Exam Preparation: 1.1 Extended Written Texts

You should attempt the sample paper and then have a look at the excellence exemplar and answer rubric to evaluate your response. You are most welcome to give your practice papers to me to assess as well.

The Extended Written Texts paper asks you to write an essay in response to a play or novel you have read this year. You may choose between Macbeth and Lord of the Flies as your source text or this – though I would encourage you to prepare and consider Macbeth as your preferred option.

Practise Paper

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Excellence Exemplar

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Marking Rubric

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Practice Introduction:

QUESTION: “Describe at least one important character in the written text(s). Explain how the character changes throughout the text(s).”

Shakespeare’s Macbeth is a play that plots the inexorable decline in his main character Macbeth’s state of mind. This degeneration is accelerated in the play through a range of external forces, and internal flaws in Macbeth – all of which leads us to the unavoidable conclusion that ambition is not wholly a virtue. The external forces that amplify our main character’s decline include the supernatural, embodied by the witches and their “mischief”: manifestations of predictions of Macbeth’s “glorious” future, and the influence of his ambitious wife, Lady Macbeth. Macbeth then succumbs to his weakening mind through a series of hallucinations, all of which lead to his ultimate despair and destruction.

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