Does anyone know all the themes they can possibly test you for Eduqas poetry and all the characters and themes they can possible test you for the Macbeth essay queston
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- Thread Starter
- 25-10-2017 19:45
- 31-03-2018 19:01
I don't know all the themes (lmao I've asked that as well), but here are the themes' possible questions I can think of:
(How does Shakespeare present) the role of women/Gender
Versions of reality
The Witches - supernatural, versions of reality
Macbeth - practically anything, like Guilt, ambition, conflict
Lady Macbeth - supernatural, gender.role of women, guilt
I'm not sure whether they would ask about Duncan, Macduff or Malcolm. They could say describe the similarities between Macbeth and Macduff.
Hope this helps.
- 31-03-2018 22:30
OK - you are never going to know "all the stuff they can test you on". You can only narrow the funnel of doubt.
This means 2 things - do some research into the past papers questions. This will give you a sense of (a) the most popular topics they ask questions on (b) how they phrase the questions.
The questions will always be wide enough to be applicable to a number of texts. So, they might ask you on the nature of tragedy. Or the protagonist's flaws and how these influence the plot. These are wide questions that you can interpret in relation to most texts. It is unlikely you will get a question on a character that is specific to one text (e.g. witches in "Macbeth"). That does not mean you shouldn't know your characters and their motives inside out though. It merely means, focus your attention to where it needs to be.
Off the top of my head, if I was quizzing people on Shakespeare (there will be other students studying texts other than Macbeth) I would ask questions on:
how the characters contribute to their fate; the nature of tragedy; the nature of comedy; the theme of love; how the death of a character drives the plot. what constitutes a dramatic climax etc,
But these are just my ideas. Please look at what they have asked in the past - that's a good indicator of what will be asked in the future.
Once you have the past paper questions, practise answering them under the clock. This is uncomfortable and you will fail a bunch of times before you get good at it, but that is what revision is for. Fail at the revision, so you can succeed in the exam. Keep going. Learn your quotes, practise your answers and you will get good at responding to the same question being phrased in different ways.