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Posted 13 May 2005 - 11:48 AM

What did you think of the paper this year?

I thought the close reading one was quite good really, I found it easy enough to answer the questions, and the Critical Essay paper was pretty good too - I did questions 5 and 15, on George Orwell's "1984" and Sylvia Plath's "Daddy".

I kind of twisted question 15 quite a bit but I think it went OK. Even if it hasn't it's all done now.

What did you think?

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Posted 13 May 2005 - 11:57 AM

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Posted 13 May 2005 - 12:15 PM

Close Reading was good but hardly any of the Critical Essays fit the texts I had studied (about 8 or 9 of them) were good for the essays. I had to twist my answer to fit the question. If it's a similar marking structure to last year then I think I may scrape an B.

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Posted 13 May 2005 - 12:26 PM

Close Reading was easy, but it lacked people's opinions, mostly factual... it was hard to concentrate with just answering questions on facts.
Noone could do the poetry questions without twisting their answer a fair bit.
The drama questions however were good enough, and I shouldn't complain at the prose.
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Posted 13 May 2005 - 12:28 PM

Close reading i think i did reasonably well on ...Critical Essays are another matter entirely. And to the person up there ^^ who studied Sylvia Plath, i'm jealous, lol.
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Posted 13 May 2005 - 12:39 PM

Hey, I thought it was ok. The close reading wasn't too bad, I porbably got around the 30 mark. And for the critical essays: I thought I did a good one on poetry with "Hotel Room, 12th Floor" on the question about setting, and in drama i did othello seeking the truth (Q1) which wasn't so good.

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Posted 13 May 2005 - 12:44 PM

Yeah the poetry options were pretty rubbish. I couldn't even twist any of the poems I knew to fit, so I used my back-up which was a play. Close Reading was pretty good, makes a change for me! smile.gif

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Posted 13 May 2005 - 12:45 PM

QUOTE(Broken Fairy Wings @ May 13 2005, 01:28 PM)
And to the person up there ^^ who studied Sylvia Plath, i'm jealous, lol.

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Heh, why?

Now that I look over the Close Reading I'm not so sure I did that well on the questions on passage 2 and thefinal question, by that point I was rushing a wee bit! Ah well. I'm hoping for a B, we will see smile.gif

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Posted 13 May 2005 - 12:47 PM

The close reading was really boring and had too many U questions in my opinion.

The critical essays-OMG-I did To Kill a Mockingbird for the Narrative technique which is a really goos question except it was the part of the book I studied least so I made up a fair bit. Then I did the setting poetry question on Visiting Hour which went ok except that I went really indepth for the whole poem then I ws getting to the last verse when the invigilator said 5 minutes so I ended up rushing through the last bit and the conclusion.

I really hope I passed but I think I'm gonna have to rely on low pass marks.

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Posted 13 May 2005 - 12:51 PM

I've had a look at the paper you all sat this morning, close reading looks pretty good. I liked the style of the passages and the questions were pretty good over all I think. Also nearly 1/2 the marks were U questions which is a good sign.

Writing looks a bit harder, although I think it fits the texts I did last year better than the 2004 paper.


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Posted 13 May 2005 - 12:55 PM

21 marks: U
That was incredible.
12 four mark questions.
1 five mark (final question)
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Posted 13 May 2005 - 12:59 PM

QUOTE(JenniferSHS @ May 13 2005, 12:45 PM)
QUOTE(Broken Fairy Wings @ May 13 2005, 01:28 PM)
And to the person up there ^^ who studied Sylvia Plath, i'm jealous, lol.

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Heh, why?

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because she's one of my favourite writers ever ever ever & my English teacher hasn't even read any of her work =/
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Posted 13 May 2005 - 01:06 PM

The Close Reading went well.......then I opened the Essays paper. ohmy.gif sad.gif unsure.gif

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Posted 13 May 2005 - 01:19 PM

QUOTE(Broken Fairy Wings @ May 13 2005, 01:59 PM)
QUOTE(JenniferSHS @ May 13 2005, 12:45 PM)
QUOTE(Broken Fairy Wings @ May 13 2005, 01:28 PM)
And to the person up there ^^ who studied Sylvia Plath, i'm jealous, lol.

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Heh, why?

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because she's one of my favourite writers ever ever ever & my English teacher hasn't even read any of her work =/

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I really liked the poems we did by her. Absolutely full of imagery, great to write on laugh.gif

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Posted 13 May 2005 - 01:23 PM

Good close reading, very good. Hopefully it'll boost my mark up enough. Two contrived essays, one for Q8 and the other for Q15. For Q15 I used the horses. That one might be ok. Hopefully laugh.gif

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Posted 13 May 2005 - 01:31 PM

Close reading was pretty good (i like lots of 2 mark questions).

Poetry questions were really bad, i couldn't twist it for Daddy. Prose question was good but I mucked up my drama essay for A Streetcar Named Desire. Should scrape a C, just depends on the marker of my essays.

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Posted 13 May 2005 - 01:32 PM

Ooh, you did Daddy too....like I said I twisted question 15 about the bauty of the writing and said that it showed a sad beauty throughout the poem, stuff like that.

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Posted 13 May 2005 - 01:38 PM

Close reading was brilliant although I missed about 8 marks of analysis because I didn't have enough time to finish them/go back and complete them. Although I am pleased with what I did for the last question.

I have a question though. There is a gap of about 2 blank pages before the second last and last question. Is it possible the marker would forget those questions or something as they might not see it at first?

The essay questions were shocking. Although I feel I wrote reasonably good essays for question 8 and 12 which fitted the texts I had done perfectly.

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Posted 13 May 2005 - 01:48 PM

QUOTE(KhalidBoussouara @ May 13 2005, 02:38 PM)
I have a question though. There is a gap of about 2 blank pages before the second last and last question. Is it possible the marker would forget those questions or something as they might not see it at first?

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Really confused by this - in both of my papers there are not gaps between the questions - close reading goes from 1 - 16, and critical essay has 4 in each section, except Prose which has 7...

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Posted 13 May 2005 - 01:57 PM

QUOTE(JenniferSHS @ May 13 2005, 01:48 PM)
QUOTE(KhalidBoussouara @ May 13 2005, 02:38 PM)
I have a question though. There is a gap of about 2 blank pages before the second last and last question. Is it possible the marker would forget those questions or something as they might not see it at first?

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Really confused by this - in both of my papers there are not gaps between the questions - close reading goes from 1 - 16, and critical essay has 4 in each section, except Prose which has 7...

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What I mean is in my answer sheet I left 2 blank pages in between my answers to question 12 and 15 (no time to get 13 and 14 done well). Is the marker likely to miss out question 15 and 16. I intended to go back but didn't have time.
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