AQA english lit (modern texts) PLEASE HELP!

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georgie266
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For the Of mice and Men questions in the paper, we've been told by my teacher to merge parts a and b together into one longer essay, for example if part a was 'how does Steinbeck present Crooks in the passage' and part b was 'in the novel how does Steinbeck use Crooks to show attitudes towards black people in 1930 America, she told us to analyse a part from the passage and then link that to racism in 1930 America in the same paragraph. and then to include other points from the rest of the book that aren't in the passage. She said that she has checked the mark schemes and examiners have said that this is the more intelligent way of answering the question, however other teachers have said that this method will lose me lots of marks... I'm so confused and my exam is tomorrow! :confused: Have any of you been given similar advice, or if not any advice on how to answer the two parts separately? Please help me because i'm really panicking
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We were told to answer the two separately x
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I've been told a similar thing. I do know that they mark both parts a and b together so I think you can deal with the questions in the essay style, I think.
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We were told to answer them separately and all of the A* example answers I read were separate too!
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I think that we're meant to be answering them separately. I'd personally prefer to merge them both, but I won't for two reasons:

- The examiner will find it difficult to identify where each question is being answered.

- The question goes like this - Answer a) Question 1 (Candy) and then ​b) Question 2 (attitudes to disabled)
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Yeah, i just find during part a that i want to make a connection to the social/history side of things in part b and by doing them separately i'm just going to be repeating myself. Plus that only leaves like 20 minutes for each part which is nothing... I don't know. I really would prefer to do them as one but i'm worried that the examiner won't like it if i do... However i feel my writing might be worse if i have to try and rush it in 20 minutes... Oh i don't know this is so confusing
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(Original post by georgie266)
Yeah, i just find during part a that i want to make a connection to the social/history side of things in part b and by doing them separately i'm just going to be repeating myself. Plus that only leaves like 20 minutes for each part which is nothing... I don't know. I really would prefer to do them as one but i'm worried that the examiner won't like it if i do... However i feel my writing might be worse if i have to try and rush it in 20 minutes... Oh i don't know this is so confusing
Absolutely - I would love to be able to merge them both to save time and to extend my previous points. If you're receiving lots of different views on this, then play it safe to be honest.
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What would be a part a answer then? I'm having trouble distinguishing the two
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