2015 AP® English Language and Composition Free-Response Questions

Many schools have honor codes, but scholars do not always choose to follow them. As part of a series of free-response questions from the AP® English Language and Composition Exam, learners discuss the benefits or disadvantages of honor codes. Multiple sources help them analyze the topic, and two additional essay questions cover two other topics: analyzing rhetorical choices in a speech by Cesar Chavez and explaining the function of polite speech.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Review your school's own honor code to introduce the first prompt
  • Set a timer for 40 minutes and see how long it takes scholars to complete one of the essays
Classroom Considerations
  • Takes 2 hours and 55 minutes to complete
  • Only covers section II of the exam
Pros
  • Encourages students to provide details to support their ideas
  • Includes answer keys in the teacher materials
Cons
  • None
Common Core