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Sample Question

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So, you know the context and you've thought carefully about the plot, characters and themes of the story - now it's time to think about how you might use all these ideas in the exam!

Preparation

Before you start, gather together all the notes you've made about the story - about its context, plot, characters, and themes. Re-read them, and sort-out your ideas! Then have a go at this question:

Question

As Scout walks back to her house after leading Boo Radley home at the end of the novel, she thinks:

"Jem and I would get grown but there wasn't much else left for us to learn, except possibly algebra."

What do Scout and Jem learn during the novel?

Remember, you are advised to spend 45 minutes on this part of the paper, so divide your time up like this:

Pie chart

Pie chart

  • Ten minutes planning your answer
  • Thirty minutes writing your answer
  • Five minutes checking your answer

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