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    My English exam is tomorrow and I have some questions to ask about the critical essay part:

    1. What perspective to write the essay in. If a question asks "How does this make you understand the character..." Should I say "This makes me/us/the reader understand the character"

    2. If I am to include background of eg a drama piece, and would write about the time, place and reasons for the author to write the piece, should I write about this in the plot summary, or include it somewhere in the analysis phase

    3. If I am quoting a poem, should I take a new line whenever the poet does? Especially if this is a technique I'm commenting on?

    4. When referring back to the question at the end of each paragraph I tend to repeat the question, should I just write about relevant stuff but not step over the question? Any tips to avoid doing this?

    5. In the introduction, should I just paraphrase the question, or should I dive in and actually start to answer it eg "Choose a play in which the main character struggles with his conscience"

    One approach would be "In "The Crucible" by Arthur Miller, the main character struggles with his conscience...."

    Whereas another would be "In "The Crucible" by Arthur Miller, John Proctor the protagonist in the play, struggles with his conscience because of his affair..."

    I think the second one is better but I want to be sure. Any help or advice is much appreciated.

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Updated: May 14, 2015


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