CSET English Subtest 3 Questions

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  1. SaraWetmore

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    Hi, I am taking the test on the 18th for the first time and I have a question on how detailed the included information needs to be. Do I need to include the rhyme scheme (ABAB or ABBA etc)? Do I need to try to date the poem and come up with country of origin? Do I need an into and conclusion paragraph?
    Thanks for any help!
     
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    Scorers aren't expecting your response to say absolutely everything there is to say about the texts you're presented. They want to know that you can
    - frame an analysis that can be defended from the texts
    - defend your analysis with evidence drawn from the texts
    - handle the conceptual tools of literary analysis, including the vocabulary
    - write fluently and competently

    Cite the details that support your analysis. A rhyme scheme or meter by itself may merely be a detail to dispose of in a phrase or even let go, but a shift in rhyme scheme that correlates with a shift in a poem's stance may be worth noting. If you happen to know the works or their authors well enough to date and place them, show off your knowledge, though the information may not be worth much more than an aside if it doesn't help make the case for your analysis.

    A full CBEST-style introduction with "hook" and thesis and three supporting topics isn't necessary: you can assume your readers' interest.
     
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    In the non literary response does it matter if I think the author was effective in persuading or not? If I say no and defend my answer with fallacies or if I say yes and defend my answer with rhetorical devices- are either acceptable?
    Or do the scorers want me to show which ways were effective (these devices support the authors position) and also include a counter argument (however these fallacies weaken the article)?
     
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    Take whichever of these approaches best suits the specific prompt and the specific text.
     
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    What is the difference between "literary elements" and "rhetorical devices"?
     
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    The short and oversimplified version is that it's a rhetorical device if if it's in a text whose purpose is primarily to inform or persuade (a political speech, an editorial, even an analysis of stock prices) and it's a literary element if it's in a text whose purpose is, um, to be literature.
     
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