Currently, Im reading the books again (Im doing AN INSPECTOR CALLS and OF MICE AND MEN). I would like to have read them three times before the exam (currently on my third read). Im also looking over characters profiles i have constructed during lessons with key quotes and scenes and Im reading/memorising themes and symbols from each of the books (mainly for INSPECTOR CALLS). Finally, I have been doing short essay plans based on past papers and other questions i have found and marking them with the mark schemes based on what they say should be the main points. In all honesty, i haven't done masses of revision but i would definitely make sure you've read the books at least twice, you've looked over themes and character profiles and read exemplar essays and past papers and finally before you go into the exam (in the morning as it is a PM exam) read pieces of essays/character profiles/themes that apply to many questions. For example, if you get given a question on working life you could mention, isolation, prejudice, friendships and even dreams and go into detail with characters you know the most about (you could mention: George or Lennie, Slim, Candy or Crooks). It really doesn't matter if what you say doesn't strictly adhere to the question, just make 4/5 good quality points using point evidence explain (PEE) and try to link them to the question. Lots of ignorant people would say to only use points that always answer the question but when your in an exam of this length you don't have time to craft the perfect essay and the examiners know this. My gran who marks AQA English Literature and Language A-level and GCSE exams has told me, and several in her old class to write what we know the most about because examiners will give you more marks for detailed and broad knowledge of the text than underdeveloped answers that don't show a wide level of knowledge. If you dont have any of these then just google them, there are several great resources. Good luck next week
Advice from someone who got full marks in both of the exams:
This is how you ace the exam
Lets say you're making a point whether its 100% true or not the examiner doesn't care if you can back it up. I always follow this structure
point: some kind of technique, lets relate it to mrs birling
evidence: This is evident through ..
explain: 'This clearly illustrates (her patronising attitude towards x y z).
elaborate: The verb//adjective//whatever, reinforces ...
Priestley uses this effectively to highlight..
It connotes ..
This 'verb/adj' has a underlying tone which emphasises ...
summarise para: This reflects her selfish and egotistical views towards the rest of society ..
I'm doing an exam not a controlled assessment, so I won't know the question?
Has anyone got any predictions on what the questions for inspector calls could be as my teacher believed that Of Mice And Men could be on crooks or the fight scene
i hope the of mice and men is on curleys wife because she seems to be an easier topic to talk about i.e. red colour=danger, sexism, inequality, loneliness,etc
if anyone is doing the sunlight on the grass anthology, how do you answer the questions asking about writers technique and how they present characters/narrators?