AP Essential Questions for Prose Analysis
Use these questions as a checklist for improving your prose analysis essays.
How does an author employ rhetorical strategies (diction or author’s use of language, style,
syntax, selection of details, figurative language) to make meaning within a text?
How does the development of a well-written thesis contribute to the effectiveness of an essay or
AP timed write?
How does mature academic voice (precise language, action verbs, sensory details, appropriate
modifiers, and active rather than passive voice) elevate the quality of student writing on an essay
or AP timed write?
What is the impact of support provided for statements and claims (anecdotes, descriptions, facts
and statistics, and specific examples) on an essay or AP timed write?