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    Hi all. The AQA ELLB3 exam is on January 26th, so less than two months to go, and I am honestly bricking it. I don't like to blame teachers, but we haven't done a single practice paper or essay, which is very annoying because they refuse to mark and give feedback, even for the essays I have handed in myself. This exam has got to go well for me, otherwise I will be swamped with exams in May/June, and so I've got some questions for each section of the paper. Sorry if they're vague, but your comments and ideas on how I should answer the questions is really what I'm looking for. Aiming for A/A*. Help is appreciated

    Unit 3 - Talk in Life and Literature (Exam - 2 Hours)

    Section A

    This will be based on Shakespeare's Hamlet. The exam question will always look like this:

    “Explore the ways in which Shakespeare portrays (insert topic here) in this passage. In your answer you must consider how he uses literary, linguistic and rhetorical devices and conventions to create specific dramatic effects.”

    - How many different points should I explore, bearing in mind I have roughly 1 hour on this part of the exam?
    - Which particular techniques score the highest marks?
    - Is it worth talking about my view of how it should be performed on stage? (Would this qualify as conceptualised response for A/A*, or is that more about your interpretation of the topic given?)
    - We haven't really gone over dramatic effects , so what should I be looking to talk about?

    Section B

    This section is about comparing a transcript with another piece of literature. This could be anything from a play to a poem to a novel, as far as I have been told. The question will always be:

    "Compare the two texts, commenting on the ways in which they reflect the differences and similarities between talk in life and talk in literature. In your answer you must explore the relationship between context, purpose and audience, the use of narrative voice and the ways in which speakers attitudes and values are conveyed."

    - Which particular techniques score the highest marks?
    - Which techniques are frequent when comparing a transcript with either a poem/non-fiction/novel/other possible texts?
    - Suppose I have identified backchanneling in a transcript, what could I go onto say about it? I don't quite understand what the focus/steer of the question is.
    - Do I have to develop on the attitudes and values expressed in the texts, or just the way they are conveyed?
    - What sort of things can I say about the narrative voice for both texts?

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