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    (Original post by roarchika)
    Oh no - am I the only one who finds prose much harder?? I feel like with poetry you know what to write about in each paragraph, and close text analysis is easy because you don't have many words to choose from, so when I'm faced with an entire play or novella I find it much harder!
    Yes you are right, many people find poetry easier. I should've mentioned that I find it the hardest, not generally it is the hardest :P

    Definitely understand what you are saying though, the first exam questions tend to be more general. Just I personally find this exam easier as I prefer the plays/novella as I understand them more. Whereas analysis of poems is harder for me
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    (Original post by tara_v)
    Definitely understand what you are saying though, the first exam questions tend to be more general. Just I personally find this exam easier as I prefer the plays/novella as I understand them more. Whereas analysis of poems is harder for me
    Ah, I see! For analysis of poems I find that I can basically make a lot of stuff up as long as I'm careful to back it up.
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    (Original post by shannargh)
    Hello! I did GCSE English Lit last year and I can offer you all some advice if you want :yep:
    For poetry, you just need to keep your cool. Normally you'll read the question, won't understand first time and panic. To avoid this, really pick apart the question. The marks are easy to pick up anyway, so if you're not entirely confident it probably won't make a difference grade wise anyway [s]ahee[/s
    For the novels, just ensure you have a sound understanding of where things are in the text. This will make it easier for you in the exam.
    Other than that, it's a fairly easy exam to get a C and up in so long as you don't panic.
    Good luck everyone :awesome:
    (A*)

    Thanks a lot for your advice! I think the hardest thing for me is being able to write enough in the time. Do you have any advice on how I could do this?
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    (Original post by _ariane29)
    Thanks a lot for your advice! I think the hardest thing for me is being able to write enough in the time. Do you have any advice on how I could do this?
    Yup
    Don't worry about your handwriting being neat, firstly, because scrawling across the pages in legible-ish writing makes you far quicker in your answers.
    Try to stick to clear and concise paragraphs - I would suggest planning before you actually write your answer in order to do this - and stick to the Point, Evidence, Explain and Link - if you can - paragraph structure.
    Don't spend ages on introductions and conclusions as it is the main body of the text which gets you the most marks.
    Also, if you're worried about time then you can do the exam backwards, ensuring you have the correct question number in the margins. This means that you can get all your essays worth the most amount of marks done and finished and, if you can't quite finish the shorter answers, it won't make too drastic of a difference.
    Hope that helps
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    Thought I'd share: There's a guy on youtube called J Brierley who does revision on OMAM and AIC. He hasn't got the most interesting voice but his videos are pretty good
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    Could somebody please grade and give feedback for this please?


    Q: Remind yourself of the ending of the play from "The telephone rings sharply..........." to " ...........the curtain falls.". how do you respond to this as an ending to An Inspector Calls, and how does Priestley make you respond as you do by the way he writes?


    The phrase "the telephone rings sharply" seems to be the beginning of the end in the play. The word "sharp" is used to describe the ring of the doorbell when Inspector Goole first arrives, and interrupts Mr Birling's Capitalist speech. The first use of this word is foreshadowing the next. It indicates there is an unwanted interruption. It also shows that, once again, Mr Birling's speech and his views are going to be flattened. The word "sharply" can also connote pain or violence, suggesting that what is to come is going to be damaging to the Birlings. In terms of theatrical techniques, Priestley could be using the word "sharply" in the stage directions to show a sudden and abrupt change - intended to make the audience jump in shock, creating tension when the telephone rings.


    The idea of tension is continued as Priestley tells us there is a moment of "complete silence". This displays the Birlings' panic, and allows the audience to share it. On the other hand, the audience could have a certain satisfaction that Mr and Mrs Birling and Gerald should not have been so quick to regress to their original Capitalist views and that it is time for them to eat their words.


    There is also a sense of apprehension as Birling answers the the call, which is displayed through the elipsis. This shows he is treading carefully. This also creates more suspense as the audience are intrigued to find out the nature of the call for definite. Priestley may have added this suspense to leave the auudience on the edge of their seats in curiosity.


    In addition, the other person "has rung off", leaving Birling's questions ("what?- here-") unanswered. This also indicates that at the end of the play, the audience's questions will too be unanswered, leaving them with the importance of taking responsibility of others, and socialism, lingering in their minds.


    At the very end of the play, Priestley describes the Birlings as staring "guiltily and dumbfounded". This shows that they have been forced to accept responsibility for the suicide of the "girl". Furthermore, in the stage direction, Priestley does not specify that it is just the older generation who look guilty. This suggests that, depite their remorse, Sheila and Eric are still relieved it did not end up as a public scandal. Perhaps Priestley is trying to tell us that, despite our outward views, we are all still looking out for ourselves.
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    Could somebody please grade and give feedback for this please?


