English Language Exam Revision

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Question 1

What do you learn from the text?

  • This question is worth 8 marks
  • You should aim to spend around 10 minutes on this question
  • Make a range of points which summarise all parts of the text- beginning, middle and end
  • Repeat the quote in your own words to show you understand what the writer is trying to say
  • Pick out several key points including contradictions, subtleties and inconsistences with quotes

NOTE: you do not need to pick out any language devices 

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Question 2

Explain how the headline, sub-headline and picture(s) are effective and how they link to the text

  • This question is worth 8 marks
  • You should aim to spend around 10-12 minutes answering this questiom
  • Pick out key language devices used in the headline/sub-headline including things such as puns, humour, statistics etc. and what effect they have
  • Pick out obvious details in the picture(s) and how they link to the text (evidence)
  • Link the evidence found within the headline and picture(s) to the text with specific quotes 
  • Also offer alternative views 
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Question 3

What are the thoughts and feelings...

  • This question is worth 8 marks
  • You should aim to spend 12-15 minutes answering this question
  • It is normally an extract from a non-fiction book
  • Pick out a range of key events from the text (beginning, middle and end)
  • Find key words and explain what effect they have on the text/ reader and what they mean
  • Point Evidence Explanation Language
  • Offer perceptive explanations and interpretations
  • Note how the thoughts and feelings change throughout the text
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Question 4

Compare the ways in which language is used in the two texts

  • This question is worth 16 marks
  • You should aim to spend 30 minutes answering this question
  • Identify 4 language devices in each text
  • Analyse the effect of these devices; comment on the similarities and differences of the two texts
  • Remember to include the purpose of the texts and why similar devices are used but for different effects 
  • REMEMBER: be very specific and perceptive when picking out language devices/words 
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Language Devices

  • word play and puns
  • 1st, 2nd or 3rd person
  • directly addressing reader - 'you'
  • diction (words)
  • informal/formal language
  • emotive language
  • superlatives
  • figurative language and imagery- similies, metaphors etc.
  • facts and statistics
  • oxymorons
  • juxtaposition
  • hyperboles 
  • opinions 
  • personification
  • sentence type
  • irony
  • assonance
  • pathos- evokes feelings
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