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    Okie dokie, so im planning on taking the American Literature Clep test, i have both the idiots guide and rea book to study. But i was wondering what i should spend the most time memorizing.
    If i knew the periods, major authors, major works, and plots of those works would that be enough? Basically what im asking is do i need to know about the authors personal lives at all? or will i
    be oK just memorizing there names and major works?

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    For the major authors you should know their bios. For the rest, at least know about when they lived and what style/genre they wrote. The Clep could ask about "who wrote such-and-such book," and it might or might not give the title. It might just give the plot.

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    Addition is that the English and American Literature tests also present questions on structure and devices; these are similar to what you would see in the A&I Literature test ref: analogies/metaphors/onomatapoeia (love that last one ).

    Good hints would include, as you've identified and has been suggested, plots, characters and also first lines. Add the usual Huckleberry Finn/Thomas Wolfe/Bradbury and you're good to go with your wider study (bit of poetry, too: rhyme structure, etc).

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    All good advice. I might add that analyzing passages is a good skill to hone. PTs will help you with that. Check out Sparknotes or Cliffnotes for plot summaries with basic author bios.
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    I really need some help everyone. I am desperate. I have to pass the American Literature CLEP. I have about a week and a half. If I don't pass, I don't graduate. My school is in NC and I am in PA, so they said I could CLEP this and graduate. If I don't graduate, I don't go to grad school on the 4th of March. This is extra important because I am a struggling single mom, and I am counting on my loan refunds to help make ends meet for my girls and I while I take this giant leap of faith. Everything comes down to this exam. I am 41 and a realtor (starving). Please help me with what to study. My email is denise.driscoll@hotmail.com if you would prefer to email me there. Thank you!!!

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    What's the REA book?

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    Denise:

    A week and a half to study is a short amount of time, but many have done it in that or less (not me, though ). The REA Book and Idiot's Guide are the two most-recommended study sources for this exam. Also, I recommend you visit the Specific Exam Feedback section of this forum to view feedback from those who have already taken the American Lit CLEP. There is a subscription fee to access this area, if you have not already subscribed, but well worth it. In my opinion, you need to start studying today.

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    Also look at the free videos and practice quizzes for this subject found at education-portal.com.
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    Thanks Steve and John! I'm studying my face off!

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    Quote Originally Posted by IrishJohn View Post
    Also look at the free videos and practice quizzes for this subject found at education-portal.com.
    I second this. I found the website very helpful.

    A lot of questions: who wrote the following book based on the passage, lots of interpret the meaning of this poem, a few: order these books in chronological order. There were a handful of authors I never heard of in the questions, and a few authors I never heard of in the answers.(Probably something to throw you off). All in all, I used educational portal and Barron's study keys as a reference and passed. You definitely need something that go's into analysis of the work and short synopsis is very helpful.

    I found the hardest part of the test was the interpreting poems sections. Some were clear, but others were so confusing I had no idea what the right answer was and put forth my best guess. Thanks to educational portal, I was able to save time and answer a number of these because the purpose had already been discussed.

    (Disclaimer: I also took 2 semesters of American Literature in HS. Moons ago)
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