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    (Original post by Chaitra26)
    1) there's no harm in trying
    2) memorising quotes does not mean that you have an understanding.

    Say i have a brilliant understanding of the book, but in the exam i happen to forget 1 quote, does that make my understanding bad? I don't think so.

    Providing clean books will not change how much you understand the text. I think you should take these exams for yourself and see what you get.
    1. You paraphrase or the describe the quote - you won't lose marks. There may be a momentary loss of clarity, but that really won't be held against you if it is occasional/rare, provided you demonstrate the main skills they're looking for: analysis, evaluation, selective textual illustration, etc..

    2. I have taken plenty of closed book Literature exams before. In particular, at A2 Level, where the text length is longer and difficulty is greater - some quotes were even in Latin. But, yes, I did take such exams and I got an A* (at both GCSE and A Level). So I am competent enough, thank you very much.

    I am not saying it is easy to sit a closed book exam, but I am saying it really doesn't make as much of a difference. I also think that it makes better revision in that it can help build understanding, as you have to choose the quotes you think support your viewpoints, implicitly allowing you to shape your own ideas and evaluate.
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