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#1 titan

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Posted 08 May 2007 - 07:27 PM

whats everybody doing, ive decided to look at two poems : Visiting hour and assisi, both by Norman MacCaig, and i know i should probably be looking for more poems but i am chancing it by just studying them, bcos i know them pretty well.
Also ive done a view from the bridge, which i want to come up on friday, however if not then short stories involving Miss Brill and the Fly. how bout you???? TITAN rolleyes.gif
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Posted 08 May 2007 - 07:40 PM

I seem to have done quite a bit less than most people. If a suitable poetry question comes up, I'm hoping to use 'The Death of Marilyn Monroe' by Edwin Morgan. It's got quite a few themes, emotions and successful techniques so I'm hoping that there will be a relevant question. For prose we studied 'The Crow Road' by Iain Banks. I really hope there's a question relevant to this as it's quite easy to write about and get the marks for. For drama, we looked at Othello. I'm not very comfortable with using this because the quotes are so hard to remember. And I also found a short story, because the rest of my class did a second poem whilst I was off. I looked at 'The Stone Boy' by Gina Berriault.
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Posted 08 May 2007 - 08:55 PM

im hoping a question comes up for 'limbo' by Seamus Heaney if not i'll probably try and twist the question to fit this as i find it easy enough to write about. I don't feel confident enough to write an essay on 'punishment' by Seamus Heaney

i'm also hoping a question comes up for 'marrakech' by George Orwell

i'm using 'A Streetcar Named Desire' by Tennessee Williams as my back up plan, and if need be i could always write about 'Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde' by Louis Stevenson


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Posted 08 May 2007 - 10:04 PM

I'm hoping i'll get a question that will fit Robin Jenkins - The Cone Gatherers and one that will fit either Norman MacCaig - Assisi or Visiting Hour (either way i'll make the question work). But if its impossible, then i have A View From The Bridge - Arthur Miller as my play. Yeah good luck everyone smile.gif

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Posted 08 May 2007 - 10:10 PM

I'm doing Romeo And Juliet and one of 5 poems. No prose as the short stories we have done are too short.
The five poems are Dulce et Decorum Est(Wilfred Owen),Aunt Julia(Norman MacCaig),Esther's Tomcat(Ted Hughes),Visiting Hour(Norman MacCaig) and Assisi(Norman MacCaig)

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Posted 08 May 2007 - 10:13 PM

Good luck. Good luck all. laugh.gif
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Posted 09 May 2007 - 08:26 AM

QUOTE(F.J @ May 8 2007, 11:13 PM) View Post
Good luck. Good luck all. laugh.gif


Romeo And Juliet - Fate; Turning Point; Character - Juliet
To Build A Fire - Setting
A Hanging - Moral/Social/Cultural Issue
Mr Bleaney - Loneliness/Isolation

Hope I'm doing enough, will maybe do another poem at some point today or tomorrow.

Good luck everyone.

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Posted 09 May 2007 - 01:20 PM

I'm doing:

Romeo and Juliet - just because there are normally questions that come up even if I don't particularly enjoy writing essays on it
To Build a Fire - which is really easy
A Hanging - also easy
Sonnet 18 - because its the ONLY poem that we have done all year that I was remotely interested in and took notes on

I dunno I might look at a few poems I did like last year just as back ups but I hope it doesn't come to that unsure.gif

Good luck all!

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Posted 09 May 2007 - 02:28 PM

Prose: Wuthering Heights

Poetry: Visiting Hour, Revelation, or Trio.

There's no way I can self-study The Crucible in a day, so I'm definitely not doing anything from the Drama section. I might learn a short story though as backup in case there's not a question for Wuthering Heights.

And good luck everyone! (I'm not too bothered, I don't need English for uni and I got a B in the prelim which I was superbly happy with!)

