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Unit 1 Section A exam questions

  1. 1. Unit 1 exam: Exploring modern texts Section A: Modern prose or drama PRACTICE QUESTIONS You are advised to spend 45 minutes on questions in this section.
  2. 2. Foundation HigherAn Inspector CallsKindertransport DNA Up in the top right corner is whether the question is from a Higher or Foundation paper – Up here is the name of the text make sure you practice with from Section A – check that it is questions from the paper you the one that you have studied! are entered for. Down here tells you whether the question comes from a past paper or whether it is a Possible question speculative question that COULD come up in January. Past question
  3. 3. FoundationAn Inspector Calls How does Priestley present Eric in An Inspector Calls. You should write about: • what Eric says and does • how other characters respond to him • the methods Priestley uses to present Eric. Past question
  4. 4. FoundationAn Inspector Calls Write about the differences between Sheila and Sybil Birling in the play An Inspector Calls. You should write about: • what they say and do • their different attitudes • the methods Priestley uses to present Sheila and Sybil Birling. Past question
  5. 5. FoundationAn Inspector Calls How does Priestley present Gerald in An Inspector Calls? Write about: • what Gerald says and does • how other characters respond to him • the methods Priestley uses to present Gerald. Past question
  6. 6. FoundationAn Inspector Calls What do you think Priestley is trying to tell us about responsibility in the play An Inspector Calls? Write about: • what some of the characters say and do • the methods Priestley uses to present his ideas on responsibility. Past question
  7. 7. FoundationAn Inspector Calls How does Priestley present the Inspector in An Inspector Calls? Write about: • what the Inspector says and does • the methods Priestley uses to present the Inspector. Past question
  8. 8. FoundationAn Inspector Calls Write about the differences between Arthur Birling and Eric Birling in the play An Inspector Calls. You should write about: • what Arthur and Eric Birling are like • their different attitudes • the methods Priestley uses to present Arthur and Eric Birling. Past question
  9. 9. FoundationAn Inspector Calls How does Priestley present Arthur Birling in An Inspector Calls? You should write about: • what Arthur Birling says and does • the methods Priestley uses to present him. Past question
  10. 10. FoundationAn Inspector Calls In An Inspector Calls Eric and Sheila Birling are brother and sister. How are they alike and how are they different? You should write about: • what Eric and Sheila say and do • similarities and differences between them • the methods Priestley uses to present Eric and Sheila. Past question
  11. 11. FoundationAn Inspector Calls How does Priestley present Sybil Birling in An Inspector Calls? You should write about: • what Sybil Birling says and does • the methods Priestley uses to present her. Possible question
  12. 12. FoundationAn Inspector Calls How does Priestley present Sheila Birling in An Inspector Calls? You should write about: • what Sheila Birling says and does • the methods Priestley uses to present her. Possible question
  13. 13. HigherAn Inspector Calls How does Priestley show that tension is at the heart of the Birling family? Past question
  14. 14. HigherAn Inspector Calls Priestley criticises the selfishness of people like the Birlings. What methods does he use to present this selfishness? Past question
  15. 15. HigherAn Inspector Calls An Inspector Calls has been called ‘a play of contrasts’. Write about how Priestley presents some of the contrasts in the play. Past question
  16. 16. HigherAn Inspector Calls How does Priestley present the change in Sheila during the course of the play An Inspector Calls? How do you think this change reflects some of Priestley’s ideas? Past question
  17. 17. HigherAn Inspector Calls Arthur Birling says, ‘If we were all responsible for everything that happened to everybody we’d had anything to do with, it would be very awkward, wouldn’t it?’ How does Priestley present ideas about responsibility in An Inspector Calls? Past question
  18. 18. HigherAn Inspector Calls How do you respond to Gerald in An Inspector Calls? How does Priestley make you respond as you do by the ways he writes? Past question
  19. 19. HigherAn Inspector Calls What do you think is the importance of Inspector Goole and how does Priestley present him? Past question
  20. 20. HigherAn Inspector Calls Remind yourself of the stage directions from the start of Act 1, from ‘The dining-room…’ up to ‘…pleased with themselves’. In the rest of the play, how does Priestley present and develop some of the ideas shown here? Past question
  21. 21. FoundationKindertransport How does the writer present Helga in Kindertransport? Write about: • what Helga does and what happens to her • the methods the writer uses to present Helga. Past question
  22. 22. FoundationKindertransport How does the writer present relationships between mothers and daughters in Kindertransport? Write about: • what the relationships between mothers and daughters are like in the play • the methods the writer uses to present these relationships. Past question
  23. 23. FoundationKindertransport How does the writer present Evelyn in Kindertransport? Write about: • what Evelyn says and does • the methods the writer uses to present Evelyn. Past question
