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AP English Literature and Composition Summer Reading 2006 by T4nRGwP


									AP English Literature and Composition Summer Reading 2012

Mr. Mahoney *

Before the start of school, all students must read and complete required assignments for:

        Selected passages from the King James Bible (you may substitute a more accurate and accessible version for
         the four main books, but you’ll need the King James for the allusions).
        New Yorker article on the Gospels, “What Did Jesus Do? Reading and Unreading the Gospels’”
                  by Adam Gopnik
        National Geographic article on the King James Bible (
        One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

     Most of you are aware of the Bible as a religious text, but it is also widely recognized as a great work of literature.
And it is one of the key foundation texts for much of Western literature of the past 2,000 years. However, my
experience is that many students have little knowledge of the book. Your reading in the Bible will cover books that
have great literary merit (especially in the King James Version) and that have informed many of the greatest works of
Western literature. The assignment is explained on a separate sheet.
     You must read One of Years of Solitude, one of the greatest novels of the 20th century and a book that richly alludes
to Genesis. Expect quizzes on the Bible and One Hundred Years of Solitude in the first week of school. We will discuss
both books at the start of the school year and write on Solitude at the end of the first week or beginning of the second.
     Note: Grades AP English are based heavily on writing in-class essays. Although much of the class will focus on
improving your writing, you are expected to be proficient writers before entering the class. Essays on summer reading
will be graded based on this long-established prerequisite.

Optional Recommended Reading:
These books are not required, but they are recommended as good introductions to the task, pleasure and power of
analyzing a literary text or as a good introduction to works we will study in class:

        How to Read Literature Like a Professor: A Lively and Entertaining Guide to Reading Between the Lines by
         Thomas C. Foster
        Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi (I think the first half could well be called “Teaching The Great
         Gatsby in Tehran,” so even if you haven’t yet read Nabokov’s classic you’ll still get a lot out of the book. And
         you may be inspired to read Nabokov for your senior project.)
        If you want to get ahead on reading for next year. You may read a book of literary merit. (See list of AP books
         on my web site or choose a book by an author who has won the Booker, Pulitzer or National book award. But
         definitely get my emailed OK first.) You can use this book for your senior project.

See next pages for details on Bible assignment.
Bible as Literature and Biblical Allusions
AP English Literature and Composition (12)
Mr. Mahoney (

The Kings James Bible (1611) is considered a great work of literature in its own right, and it has influenced countless Western
literary works, including many novels and poems that we will read in AP English. Thus, you are required this summer to read key
books of the Bible and become familiar with common biblical allusions. Below is a short list of quotations, places, names, phrases,
etc. Many of these will be found in Genesis, Exodus, Matthew, and Luke. You must read these four books carefully and in their
entirety. Read Numbers Ch. 31, Deuteronomy 34, Psalms 8, 22 and 23. You will need to look in some of the other books for some
other items. You will be quizzed on these items (know the book and context for each item.) and key points of required books during
the first week of school. Expect also a short essay test on some literary aspect of one of the four required reading books (Gen., Ex.,
Mat., Luke) There is no written part of this assignment to be done over the summer, but I suggest taking notes. (You will receive no
points from me for taking notes.) HINT: Books and chapters are provided for you. You have to match them.

  Adam's Rib                                                           Harden your heart
  Alpha and Omega                                                      Jonah and the whale
  Am I my brother's Keeper?                                            Lamb of the slaughter
  Ark of the Covenant                                                  Let my people go
  Ashes to ashes, dust to dust                                         Loaves and fishes
  Babel                                                                Manna from Heaven
  Be fruitful and multiply                                             Mark of Cain
  Break bread                                                          Methuselah
  Burning bush                                                         Midianites
  By their fruits shall ye know them                                   Noah's Ark
  Camel through the eye of a needle                                    Out of the mouth of babes
  Cast the first stone                                                 Parting of the waters
  Water into wine                                                      Prodigal son
  Chariot of fire                                                      Seven Pillars of Wisdom
  Consider the lilies of the field                                     Sodom and Gomorrah
  Crown the thorns                                                     Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof
  David and Goliath                                                    Thirty pieces of silver
  Daniel and the Lion's den                                            This my body
  Doubting Thomas                                                      Tree of Knowledge
  Eye for eye, tooth for tooth                                         Turn the other cheek
  Forty days and forty nights                                          Valley of the shadow of death
  Four horsemen of the Apocalypse                                      Voice crying in the wilderness
  Gain the whole world but lose your own soul                          Way of all flesh
  Gold, Frankincense, and myrrh                                        Who lives by the sword shall die by the sword
  Golden calf                                                          Wisdom of Solomon
  Golden rule                                                          Words made flesh
  Good Samaritan

  Genesis: 1:22-23; 2:9, 16-18; 2:21-22; 3:17-19; 4:9-10; 4:15-16; 5:25-27; 6:13-16; 7:12-14; 11:8-9; 18:20-21
  Exodus: 3:1-2; 4:21; 5:1; 14:15-17; 16:14-15; 21:23-25; 25:10; 32:4
  Numbers 31:10-18
  1 Samuel 17:4, 8-9; Isaiah 40:1-3; Daniel 6:16; Proverbs 9:1; Joshua 23:14; 1 Kings 3:16-28
  Mathew 2:11, 6:26-34, 7:12-16, 16:24-36, 19:23-25, 26:14-15, 26:26-29, 26:49-54, 27:27-29
  Luke 6:29, 10:30-34, 15:11-15
  Revelation 1:7-8, 11, 5:1-10, 6
  2 Kings 2:9-12
  Jonah 1:2
  Psalms Nos. 8, 22, 23

  Also read:
   “What Did Jesus Do? Reading and Unreading the Gospels” a New Yorker book review by Adam Gopnik - ixzz0pXSWLNzB
  “The King James Bible” a National Geographic article on the the 400th anniversary of the book (

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