The AP Seder Plate

Posted by Shmoop on 4/16/19 12:45 PM

This Friday is the beginning of Passover and we're celebrating...while we study for the APs that kick off in just a few weeks. Shalom. 


Modern Jews celebrate Passover with a Seder—a ceremonial dinner—which commemorates the exodus of the Israelites from Egypt. During the Seder, the Seder plate holds various symbolic foodstuffs and plays a big part in the rituals.

So while we were procrastinating—er, getting hyped—we decided to see which APs would fit on the Seder plate. Here's what we came up with.

The AP Seder Plate

The Shank Bone

The shank bone, which symbolizes the sacrifice the Israelites made the night before the exodus, represents last-minute cramming the night before the...exam. But unlike the shank bone, which you don't eat, you'll have to devour those APs.

The Egg

The roasted egg is meant to remind us of springtime and new beginnings (along with loads of other stuff). So we'd say egg duty on the AP Seder plate would be split between AP Chemistry (Thursday, May 9th test date) and AP Environmental Science (Monday, May 6th test date). Get a Shmoop license to check out these AP videos that will make you cry happy yolk.

The Bitter Herbs

On the Seder plate, the bitter herbs (a.k.a. maror and hazeret) represent the bitterness of slavery. During AP season, AP Capstone represents the bitterness of the other exams when they heard that they could have had cool names like that, too. Sorry, "AP Physics 2: Algebra Based."

The Charoset

The charoset (usually represented by fruit, cinnamon, and nuts...mmm) symbolizes the mortar used by the Hebrew slaves to build stuff. In AP land, the honor goes to AP Computer Science. You may not be able to build pyramids with Java, but you can build websites...and a killer resume.

The Parsley

The parsley (a.k.a. karpas) gets dipped in salt water, representing, on the one side, the initial prosperity of the Israelites in Egypt, and on the other side, the tears of the Hebrew slaves. It's the AP Comparative Government and Politics of the Seder plate.

Read up on your Exodus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy for all the details on Passover (yeah, the Bible likes to repeat itself), and then get to studying. We hear matzo is good brain food.

Shmoop Quote

"Let my people go."

~ Elsa in Frozen Moses in Exodus

To see more famous quotes, check out our Quotes page.

And while you're at it, let them ace their AP exams...please?

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