    Q: Remind yourself of the ending of the play from "The telephone rings sharply..........." to " ...........the curtain falls.". how do you respond to this as an ending to An Inspector Calls, and how does Priestley make you respond as you do by the way he writes?


    The phrase "the telephone rings sharply" seems to be the beginning of the end in the play. The word "sharp" is used to describe the ring of the doorbell when Inspector Goole first arrives, and interrupts Mr Birling's Capitalist speech. The first use of this word is foreshadowing the next. It indicates there is an unwanted interruption. It also shows that, once again, Mr Birling's speech and his views are going to be flattened. The word "sharply" can also connote pain or violence, suggesting that what is to come is going to be damaging to the Birlings. In terms of theatrical techniques, Priestley could be using the word "sharply" in the stage directions to show a sudden and abrupt change - intended to make the audience jump in shock, creating tension when the telephone rings.


    The idea of tension is continued as Priestley tells us there is a moment of "complete silence". This displays the Birlings' panic, and allows the audience to share it. On the other hand, the audience could have a certain satisfaction that Mr and Mrs Birling and Gerald should not have been so quick to regress to their original Capitalist views and that it is time for them to eat their words.


    There is also a sense of apprehension as Birling answers the the call, which is displayed through the elipsis. This shows he is treading carefully. This also creates more suspense as the audience are intrigued to find out the nature of the call for definite. Priestley may have added this suspense to leave the auudience on the edge of their seats in curiosity.


    In addition, the other person "has rung off", leaving Birling's questions ("what?- here-") unanswered. This also indicates that at the end of the play, the audience's questions will too be unanswered, leaving them with the importance of taking responsibility of others, and socialism, lingering in their minds.


    At the very end of the play, Priestley describes the Birlings as staring "guiltily and dumbfounded". This shows that they have been forced to accept responsibility for the suicide of the "girl". Furthermore, in the stage direction, Priestley does not specify that it is just the older generation who look guilty. This suggests that, depite their remorse, Sheila and Eric are still relieved it did not end up as a public scandal. Perhaps Priestley is trying to tell us that, despite our outward views, we are all still looking out for ourselves.
    I'm not experienced in marking at all to be honest, but this is very perceptive. If it was me, I would definitely give it a high A*, I would be very very surprised if this was an A.
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    Preidtions with proof

    many english teachers who do AQA have a social networking group(we are not allowed to know how to acces obviously) which they discuss and analyse the patterns of past papers for english literature and our teachers have shown us through this that they have predicted at least 1 poem and both the An inspector calls question and of mice and men every year for 4 years straight

    now this year they have said that for poetry (conflict) hawk roosting,flag out of the blue, the yellow palm and mametz wood will all DEFINETLY not come up

    as for an inspector calls they are quite unsure this year and we were told to revise everything

    but for of mice and men they are 200% certain CURLEY will come up

    now obviously dont just rely on this because it cud screw you over but after their predictions and my school being one of the highest achievers in english literature you should definetly revise mainly the other poems and CURLEY as he's yet to come up in the higher and he either has not been in foundation or not for a long time so me and loads of other people from my school and other schools are almost certain curley will come up in of mice and men or our teachers said it could potentially be george or lennie in isolation,however it's quite unlikely because they have came up together twice

    again i must reiterate this is not definite but take it into consideration when revising but anyways just revise everything and play it safe and hopefully u will get the best results you deserve
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    (Original post by youreanutter)
    Preidtions with proof

    many english teachers who do AQA have a social networking group(we are not allowed to know how to acces obviously) which they discuss and analyse the patterns of past papers for english literature and our teachers have shown us through this that they have predicted at least 1 poem and both the An inspector calls question and of mice and men every year for 4 years straight

    now this year they have said that for poetry (conflict) hawk roosting,flag out of the blue, the yellow palm and mametz wood will all DEFINETLY not come up

    as for an inspector calls they are quite unsure this year and we were told to revise everything

    but for of mice and men they are 200% certain CURLEY will come up

    now obviously dont just rely on this because it cud screw you over but after their predictions and my school being one of the highest achievers in english literature you should definetly revise mainly the other poems and CURLEY as he's yet to come up in the higher and he either has not been in foundation or not for a long time so me and loads of other people from my school and other schools are almost certain curley will come up in of mice and men or our teachers said it could potentially be george or lennie in isolation,however it's quite unlikely because they have came up together twice

    again i must reiterate this is not definite but take it into consideration when revising but anyways just revise everything and play it safe and hopefully u will get the best results you deserve
    Do you know what is likely to come up for the relationship cluster?
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    *updated
    Preidtions with proof

