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GCSE English Literature
Unit 1




`Of Mice and Men'
20 minutes on extract question [10 marks]
40 minutes on whole text question [20 marks]

1 hour [20 marks]




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Contents
Section A: `Of Mice and Men'

What is assessed in the extract question? 3

Extract question mark scheme 4

Practice extract questions 5

How to revise and prepare for the extract question 9

What is assessed in the whole text question? 10

Whole text question mark scheme 12

Practice…

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What is assessed in the extract question?
In this section of the exam you will be presented with a short extract from the novel ­
although your response is a close analysis of the extract, you should consider the extract
within the context of the novel as a whole.

The…

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Extract question mark scheme




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Practice extract questions
1. With close reference to the extract, show how John Steinbeck presents Curley here. [10]




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2. With close reference to the extract, show how John Steinbeck presents Slim's character
here. [10]




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3. Look closely at how Candy speaks and behaves here. What does it reveal about his
character? [10]




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4. Look closely at how George speaks and behaves here. What does it reveal about his
character? [10]




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How to revise and prepare for the extract
question
The extract question is arguably more straightforward than the whole text essay ­ you don't
need to worry about remembering important quotations and structuring your essay is
relatively simple. However, producing a good response in just twenty minutes can be
challenging.…

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What is assessed in the whole text question?
In this section of the exam you will answer one out of a choice of two questions. This time,
you are expected to demonstrate a detailed understanding of the whole novel. As you can
see from the mark scheme, being able to…

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