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    I am doing my first literature exam next monday (Of Mice and Men and Poetry) and was wondering if anyone had any tips, advice for answering these questions.. Eg: How do I structure answers, how long should they be, what do i need to do to get an A*. Thanks

    Heya, I have the same exam this upcoming Monday. I found this site (http://www.wjec.co.uk/uploads/publications/19199.pdf) great for exemplar answers. It is written by the exam board so they are all written to the specification and mark scheme. Hope this helps
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    Yes it does thank you

    Basically you want to always bring things back to the author's intentions: what is the author trying to do with character x or theme y or whatever. A "PEE" method works very well to get your points across, analyse effectively and hit the assessment objectives. Stands for point,evidence,explain. Make a point, expressing it in simple/overarching terms, put in a quote to support it, then analyse this quote and bring it back to the question/the author's intentions. I dunno if the syllabus has changed, but you need to know which assessment objectives are required in each question. If context is required, you don't wanna go to in depth, just wrap it up with your discussion of how characters/themes are utilised, for instance how Steinbeck is not only showing loneliness but particularly showing it during the Depression era when many men had to go around on their own from place to place just to maintain some semblance of a living. If comparisons are required, make them "illuminating", make new points by comparing and contrasting the poems.
    This is a bit scatterbrained but it's the essence of what I did. I got full UMS with WJEC English Lit GCSE
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