How many quotes should I learn for each book??

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For my GCSE i am doing To Kill a Mockingbird and An Inspector Calls. I have the test on Tuesday and feel i don't know anything about them. I can't remember it. What should i do???

Posted Fri 20th May, 2011 @ 14:56 by Emma

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You didn't say what exam board your exam is but for our OCR english exams, I always do the first question which is on an extract that they have on the left side of the paper. To answer those you just need to know general features of style and language that are used in each text. Generally you can apply them to any extract you get and you just need to pick relevant quotes from the few paragraphs they give you. With the extract questions it's helpful to know where the section is and what happened before and after it. My prose text is Silas Marner, I've typed up little summaries of each chapter to help me remember what is where and which characters are involved. Hope this helps

Answered Fri 20th May, 2011 @ 15:05 by Heather
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Personally I find that it is difficult to learn more than 5 quotes per text, I am studying A level English Literature and for the two novels I have to study I have picked 5 quotes showing different themes or techniques by the writer, the key to it is finding 5 which do not overlap in any way so you can generally use at least one of them for what ever question is thrown at you

Hope this helps :)

Answered Sun 22nd May, 2011 @ 15:58 by Brodie Farrow
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YOU HAVE TO LEARN QUOTES???? we're allowed to bring the book in. Am i the only one? Do i still have to learn quotes?

Answered Sun 22nd May, 2011 @ 18:10 by Jasmine
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I disagree with Brodie, I think that if you can find a few quotes that overlap and represent at least on character and theme (preferably more) then you won't have to learn loads.

Answered Mon 23rd May, 2011 @ 11:02 by duckyd
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I found that I remembered important quotations automatically, but surely you are allowed to take the book in.

Answered Mon 23rd May, 2011 @ 15:07 by Sarah
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If you're getting the text in the exam, then I would just make sure you know what happens when, so that you can find quotes to help you in the exam, but I would also learn some key quotes.

Answered Mon 23rd May, 2011 @ 19:55 by Brommers
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Yeh, Like Brommers says. I am doing "Of Mice and Men" and I am just remembering when important events occur such as the mouse dying, Lennie forgetting things, Lennie being instructed by George, Steinbeck using foreshadowing etc.. Just try to remember important things and where they happen and you can quickly look for the quotations in the exam :)

Answered Wed 1st June, 2011 @ 20:47 by Steven