Types of questions generally fall into one or more of five categories. Make sure you practice a variety of types!
- Try to brainstorm comparison points: are there other characters that provide a contrast?
- Sometime these questions apply to a group of characters, for example, women or children.
- Try to brainstorm all the characters and groups of characters that play a central enough role in the text to write a question about them
- These questions tend to be quite broad. That means you can find lots of different evidence from different parts of the book and different characters
- Try to brainstorm all the themes that you may be asked about in the exam and what type of evidence would be appropriate to include
- These require you to discuss how the author (or director) has put the text together in a deliberate, meaningful way
- These types of questions leave it up to you for what the direction of the essay will be taken in.
- Try to find your own unique take on the text in response to the prompt
- This type of question requires you to discuss things from a narrow perspective. Often they are phrased as ‘do you agree’ questions which does allow you the opportunity to look at both sides of the argument
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