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Twice as nice? So fun that you came back for more? English II: Son of English I: The Return of the STAAR: Well, I Have to Pass This Exam to Graduate? There are many ways to describe the Texas English II End-of-Course Assessment, and Shmoop's guide to the exam will cover all of them. (Well, maybe not all of them. We're a family site.) Build on your mastery of English I by delving even deeper into words, meanings, and what happens when you smush them all together.

What's Inside Shmoop's Online Texas EOC English II Prep

Shmoop is a labor of love from folks who are really, really into learning. Our test prep resources will help you prepare for exams with comprehensive, engaging, and frankly hilarious materials that bring the test to life. No, not like that. Put down those torches.

Here, you'll find…

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Sample Content

Theme and Genre

If we were to draw a picture of a princess calling out from the window of a tall tower while a strapping young man on the ground looks wistfully up at her, everyone would have a pretty good idea of what was going on. The princess is obviously imprisoned in the tower, and she is calling out to this prince/knight/nobleman for rescue. The consequence would be, of course, that she falls madly in love with her savior.

What we would not expect is for her to be calling out for the guards to arrest this trespassing knave for having the gall to ask if she could please share some of the castle's ample stores of food. (Even though that probably happened way, way more often back in the day.)

"I can go peacefully. There's really no reason to involve the hounds in this." (Source)

This is the power of archetypes. They take the work done by millennia of storytelling and give us a neat little shorthand for it, and then figurative language comes along and allows us to add our own touches.

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