I am right now! (Well not right now..)! But yeah. Depends were studying Tennyson - and I'm hoping for Mariana to be honest - but can't help but fear that The Lotus Eaters will come up. Also for section (b) perhaps something on settings/characters hopefully. Im doing practice essay making notes on cue cards etc. GOOD LUCK
i've done this exam twice already, and retaking again...
despite what people tell you, the time limit is really off putting. DON'T forget to plan. i made this mistake the first time. it's better to have a good plan with topic sentences relating back to the question than to immediately start writing.
the questions seem to be getting harder and harder - Gatsby for example in January (section a) seemed to be a nice question - chapter 2 and Tom buchanan, however, answers with good thought and ideas seemed to score particularly low marks. and section B was ridiculous. one question was the significance of names in the texts (and for Hardy poetry this is not possible to answer as none of the poems have any names in) and the other was genres (which isn't actually on the specification), schools have complained, and believe me, think about the obscure questions we are likely to get and try and answer them. it'll make the exam so much easier in the summer.
for gatsby, (section a) all the chapters have appeared once in the question (except one of them - can't remember which one) but it seems too predictable to have this one... - to be honest it could be any of them... - make sure you know EXACTLY what happens in each of the chapters - you'll spend less time flicking through the book in the exam wasting time!
part 2 of section a always is related to part 1 - for example, in January, part 1 was on chapter 2 and part 2 was on Tom. summer before it was on chapter 1 and then the role of Nick as a narrator...
just make sure you've read the texts plenty of times and know them as well as possible.
best thing to do - don't freak out in the exam. stay calm and enjoy yourself... (if that's possible) x
(Original post by charlotteboulton28)
settings would be a lovely questions, but remember to illustrate your points through other aspects of narrative; talk about how voices SHAPE places etc.
i've studied Gatsby (Section A) and Rossetti poetry, Hardy poetry and the kite runner
don't worry too much! x
I was wondering whether you remembered the hardy questions from January? I'm doing hardy and gatsby too, and I've noticed you said the part B was hard to answer on hardy as there's no names mentioned.
I'm resitting this (for the third time) I'm just rereading the texts over and over again and will remember a quote for every character. God, the question for all 3 texts in January was 'Write about the significance of names in the texts'. The teachers were quite shocked with that, it was hard to say the least. Great Gatsby was good for names but Kite Runner and Ancient Mariner, really??? Because Life-in-Death and the Mariner are really significant names when you come to think of it.