Obasan Ap Essay

 

2010

AP

English

Literature

Scoring Guide

Question #3: Exile

General Directions: This scoring guide will be useful for most

of

the essays that you

read,

but

in

problematic cases, please consultyour table leader. The score that you assign should reflect your judgment

of

the quality

of

the essay as a

whole-its

content, style, andmechanics.

Rewardthe

writers for

what

they

do well. The score for

an

exceptionally well-written essay may

be

raised by onepoint above the otherwise appropriate score.

In

no case

maya

poorly written essay be scored higher than a three (3).

9-8 These essays offer a well-focused and persuasive analysis

of

how,

in

a novel, play, or epic, a character'sexperience with exile is both alienating and enriching. Using apt and specific textual

SUpp0l1,

these essays explore the

character's

complex responses to being cut

offfrom

a home place and analyze what the experience

of

exile contributes tothe meaning

of

the work as a whole. Although not without flaws, these essays make a strong case for their interpretationand discuss the literary work with significant insight and understanding. Essays scored a nine (9) reveal moresophisticated analysis and more effective control

of

language than do essays scored an eight (8).7-6 These essays offer a reasonable analysis

of

how,

in

a novel, play, or epic, a character's experience with exile

is

both alienating and enriching. These essays explore the character's complex responses and identify what the experience

of

exile contributes to the meaning

of

the work as a whole. While these papers have insight and understanding, theiranalysis is less thorough, less perceptive, and/or less specific

in

supporting detail than that

of

the 9-8 essays. Essaysscored a seven (7) present better developed analysis and more consistent command

of

the elements

of

effectivecomposition than do essays scored a six (6).5 These essays respond to the assigned task with a plausible reading, but they tend to be superficial or thinlydeveloped

in

analysis. They often rely upon plot summary that contains

some

analysis, implicit or explicit. Although thewriters attempt to discuss how a character's experience with exile

is

both alienating and enriching and what theexperience contributes to the meaning

of

the work as a whole, they may demonstrate a rather simplistic understanding

of

the character

or

the work, and suppoli from the text may be too general. While these writers demonstrate adequate control

of

Mariana Ho AP Literature/ Ms.Murayama Period 6 18 December 2016 AP Literature Novel Review Sheet Title:Obasan Author: Joy KogawaProminent Characters:Characteristics/ What they represent in the novel 1.Megumi Naomi NakaneTimid, loving, emotional/ She represents growth.2.Uncle(Isamu/Sam Nakane)Strong, Forgiving, Kind, Hardworking, Quiet/ He representsThe innocent Japanese Canadians.3.Obasan (Ayako Nakane)Kind, Traditional, Quiet, Emotionally Strong/ Sherepresents traditions and culture.4. Emily Cato (Naomi’s aunt)Proud, loud, Independent, Brave/ She representschange.5. Mother (Naomi’s mother)Loving, Gentle, Kind/ She represents the things that wecan’t hold onto in life.6. Father (Mark Nakane/ Naomi’s Father) Loving, Artistic, Elegant, Comforting/ He representsoptimism.7. Old Man Gower (Naomi’s Molester) Evil,Violent, Rapist, Manipulative, Cunning/ Herepresents everything that is wrong with Canada duringWorld War II.Major Plot Events: ●Naomi’s Uncle passing away (present) ●Contrast between her two aunts. Obasan silent, Emily loud and searching to uncover everything. ●Seeking invisibility ●Grandma Kato and Naomi bathe (past) ●It does not bear remembering vs. remember everything ●Story of Momotaro – it’s Canadian because it’s told by Canadians ●Old Man Gower abuses her, but she goes there unbidden ●Her mother leaves for Japan – she imagines spending time with her mom doing all the things they’ve done before.

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