AS Classical Civilisations AQA Odyssey exam skills help!!

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(Original post by ArtisticFlair)
Slightly confused about this exam...

Do we use quotes in the 10 mark, 20 mark or 30 mark essays? And should we take a balanced argument for the 30 markers? Thank you! xx


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You don't technically have to quote in any, but it would definitely help. Having said that, definitely quote in the 10 marker, as the quotes are right there in front of you, so examiners would be ugely suprised if you didn't. also it trains you to make sure you dont go outside the passage. Wheneve I do 10 markers my teacher doesnt give me more than 6 if I don't quote. And learn 10-20 good universal quotes for 20 and 30 markers for an impressive essay.

I never do a balanced argument in a 30 marker, what I do (and this has always worked for me) is argue one side completely but then (very importantly) I'll write an 'anti-argument' para. This is when I start off my para like:

"on the other hand, it could be argued that Odysseus is a good leader; he listens to his crew when they ask him to stop at Thrinacie. However, an important quality for a good leader is that they know when to go against the majority for their greater good. Odysseus does not do this here; instead, he bows to their wishes, lamenting 'I am one against many' "

Hope this helps, let me know if I haven't been clear, I'm just regurgitating what my teacher tells me
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Also, does anyone have any extra 20 mark or 30 mark questions that aren't in the past paper? Thanks.
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This stuff about focusing on themes has got me rather confused about exam technique. How are you supposed to answer them? Are you supposed to just ignore the bulletpoints and focus on themes? Do you do this just with the 30 marker, or the 20 marker aswell? Argh...
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How did you guys find it?

10 marker on the shield scene was horrid.

But the 20 mark (Achilleus' actions and what happens to him) and 30 mark (Patroklus & Alexandros - unimportant....) were okay. However, I felt that my against paragraphs were quite weak (how are they unimportant?!) so I did as you guys said and changed them into for paragraphs. Is this okay?

20 mark: if I did 2 paragraphs for the divine interventions (one on what happens to Achilleus and one on what he does), and 2 paragraphs against the divide interventions (both on what he does - not on what happens to him), will I lose some marks?!

I used 2 quotes in the 30 marker but more detailed paraphrasing. Is this okay?
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Uhh I think your in the wrong place, this is a discussion about The Odyssey paper not The Iliad there is another one on the same forum about The Iliad


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For a 20 mark question, do you need an introduction and a conclusion?
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(Original post by Lucypritchard)
For a 20 mark question, do you need an introduction and a conclusion?
Broadly speaking, yes, but don't spend too long on it. It is more important that you start writing your essay than spending 5 minutes each on an introduction and conclusion that might not actually give any points required by the mark scheme.
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