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hi, im super stressed about my upcoming exams and i realised so many other students are working smart not hard so im trying to take the same approach.
for literature (aqa) is the exam board likely to repeat poems that have come up before or like ask about specific characters again in like macbeth for example. i want to eliminate some stuff to study.
Reply 1
for macbeth the character questions may be
macbeth
lady macbeth
macduff
malcom
also what other text do u do so ii can give a better answer if i am going to sit themselves
also same for poems
thanks
Original post by ohjackieieie
hi, im super stressed about my upcoming exams and i realised so many other students are working smart not hard so im trying to take the same approach.
for literature (aqa) is the exam board likely to repeat poems that have come up before or like ask about specific characters again in like macbeth for example. i want to eliminate some stuff to study.

My Eng teacher said poems can repeat so that is a bit bad. I hope they dont ask for any familial poems for love and relationships ☹️
I really hope Macbeth is on either Macbeth or Lady Macbeth, cos i dont know anything about Malcom and Macduff except that they are the good ones.

For poems i would suggest just revising like 7, but making sure you can link them.
Reply 3
Original post by StudyGirlGrammar
My Eng teacher said poems can repeat so that is a bit bad. I hope they dont ask for any familial poems for love and relationships ☹️
I really hope Macbeth is on either Macbeth or Lady Macbeth, cos i dont know anything about Malcom and Macduff except that they are the good ones.
For poems i would suggest just revising like 7, but making sure you can link them.

i agree to disagree
u have 2 look at all the poems as u never know what will come up
and in one of the years they brought malcom so people like u would have struggled
so its better 2 search up possible question and practice at home and have ur teacher check them
Original post by JF ZAK
i agree to disagree
u have 2 look at all the poems as u never know what will come up
and in one of the years they brought malcom so people like u would have struggled
so its better 2 search up possible question and practice at home and have ur teacher check them

I agree with you. What was the question for Malcom?
Reply 5
Original post by StudyGirlGrammar
I agree with you. What was the question for Malcom?

this is the maclom question
Read the following extract from Act 5, Scene 9 and then answer the question that follows. Malcom is made king. This is the final speech in the play.
MALCOLM [….] What’s more to do, Which would be planted newly with the time, As calling home our exiled friends abroad That fled the snares of watchful tyranny, Producing forth the cruel ministers Of this dead butcher and his fiendlike queen, Who, as ’tis thought, by self and violent hands Took off her life; this, and what needful else That calls upon us, by the grace of Grace, We will perform in measure, time, and place.
Starting with this extract, write about how Shakespeare presents leadership in the play.
Write about
•how Shakespeare presents Malcolm’s views on Macbeth’s leadership.
•how Shakespeare presents leadership in the play as a whole.
Original post by JF ZAK
this is the maclom question
Read the following extract from Act 5, Scene 9 and then answer the question that follows. Malcom is made king. This is the final speech in the play.
MALCOLM [….] What’s more to do, Which would be planted newly with the time, As calling home our exiled friends abroad That fled the snares of watchful tyranny, Producing forth the cruel ministers Of this dead butcher and his fiendlike queen, Who, as ’tis thought, by self and violent hands Took off her life; this, and what needful else That calls upon us, by the grace of Grace, We will perform in measure, time, and place.
Starting with this extract, write about how Shakespeare presents leadership in the play.
Write about
•how Shakespeare presents Malcolm’s views on Macbeth’s leadership.
•how Shakespeare presents leadership in the play as a whole.

Thanks, that is such a hard question. I think you can just talk about like at the beginning when Duncan was praising Macbeth and then when i think Malcom and Macduff talk about how bad Macbeth is, and the effects of his leadership on their kingdom and then i think you could also talk about how Duncan ruled... Would that be good?

What year are you in? If yes, do you do aqa Macbeth?
Original post by JF ZAK
for macbeth the character questions may be
macbeth
lady macbeth
macduff
malcom
also what other text do u do so ii can give a better answer if i am going to sit themselves
also same for poems
thanks

An Inspector Calls is an easy text to write about I feel, no matter the character or theme. The poems I would suggest revising are: My Last Duchess, Ozymandias and Exposure.
Original post by JF ZAK
for macbeth the character questions may be
macbeth
lady macbeth
macduff
malcom
also what other text do u do so ii can give a better answer if i am going to sit themselves
also same for poems
thanks

macbeth, frankenstein, animal farm and for poetry i do power and conflict
Original post by JF ZAK
i agree to disagree
u have 2 look at all the poems as u never know what will come up
and in one of the years they brought malcom so people like u would have struggled
so its better 2 search up possible question and practice at home and have ur teacher check them

are the questions always on characters?
Reply 10
Original post by ohjackieieie
are the questions always on characters?

no
i can only answer for macbeth its all the character list i wrote earlier
but it can be theme question aswell
eg guilt,kingship etc
Reply 11
Original post by StudyGirlGrammar
My Eng teacher said poems can repeat so that is a bit bad. I hope they dont ask for any familial poems for love and relationships ☹️
I really hope Macbeth is on either Macbeth or Lady Macbeth, cos i dont know anything about Malcom and Macduff except that they are the good ones.
For poems i would suggest just revising like 7, but making sure you can link them.
it was on bywm last year (children towards parents i think?) and itot and power of love before that, so i think it’ll be another theme kind of question - maybe death or separation or something like that.
Original post by lc_007
it was on bywm last year (children towards parents i think?) and itot and power of love before that, so i think it’ll be another theme kind of question - maybe death or separation or something like that.

