English Mock Exam

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SECTION 1 THE SINGLE TEXT

MACBETH – William Shakespeare
(i) “Shakespeare’s play, “Macbeth”, presents us with a clash between noble kingship and brutal tyranny.”

Write your response to this statement supporting your answer with suitable reference to the text.

OR

(ii) “Lady Macbeth is a much more ruthless character than her husband Macbeth”

Discuss this view, supporting your answer with suitable refrence to both characters in Shakespeare’s play “Macbeth”.

A. THEME OR ISSUE
1. “The study of a theme or issue can draw a reader deeper into the narrative.” Compare how the study of a theme or issue drew you deeper into the narrative in at least two texts in your comparative course.

OR

2. “The key moments of a text can serve to bring the theme or issue to the immediate attention of readers.” (a) Show how this statement might apply to one text on your comparative course. (b) With reference to two other texts on your comparative course, compare how the authors use key moments to bring the same theme or issue to your attention.

B. THEME OR ISSUE
1. “The study of a theme or issue can draw a reader deeper into the narrative.” Compare how the study of a theme or issue drew you deeper into the narrative in at least two texts in your comparative course.

OR

2. “The key moments of a text can serve to bring the theme or issue to the immediate attention of readers.” (c) Show how this statement might apply to one text on your comparative course. (d) With reference to two other texts on your comparative course, compare how the authors use key moments to bring the same theme or issue to your attention.

SECTION 2 THE COMPARITIVE STUDY

B. CULTURAL CONTEXT
1. “The main characters are often restricted or liberated by cultural context of a narrative.” In light of the above statement, compare how the main characters interact with the cultural context of at least two texts on your comparative course.

OR

2. “The social interaction between men and women can be central to our understanding of the cultural context of a text.” (a) Show how this statement might apply to one text on your comparative course. In your answer, you may examine this statement from the point of view of either the male of female characters in your chosen text. (b) With reference to two other texts on your comparative course, compare how the social interaction between men and women helped your understanding of the cultural context in those texts. B. CULTURAL CONTEXT

1. “The main characters are often restricted or liberated by cultural context of a narrative.” In light of the above statement, compare how the main characters interact with the cultural context of at least two texts on your comparative course.

OR

2. “The social interaction between men and women can be central to our understanding of the cultural context of a text.” (a) Show how this statement might apply to one text on your comparative course. In your answer, you may examine this statement from the point of view of either the male of female characters in your chosen text. (b) With reference to two other texts on your comparative course, compare how the social interaction between men and women helped your understanding of the cultural context in those texts.

SECTION 3 POETRY A UNSEEN POEM
Starting School
Motherless the first day
She stood alone in the empty schoolyard
Too early for fear of being late
She started and shrank
Like a startled iris
As the sky exploded.

If she had given in and cried,
Lain down on that grey rock
Between the speckled cliff
And the humpy hill
She might have cried out,
But the eldest must be strong.

Now glancing through the kitchen window
Or during a summer walk
A certain texture of stone
With no give in it drives her out
Into the raw tundra of dreams.
At the edge of the horizon
Between the hill and the speckled cliff...
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