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    (Original post by djkostick)
    Probably but I don't think massively
    Lets hope not, now just gotta do really well in poetry to make up the mark
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    (Original post by katodizzle)
    I really liked the AIC conflict question, had a lot to write about for that. I failed the OMAM part b though. I wrote about Curley's Wife and Candy and how their dreams were affected but I didn't write about them in society. I should've written about Crooks but I completely forgot. Will my grade be badly affected by this?
    what exactly was the question? will be able to tell you how many marks you would loose.


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    (Original post by hannahrobinsxn)
    what exactly was the question? will be able to tell you how many marks you would loose.


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    I think the question was something like, 'throughout the novel how are other character's hopes/dreams portrayed and how are they affected by society'. Something along those lines.
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    I did Sheila&Gerald for AIC, and tbh, it was a piece of cake. I discussed loads about stage directions and about the way their relationship slowly goes downhill, and I wrote about how the rift between Sheila and Gerald continued growing throughout the play until the end, where they were standing opposite each other, to represent the capitalism vs socialism ideals. Hope I get some marks.xP

    OM&M was quite bad. I totally feel like I waffled. I talked about how the men's voices forced George into killing Lennie, even though George wasn't ready to do so. And I talked about how the repetition of Lennie's words by George indicated that something bad was about to happen. Part b wasn't amazing either. I only had time to talk about Curley's Wife and I talked about how she didn't have a name, therefore Steinbeck uses her to represent every woman of that time period, and how women were so used to seeing other women be treated inferior to men, that it was odd for them to see women pursue any dream apart from being a wife and mother, and I linked it to how Curley's wife blames her mother for not being a superstar. I wish I linked the origin of the title or talked about the irony that she talked about her dream before her death. I just hope I get band 5 for the answer because I feel it wasn't amazing because I ran out of time.
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    Does anyone know what percentage of the Literature gcse this exam today was?
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    I likend it, I did lots of grammor. Bear grannior.
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    Anyone think they know what the grade boundaries might be?
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    (Original post by grace143)
    Does anyone know what percentage of the Literature gcse this exam today was?
    approx. 42% of the whole lit grade
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    Sheila and Gerald: went on about this forway too long, appears to be good, stage directions such as where they are seated, how the inspector removes the 'rose tinted glasses' and reveals their issues, staring at the ring, giving ring back blah blah blah
    OMAM: terrible, spent too long on AIC. For the extract I made 3 points - light imagery, the irony of lennie saying "Go on", the footsteps/sounds the people were making getting louder. And then I had like 5 mins for section b so I wrote like half a page on Candy
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    (Original post by louisaah)
    aic was the worst thing in my whole life
    Same.... to get an A* im gonna need max UMS on poetry
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    Pretty good questions, last year for this module I guess.

    Inspector Calls:
    Easy question on the relationship between Gerald Croft and Sheila throughout the play. Noted that the relationship begins to break down as Sheila finds out that Gerald has had a mistress etc.

    OMAM:
    Pretty good question on Steinbecks way of leading up to the death of Lennie. Noted that he creates nostalgia by visiting the lake, emotional connection between reader and finally the rushed killing of him.

    (b):
    Only had 10mins to do this, didn't budget my time well enough. Stated the american dream relative to the time the novel was set, a lot of immigrants at that time wanted the American Dream, saw that its obtained by work Referenced why Lennie was so focused on that, further reinforced by stating Candy also jumped on board - willing to give lots of money after only knowing them for a day.