Thats a relief, i hate familial questions 😆
This is were I would be hesitant to include Malcom as a core character, He may come up as a question although extremely unlikely but will be tied to a theme. In this case the question in itself is a theme and is not solely on Malcolm, with leadership you can reference back to what you are familiar, if u focus only on the Malcom aspect you can be capped because your essay won’t have much to say as he isn’t much of a major character, especially in the earlier acts. The Main characters that are able to come up as questions in themselves can be:

Macbeth
Lady Macbeth
Banquo (as an antithesis to Macbeth or representing what Macbeth couldve been if he didn’t succumb to ambition)
Macduff (Macbeths foil)
The witches (and their ties to the supernatural)

Characters like Donalbain, Malcom, Lennox etc won’t show up as questions in Themselves because they don’t take up pivotal roles but they were cheeky with this one by tying it to a theme.

Remember you only have to make a reference to the extract even if the analysis is short, and with leadership you can already write a really good essay because you have many characters to represent different types of leadership:

Duncan representing righteous leadership as the divinely ordained king, he represents fairness and kindness to his subjects e.g “My worthy Cawdor!” He says to Macbeth to commend him on his acts even though he will soon betray him.
He’s a dutiful king basically

Then the elephant in the room, Macbeth. His form of leadership is in stark difference to any of the characters, he’s a megalomaniac that tyrannically rules over Scotland and will do anything to keep the throne, you can talk about the motif of blood and how Scotland “bleeds” under his leadership: “bleed bleed poor country!”

You can of course then reference to Malcom and how his leadership returns Scotland from disorder, his reign in a similar fashion to Duncan

So unless the question itself says the name Malcom do not make your whole essay on Malcom. Macduff though is different and can come up as a question so your whole essay can be about him, you can also take another route by talking about him as Macbeths foil.

What I also want to mention is in this extract it kinda points it out to you discretely, it’s obvious when it talks about leadership it also wants you to talk about Macbeth here (if u want of course) because here Malcom is talking about Macbeth being a “dead butcher” so you can contrast this kinda low and unfavourable image with how everyone was in distraught when Duncan dies, this is because Duncan’s rule as king was not selfish while Macbeths rule was.

These are rough ideas so don’t quote me on it but you get the flow, reference things you already know and are confident you can analyse, don’t suddenly bring in stuff you don’t know even if the question is hard.
Original post by unequivocal
This is were I would be hesitant to include Malcom as a core character, He may come up as a question although extremely unlikely but will be tied to a theme. In this case the question in itself is a theme and is not solely on Malcolm, with leadership you can reference back to what you are familiar, if u focus only on the Malcom aspect you can be capped because your essay won’t have much to say as he isn’t much of a major character, especially in the earlier acts. The Main characters that are able to come up as questions in themselves can be:
Macbeth
Lady Macbeth
Banquo (as an antithesis to Macbeth or representing what Macbeth couldve been if he didn’t succumb to ambition)
Macduff (Macbeths foil)
The witches (and their ties to the supernatural)
Characters like Donalbain, Malcom, Lennox etc won’t show up as questions in Themselves because they don’t take up pivotal roles but they were cheeky with this one by tying it to a theme.
Remember you only have to make a reference to the extract even if the analysis is short, and with leadership you can already write a really good essay because you have many characters to represent different types of leadership:
Duncan representing righteous leadership as the divinely ordained king, he represents fairness and kindness to his subjects e.g “My worthy Cawdor!” He says to Macbeth to commend him on his acts even though he will soon betray him.
He’s a dutiful king basically
Then the elephant in the room, Macbeth. His form of leadership is in stark difference to any of the characters, he’s a megalomaniac that tyrannically rules over Scotland and will do anything to keep the throne, you can talk about the motif of blood and how Scotland “bleeds” under his leadership: “bleed bleed poor country!”
You can of course then reference to Malcom and how his leadership returns Scotland from disorder, his reign in a similar fashion to Duncan
So unless the question itself says the name Malcom do not make your whole essay on Malcom. Macduff though is different and can come up as a question so your whole essay can be about him, you can also take another route by talking about him as Macbeths foil.
What I also want to mention is in this extract it kinda points it out to you discretely, it’s obvious when it talks about leadership it also wants you to talk about Macbeth here (if u want of course) because here Malcom is talking about Macbeth being a “dead butcher” so you can contrast this kinda low and unfavourable image with how everyone was in distraught when Duncan dies, this is because Duncan’s rule as king was not selfish while Macbeths rule was.
These are rough ideas so don’t quote me on it but you get the flow, reference things you already know and are confident you can analyse, don’t suddenly bring in stuff you don’t know even if the question is hard.


Oops I forgot this was supposed to be a reply JF ZAK
Reply 15
Original post by unequivocal
Oops I forgot this was supposed to be a reply JF ZAK

like to me
but this was very helpful to me too
Original post by JF ZAK
like to me
but this was very helpful to me too


Likewise I had no idea Malcom could even be mentioned 😢 I hope it doesn’t come up though
Original post by BigD27893
An Inspector Calls is an easy text to write about I feel, no matter the character or theme. The poems I would suggest revising are: My Last Duchess, Ozymandias and Exposure.

my last duchess will not come up it
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Original post by nakkiVela
my last duchess will not come up it

its highly unlikely but if we get ozymandias again my last duchess would be good if u learnt

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