  24. 24. FoundationKindertransport The play Kindertransport has been described as moving. How do you respond to the play? Write about: • what is in the play that makes you feel as you do • the methods the writer uses to make you feel as you do. Past question
  25. 25. FoundationKindertransport How does Samuels present the character of Lil in Kindertransport? Write about: • what Lil does and what happens to her • the methods the writer uses to present Lil. Past question
  26. 26. FoundationKindertransport How does Samuels present memories in the play Kindertransport? Write about: • the characters and their memories • the methods the writer uses to present memories. Past question
  27. 27. FoundationKindertransport How does Samuels present Faith in Kindertransport? Write about: • what Faith says and does • what happens to her • the methods Samuels uses to show what Faith is like. Past question
  28. 28. FoundationKindertransport How does Samuels present Helga and Lil as ‘mothers’ to Eva in Kindertransport? Write about: • what Helga and Lil say and do • How their actions affect Eva’s life • the methods Samuels uses to present Helga and Lil as mothers. Past question
  29. 29. HigherKindertransport Remind yourself of the final section of the play, from the stage direction ‘Helga embraces Eva who stands stock still’. How effective do you think this is as an ending to the play? Past question
  30. 30. HigherKindertransport How does the writer present ideas about identity in Kindertransport? Past question
  31. 31. HigherKindertransport How does Samuels present relationships between mothers and daughters in Kindertransport? Past question
  32. 32. HigherKindertransport How does Samuels use children’s books and toys in Kindertransport? Past question
  33. 33. HigherKindertransport How does the writer present and explore family relationships in Kindertransport? Past question
  34. 34. HigherKindertransport How does Samuels present at least two of the following characters in Kindertransport and what do you think is their importance to the play? The Nazi Border Official – The English Organiser – The Postman – The Station Guard Past question
  35. 35. HigherKindertransport Remind yourself again of the end of Act 1, from the stage direction ‘EVELYN tries to leave again’. How does Samuels shape the ending to Act 1 and how effective do you find this ending? Past question
  36. 36. HigherKindertransport How does Samuels use the settings of the play to convey her ideas? Past question
  37. 37. Foundation DNAHow does the writer present the character of Leah in DNA? Write about: • what Leah says and does • the methods the writer uses to present Leah.Past question
  38. 38. Foundation DNAHow do you respond to the finalscene, between Richard and Phil, in DNA? Write about: • what you think about what happens in this scene • the dramatic techniques the writer uses in this scene.Past question
  39. 39. Foundation DNAHow does Kelly present violence in DNA? Write about: • violent actions and events in the play • the methods Kelly uses to present violent actions and events.Past question
  40. 40. Foundation DNA How does the writer present Cathy in DNA? Write about: • what Cathy says and does • the methods the writer uses to present Cathy.Past question
  41. 41. Foundation DNA How do you respond to the characters of Jan and Mark in DNA? Write about: • what Jan and Mark say and do • the methods the writer uses to present Jan and Mark.Past question
  42. 42. Foundation DNA In DNA the female characters are presented as being much stronger than the male characters.” Do you agree with this view of the characters in the play? Write about: • what the characters say and do • the differences between the female and male characters • the methods the writer uses to present the female and male characters.Past question
  43. 43. Foundation DNA ‘The girls in the play are more evil than the boys.’ How do yourespond to this statement about the play DNA? Write about: • what the girls and the boys in the play say and dothat makes you respond as you do • the methods Kelly uses to show what the girls and boys are like.Past question
  44. 44. Foundation DNA Choose a scene or a short section from DNA which you think isimportant to the whole play. Explain why this part is important. Write about: • why you think this part is important to the play • the methods Kelly uses to create this scene or short section.Past question
  45. 45. Higher DNA Phil and Leah are both involvedin violent and unpleasant actions which change them.How does the writer present the changes?Past question
  46. 46. Higher DNA Many of the important events in DNAare not shown on stage but are revealed to the audience through conversations of the characters. What does the writer achieve bychoosing to convey important events to the audience in this way?Past question
  47. 47. Higher DNA How does Kelly use the settingsin DNA to convey his ideas to the audience and to contribute to the effectiveness of the drama?Past question
  48. 48. Higher DNAWhat is the importance of Cathy in the play DNA and how does Kelly present her?Past question
  49. 49. Higher DNA“In many ways it is the absent Adamwho is the central character in DNA.” How far do you agree with thisopinion about the play and how doesKelly make you respond as you do by the ways he writes?Past question
  50. 50. Higher DNA What do you think is the significance of the title of the play, DNA? How does Kelly present his ideas in the play through this choice of title?Past question
  51. 51. Higher DNA How are ideas about law and justice presented in DNA?Past question
  52. 52. Higher DNA How does Kelly present the relationship between Phil and Leah?Past question

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