    Did 9 pages, dropped marks on part (b) 100%
    After Eng Lang CIE I was dreading this :P!
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    I thought I did really well for Lord of the Flies, but when I left the exam hall I realised I hadn't specifically refered to the question in any of my topic sentences...
    I feel so worried now because I really need an a* in English my stupidity is all I can thing about rn
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    (Original post by Jamie Vardy)
    It wasn't too bad for me to be honest. I made everything up and just made my analysis sound well written.
    Im the toughest gangster in the universe, RIGGHHTTT
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    (Original post by sahil19)
    I did conflict, talked about socialism vs capitalism and the older generation vs the younger one. Really hope the examiner is kind. Also wrote about Crooks and Curley's wife in the the b part.
    Great choices! I also chose conflict and discussed upper/middle class vs working class, older vs young generation, Sheila vs Gerald. I did Crooks and Candy for Part (b), although now that I think about it, maybe Curley's Wife was a better option.
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    (Original post by tianshan)
    Great choices! I also chose conflict and discussed upper/middle class vs working class, older vs young generation, Sheila vs Gerald. I did Crooks and Candy for Part (b), although now that I think about it, maybe Curley's Wife was a better option.
    aw thanks, I really rushed it in the end. Never written so fast in my life. Wish I would've done men vs women now though aha! Good luck; I'm sure you've smashed it.
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    The Crucible question was a LITERAL God send!! Writing about Abby and Elizabeth was amazing!
    For OMAM I feel I did worse, and the stuff I analysed was different from others, but maybe extra marks for thinking differently? Haha hope everyone feels ok after that! Now we wait for poetry!
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    For AIC, I did Sheila and Gerald's relationship. The main points I discussed were it being more of a business deal, Sheila's suspicions about Gerald, her attitudes towards women being expected to tolerate their husbands cheating on them, and I discussed her last line and what it meant for the future of their relationship. I think I should've included more about the actual breakdown of the relationship when she finds out about Gerald's affair, and put points 2 and 3 together. I'm also slightly worried I strayed to much from their overall relationship and focused too much on Gerald individually, but idk.

    I hated the OMaM passage, I ran over with AIC so I skimmed reading it and only picked out a few points - the cyclical structure, and the inevitability of Lennie's death (which I linked to the shooting of Candy's dog, and I'm really worried I strayed too much from the passage and wrote too much referencing the wider novel). I absolutely hated it ugh, I did hardly any revision for section 6, I know it hasn't come up before, but I assumed it would be something from section 3 (I mostly revised Candy and his dog and the Curley/Lennie fight) because Lennie came up last year with Curley's Wife, and I think the year before that was Lennie and George. I was super happy with part B though, I wrote about Crooks and Candy and linked them to marginalisation in society and how this meant they were fated to fail at achieving their dreams.
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    (Original post by ElaArslan)
    Most people in my school picked conflict for some reason😂 I found the question on Gerald and Sheila easier
    Me too, I had actually studied them most so I was so close to screaming yes when I saw their names, couldn't help smiling though, at least no one saw 🙏🏼
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    (Original post by beccaholland)
    For AIC, I did Sheila and Gerald's relationship. The main points I discussed were it being more of a business deal, Sheila's suspicions about Gerald, her attitudes towards women being expected to tolerate their husbands cheating on them, and I discussed her last line and what it meant for the future of their relationship. I think I should've included more about the actual breakdown of the relationship when she finds out about Gerald's affair, and put points 2 and 3 together. I'm also slightly worried I strayed to much from their overall relationship and focused too much on Gerald individually, but idk.

    I hated the OMaM passage, I ran over with AIC so I skimmed reading it and only picked out a few points - the cyclical structure, and the inevitability of Lennie's death (which I linked to the shooting of Candy's dog, and I'm really worried I strayed too much from the passage and wrote too much referencing the wider novel). I absolutely hated it ugh, I did hardly any revision for section 6, I know it hasn't come up before, but I assumed it would be something from section 3 (I mostly revised Candy and his dog and the Curley/Lennie fight) because Lennie came up last year with Curley's Wife, and I think the year before that was Lennie and George. I was super happy with part B though, I wrote about Crooks and Candy and linked them to marginalisation in society and how this meant they were fated to fail at achieving their dreams.
    I mainly wrote about curleys wife having a failed American Dream because of her gender and having to resort to a loveless marriage cause she felt that all a woman could do was get married and crooks having a failed dream about being equal because he can't due to racism and said even the characters that had hope ended up having a failed dream because in the end no one was successful in getting their dream. And the American Dream was just that, a dream.
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    Section A: An Inspector Calls

    Spent ages deciding what question to do. Ended up picking the conflict question. Most people in my year did the Gerald and Sheila question.
    I spoke about conflict between Inspector and Birling, Eric and Birling, and Sheila and Mrs B. My main argument was that the conflict between the family was presented as a means of emphasising the contrast between the old and new generation. I wanted to say so much more (especially the conflict between Birling's and the Inspector's ideologies) but I didn't want to cut into my Section B time. Gutted.

    Section B: Of Mice And Men

    Absolutely loved the extract. It was predicted to come up (we went over the exact extract in class). Both parts went smoothly, although I do feel I waffled a bit. For the dreams question I spoke about Candy (with a bit of George). Wanted to squeeze Crooks in but I was running out of time.

    I'm not too sure what I got, hoping for an A* but as it's English, there is the small chance it could go extremely wrong.
 
 
 
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