Please attempt at least 2 of the following questions. I suggest focus on the elements you feel least confident with. Feel free to email work through to me over Easter.
Unit 1 – Exploring Modern Texts
Tuesday 20 May – am
Section A: The Woman in Black – spend 45 minutes on one of the following:
a) How is Hill’s use of the opening chapter Christmas Eve important to the ghost story genre?
b) How does Hill present the character of Arthur in the chapter The Sound of the Pony and Trap?
Section B: Of Mice and Men – spend 45 minutes on the following:
Read the following passage and then answer Part (a) and Part (b).
He led the dog out into the darkness.
George followed to the door and shut the door and set the latch gently in itsplace. Candy lay rigidly on his bed staring at the ceiling.
Slim said loudly, ‘One of my lead mules got a bad hoof. Got to get some tar onit.’ His voice trailed off. It was silent outside. Carlson’s footsteps died away. The silence came into the room. And the silence lasted.
George chuckled, ‘I bet Lennie’s right out there in the barn with his pup. He won’t want to come in here no more now he’s got a pup.’
Slim said, ‘Candy you can have any one of them pups you want.’
Candy did not answer. The silence fell on the room again. It came out of the night and invaded the room. George said, ‘Anybody like to play a little euchre?’
‘I’ll play out a few with you,’ said Whit.
They took places opposite each other at the table under the light, but George did not shuffle the cards. He rippled the edge of the deck nervously, and the little snapping noise drew the eyes of all the men in the room, so that he stopped doing it. The silence fell on the room again.
Part (a) In this passage, how does Steinbeck create tension? Refer closely to the passage in your answer.
and then Part (b)What does Steinbeck show the reader about friendships in Of Mice and Men and whatdoes this tell you about the society in which the novel is set
Unit 2 – Poetry Across Time
Thursday 22 May – pm
Section A: Conflict Poetry – spend 45 minutes on one of the following :
a) Compare the way individual experiences are presented in Extract from Out of the Blue and one other poem from the Conflict cluster.
b) How are the effects of conflict on the lives of people presented in Belfast Confetti and one other poem from the Conflict cluster?
Section B:Unseen Poetry – spend 30 minutes on the following:
The sea is a hungry dog.
Giant and grey.
He rolls on the beach all day.
With his clashing teeth and shaggy jaws
Hour upon hour he gnaws
The rumbling, tumbling stones,
And ‘Bones, bones, bones, bones!’
The giant sea-dog moans,
Licking his greasy paws.
And when the night wind roars
And the moon rocks in the stormy cloud,
He bounds to his feet and snuffs and sniffs,
Shaking his wet sides over the cliffs,
And howls and hollos* long and loud.
But on quiet days in May or June,
When even the grasses on the dune
Play no more their reedy tune,
With his head between his paws
He lies on the sandy shores,
So quiet, so quiet, he scarcely snores.
*’hollos’ : cries or calls used to attract attention or call encouragement
What picture of the sea do you think the poet creates in this poem? How does the poet create this picture by the ways he writes about the sea?
Have a good Easter guys!