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Intermediate 1 & 2. How to pass your Close Reading Exam. There are 3 types of Questions. Understanding Analysis Evaluation. Understanding Questions. Will be marked with (U) Are the easiest questions You must use your own words You must find information in the text. Use your own words.

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Intermediate 1 & 2

How to pass your Close Reading Exam


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There are 3 types of Questions

  • Understanding

  • Analysis

  • Evaluation


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Understanding Questions

  • Will be marked with (U)

  • Are the easiest questions

  • You must use your own words

  • You must find information in the text.


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Use your own words

  • Summarise in your own words

  • Define in your own words.

  • List in your own words.

  • Keep an eye on the number of marks available to help you decide how many points to make.

  • Use bullet points if you can.


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Context shows meaning of a word.

  • Say what the word means.

  • Show how the rest of the text makes this clear. You must quote the words that give you clues.


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Evaluation Questions

  • How effectively has something been written.

  • Why is it good?

  • You must use your own opinion.

  • Link your opinion with features of the text. “It is effective because it uses……”


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Analysis Questions

  • Word Choice

  • Sentence Structure

  • Imagery or figurative language

  • Tone

  • Link questions

  • Sounds of words


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Word Choice

  • Informal – formal - technical

  • Use of dialect

  • Choice of a word over another – e.g. strolled or hurried rather than walked.

  • Pick single words – quote and analyse.


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Sentence Structure

  • What type of sentence is it?

    (Statement, Question, Command, Exclamation, Minor Sentence)

  • How long is the sentence and why?

  • Word order: list, repetition, climax.


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Figurative Language – a comparison.

  • Simile – using like/as to compare.

  • Metaphor – a comparison.

  • Personification – comparison with a person.

    State what 2 things are being compared – say why this is effective.


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Sounds of words

  • Alliteration – repetition of sounds. What effect is the writer trying to achieve?

  • Assonance – repetition of vowel sounds.

  • Onomatopoeia – words that sound like the sounds they describe – e.g. snap, crackle…


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Tone

  • Humorous – light hearted (telling a joke).

  • Ironic – tongue in cheek (saying the opposite to mock).

  • Emotive (emotional) Which?

  • Chatty - (slang, abbreviations)

  • Persuasive (trying to make you do or believe something).


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Link questions

  • Say what the link is (the middle of the chain).

  • Say what goes before the link.

  • Say what comes after the link.

  • All 3 will be required to get the marks – you must use your own words if you can – don’t just copy what is before and after.


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