Anyone know how to answer Of Mice And Men Questions in the AQA GCSE Lit paper?

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Basically, my year at school is doing Touching The Void for part A and Of Mice And Men for part B. I've gotten to the point where I am in a great condition for Touching (hopefully, anyway) and have been practicing lots for it. However, I decided to look at the Of Mice And Men questions today thinking that since I just did the controlled assessment on it, my grasp on the text is pretty good, only to find that the essay questions are set out totally different to Touching (a basic 30 mark essay question). Mice questions have an extract then a two part question of which both must be answered. Anybody know how to answer them?

Posted Tue 15th May, 2012 @ 11:31 by Rigs

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Yeah, basically the first part is usually on how Steinbeck PRESENTS a character - i.e how the character is described to be by the passage given, you need to pick up on random details that help you answer this, reading character analysis from this website is also really helpful. For the second part its usually about the context of the novel or what the character is representing in society - for this you've got to know america in 1930s and try to link that to a character for example crooks represents the isolation of black people due to racist views in 1930s america . hope i helped! :D

Answered Tue 15th May, 2012 @ 19:30 by Lamise Hassan
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I'm glad :) also, check out the resources on here, it maybe be really soon but they're realy helping me!

Answered Wed 16th May, 2012 @ 10:08 by Lamise Hassan
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I should just point out that on the document starting with a breakdown of the chapters, it is missing a crucial detail about Steinbeck that will allow you to analyse even deeper - Steinbeck is an optimist about humanity. By showing all these dreams which have been crushed and that they have eventually even caught up to the duo, Steinbeck is trying to drill into readers the need to not allow their own dreams to fall foul of fate.

Just an interesting detail that you can link the ultimate theme of dreams to - plus it's really easy to explain concisely and requires such deep interaction with the book that it's A* standard. If I were you, I'd actually write it into the paragraph as an alternate interpretation (another A* technique).

Anyway, thanks again, those documents are helpful.

Answered Wed 16th May, 2012 @ 11:45 by Rigs
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Ah yes good point, another point about dreams that I haven't really seen written is abouts Crooks dream - he dreams of equality between whites and blacks and to go back to that time where he 'played with the white kids' as a child, he mentions this is his conversation with Lennie, u prob already knw this but it's nice to add it to dreams showing nearly ALL the characters had their own dream , all of which aren't true 

Answered Wed 16th May, 2012 @ 12:11 by Lamise Hassan
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whens your exam ?

Answered Tue 15th May, 2012 @ 18:32 by Connah Greenhalgh - Team GR
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Thanks for that Lamise, I'm already feeling in a better condition.

Connah, it's the 22nd May English Literature Unit 1H, code for that is 47101H

Answered Wed 16th May, 2012 @ 09:33 by Rigs
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can we answer the two parts in one essay or do we have to physically split it up?

Answered Mon 21st May, 2012 @ 19:51 by felix boschetty
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that okay, and we have to physically split it up

Answered Mon 21st May, 2012 @ 20:09 by Lamise Hassan
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We got told to answer part a) by mentioning 3 different language techniques and talking about how they express feelings and emotions of the characters mentioned. with part b) we got told to first talk about the context and what the character represents, then a key event in the novel which describes the character thoroughly and then talk about how other characters view them, but you should remember in part b) it asks of the novel as a whole and not just the extract given. Hope I helped.

Answered Mon 21st May, 2012 @ 20:33 by Sohail
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good luck everyone 

Answered Tue 22nd May, 2012 @ 06:50 by Connah Greenhalgh - Team GR
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my english exam is in 3days and i need serous help from you great people.i need to learn how to answer a langauge question in ofmice and men and i want help with the theme of macbeth and of mice and me soo please help me

Answered Sat 1st June, 2013 @ 16:38 by adnan