    many english teachers who do AQA have a social networking group(we are not allowed to know how to acces obviously) which they discuss and analyse the patterns of past papers for english literature and our teachers have shown us through this that they have predicted at least 1 poem and both the An inspector calls question and of mice and men every year for 4 years straight

    now this year they have said that for poetry (conflict) hawk roosting,flag out of the blue, the yellow palm and mametz wood will all DEFINETLY not come up

    as for an inspector calls they are quite unsure this year and we were told to revise everything *however now i have been made aware that it will be MRS.Birling because all the other characters(besides mr.birling ) have come up and when mrs.birling came up it was not a broad question it was about "how does priestley present mrs.birling to be something she is not" and mr. birling wont come up as he's been involved in 2 theme questions withing last 4 years and he's in almost all of the controlled assesments so he is definetly not coming up.As they removed the Sheila question she is also likely as she was a long time ago but it's most likely mrs.birling but u can rule out Gerald,Eric,Eva(she came up last year) and Mr.birling and just focus mainly on mrs.birling and sheila

    but for of mice and men they are 200% certain CURLEY will come up

    now obviously dont just rely on this because it cud screw you over but after their predictions and my school being one of the highest achievers in english literature you should definetly revise mainly the other poems and CURLEY as he's yet to come up in the higher and he either has not been in foundation or not for a long time so me and loads of other people from my school and other schools are almost certain curley will come up in of mice and men or our teachers said it could potentially be george or lennie in isolation,however it's quite unlikely because they have came up together twice

    again i must reiterate this is NOT DEFINETE but take it into consideration when revising but anyways just revise everything and play it safe and hopefully u will get the best results you deserve

    hope this helped
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    (Original post by dancemoms99)
    Does anyone have any predictions for Higher OMAM, WIB and Conflict Cluster? And the 'unseen' poem?

    Personally, I'm hoping for:

    OMAM: Curley and Bullying/Outcasts in the time of the novel

    WIB: Some kind of question on the role Mr Bentley plays in creating foreshadowing

    Conflict: Belfast Confetti or Mametz Wood, if Next to Of Course God America or Come On Come Back comes up I'm screwed )))

    These are NOT predictions, I honestly don't have a clue. Just what I hope for
    Come on Come back and out of the blue came up for 2014 higher
    I hope it's Charge of the light brigade or Belfast Confetti to come up
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    Ive made notes for OMAM and Conflict Poetry- if anyone wants it- send me a message and I'll give it to you :P
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    (Original post by RR151215)
    Les Grands Seigneurs came up last year, as did On a Portrait of a Deaf Man. The only poems yet to come up are Brendon Gallacher, TRM and Give, I believe. However I have seen on various posts on different Character and Voice threads from previous years that these poems only come up on foundation, but I have no idea whether this is true as I personally haven't been told this by my teacher, so I'm just going to revise all the poems in case. I think it's likely that we'll get at least one repeated poem. I think possibly My last duchess, The clown punk or Ozymandias, but they are complete guesses- it seems impossible to predict this year!
    It used to be the case that those three poems were only on Foundation Tier, but AQA recently (this year) changed their mind and have now said that any of the fifteen poems in the Poetry Cluster could come up (I would provide a source for this, but I'm struggling to find it, it was mentioned in one of Mr Bruff's videos though). Because of this, I feel that for Character and Voice, maybe one of the Foundation Tier poems will come up, as well as rather The Clown Punk, Ozymandias or The Last Duchess will come up. But that's just me being hopeful, since Ozymandias and The Last Duchess are my favourites!
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    does anyone know the foundation conflict 2014 poems
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    (Original post by youreanutter)
    *updated
    Preidtions with proof

    many english teachers who do AQA have a social networking group(we are not allowed to know how to acces obviously) which they discuss and analyse the patterns of past papers for english literature and our teachers have shown us through this that they have predicted at least 1 poem and both the An inspector calls question and of mice and men every year for 4 years straight

    now this year they have said that for poetry (conflict) hawk roosting,flag out of the blue, the yellow palm and mametz wood will all DEFINETLY not come up

    as for an inspector calls they are quite unsure this year and we were told to revise everything *however now i have been made aware that it will be MRS.Birling because all the other characters(besides mr.birling ) have come up and when mrs.birling came up it was not a broad question it was about "how does priestley present mrs.birling to be something she is not" and mr. birling wont come up as he's been involved in 2 theme questions withing last 4 years and he's in almost all of the controlled assesments so he is definetly not coming up.As they removed the Sheila question she is also likely as she was a long time ago but it's most likely mrs.birling but u can rule out Gerald,Eric,Eva(she came up last year) and Mr.birling and just focus mainly on mrs.birling and sheila

