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Pope High School

2017 Summer Reading Assignment
AP Literature and Composition

The Awakening by Kate Chopin

*Read and annotate the novel by August 2nd

Kate Chopin's The Awakening is a frank look at a woman's life at the turn of the 19th century. Published in 1899,
Chopin's novella shocked critics and audiences alike, who showed little sympathy for the author or her central
protagonist, Edna Pontellier. A master of craft, Chopin wrote a forceful novel about a woman who questioned not only
her role in society, but the standards of society itself.

The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway

*Read and annotate the novel by August 7th

Hailed as one of the definitive novels of the "Lost Generation," The Sun Also Rises examines the aftermath of World
War I through a group of American and English expatriates living in Europe. Protagonist Jake Barnes and his cohorts
travel from Paris, France to Pamplona, Spain for the festival of San Fermin. During their time in Spain, tensions arise
as true feelings and personalities are exposed.

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*Note: I prefer a print copy for the summer reading text. Bring your copy with you to class on the assigned date.
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