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GCSE English

GCSE English

Literature

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Timing

Timing

2 ½ hours allowed in total

Section A: Of Mice and Men

Allow 1 hour

Section B: Blood Brothers

Allow 1 hour

Section C: Unseen Poetry

Allow 30 minutes

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PEE

PEE

Point

Evidence (a quotation) and

Explanation

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PEE: Connectives

PEE: Connectives

Supporting an idea:

However . therefore . because . but . and . furthermore also . in addition . then . as well as . next . whereas . in contrast . later . at first . similarly .

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PEE: Connectives

PEE: Connectives

Explaining an idea:

This implies . this suggests . which gives the impression that . this shows . this clearly shows . possibly . perhaps . this indicates that . obviously . this conveys to the reader that .

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Section A: Of Mice and Men

Section A: Of Mice and Men

You must answer Question 1a, it is based on an extract included

You can answer either Question 1b or Question 1c these relate to the novel as a whole

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Section A: Of Mice and Men

Section A: Of Mice and Men

Characters

What role do they play in the novel?

How do they interact with the other characters?

How does Steinbeck present them? (consider the language he uses to describe them)

How are they linked to the themes of the novel?

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Section A: Of Mice and Men

Section A: Of Mice and Men

Themes

Inequality gender, racial, disability

Loneliness they are all lonely in some way

American Dream own land, security, positive future

Friendships lack of positive relationships

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Section A: Of Mice and Men

Section A: Of Mice and Men

Context

Set against the aftermath of the 1930s Depression

Many millions lost their livelihoods

Many had to travel for work

Steinbeck experienced the lifestyle himself

Title refers to Robert Burns poem and suggests that all we plan for doesnt always come true

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Section A: Of Mice and Men

Section A: Of Mice and Men

Language and Structure

Steinbeck uses lots of adjectives to describe his characters and the setting

The novel is divided into 6 chapters each like a small act in a play

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