narratives that shape our world 20 practice essay questions

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NOTE: Each of these questions asks you to think in relation to “at least ONE of the texts you have studied in this Module,” as the specific number of texts undertaken by students will differ from school to school.

 

If you have studied more than one text, feel free to discuss as many of them as you want in your essay – although I’d recommend keeping it to a maximum of three in order to remain concise.

30 Practice Questions for Year 11 Advanced Module A – Narratives that Shape Our World

Question 1

Storytelling has the power to both affirm and challenge cultural practices.

 

How accurate is this statement in relation to at least ONE of the texts you have studied in this Module?

Question 2

Storytelling is a way of connecting people within and across cultures, communities and historical eras.

 

Discuss this statement in relation to at least ONE of the texts you have studied in this Module.

Question 3

Storytelling has the power to both inspire change and consolidate stability.

How accurate is this statement in relation to at least ONE of the texts you have studied in this Module?

Question 4

Narrative influences the way that individuals and communities understand and represent themselves.

 

How accurate is this statement in relation to at least ONE of the texts you have studied in this Module?

Question 5

Storytelling is the oldest form of education.

 

Discuss this statement in relation to at least ONE of the texts you have studied in this Module.

Question 6

Storytelling is the most powerful way to put ideas into the world today.

 

Do you agree? Discuss this statement in relation to at least ONE of the texts you have studied in this Module.

Question 7

It’s not about what you say but how you say it.

 

In light of this statement, analyse the role of textual form in the conveying TWO key ideas in at least ONE text set for study in this Module.

Question 8

You get old and you realise there are no answers, just stories.

 

Assess the role of storytelling in sharing collective or individual human experiences. In your answer, refer to at least ONE of the texts you have studied in this Module.

Question 9

To what extent are narratives a product of society? Is it ever possible to separate a story from its context?

 

Discuss in relation to at least ONE of the texts you have studied in this Module.

Question 10

It has been said that next to hunger and thirst, our most basic human need is for storytelling.

 

In light of this statement, discuss the role of narrative as a way of connecting people within and across cultures.

 

In your response, refer to at least ONE of the texts you have studied in this Module.

Question 11

Storytelling is healing, in many ways. You can reach an audience and heal, and by heal, I mean entertain and provoke. It’s a wonderful life.

 

In light of this statement, critically analyse the role of storytelling within society.

 

In your response, refer to at least ONE of the texts you have studied in this Module.

Question 12

Stories are powerful because they transport us into other people’s worlds but, in doing that, they change the way our brains work and potentially change our brain chemistry… and that’s what it means to be a social creature.

 

In light of this statement, analyse the role of storytelling in connecting people within and across cultures, communities and historical eras.

 

Refer to at least ONE of the texts you have studied in this Module.

Question 13

Words are how we think; stories are how we link.

 

In light of this statement, analyse the role of storytelling in connecting people across time and place.

 

Refer to at least ONE of the texts you have studied in this Module.

Question 14

People think that stories are shaped by people. In fact it’s the other way around.

 

In light of this statement, assess the role of storytelling in revealing, affirming or challenging attitudes and beliefs.

Question 15

Storytelling is not something we do. Storytelling is who we are.

 

Discuss in relation to at least ONE of the texts you have studied in this Module.

Question 16

Texts of value outlive and transcend the context in which they were created. Do you agree?

 

Refer to at least ONE of the texts you have studied in this Module.

Question 17

Composers present social comments that allow us to understand their world only. Do you agree?

 

Discuss in relation to at least ONE of the texts you have studied in this Module.

Question 18

The power of storytelling is exactly this: to bridge the gaps where everything else has crumbled.

 

In light of this statement, analyse the role of storytelling in inspiring change or consolidating stability.

Question 19

Don’t forget – no one else sees the world as you do, so no one else can tell the stories that you have to tell.

 

In light of this statement, critically analyse how composers represent themselves and their worlds through storytelling.

 

Refer to at least ONE text you have studied in this Module.

Question 20

In the end, we’ll all become stories.

 

How do composers use the forms and features of stories to represent their personal and public worlds?

 

Discuss in relation to at least ONE of the texts you have studied in this Module.

Question 21

“What have your studies in narrative shown to you about the nature of interpretation within storytelling?”

 

In your response, refer to your prescribed text and refer to ONE related text.

Question 22

“When judging the truth of a story, it is always important to consider the perspective of the teller.”

 

In your response, refer to your prescribed text and refer to ONE related text.

Question 23

How have the texts you have studied demonstrated the issues within the human tendency to look to stories to make meaning of their lives?

 

In your answer, refer to your prescribed text and refer to ONE related texts.

Question 24

To what effect have the composers you have studied experimented with conventional structure?

 

In your answer, refer to your prescribed text and refer to ONE related texts.

Question 25

‘Only when we understand the construction of a narrative can we judge the motivations behind its telling.’

 

In your answer, refer to your prescribed text and refer to ONE related texts.

Question 26

‘Only when we understand how a narrative has been constructed can we judge the motivations behind its telling.’

 

In your answer, refer to your prescribed text and refer to ONE related texts.

Question 27

How do composers use the expectations of their audience in order to explore surprising truths about storytelling?

 

Answer in relation to your prescribed text and TWO related text, in consideration of their form.

Question 28

Stories are always shaped by the motivations of who they have been told by. To what extent do you agree?

 

Answer in relation to your prescribed text and ONE related text, in consideration of their form.

Question 29

How have the texts you have demonstrated how the individual characteristics of storytellers affects how their stories are received?

 

Answer in relation to your prescribed text and ONE related text, in consideration of their form.

Question 30

‘When texts show the constructed nature of narratives, they also show the constructed nature of memory.’

 

Discuss this statement in relation to your prescribed text and ONE related text, in consideration of their form.

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Cameron Croese completed his HSC in 2013, earning first place in his cohort in Advanced English, Extension English 1, and Extension English 2. Privately tutoring throughout his university career as an English and Education student, he enjoys helping his students at Art of Smart understand, write well on, and enjoy their texts, as well as assisting with other aspects of school life. He is a contributing editor to his student magazine, in which he has had reviews, feature articles, and short stories published.