critical study of literature

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20 Practice Essay Questions for HSC English Year 11 Module B: Critical Study of Literature

Question 1

“Interpretations of a text can change according to time and place.”

 

Considering your time and place as a responder, reflect on the ways in which context has shaped your critical interpretation of your prescribed text.

 

In your response, refer to TWO extracts from your prescribed text.

Question 2

“A good text has something to say and says it well.”

 

How accurate is this statement in relation to your text, considering the different contexts in which a text can be received?

Question 3

“That is part of the beauty of all literature. You discover that your longings are universal longings, that you’re not lonely and isolated from anyone. You belong”

 

In light of this statement, reflect on the ways in which context has shaped your critical interpretation of your text.

Question 4

“The enduring value of a text is determined by the qualities of its central character.”

 

To what extent has your personal response to your text been shaped by the portrayal of its protagonist?

Question 5

How does the composer of your text achieve textual integrity?

 

In your response, critically evaluate the role of language and form in achieving textual integrity.

Question 6

“Every text has an expiration date”’

 

Discuss in relation to your prescribed text, considering its ideas, language, form and reception in different contexts.

Question 7

How has your personal response to your text been shaped by characterisation?

Question 8

Analyse the role of context in the representation of at least TWO key ideas in your text.

Question 9

“The ability of writers to imagine what is not the self, to familiarise the strange and mystify the familiar, is the test of their power.”

 

In light of this statement, critically evaluate the role of context in the representation of at least TWO key ideas in your prescribed text.

Question 10

Assess the role of textual form in the representation of at least TWO key ideas in your prescribed text.

Question 11

“Time is a river and books are boats”

 

In light of this statement, critically analyse the role of context in the representation of at least TWO key ideas in your prescribed text.

Question 12

How has considering other interpretations of your text helped you to develop your own interpretation?

 

In your response, you should consider the ideas, techniques and structure of your text.

Question 13

To what extent can your text be considered an effective vehicle for ideas?

Question 14

To what extent has your text transcended the context in which it was created?

 

Evaluate the language, content and construction of your text to demonstrate your understanding and appreciation of the text.

Question 15

Two people who have different perspectives on the value of your text are having a conversation.

 

Compose their conversation, which should include a consideration of the structure, language and ideas of the text.

Question 16

“Valuable texts create opportunities for change while staying true to their core values.”

 

Explore this statement in relation to your personal understanding of your text.

Question 17

“The significance of a text ultimately lies in its enduring power to affect readers in different ways.”

 

To what extent is this true in light of your critical study of your text?

Question 18

“Texts are remembered and respected because the composer creates a close relationship between the protagonist and the reader.”

 

How does the composer of your text create this close relationship between protagonist and reader?

Question 19

“Great texts have the power to resonate with people across different time periods.”

 

Discuss this statement in relation to your prescribed text.

Question 20

“We read to know we’re not alone”

 

Discuss in relation to your prescribed text. In your response, you should consider the ideas, language and form of your text.

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