    but for of mice and men they are 200% certain CURLEY will come up

    now obviously dont just rely on this because it cud screw you over but after their predictions and my school being one of the highest achievers in english literature you should definetly revise mainly the other poems and CURLEY as he's yet to come up in the higher and he either has not been in foundation or not for a long time so me and loads of other people from my school and other schools are almost certain curley will come up in of mice and men or our teachers said it could potentially be george or lennie in isolation,however it's quite unlikely because they have came up together twice

    again i must reiterate this is NOT DEFINETE but take it into consideration when revising but anyways just revise everything and play it safe and hopefully u will get the best results you deserve

    hope this helped
    Last year they were pretty certain that curley would come up too, but The exam board surprised us all with George and lennie. Take into cconsideration it is aqas last year doing omam, my gut feeling is therefore it will not be cutley as he's not the best person to end with. But there you go, just a hypothesis
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    (Original post by _ariane29)
    Last year they were pretty certain that curley would come up too, but The exam board surprised us all with George and lennie. Take into cconsideration it is aqas last year doing omam, my gut feeling is therefore it will not be cutley as he's not the best person to end with. But there you go, just a hypothesis
    Presuming the question was:

    How is Curley presented in his opening passage?

    What would you put as your two/three points (just for part A). I've analysed the opening passage and made a few notes but I'm not entirely sure if they're perceptive enough. Also, do you have any suggestions for websites or any resource which contains key quotes/themes for Curley and OMAM as a whole?

    Would be very much appreciated if you could reply- Thank you!
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    (Original post by 'Chris')
    Presuming the question was:

    How is Curley presented in his opening passage?

    What would you put as your two/three points (just for part A). I've analysed the opening passage and made a few notes but I'm not entirely sure if they're perceptive enough. Also, do you have any suggestions for websites or any resource which contains key quotes/themes for Curley and OMAM as a whole?

    Would be very much appreciated if you could reply- Thank you!
    First I would talk about Curleys desire to assert his dominance through the fact he wears high heeled boots to differentiate himself from the other migrant workers, and identifies himself as a boss like character.

    Then I would take about how at once he is provoked by lennies strength which shoes he is extremely confrontational, and I'd analyse a key word like 'calculating' which can say a lot about his character, that he is planning immediately for a fight.

    Then I dont know, to be honest. I would probably talk about him having the brown hair or whatever because it shows the repetitiveness of his character, and the fact he is always looking for someone, showing his dissatisfaction with his own life.

    As for how you can revise and prepare yourself.. . go check sparknotes.com it has character profiles of all the main characters so it can give you some pointers. (And for the text as a whole it is very good!)
    Generally, if you run out of ideas to say - or just don't have anything to say then write about the implications of specific words like 'tightly' and 'thin' does it have an element of his character in his description?
    One thing to remember is Steinbeck rarely writes words for no reason

    I hope this helped you in some way. If you need any more help, feel free to ask, but I can't guarantee I'll be of much help as exams are very close now
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    (Original post by _ariane29)
    First I would talk about Curleys desire to assert his dominance through the fact he wears high heeled boots to differentiate himself from the other migrant workers, and identifies himself as a boss like character.

    Then I would take about how at once he is provoked by lennies strength which shoes he is extremely confrontational, and I'd analyse a key word like 'calculating' which can say a lot about his character, that he is planning immediately for a fight.

    Then I dont know, to be honest. I would probably talk about him having the brown hair or whatever because it shows the repetitiveness of his character, and the fact he is always looking for someone, showing his dissatisfaction with his own life.

    As for how you can revise and prepare yourself.. . go check sparknotes.com it has character profiles of all the main characters so it can give you some pointers. (And for the text as a whole it is very good!)
    Generally, if you run out of ideas to say - or just don't have anything to say then write about the implications of specific words like 'tightly' and 'thin' does it have an element of his character in his description?
    One thing to remember is Steinbeck rarely writes words for no reason

    I hope this helped you in some way. If you need any more help, feel free to ask, but I can't guarantee I'll be of much help as exams are very close now
    Thank you so much this is very helpful!
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    does anybody know any online revision resources for An Inspector Calls? what I'm looking for is some good quotes to use, and some analysis of characters and themes. I can't seem to find anything good
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    (Original post by elisemf)
    does anybody know any online revision resources for An Inspector Calls? what I'm looking for is some good quotes to use, and some analysis of characters and themes. I can't seem to find anything good
    This is my own B grade analysis of Mr Birling:

    http://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/show...947&highlight=
 
 
 
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