The examination contains approximately 80 multiple-choice questions to be answered in 90 minutes. Please examine our syllabus.

How does this course differ from other CLEP textbooks and traditional courses?

This online course includes a carefully structured series of video lectures, readings and exercises.




Navigating Through Our Platform

CLEP Program   

Modern States Education Alliance   

Introduce Yourself

1. Structure of the test

1.1 Structure of the test   

1.2 What we will do   

1.3 What you need to demonstrate   

1.4 Breakdown of the test   

2. Poetry

2.1 Why?   

2.2 How?   

2.3 Tone   

2.4 Verse and Rhyme   

2.5 Meter   

2.6 Form   

2.7 Meaning   

2.8 More on construction   

2.9 Rhetorical techniques   

2.10 Readings

Check for Understanding

3. Prose

3.0 Introduction   

3.1 What is it?   

3.2 Why?   

3.3 The novel   

3.4 Short Stories   

3.5 Essays   

3.6 Readings

Check for Understanding

4. Drama

4.0 Introduction   

4.1 About   

4.2 Plot   

4.3 Characters & Theme   

4.4 Types of Plays   

4.5 Readings

Check for Understanding

5. Writing the essays

5.1 Writing the essays   

5.2 Analysis of poem "Walking Around"   

5.3 Analysis of short story "The Necklace"   

5.4 Reading

6. General observations and connections

6. General observations and connections   

Sample CLEP Questions

Questions 1 - 16

Questions 17 - 30

Questions 31 - 44

Questions 45 - 50

Final Steps

Prof. Dean Simpson's Recommendation   

Register for the CLEP Exam   

Test Preparation Tips   

How Your Score Is Computed

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    4 weeks / 6 hours per week