AP Spanish Literature and Culture



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AP Spanish Literature and Culture

Bienvenido a la clase de Español AP 5

The AP Spanish Literature and Culture course uses a thematic approach to introduce students to representative texts (short stories, novels, poetry, and essays) from Peninsular Spanish, Latin American, and United States Hispanic literature. Students develop proficiencies across the full range of communication modes (interpersonal, presentational, and interpretive), thereby honing their critical reading and analytical writing skills. Literature is examined within the context of its time and place, as students reflect on the many voices and cultures present in the required readings. The course also includes a strong focus on cultural connections and comparisons, including exploration of various media (e.g., art, film, articles, literary criticism). (CB)


Course Themes:

•  Las sociedades en contacto (Societies in Contact)

•  La constucción del género (The Construction of Gender)

•  El tiempo y el espacio (Time and Space)

•  La creación literaria (Literary Creation)

•  Las relaciones interpersonales (Interpersonal Relationships)

•  La dualidad del ser (The Dual Nature of Being)


 AP Exam: Every student is HIGHLY encouraged to take the AP Spanish Language and Culture Exam on Friday, May 7, 2021, as this course is designed to prepare the students for success on the exam!

Exam Content

This three-hour and 10-minute exam consists of a multiple-choice section (Section I) and a free-response section (Section II):

Exam Format

The AP Spanish Literature and Culture Exam has consistent question types, weighting, and scoring guidelines every year, so you and your students know what to expect on exam day.

Section 1A: Multiple Choice

15 Questions | 20 Minutes | 10% of Exam Score

  • This section includes 3 sets of questions based on authentic audio texts including:
    • An excerpt from an interview with an author
    • A recited poem that is not on the required reading list
    • A presentation on a literary topic related to course content
  • Students will have time to skim the questions for each set before listening to the audio.
  • The interview and presentation will be played once; the recited poem will be played twice.

Section 1B: Multiple Choice

50 Questions | 1 Hour | 40% of Exam Score

  • This section includes 6 sets of 7–10 questions based on readings from a variety of genres, periods, and places in the Spanish-speaking world.
  • Readings include:
    • Works from the required reading list
    • Works outside the required reading list
    • 1 passage of literary criticism regarding a work or author from the list
  • 1 set will contain 2 passages that are related by theme—one of those passages is taken from the required reading list and the other is from a non-required text.


Section 2: Free Response

4 Questions | 1 Hour, 40 Minutes | 50% of Exam Score

  • 2 Short-Answer Questions. Suggested time: 15 minutes each (~30 minutes). 
    • Text Explanation: Students read an excerpt from a text on the required reading list, identify the author and period of the text, and explain the development of a given theme found within the excerpt in relation to the whole work from which the excerpt is taken.
    • Text and Art Comparison: Students read an excerpt from a text on the required reading list and study an image of a work of art (e.g., a painting, photograph, sculpture, or drawing) related by theme to the text. They are asked to compare how a particular theme is represented in both the text and the image, and then to connect that theme to the genre, period, or movement of the text.
  • 2 Essay Questions. Suggested time: 35 minutes each (~70 minutes).
    • Analysis of a Single Text: Students read an excerpt from a text on the required reading list and then analyze how the text represents the characteristics of a particular genre as well as a particular historical, cultural, or social context.
    • Text Comparison: Students read 2 excerpts related by theme, one from a text on the required list, the other from a text not on the list and analyze the effect of literary devices that the authors use in the texts to develop a particular theme that is provided in the question prompt.
Using dictionaries or other reference works during the exam are not allowed. The directions printed inside the exam booklets are in both English and Spanish.