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2012 MCAS
Grade 10 English Language Arts Composition
Topic/Idea Development - Score Point 3

The central idea of this rudimentary composition is that the antagonist of The Princess Bride, Prince Humperdink, becomes a villain by pursuing his "dastardly plan" of wanting "to be viewed as a hero." Details are developed and arranged according to the plot of the story, and conclusions and commentary are basic: Prince Humperdink is a villain since "he likes war and tries to instill it whenever possible." The conclusion lacks higher-level analysis and is typical of papers earning a "3" in Topic Development: "Without him…there would not have been any excitement in the book, no adventure." The quality of language is fairly simplistic and moves the reader through a basic explanation of why Prince Humperdink is a villain.
Answer for Score Point 3
Answer for Score Point 3



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