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General Certificate of Secondary Education Higher Tier January 2012

English Literature
Unit 1 Exploring modern texts 1.30 pm to 3.00 pm



Friday 13 January 2012

For this paper you must have:  an AQA 16-page answer book  unannotated copies of the texts you have been studying.

Time allowed  1 hour 30 minutes Instructions  Use black ink or black ball-point pen.  Write the information required on the front of your answer book. The Examining Body for this paper is AQA. The Paper Reference is 47101H.  Answer two questions.  Answer one question from Section A. Answer one question from Section B.  You must have a copy of the AQA Prose Anthology Sunlight on the Grass and/or the text/s you have studied in the examination room. The texts must not be annotated, and must not contain additional notes or materials.  Write your answers in the answer book provided.  Do all rough work in your answer book. Cross through any work you do not want to be marked.  You must not use a dictionary. Information  The marks for questions are shown in brackets.  The maximum mark for this paper is 60.  You should: – use good English – organise information clearly – use specialist vocabulary where appropriate. Advice  You are advised to spend about 45 minutes on Section A and about 45 minutes on Section B.  You are reminded there are 30 marks for each section.



2 Section A Modern prose or drama AQA Anthology Set Texts: William Golding Kevin Brooks Susan Hill Joe Simpson Dylan Thomas Arthur Miller Diane Samuels J.B. Priestley Dennis Kelly Lord of the Flies Martyn Pig The Woman in Black Touching the Void Under Milk Wood The Crucible Kindertransport An Inspector Calls DNA 3–4 5–6 7–8 9–10 11–12 13–14 15–16 17–18 19–20 4 5 5 6 6 7 7 8 8 Sunlight on the Grass 1–2 3 Questions Page

Section B Exploring Cultures John Steinbeck Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Lloyd Jones Harper Lee Doris Pilkington Of Mice and Men Purple Hibiscus Mister Pip To Kill a Mockingbird Rabbit-Proof Fence Questions 21 22 23 24 25 Page 9 10 11 12 13


3 Section A: Modern prose or drama Answer one question from this section on the text you have studied. You are advised to spend about 45 minutes on this section.

Anthology: Sunlight on the Grass

EITHER Question 1 0 1 Answer part (a) and part (b) Part (a) How does Aboulela present families in Something Old, Something New? and then Part (b) Write about how the writer presents a family in one other story from Sunlight on the Grass. (30 marks)

OR Question 2 0 2 Answer part (a) and part (b) Part (a) How do you respond to the ending of When the Wasps Drowned and how does Wigfall make you respond as you do by the ways she writes? and then Part (b) How do you respond to the ending of one other story from Sunlight on the Grass and how does the writer make you respond as you do? (30 marks)

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4 William Golding: Lord of the Flies

EITHER Question 3 0 3 What do you think is the importance of Simon in Lord of the Flies and what methods does Golding use to present him? (30 marks)

OR Question 4 0 4 Read the passage below from Lord of the Flies then answer the question that follows.

Chapter One lines 1 - 39

How does Golding present his ideas in this passage, which is from the opening of Lord of the Flies, and how are these ideas developed in the rest of the novel? (30 marks)


5 Kevin Brooks: Martyn Pig

EITHER Question 5 0 5 How does Brooks present ideas about right and wrong in Martyn Pig? (30 marks)

OR Question 6 0 6 How does Brooks present Martyn’s visit to the beach and how is this visit important to the novel as a whole? (30 marks)

Susan Hill: The Woman in Black

EITHER Question 7 0 7 How does Hill present Arthur and his reaction to his first visit to Eel Marsh House in Chapter 5, Across the Causeway? (30 marks)

OR Question 8 0 8 How does Hill leave the reader with a sense of horror at...
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