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We Made 'Go Set A Watchman' SAT Essay Prompts So College Board Doesn't Have To

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Love it or hate it, Harper Lee's "Go Set a Watchman" is one of the biggest literary events of the last decade. Its controversial publication -- it's Lee's patchy first draft of what would eventually become her bestselling debut novel "To Kill A Mockingbird" -- and racial plot twists (Atticus Finch, how could you?!) will undoubtedly make it a hot topic of discussion in classrooms across the U.S.

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So we here at MTV News have decided to prepare you for the inevitable and have created a few ~thought-provoking~ SAT essay prompts, based off "Go Set A Watchman." It's never too early to practice!

Prompt 1

Think carefully about the issue presented in the following excerpt and the assignment below.

"Integrity, humor, and patience were the three words for Atticus Finch. There was also a phrase for him: pick at random any citizen from Maycomb County and its environs, ask him what he thought of Atticus Finch, and the answer would most likely be, 'I never had a better friend.'"

Adapted from: Harper Lee, Go Set a Watchman: A Novel.

What role does a third person narrative play in shaping the characters of a story? And does this mean a first person narrative can be untrustworthy? Plan and write an essay in which you develop your point of view on this issue. Support your position with reasoning and examples taken from your reading, studies, experience, or observations.

Prompt 2

Think carefully about the issue presented in the following excerpt and the assignment below.

"A man can appear to be a part of something not-so-good on its face, but don’t take it upon yourself to judge him unless you know his motives as well. A man can be boiling inside, but he knows a mild answer works better than showing his rage. A man can condemn his enemies, but it’s wiser to know them."

Adapted from: Harper Lee, Go Set a Watchman: A Novel.

Can you take part in something morally reprehensible and still be a good person? Plan and write an essay in which you develop your point of view on this issue. Support your position with reasoning and examples taken from your reading, studies, experience, or observations.

Prompt 3

Think carefully about the issue presented in the following excerpt and the assignment below.

"Every man's island, Jean Louise, every man's watchman, is his conscience."

Adapted from: Harper Lee, Go Set a Watchman: A Novel.

How does your conscience shape who you are as a person? Plan and write an essay in which you develop your point of view on this issue. Support your position with reasoning and examples taken from your reading, studies, experience, or observations.