Jessica – Higher Level
After nervously waiting for the longest five minutes of my life to pass I raced straight to the poetry section. I couldn’t stop smiling after finding Bishop, Plath AND Mahon! I was spoilt for choice! I went with Mahon having spent far too long deliberating. I felt it was such a nice question!
Next I turned my attention to the dreaded comparative. I was however happy see both theme or issue and cultural context! I chose the first question of theme or issue. I was intrigued by it as none of the past questions were anything like it!
I went to Macbeth next to find a character question and couldn’t have been any happier!
I had just about enough time for the unseen poetry which I found to be quite hard but it’s only 20 marks so I refuse to get bogged down over it!
Over all it was a very fair paper and I’m happy 🙂
Jenny – Higher Level
What a Paper 2! I think everyone was dreading to see what would come up on the paper today especially which poets would make an appearance. As we all rushed to open the paper and look at the names of the poets there was an immediate sigh of relief throughout the room. Two women poets! (And Mahon and Hopkins)… Who would have thought!?
With a weight off my shoulders and circling the number beside Bishop, I returned to the first page and began the paper.
Our single text was Macbeth and the questions didn’t seem too bad. I chose the question on the significant insights we gain into Macbeth’s mind and how its critical in shaping our understanding of his character. For the comparative study I was delighted that Theme or Issue appeared as I wasn’t entirely prepared for Cultural Context or Literary Genre.
The unseen poem didn’t look too bad at first but I think I may have interpreted it wrong… still they can’t say my “personal response” was wrong can they?
And then finally I moved onto the last question and started my essay on Elizabeth Bishop. I thought I had my timing right but I found myself rushing at the end and ending it quite abruptly.
Altogether I thought it was a quite nice paper. Everything I had studied came up thankfully and although I think I made a few mistakes, it feels good knowing that I’ll never have to do an English exam ever again. Now time to go and burn those books… and prepare for maths of course!
Dylan – Higher Level
Nathan – Ordinary Level
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