- 1. EN-124 Introduction to English Exam Advice 2010-11: Semester One
- The exam lasts forTWOhours.
- The paper is divided into two parts:
- You must answer questions on both parts.
- You must use separate answer books for each part. These will be provided to you in the exam.
3. Marks Available
- Poetry 50% of the total one hourMAX
- Drama 50% of the total one hourMAX
- Marks for each section are added together and divided by two to give you your overall total.
- Hence 60% in poetry and 10% in drama: 60+10 = 70. Divided by 2 = 35% overall
- BUT 40% in poetry and 50% in drama = 90. Divided by 2 = 45% overall.
4. Managing your Time
- Drama: 1 hour total = 30 minutes per section.
- Classical Drama: Use 5 minutes to choose question and 25 minutes to write it.
- Irish Drama: Use 5 minutes to choose question and 25 minutes to write it.
- STOP after 25 minutes, even if you have more to say.
- Part 1 : Classical Drama ( Oedipus; Everyman; Malfi; Faustus.
- Part 2 : IrishDrama ( Riders to the Sea; Juno & Paycock; Weir; By the Bog of Cats)
- In each sub-section, there will be a short excerpt from all of the plays on the course.
- You pick ONE excerpt and write about it.
- YOU MUST NOT ANSWER on any play on which you have already written an Essay.
6. Poetry Examination
- There are two sections on poetry.
- Answer ALL of section A, and ONE question from Section B.
- Section A presents you with a number of short quotations from poems on the course.Use these quotations to find ONE example of EACH of the poetic features listed.
- Spend no more than 15 minutes on this section.This section is worth 20 marks.
7. Poetry Examination cont
- Section 2: write an essay responding to ONE of three questions.
- Answer in reference to AT LEAST THREE poems on the course. Each poem must be by a different poet.
- Spend no more than 40 minutes on this section.
- YOU CHOOSE THE POEMS but do not answer on poems on which you have already written an essay.
- Student has already written aboutDoctor FaustusandThe Weir.
- Part A chooses to write onOedipus .
- Part B chooses to write onJuno and the Paycock .
9. Sample Question.
- Choose one of the passages below. Explain in some detail how the passage would affect the audiences understanding of the play in its entirety.
10. Sample Question (cont.)
- Mrs Kilbride: If Carthage will be as good asonto Caroline as hes been ahusbandto me, shell have no complaints.
11. Possible answers
- What is happening in this part of the play?
- To whom is Mrs Kilbride speaking?
- What is the significance of her statement for our understanding of the character herself?
- What is the significance of her statement for our understanding of the play in its entirety?
12. Tips and Instructions: DRAMA
- Do not write introductions and conclusions: just get straight to the point.
- STOP writing after 25 minutes, EVEN IF YOU ARE NOT FINISHED.
- Avoid irrelevant information (biographical data, background of the author, etc).
- Grammar, punctuation and spelling must be correct.
13. Preparation for the exam
- Read back over lecture notes.
- Make sure that you know (at least) one classical and (at least) one Irish playVERYwell.
- Do not share your ideas, or essays, or notes with your friends, or study together.
- Do not use notes from websites, as they are often wrong.