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Teens are meme-ing the AP US History and AP Literature exams

These kids are 'apushing' out some memes.


David Britton

Internet Culture

Posted on May 17, 2018   Updated on May 21, 2021, 3:34 pm CDT

Tomorrow is the final day of Advanced Placement English Literature and Composition (APLIT) and Advanced Placement United States History (APUSH) exams for high school students. The courses are designed to mimic a class a student might take as a college freshman, and the final exams take over three hours. As you might imagine, this has led to some stressed out teenagers.

And what better way to vent that frustration than filling up Twitter with a bunch #APUSH and #APLIT memes?

A lot of the tweets are students worrying about how they did, with everyone hoping for a 5 (the best possible score) but thinking they might have gotten a 1.

Other students chose to focus on what they learned.

Or didn’t learn.

Apparently the APLIT exam covered poetry by Jamaican writer Olive Senior, and whatever she wrote about plants is freaking kids out.

Although many saw the poem as an analogy for colonialism, the author didn’t necessarily see it that way. She did however indicate that she was open to that interpretation.

Please take note exam scorers.

A few students even seemed worried that retweeting memes could get them in trouble. After all, who wouldn’t be a little afraid of something called “The Office of Integrity”?

Even exhausted teachers were taking to Twitter to express their feelings about the exams.

These kids shouldn’t be too worried about the exams, or even getting into college. Given the historic rates of student loan debt, and the possibility of finding a good job in their field after finishing college, they might be better off concentrating on creating more memes. That’s an economy you can always count on.

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*First Published: May 17, 2018, 12:36 pm CDT