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    (Original post by PrimeLime)
    Hi guys, I did these exam last year (OMAM, Christmas Carol, History Boys) and managed, admittedly with a lot of luck, 154/160 in total, so if you guys have any questions about those three books I'd be happy to answer them.
    P.S. I've noticed a discussion about a potential 'Curley question' but I can assure you that won't come up since I did that question in my paper last summer. I'm not really sure what kind of character questions you might get this year, considering that pretty much every main character has been used at least once (apart from Curley's wife I think?). There might not be a character question this year anyway, they don't need to have one (unless the spec. has changed to say that). Nevertheless they could recycle character questions or ask them in different ways so don't write them off.
    Hi, I will be doing A Christmas Carol for my exam on Friday. If the question came up on which spirit has the most influence on Scrooge, which one would you pick? It would seem to me that all of the spirits influence him in different ways, however I don't think I would be able to conclude on a definite answer?
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    (Original post by midgetjems_)
    The exams WJEC though?
    They cooperate.
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    (Original post by Luqhaff)
    Is there always a character question? Because i think i'm just gonna learn quotes for all the characters and steer clear of the setting question

    So what do you guys think (predictions) are gonna come up?

    1a) Curley/George/Candy

    b) ??
    c) ??
    I don't know what order the questions would be in, but I think the general feeling is that Candy, Slim, George or Curley's wife (although this is in a specimen paper so maybe not) could come up for a character question, and loneliness or violence could come up for themes. I don't know many predictions for the themes ones, so if anyone else has any more ideas?
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    (Original post by midgetjems_)
    I never noticed this but thanks, I'm assuming its:
    -Lennie and his 'paws'.
    -Slim and 'His hands, large and lean, were as delicate in their action as those of a temple dancer'
    -Candy lost his right hand-symbolises world takes but doesn't give back.
    -Curley wears a glove with Vaseline, also they always seem to be in a fist, which is ironic as he is keeping his hand soft for his wife.
    -Crooks hands are pink.
    -Curley's wife's have red nails-danger.

    They are known as hands on the ranch, seen as nothing else just workers, Steinbeck is showing they are all human. Also suggests each hand has a job.

    Hope this helped?
    thank you! could you explain the "glove fulla vaseline" quote - some say curley abuses his wife, some says it has sexual meanings?
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    (Original post by Luqhaff)
    Is there always a character question? Because i think i'm just gonna learn quotes for all the characters and steer clear of the setting question

    So what do you guys think (predictions) are gonna come up?

    1a) Curley/George/Candy

    b) ??
    c) ??
    Sometimes characters don't come up for the essay question. There's always the possibility of a theme and a "to what extent do you...." or even one of those creative questions where you have to write as a character. So revise some themes, or just make sure that the character quotes you revised can be used for themes too
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    what would you write for slim, especially for context?
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    (Original post by shrl0)
    thank you! could you explain the "glove fulla vaseline" quote - some say curley abuses his wife, some says it has sexual meanings?
    Um well I just ignored it to start off with, but I think its taken in a sexual way, because that's why he wear it to show off he has a wife to keep his hand soft for; like he wears heels to show he doesn't do labour work.
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    (Original post by shrl0)
    thank you! could you explain the "glove fulla vaseline" quote - some say curley abuses his wife, some says it has sexual meanings?
    We were told by our teacher to stay clear of the abuse connotation. There is no evidence that he abuses her, and if he did, it would be likely that she wouldn't leave the house and flirt around like she does. This does refer to a sexual meaning, showing he may be impotent and he has to do superficial things to keep hold of his wife. He's quite insecure about her and sees her as an object to be pleased rather than a person. This also relates to how he immediately wanted to kill Lennie when he found her dead rather than wanting to touch her dead body or be in denial
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    (Original post by sophiee_thomas)
    what would you write for slim, especially for context?
    ladyrailly helped me out with this last night - her comments are on page 4 if you wanted to look at them.

    But I've got that he isn't as prejudiced and as discriminatory towards Crooks as the majority of the other characters in the book are. And then talked about society's attitudes towards black people at the time, and how Slim's actions defy these attitudes.

