(a) With reference to the ways Priestley presents Mr Birling, show how far you agree that Mr Birling acts inconsiderately towards his children.
Before you start writing your essay, you should spend five minutes planning what you will write. Think about how you can break down your answer into logical paragraphs.
A good approach to begin with is to highlight any key terms which stand out for you.
In sample question (a) the key term you must think about is ‘Mr Birling acts inconsiderately towards his children’.
Make sure you use the key term frequently throughout your essay. This helps to keep your answer focused as you create your argument.
The structure of your planning - and your essay - should provide evidence that Mr Birling does act inconsiderately towards his children and evidence that Mr Birling does not act inconsiderately towards his children.
It is also important to include comments on the effects of how Priestly uses language and techniques to show that Mr Birling does or does not act inconsiderately towards his children.
You should use short quotations to support your ideas. You will also be given marks for paraphrasing parts of the book and referring to specific events, as this shows your knowledge of the text.