Sample question

If you are studying poetry with CCEA your examination will be 'open book'. This means you will have an unannotated copy of the poems and you will be asked to compare two poems from your chosen anthology.

If you are studying Genetics you are studying the Identity anthology. The following is an example of the type of question you will get.

Genetics by Sinéad Morrissey deals with the theme of influences on identity. Look again at this poem, and at one other poem from the Identity anthology which also deals with the theme of influences on identity.

With close reference to the ways each poet uses language, compare and contrast what the speakers in the poems say about influences on identity.

You should include relevant contextual material.

It will be up to you to choose a poem that deals with the same theme.

You must read the question carefully to ensure you understand exactly what you are being asked about identity as all the poems in the anthology differ in their approach and message.

For example, you could compare Genetics on the theme of influences on identity with:

Catrin by Gillian Clarke

In Mrs Tilscher’s Class by Carol Ann Duffy

Piano by D. H. Lawrence

Kid by Simon Armitage

Prayer Before Birth by Louis MacNeice