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Below, you’ll find the complete paper and mark scheme sets from June 2017 until June 2021. Not only that – we’ve also included a behind-the-curtain peek at what to expect from these assessments.
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Paper 1: Shakespeare and Post-1914 Texts
This paper is 50% of your GCSE and will be 1 hour and 45 minutes long.
In section A, you’ll need to answer a two-part question on the Shakespeare play that you’ve been studying. The first task will focus on a short extract from the play – roughly 30 lines long. The second task will look at how a theme reflected in the extract is reflected elsewhere in the play.
In section B, you will be given one essay question on the post-1914 British play or novel you have been studying.
Paper 2: 19th Century Novels and Poetry
This paper is 50% of your GCSE and will be 2 hours and 15 minutes long.
In section A, you will need to answer a two-part question on the 19th-Century novel that you’ve been studying. The first task will focus on a short extract from the novel – roughly 400 words long. The second task is an essay exploring the whole text.
In section B, there are two parts. In part 1 you will be asked to compare a named poem from the anthology with another poem from that collection. The named poem will be shown in the question paper. In part 2 you will be given one question comparing two unseen poems.
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