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AS Literature Exam SECTION A. What is the question asking me to do? How should I revise? What do I do when I get in the exam room?. In the exam…. One text, one question (with 2 parts), one hour. You are asked to ANALYSE the text (AO2) and to LINK the text to its wider CONTEXT (AO4).

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As literature exam section a

AS Literature ExamSECTION A

What is the question asking me to do?

How should I revise?

What do I do when I get in the exam room?


In the exam
In the exam…

  • One text, one question (with 2 parts), one hour.

  • You are asked to ANALYSE the text (AO2) and to LINK the text to its wider CONTEXT (AO4).


The question
The question:

  • Read the extract carefully. In your answer you should:

    • Consider the writer’s thoughts and feelings about World War One and the ways in which s/he expresses them.

      (ie ANALYSE the extract)

    • Compare this extract to your wider reading, saying how typical you think it is of literature about World War One. You should consider both subject matter and style.

      (ie LINK the extract to other texts with a similar theme (to show it is typical) or ones that contrast (to show how it isn’t typical)


In order to LINK the text to your wider reading, you will need to READ WIDELY! and REVISE for the exam theme by theme, not text by text. For example:


But which themes
But which themes? need to READ WIDELY! and REVISE for the exam theme by theme, not text by text. For example:


You can also make links based on
You can also make links based on: need to READ WIDELY! and REVISE for the exam theme by theme, not text by text. For example:

  • Genre

  • Style – imagery, form, the writer’s use of language, use of dialogue, voice, descriptive detail.

  • Key characters

  • Attitudes and opinions of the writer.


Your task
Your task: need to READ WIDELY! and REVISE for the exam theme by theme, not text by text. For example:

  • As a group, read and ANALYSE “A Soldier’s Declaration”. Highlight and annotate key points, e.g form, audience, purpose, imagery, tone, language, style etc.

  • Make LINKS between the extract and your wider reading. Your wider reading references need to be from a variety of texts.


"I AM making this statement as an act of wilful defiance of military authority, because I believe that the war is being deliberately prolonged by those who have the power to end it.

I am a soldier, convinced that I am acting on behalf of soldiers. I believe that this war, upon which I entered as a war of defence and liberation, has now become a war of aggression and conquest. I believe that the purposes for which I and my fellow-soldiers entered upon this war should have been so clearly stated as to have made it impossible to change them, and that, had this been done, the objects which actuated us would now be attainable by negotiation.

I have seen and endured the sufferings of the troops, and I can no longer be a party to prolong these sufferings for ends which I believe to be evil and unjust.

I am not protesting against the conduct of the war, but against the political errors and insincerities for which the fighting men are being sacrificed.

On behalf of those who are suffering now I make this protest against the deception which is being practiced on them; also I believe that I may help to destroy the callous complacence with which the majority of those at home regard the continuance of agonies which they do not share, and which they have not sufficient imagination to realize."


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