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GCSE ENGLISH PAPER 2
ENGLISH PAPER 2:
DIFFERENT CULTURES, ANALYSIS AND ARGUMENT
Time allowed: 1 hour 45 minutes (35 minutes per question)
Clean copies of the Short Stories books will be given to all
Question 1 (35 minutes) (10% of total)
This question will be on the LAST SIX short stories in
Opening Worlds. If you pick a question which enables you to
choose your stories make sure you select stories from the last
You will be given a choice of TWO questions
The same advice applies with regard to answering questions
on these short stories as for the English Literature paper (see
Make sure you analyse the effect of the language used. Bear
this in mind, especially when attempting a question which
allows you to choose which story/stories to write about be
specific write only about one or two points in a story. DO
NOT retell the whole story!
Question 2 (35 minutes) (10% of total) No choice
This question tests your ability to WRITE to ANALYSE, REVIEW,
You will be given one or two "snippets" to read on a particular
theme as stimulus material. You may use one or all or none of them
as you wish.
This will be a piece of personal writing about your thoughts.
Read the question carefully in order to establish exactly the right
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It is a `mulling over' of ideas, so you can sit on the fence and do not
have to take one side or another. You are being asked for a
The recommended approach is to use a spider diagram to
`brainstorm' your thoughts.
Try to use similes and metaphors and other literary devices.
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Use emotive language
Give specific examples
Use an individual case
Use an anecdote (brief story) about an individual
Use fact and figures (make them up if necessary)
Use the direct appeal: "How many of you ....?" "Imagine you
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