4 AP Exams in one week, boy was that rough. Anyhow, on two of them I actually was helped by threads here on the SDMB.
On AP English the free response essay (which means you can use any book you’ve read in class that year) was about how morally ambiguous characters affect the books they’re in. Of course, this was a question meant for Crime and Punishment. I had pondered doing Svidrigaylov just to wow the AP committee but I lost my gumption and wrote about Raskolnikov instead. After the exam, our teacher told us that you almost automatically get a 7 out of 9 on the essay (which is about what you need to get a 5 on the exam) if you write about C+P simply because they become impressed you read the novel. When my teacher first assigned it I wondered if I should read it because I had just come off the worst book my teacher assigned all year (Madame Bovary, I’d kill Flaubert if he weren’t already dead) and second semester, in which grades don’t matter, was getting under way. So I started a thread asking Dopers if the book was really worth it. After a resounding “yes” from all those who replied (for some reason I can’t remember any who did with the exception of Miller) I decided I’d read it. If you were one of the respondents feel free to check in) I decided to read it. So Miller and others, thank you for that.
Also, I started a thread on World War I in which I was eviscerated by John Corrado, who holds a B.A. in History from Maryland. Much to my delight, one of the AP Euro essays was “How did World War I affect European society and culturally in the Interwar Period.” Thanks for kicking my ass, JC. The other essay for Euro was on how nationalism has declined since the end of World War II, and I was able to use all the stuff I read on this site about Le Pen and Fortuyn in how the resistance to the EU has been fairly meager.
Bottom line, I’ll take the SDMB over Barron’s any ol’ day of the week.