The exam is approximately 3 hours long and has two sections — multiple choice and free-response.

Section I: Multiple Choice | 65 questions | 1 hour and 20 minutes | 50% of final Exam Score

  • Part A: Interpretive Listening — 15 questions | ~20 minutes
    • Three 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, and a brief presentation on a literary topic related to course content.
    • You 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.
  • Part B: Reading Analysis — 50 questions | ~60 minutes  
    • Six sets of questions based on readings from a variety of genres, periods, and places in the Spanish-speaking world. The readings include works from the required reading list, works that are not on the list, and one passage of literary criticism regarding a work or author from the list.
    • One set will contain two passages that are related by theme — one of those passages is taken from the required reading list.

Section II: Free-response | 4 questions | 1 hour and 40 minutes | 50% of Exam Score

You are given 1 hour and 40 minutes for this section and you may start with any of the questions that you wish. You will need to budget your time carefully.

  • Two Short Answer Questions: Suggested time: 15 minutes each (~30 minutes) 
    • Text Explanation — 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 — 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. You will 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.
  • Two Essay Questions: Suggested time: 35 minutes each (~70 minutes)
    • Analysis of a Single Text — 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 — read two 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. 


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