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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 whole text questions 13
How to revise and prepare for the whole text question 14
Summary of key topics and context 16
Section B: Unseen poetry comparison
What is assessed in the poetry question? 17…read more

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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 question is likely to focus on characters or mood and atmosphere.
Typical questions:
With close reference to the extract, show how ... creates mood and atmosphere
here.
Look closely at how ...…read more

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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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With close reference to the extract, show how John Steinbeck presents Slim's character
here. [10]
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Look closely at how Candy speaks and behaves here. What does it reveal about his
character? [10]
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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. The suggestions below should help you prepare effectively and thoroughly.…read more

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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 discuss the significance of social/historical context
is absolutely essential. Detailed reference to the text is going to be more of a challenge as
you don't have access to the novel in the exam.…read more

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