CRITICAL ESSAY QUESTIONS (Click here for 3 essay questions)
It is a great idea to read as much as you can about the novel you are studying. However, remember that you must not simply copy and paste information and pass it off as your own. Examiners are looking for a personal response to the characters, events and issues etc. in the novel as well as a firm understanding of the central concerns of the novel and an appreciation of the writer’s style.
The web links below cover many aspects of the novel but what did you think and feel when you were reading it?
BBC Bitesize – Context, Summaries, Characters, Themes and Quizzes to test your understanding:
Also Video SparkNote lasting ten minutes http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2GJIDR9J5eg
Shmoop claims to ‘speak student’. Just remember that critical essays generally need to be written formally. Do not be tempted to reproduce any slang terms used in these notes in your own essays!
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