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Unfortunately, just because you have the ability to write a superlative essay when time is not a factor does not guarantee that you’ll be able to write a good one in 40 minutes. That’s why you’re reading this chapter. The closest thing you may have experienced to writing the essays for the AP test is probably an in-class essay test, but even in that case there are significant differences. For example, in-class essays usually come after you’ve spent several classes on the subject at hand and know what your teacher expects you to have learned.

Your AP essays will be written to a featureless face: Is it a kind face? Mean? Crazy? You will never know. ALL ABOUT AP ESSAY SCORING THE ZERO-TO-NINE SCALE As we mentioned in Part I, each of your essays will be given a score between 0 and 9, with 0 being the worst score you can get, and 9 being the best. However, the scores are not spread out evenly over that range; the majority of essays receive a grade of 4 or 5. About 65 percent of the essays receive a score in the middle range: 4, 5, and 6.

He’s asking us to see that people are like ants and is commenting on the inappropriateness of associating warfare with grandiloquence and romance. Thoreau is basically asking, What difference do the struggles of the ants make, when we examine them from far above? Likewise, what difference does human warfare make, when seen from far above or even from a divine perspective? This is the big picture. As you read the passage, you need to keep in mind his reason for taking this strong interest in ants and not get waylaid by the particular events taking place in the narrative.

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