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English Literature Exam Revision. Literature Exam. You will need to: • develop and sustain independent interpretations of whole texts, supporting them with detailed textual references • relate texts to their social and historical contexts and to the literary traditions of which they are a part

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literature exam
Literature Exam

You will need to:

• develop and sustain independent interpretations of whole texts, supporting them with detailed textual references

• relate texts to their social and historical contexts and to the literary traditions of which they are a part

• understand how the text chosen from literary heritage has been influential and significant over time.

what to expect for both papers
What to expect for both papers!

Hound of the Baskervilles

  • Based on passage
  • Character
  • Theme
  • Setting
  • Linked with language
  • 4 part question, you MUST answer all parts, or you will lose marks

Of Mice and Men

  • Choice of two questions
  • Character question
  • Theme question
  • Significance of…?
  • Using multiple parts of the text
  • Showing your understand the social, historical and cultural context linked to questions
revise the characters
Revise the characters:
  • Sherlock Holmes
  • Dr. Watson
  • Sir Henry Baskerville
  • Sir Charles Baskerville
  • Dr Mortimer
  • Mr Barrymore
  • Mrs Barrymore
  • Seldon (Convict)
  • Miss Stapleton
  • Mr Stapleton
  • Laura Lyons
  • Mr Frankland
  • Create a slide for each character
  • Consider their characteristics
  • Consider significant passages where they are included
  • Consider links to themes
  • Consider significance of character to story
aspects of the text to consider for the exam create a slide and find evidence for each
Aspects of the text to consider for the exam. Create a slide and find evidence for each.

Themes: Supernatural v natural, fantasy v truth, isolation

Relationships between characters

Aspects of language: suspense, tension, excitement, movement, atmosphere, elements of mystery: red herring, cliff-hanger

Aspects of text: plot, setting, character development

Significance of the Hound, the Moor, Baskerville Hall

consider key passages for hob
Consider key passages for HOB
  • Consider key events from each chapter of the text
  • Choose passages at random and see if you can create a question based around the passage
    • How is language used in the extract to create a sense of urgency?
    • What impression does the reader get of Holmes in the extract?
  • Consider passages which show Holmes and Watson, the moor, the hound, suspense, atmosphere, the relationship between Miss Stapleton and her ‘brother’ etc
hob exam practice chapter 4
HOB Exam Practice (Chapter 4)

1. Outline the main events from the start of Chapter 1 to where the extract begins. (8 marks) Foundation Level

1. Explain what the reader learns about Sir Henry Baskerville’s character in this extract. Use evidence from the extract to support your answer. (8 marks) Higher Level

2. Comment on the language used to describe Sherlock Holmes in the extract. Use evidence from the extract to support your answer. (10 marks)

3. Comment on how the author presents mystery in the extract. Use evidence from the extract to support your answer. (10 marks)

4. Comment on how the author presents mystery in another part of the novel. (12 marks)

slide8

Use this as an example of what you could do: choose a passage, create 4 questions,

linked to character, theme, setting, etc,

I remembered the case well, for it was one in which Holmes had taken an interest on account of the peculiar ferocity of the crime and the wanton brutality which had marked all the actions of the assassin. The commutation of his death sentence had been due to some doubts as to his complete sanity, so atrocious was his conduct. Our wagonette had topped a rise and in front of us rose the huge expanse of the moor, mottled with gnarled and craggy cairns and tors. A cold wind swept down from it and set us shivering. Somewhere there, on that desolate plain, was lurking this fiendish man, hiding in a burrow like a wild beast, his heart full of malignancy against the whole race which had cast him out. It needed but this to complete the grim suggestiveness of the barren waste, the chilling wind, and the darkling sky. Even Baskerville fell silent and pulled his overcoat more closely around him.

  • How does Watson react to his new surroundings in the extract? (8)
  • Comment on the impression the reader gets of the convict in the extract. (10)
  • What significance does the setting play in this extract? (10)
  • Explore the significance of setting in another extract in the novel. (12)
omam exam
OMAM Exam

The focus will be on theme or character.

You will need to show you understand the whole text and that you can relate aspects of the whole text to what the question has asked.

You will need to consider the CONTEXT of the novel, social, cultural and historical context.

You will have a choice of two questions.

characters from omam
Characters from OMAM

Lennie

George

Carlson

Curley

Curley’s wife

Slim

Candy

  • A good way to revise would be to create a slide for each character
  • Describe each in as much detail you can
  • Take notes on links to other characters
  • Consider themes they represent
  • Consider significant passages they are in through OMAM
themes and significant events
Themes and Significant Events
  • Hopes
  • Dreams (American Dream)
  • Great Depression
  • Loneliness
  • Isolation
  • Racism
  • Relationships/friendships
  • A good way to revise would be to create a slide for each
  • Describe each in as much detail you can
  • Take notes on links to others
  • Consider significant passages they are in through OMAM
  • Have quotes represent each
  • Consider characters that link with each
practice omam lit questions
Practice OMAM Lit Questions

Either

Hopes and dreams help people to survive, even if they can never become real. How true is this for characters in Of Mice and Men?

OR

Discuss the significance of setting in Of Mice and Men. Comment on the language and imagery used by Steinbeck when presenting setting.

OR

Slim is presented as the only character in the novel who is not handicapped in some way. Do you agree? Refer to other characters in the novel to support your response.

more omam questions to try
More OMAM Questions to try

Discuss the significance of loneliness in the novel.

OR

Many people in the novel suffer from disappointment. Choose any three of the following characters and discuss what reasons they have to be disappointed about their life: Crooks - Curley - George – Candy

OR

Discuss the significance of friendship in the novel.

last remarks
Last remarks

Remember to manage your time well! This is one thing your class struggled with as a whole!

  • The exam in 1 hour 45
    • you should spend no more than an 55 minutes on the Hound of the Baskervilles question
    • no more than 40 minutes on the OMAM
    • Leaving you 10 minutes to read back through and add any final comments
  • Remember to PEE- give a point, get examples (direct quotes!) and explain how it directly relates to the question
  • Use strong topic sentences!
our extracts and questions from chapter 4
Our extracts and Questions from Chapter 4

P34-35: What does the reader learn about Henry Baskerville in the extract?

Explore how elements of mystery are in this extract?

P36-38: What does the reader learn about Holmes’ character?

Comment on how the writer uses language to create a sense of mystery?

P38-40: What does the reader learn about Holmes’ character?

Explore how the writer uses elements of mystery to create suspense?

P41-45: What does the reader learn about Watson Holmes’ relationship or what is the significance of Watson’s character in this extract?

What does Holmes’ reaction on pg 42-43 tell us about his character?

chapter 7 significant passages
Chapter 7 Significant Passages

Pg 67-70 What is the significance of Barrymore’s character in the extract?

What is the significance of Baskerville Hall and what effect does it have on other characters?

Pg70-73What does this extract show about Mr Stapleton’s character?

How is the moor portrayed on pages 72-73?

Pg 73-75 How does the language used in the extract create suspense?

What does the reader learn about Stapleton?

How the writer influence the reader’s view of the moor?

Pg 75-77 Discuss the significance of Miss Stapleton’s character.

Explore how the language used in the extract creates suspense.

Explain how the writer presents the character of Stapleton.

Pg 78-80 How do the elements of mystery create suspense in the extract?

How does the language used in the extract affect the reader’s view of Miss Stapleton?

omam questions
OMAM Questions

In what ways is George significant in the novel?

You must consider the context of the novel.

Use evidence to support your answer.

Or

Explore the significance of hope in the novel.

You must consider the context of the novel.

Use evidence to support your answer.