English Literature Exam & Revision Information


English Literature GCSE

Exam board mark schemes and past papers:

https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/english/gcse/english-literature-8702/assessment-resources?f.Resource+type%7C6=Question+papers&sort=date&num_ranks=20

Paper 1. May 13th 2020    
1 hour 45 minutes

‘Macbeth’ an extract with a character or theme based question about the whole play.

‘A Christmas Carol’ an extract with a character or theme based question about the whole novella.

 Paper 2. May 21st  2020
2 hours 15 minutes

‘An Inspector Calls’ is a choice of two questions about a character or theme (no extract given)

Anthology Poems – one poem is printed which you have to compare (from memory) with another poem from the AQA Power and Conflict Anthology

Unseen Poem – two poems that students are very unlikely to have seen before which need to be compared.

Students need to have detailed knowledge of the following for ‘Macbeth’, ‘A Christmas Carol’ and ‘An Inspector Calls’:

  • Plot
  • Characters
  • Themes (necessary for poetry too)
  • Context (necessary for poetry too)
  • Terminology (necessary for poetry too) g. similes, personification, oxymoron, onomatopoeia, juxtaposition, superlative, pathetic fallacy etc