Help!! I think I compared five instead of four poems on the english lit that I did on tuesday!! I didnt compare the fifth properly but will I lose marks for doing that??

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In the English literature exam you have to compare four poems about love from two lists and I think that I compared five instead of four!! I talked about the fifth one in the introduction and the conclusion with the bulk of the essay about comparing the other four but will I lose marks for comparing five instead of four especially since I used a quote from the fifth one!! Aaah I only just realised this now and I am in a state of PANIC!!!!!!

Posted Thu 26th May, 2011 @ 02:17 by Yasmin Elmasry
Edited by Yasmin Elmasry on Thu 26th May, 2011 @ 02:18

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I've heard of something in the mark scheme called 'rubric infringement', where a candidate answers too many questions.  I'm not sure whether or not that applies to the number of poems you compare within a question.  I can't say for sure, but I think you wont instantly get penalised by AQA for it, but you may have penalised yourself by, as you said, not comparing the fifth properly.  One of the key marking points is a sustained comparison, so if you let yourself down by trying to do too many, you may have penalised yourself.  But hey, don't worry; there's nothing you can do now so there's no point shaking yourself up over it :)

Answered Thu 26th May, 2011 @ 07:47 by Josh
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i think the questions asked "compare the theme of love (whatever) in at least 4 of the poems you have studied" 

i think as long as the original 4 poems you did were good enough, i don't think marks will be lost for attempting a 5th one.

Answered Thu 26th May, 2011 @ 09:38 by Diamanti
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Most of the mark schemes say you must compare AT LEAST four poems ... I'm sure you'll be fine :) Anyway it's over now :D

Answered Thu 26th May, 2011 @ 10:01 by Rebecca