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AS English Literature AQA B – How to write an AMAZING answer!
 
You have already studied four texts.
Prose – The Kite Runner, The Great Gatsby
Poetry – Selection of poems from Thomas Hardy and Christina RossettiThe exam is:
2 hours long
You answer one question (in 2 parts) from Section A (1 hour)
You answer one question from Section B (1 hour)
The exam is 84 marks in total, 21 each from the parts of Section A and 42 from Section B.
Section A- Question A
You should pick either The Kite Runner or The Great Gatsby for Section A (Mrs Darrington or Miss Sutton have advised you which one.) This question focuses on narrative.
You must write about the way the story (narrative) is told. Is there anything unusual or different about itThink about the perspective and the style of writing.
You are marked on Assessment Objective 2 only. (Remember this is the form and structure and how they form meaning) So don’t worry about your opinion!
You will be asked to look at the form, structure and language, though with most of the focus on the first two.
The form asks you to think about the genre of the chapter/poem, and the style that it is written in.
The structure is the syntax, paragraph and sentence length, punctuation, etc.
The language is obvious- vocabulary use and what it means.
Start off with a brief (no more than a long sentence or so) introduction about the style of writing.
Then produce a few (2 or 3) focused paragraphs on examples about the form, language and structure. FLS
Finish with a brief conclusion.
And remember, you’ve only got 30 minutes.
Section A- Question B
This question focuses on your personal response.
You are expected to give your opinion.
You are marked on Assesment Objectives 1, 3 and 4.
AO1 is your written expression- so use formal language with a range of vocabulary.
AO3 is your interpretation of the text. You are expected to give your judgment but you must discuss…

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