Good luck with it! I sent my reply before yours came through. For the extract just practice a lot in timed conditions. Aim to do separate exam like this:
20 mins Extract
40 mins Essay
Extract take 1-2 mins highlight it and make quick notes. Then track through it. So let’s say the questions is how is Slim presented here read through it and highlight every time it implies something else about him. Then literally write like a sentence or two for each new thing, coverage is most important. Like say first line you’ll go ‘At the beginning the characters do …. when Slim ‘…..’, implying that he ….. He then does ….. by … which suggests to us that he…. The word ‘…’ in this quote further supports this as it connotes to … In the second passage he…’ and go through the extract quoting and saying when the impression changes.
With the essay try and know as many quotes as you can and put them in (similar to what I said in first post’. Go into depth every now and then since you won’t have enough time to do loads. Don’t do a big intro, literally just a sentence introducing your answe like ‘I think George is the character who deserves most sympathy as he has the most responsibility and connections with others.’ Then go straight into your main points. Aim for like 3-4 when you plan it out, for example with George 1) He has take care of Lennie which is sort of a burden for him (context the dust bowl and Great Depression means it was difficult enough) 2) He had to kill Lennie 3) He loses his dream (context American dream).