    I have other points, but I don't have much else for context really :L
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    (Original post by RebeccaHollins)
    How many quotes would you say we need for the 20 mark essay question?
    Always at least 20, though all the exemplars have more in as you should aim to go over 20 just to be safe. But you need 20 quotes. But if you think about it, you can just throw them in. If your talking about something, you can add in the reference as part if your sentence.

    The thing is, you know in the exam that certain words are bound to be in the book. So if you can quote it, then quote it. You'd be saying the same thing if you didn't quote it but it gives you that security and backs up your answer.
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    (Original post by barns.styles)
    Always at least 20, though all the exemplars have more in as you should aim to go over 20 just to be safe. But you need 20 quotes. But if you think about it, you can just throw them in. If your talking about something, you can add in the reference as part if your sentence.

    The thing is, you know in the exam that certain words are bound to be in the book. So if you can quote it, then quote it. You'd be saying the same thing if you didn't quote it but it gives you that security and backs up your answer.
    I'm pretty sure that 20 quotes is more than enough. You could probably get 20/20 with 7/8 quotes tbh.
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    (Original post by barns.styles)
    Always at least 20, though all the exemplars have more in as you should aim to go over 20 just to be safe. But you need 20 quotes. But if you think about it, you can just throw them in. If your talking about something, you can add in the reference as part if your sentence.

    The thing is, you know in the exam that certain words are bound to be in the book. So if you can quote it, then quote it. You'd be saying the same thing if you didn't quote it but it gives you that security and backs up your answer.
    Do you mean 20 little words? like 'tart' because I thought it was only about 5 longer quotes? Im worried now
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    Hey guys, Quick Question. I got a B on my coursework (30 marks). Is it possible to achieve A* or even A still? Thanks.
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    (Original post by OMAM)
    Hey guys, Quick Question. I got a B on my coursework (30 marks). Is it possible to achieve A* or even A still? Thanks.
    It is definitely possible, just pretty difficult to be completely honest. The of mice and men and poetry section (tomorrows) is 30% of your grade and the other one on friday is 45%. So basically if you ace the exams (especially Friday's) with almost no mistakes, you could totally do it.

    I'm sure you'll be great bub. Good luck!
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    (Original post by haes)
    Sometimes characters don't come up for the essay question. There's always the possibility of a theme and a "to what extent do you...." or even one of those creative questions where you have to write as a character. So revise some themes, or just make sure that the character quotes you revised can be used for themes too
    I'm hoping Slim doesn't come up.

    George, Lennie, Curley, CW Would be great but the exam Board may view them as too easy.

    Themes give you the chance of talking about the characters your combfortable with though.
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    (Original post by midgetjems_)
    Do you mean 20 little words? like 'tart' because I thought it was only about 5 longer quotes? Im worried now
    From what I've been taught you definitely don't need 20 quotes. I've been taught that around 5-8 quotes will be great. If you can drop little words like 'tart', 'jailbait', 'rattrap', 'nig*er' that would be good too
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    Are we sure that there's the possibility of no character question coming up? FFS i've only revised characters cos they're much easier
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    (Original post by Samyak!)
    Are we sure that there's the possibility of no character question coming up? FFS i've only revised characters cos they're much easier
    Same with me, i thought there would be a guarantee for a character to come up... I think i'm gonna learn few quotes for themes in general, so i can transfer them to characters/different themes
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    (Original post by Samyak!)
    Are we sure that there's the possibility of no character question coming up? FFS i've only revised characters cos they're much easier
    Tell me about it, god damn it. I think though, with most character quotes, they can be related to fit many different themes and that
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    (Original post by barns.styles)
    Always at least 20, though all the exemplars have more in as you should aim to go over 20 just to be safe. But you need 20 quotes. But if you think about it, you can just throw them in. If your talking about something, you can add in the reference as part if your sentence.

    The thing is, you know in the exam that certain words are bound to be in the book. So if you can quote it, then quote it. You'd be saying the same thing if you didn't quote it but it gives you that security and backs up your answer.
    You don't need that many quotes! An in-depth analysis of 3 or 4 quotes would gain you far more credit than just dropping in quotes everywhere and essentially just retelling the story.
 
 
 
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