The first literature exam is tomorrow, to make sure that you know what you are doing, take a look at this quick guide to the exam:

  1. Find the pages related to the texts that you are studying – The Crucible first, then Of Mice and Men.
  2. Remember that you choose ONE question for The Crucible and answer BOTH parts for Of Mice and Men.
  3. Spend 45 minutes on each section – both texts are worth 30 marks each.
  4. Underline key words in the questions and make plans!
  5. Focus on what the assessment objectives are after – for The Crucible you should use quotes, analyse language, structure, themes, author’s intentions and effects on audience. For Of Mice and Men, you do the same, but also social context (in part B).
  6. Ensure that your writing is logical and developed, organised and uses well selected, embedded quotations.
  7.  Avoid re-telling the story, focus on what the authors have done (methods, language, techniques), Analyse and evaluate for top marks!

skills ladder

Here are some methods that each writer uses:

Writer's methods literature

To Revise, you should be clear about what each method is and where it can be seen in the text. You could then build and develop ideas. Here are examples of symbolism in each text – can you find quotations and explore further?

symbolism in literature