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Preparing for your Maestro Exam Response. Year 10 Extension English. Quotes. I sensed that I was undergoing some form of test. p.4 Paul realising that Keller sets high standards for his students.

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Preparing for your maestro exam response

Preparing for your Maestro Exam Response

Year 10 Extension English


  • I sensed that I was undergoing some form of test. p.4

    Paul realising that Keller sets high standards for his students.

  • The Swan was a monastery, of a kind: a place of retreat, of reunification of the world. p.48-49

    Paul reflecting on the Swan where Keller lives.

  • If we were discussing the same man, how different our two versions. p. 140

    Paul reflecting on his discussion with Heinsch.


  • I had found my level, my performances frozen into a recurring pattern... p.128

    Paul realises he will never become a world-class pianist.

  • The evil would pass, I told her. All things pass. p. 117

    Keller’s explanation of the Nazis to his wife Mathilde

  • A city of show veneer p.65

    Keller’s response about Vienna


  • He told me if he ever felt the desire to play again he would hack off his fingers, one by one. p. 138

    Henisch talking about Keller.

  • Never again will time move as slowly as it did then, and never again would there be so much to be discovered, to be touched and tasted for the first time. p. 149

    Paul experiencing deep regret for missed opportunities and youthful experiences after Keller’s death.


  • We never lose. We only learn. p. 109

    Herr Eduard Keller to Paul.

  • Is water at fifty degrees half boiled? - Keller speaking to Paul

  • I loved the town of booze and blow at first sight. p.9

    Paul speaking about arriving in Darwin.


  • If only at your age I had such text books

    Reference to books given to Paul showing him the horror of war.

  • Don’t trust the beautiful - Keller

  • Paul is my best student, yes. One in a thousand, but a concert pianist; one in a million.

    Keller speaking about Paul


  • You are my teacher…You’ve been like a father. Taught me everything I know. p. 115

    Paul speaking of Keller.

  • we are meant to clap between movements... it is you who are ignorant p.71, Keller.

  • He's a nazi

    Paul speaking about Keller.

Editing and proofreading
Editing and Proofreading

You will not have time to move information from one paragraph to another. Therefore, it is critical to develop a plan and stick to it.


  • Read the prompts quickly to find the one you can think of the most examples and evidence for

  • Don't change your mind after making your selection

  • Underline the key words in your prompt

  • Write legibly. You won't get points for neatness, but if I can't read it, I can't mark it

  • Leave between 5-10 minutes to edit and proofread your work

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Editing and Proofreading

Check your paragraphs for:

  • details, examples, and supporting evidence in each paragraph

  • rambling, off-topic thoughts

  • paragraph breaks that help the reader see your main points

    Check your words and sentences for:

  • variety in sentence structure

  • proper punctuation and capitalization

  • correct spelling