I'm doing the English Lit exam next week (the one based on drama). I'm studying A Streetcar Named Desire and The Great Gatsby.
Does anyone have any key revision tips? And can anyone give a general prediction as to what's likely to come up?
AS Level English Literature OCR
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I do Gatsby and Jerusalem.
I don't know about streetcar.
But whatever it is, make sure that your essay ticks the AO boxes.
For Gatsby, make sure you use the AO4 passage to build each of your normal Gatsby points and to elevate your essay. I like to think of it as including an AO4 point for each piece of specific language analysis (AO2) that you do. Try to ensure that you write as least as much about context as you do for specific language analysis.
For Gatsby it's really hard to predict what will come up because: 1) they have a weird extra passage 2) they only have one q and 3) last year they did character, but every previous year they did a theme question. I think it was Daisy last year but I don't actually know.
Pretty much impossible to predict the question, but if you know lots about the main characters and themes: american dream, corruption of american values, appearance v reality etc. and Tom, Daisy, Gatsby, Nick, Jordan, Myrtle then you can apply that to any question.
One Key tip: when you read the passage they give you, they will have intended their question to reflect what happens in the passage. Therefore, any parallels you can see between Gatsby and the passage are extremely helpful. So, if the passage is about the failure of the American dream and the corruption of american values, then you know that that's what they want to see. Frame your essay around that. In the essay, they may have a Gatsby-esque character whom you can compare to Gatsby. However, they could have other comparisons - whatever the major comparison is, try to make that a major part of your essay.
On a side note, does anyone do Jerusalem??