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Posted 09 May 2007 - 02:40 PM

I don't need English either, but that doesn't mean I won't try smile.gif I'm studying Romeo and Juliet, Church Going, The Cone Gatherers, and Superman and Paula Brown's New Snowsuit and right now I'm sitting here re-reading Higher English Grade Booster just to improve my technique a bit more for the close reading paper.

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Posted 09 May 2007 - 04:05 PM

I'm doing...
    Hamlet
    Sunset Song
    Church Going
    and Hotel Room, 12th Floor

our teacher also gave us "Shooting an Elephant" for the non-fiction prose, and "My Last Duchess" but I'm not even gonna try them because the questions are so restricted.

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Posted 09 May 2007 - 07:50 PM

My class have covered:

Drama - Death of a Salesman
Prose (Non-Fiction) - Shooting an Elephant
Prose (Fiction) - Secrets
Poetry - Visiting Hour
Poetry - Waiting Room

I've been revising them all apart from Secrets because that was a last minute text. Anyone think its worth spending a little bit of time revising it?

Good Luck on Friday everyone! I really hope the questions give us all a good chance! x
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Posted 09 May 2007 - 08:10 PM

How many quotes have you guys remembered? How to pass book recommends 20-30..is that for everything or for just once piece like short story for example?

My teacher said that the examiners are trying to make the poems into a close-type question since candidates seem to have a field day with them and do the same poems over and over again. (especially visiting hours laugh.gif ) They would like us to experiment more with the non-fiction prose so i'm hoping there'll be really easy and open-ended question on that one. (silly question like how the techniques enchance your appreciation is always good)

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Posted 09 May 2007 - 09:42 PM

I've got Macbeth, Kubla Khan and (possibly) Holy Sonnet XIV Batter My Heart.
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Posted 10 May 2007 - 09:56 AM

I just want to say good luck to everybody in the exam tomorrow, we will all do great!!! biggrin.gif

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Posted 10 May 2007 - 12:13 PM

I am hoping to do my two essays on:

Prose Fiction: Flight by Doris Lessing
Poetry: An Advancement of Learning by Seamus Heaney

For back-up I have Hamlet and 2 other poems. Hope its enough!!

Good luck everyone!!! ;)

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Posted 10 May 2007 - 12:20 PM

I'm doing

Drama - Hamlet
Prose - Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
Poetry - Larkin poems: Ambulances, Mr Bleaney and This Be The Verse.

I'm pretty much confident with all of them cause my drama and prose are pretty much open to most questions which is good. There hasnt been a single past paper i've done where there wasnt at least one question in each of the three sections I could answer. Hopefully this paper will be that good! But it seems that last year's paper was perfect for my texts, I could answer 15 of the questions! Wish I coulda sat it last year lol.

Good luck to everyone!!!!
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Posted 10 May 2007 - 12:23 PM

QUOTE(x_Jo_x @ May 10 2007, 10:56 AM) View Post
I just want to say good luck to everybody in the exam tomorrow, we will all do great!!! biggrin.gif


Well, here's hoping anyway!
Is anyone else finding it really hard to remember Shakespeare quotes? I just can't remember any of them really. blink.gif
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Posted 10 May 2007 - 12:56 PM

QUOTE(F.J @ May 10 2007, 01:23 PM) View Post
Is anyone else finding it really hard to remember Shakespeare quotes? I just can't remember any of them really. blink.gif


Shakespeare quotes are hard to remember because we're not used to the language. Just write a few of them down repeatedly to drill them into your head, or draw a mindmap with quotes (say, with a particular theme at the centre and all quotes associated with that theme extending from it). It'll make it easier to remember.

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Posted 10 May 2007 - 01:41 PM

im doing 5 texts.

play - death of a salesman by arthur miller
fiction - the changeling by Robin Jenkins
non fiction - Marrakech by George Orwell
poetry - My Last Duchess by Robert Browning
- Hotel Room, 12th Floor by Norman MacCaig

i think im sorted now, but im still nervous, iv done about 20 quotes each for death of a salesman and the changeling and about 6/7 quotes each for the other three.





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