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- Available Lessons: 128
- Average Lesson Length: 8 min
Eligible for Certificate: Yes
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Course SummaryIncrease your understanding of the topics you'll find on the CLEP American Literature exam, including contemporary literature, the Romantic period and literary analysis, with our engaging, professionally designed test prep course. These short video lessons and quizzes can be used as a flexible, mobile-friendly study guide that can help you get the best possible score on the exam and earn college credit.
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About This Course
Earn three hours of transferable college credit in a fraction of the time it would take to complete a traditional survey course in this subject. Our test prep course uses engaging video lessons that can help you prepare for the CLEP American Literature exam in just a few short weeks of study time.
These time-saving yet thorough video lessons cover all the topics found in a typical survey course on American literature, so you can quickly learn how to analyze literary works and explore major writers of the Colonial, Romantic and Modernist periods. You'll watch lessons on the impact of the Harlem Renaissance and discover contemporary authors like Tennessee Williams, Arthur Miller and Ralph Ellison. The video lessons use dynamic animations and fun graphics to bring American literary works to life and help you easily retain info you'll need for the test.
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Syllabus & Course Information
After taking this CLEP American Literature course, you'll have mastered the following objectives. These objectives correspond to the concepts you'll be tested on when you take the CLEP exam. You can further prepare yourself for the CLEP exam by taking the CLEP American Literature practice test after you complete the course.
- Get an overview of literary terms and historical periods in American literature.
- Study methods used to analyze a literary passage and answer questions about literature.
- Discover works of early American poetry and fiction by James Fenimore Cooper, Phillis Wheatley and Anne Bradstreet, among others.
- Examine prose by the likes of John Smith, Jonathan Edwards, Thomas Paine and Benjamin Franklin.
- Explore writers from the Romantic period of American literature, such as Washington Irving and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.
- Take a look at short stories and novels from authors including Edgar Allan Poe, Nathanial Hawthorne and Herman Melville.
- Explore the work of transcendentalist writers like Ralph Waldo Emerson, Walt Whitman and Henry David Thoreau.
- Study the impact of realist and naturalist literature by Harriet Beecher Stowe, Frederick Douglass and Charlotte Perkins Gilman, among others.
- Survey novels and short stories by Mark Twain, Willa Cather, Kate Chopin, Edith Wharton and Henry James.
- Examine the works of modernist novelists and playwrights, such as Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, William Faulkner and Eugene O'Neil.
- Get an introduction to modernist poetry through the works of E.A. Robinson, Edgar Lee Masters, E.E. Cummings and other writers of this period.
- Study Harlem Renaissance writers like W.E.B. Du Bois, Zora Neale Hurston, Langston Hughes, Countee Cullen and Claude McKay.
- Assess major works from the contemporary period, including those by Tennessee Williams, Arthur Miller, Jack Kerouac and Maya Angelou.
- Get some tips for analyzing American poetry, fiction and drama.
No prerequisites are needed for this introductory course. You can begin learning about major authors and key periods in American literature right away.
This course is divided into 11 chapters encompassing 113 video lessons. Each short, informative video lesson takes about 5-10 minutes to watch and features a quick quiz to test your comprehension of the materials. A written transcript is also included with each lesson, making it easy for you to follow along or go back and re-visit a concept you might have missed.
An exam follows each chapter, and all lessons are taught by subject experts who can also answer any questions you might have. A final exam wraps up the course, gauging your knowledge of the critical aspects of American literature that you'll need for the CLEP exam.
American Literature CLEP Exam Information
The American Literature CLEP exam covers the same topics as a 2-semester survey course on major American literary works, authors, analytical methods and key terms. This is a course you would likely find in your first 1-2 years of college and is typically used to meet general education requirements. An English major might use this course to fulfill lower-level major requirements.
- Number of Questions: Approximately 100
- Question Type: Multiple choice with 2 optional essay questions
- Time Limit: 90 minutes
- Number of Credits: 3
- Exam Cost: $85
American Literature CLEP Exam Breakdown
|CLEP Exam Concept||Percent of the CLEP Exam||Approximate Number of Questions||Chapter Lessons|
|The Colonial and Early National Period||15%||15 questions||13 lessons|
|The Romantic Period||25%||25 questions||15 lessons|
|The Period of Realism and Naturalism||20%||20 questions||22 lessons|
|The Modernist Period||25%||25 questions||35 lessons|
|The Contemporary Period||15%||15 questions||17 lessons|
Earn CLEP Credit
Taking a CLEP exam in American literature is an inexpensive alternative to a traditional college course, allowing you to earn six credits in just a fraction of the time it would take you to complete a course on campus. The CLEP credits you earn can be applied to more than 2,900 U.S. colleges and universities. Self-paced lessons fit with your schedule, and you can take the exam any time you're ready, which means you don't have to wait for the semester to end to earn college credit.
Study Schedule for the CLEP American Literature Exam
This course is made up of about 11 hours of instruction. While the self-paced nature of this course means you can complete it when you have time, the table below can give you a general idea of how long you'll need to prepare for the exam. Use it to see what schedule works best for you and determine when you'll be ready, so you can get the test slot you want.
|Study Frequency||When You'll Be Ready for the Exam|
|3 hours a day; 3 days a week||Just over 1 week|
|2 hours a day; 3 days a week||Almost 2 weeks|
|1 hour a day; 3 days a week||About 3.5 weeks|
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