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Module A: Textual Conversations Practice Questions
« on: January 05, 2020, 06:55:31 pm »
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Module A: Textual Conversations Practice Questions

Hey, everyone! This thread here is a compilation of sample questions for English Advanced's Module A. I will update the list with the rest of the prescribed texts as time goes. Feel free to comment any questions you come across in school that might be worth sharing! I'd love to build this list more  ;D


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“Any text is constructed as a mosaic of quotations; any text is the absorption and transformation of another.” (Julia Kristeva) To what extent is intertextuality central to understanding the intentional connections between texts? Make close reference to your pair of prescribed texts in Module A: Textual Conversations.

Both speakers must gain something out of a conversation for it to be a memorable one. How has the relationship between two texts enhanced your understanding of their key values? Refer to your prescribed texts in Module A: Textual Conversations.

At the heart of intertextuality is communication. In light of your study in Module A: Textual Conversations, to what extent do texts communicate from, with and to each other?

Appropriation is not about borrowing, but about recontextualising. To what extent has an understanding of context assisted you in viewing the resonances and dissonances between a pair of texts? Refer to the prescribed texts you studied in Module A: Textual Conversations.

How have the differences in form shaped the relationship between two texts? Make detailed reference to the prescribed texts you studied in Module A: Textual Conversations.

"One good conversation can shift the direction of change forever." (Linda Lambert) To what extent do texts communicate significant ideas with one another to highlight their universality over time? Make detailed reference to the pair of prescribed texts you studied in Module A: Textual Conversations.

“Our language is a reflection of ourselves.” (Cesar Chavez) Evaluate the importance of personal experiences to the intertextual connections between two texts. Refer to the pair of prescribed texts you studied in Module A: Textual Conversations.

Assess how the genre conventions of one text have influenced another. Refer to a pair of prescribed texts you studied in Module A: Textual Conversations.

How important is a composer’s purpose to understanding intertextual connections? Make detailed reference to the prescribed texts you have studied in Module A: Textual Conversations.

"A conversation is a dialogue, not a monologue." (Truman Capote) How have your pair of prescribed texts in Module A: Textual Conversations engaged in a discussion about ongoing values?

Text-Specific Questions

John Keats/Bright Star

Evaluate how significant common perspectives are to understanding the textual conversation between John Keats and Jane Campion. In your response, you must refer to at least two poems and Bright Star.

“We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospection.” (Anais Nin) How has your appreciation of John Keats’ poetry been influenced by Jane Campion’s Bright Star?

“Thou, silent form, dost tease us out of thought
As doth eternity: Cold Pastoral!
When old age shall this generation waste,
          Thou shalt remain, in midst of other woe”
- John Keats, Ode to a Grecian Urn

To what extent does continuity inform the textual conversation between John Keats and Jane Campion? Make close reference to the provided extract and your pair of prescribed texts.

Sylvia Plath/Ted Hughes

Evaluate how significant competing perspectives are to understanding the textual conversation between Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes. In your response, you must refer to at least two poems from Ariel and Birthday Letters.

“We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospection.” (Anais Nin) How has your appreciation of Sylvia Plath’s Ariel been influenced by Ted Hughes’ Birthday Letters?

“What I really thought was: 'Stop crying wolf.'
Other thoughts, chilly, familiar thoughts,
Came across the tightrope: 'Stop crying wolf,
Or else I shall not know, I shall not hear
When things get really bad.”
- Ted Hughes, Fever

To what extent does truth inform the textual conversation between Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes? Make close reference to the provided extract and your pair of prescribed texts.

The Tempest/Hag-Seed

Evaluate how significant common perspectives are to understanding the textual conversation between William Shakespeare’s The Tempest and Margaret Atwood’s Hag-Seed.

“We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospection.” (Anais Nin) How has your appreciation of William Shakespeare’s The Tempest been influenced by Margaret Atwood’s Hag-Seed?

“What he couldn't have in life he might still catch sight of through his art: just a glimpse, from the corner of his eye.”- Margaret Atwood, Hag-Seed

To what extent does legacy inform the textual conversation between William Shakespeare and Margaret Atwood? Make close reference to the provided extract and your pair of prescribed texts.

Mrs Dalloway/The Hours

Evaluate how significant varying perspectives are to understanding the textual conversation between Virginia Woolf’s Mrs Dalloway and Stephen Daldry’s The Hours.

“We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospection.” (Anais Nin) How has your appreciation of Virginia Woolf’s Mrs Dalloway been influenced by Stephen Daldry’s The Hours?

“She had the perpetual sense, as she watched the taxi cabs, of being out, out, far out to sea and alone; she always had the feeling that it was very, very, dangerous to live even one day.”- Virginia Woolf, Mrs Dalloway

To what extent does struggle inform the textual conversation between Virginia Woolf and Stephen Daldry? Make close reference to the provided extract and your pair of prescribed texts.

Richard III/Looking for Richard

Evaluate how significant shared perspectives are to understanding the textual conversation between William Shakespeare’s Richard III and Al Pacino’s Looking for Richard.

“We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospection.” (Anais Nin) How has your appreciation of William Shakespeare’s Richard III been influenced by Al Pacino’s Looking for Richard?

“Forbear to sleep the nights, and fast the days;
Compare dead happiness with living woe;
Think that thy babes were sweeter than they were,
And he that slew them fouler than he is.
Bett’ring thy loss makes the bad causer worse.
Revolving this will teach thee how to curse.”
- William Shakespeare, Richard III

To what extent does power inform the textual conversation between William Shakespeare and Al Pacino? Make close reference to the provided extract and your pair of prescribed texts.



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Re: Module A: Textual Conversations Practice Questions
« Reply #1 on: January 05, 2020, 09:34:40 pm »
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This is really great angewina! So helpful! Thank you so much for your wonderful work! ;D
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« Reply #2 on: January 05, 2020, 10:13:12 pm »
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Ahhhhh thank you so much for this compilation! I wish I had such a stellar resource when I was in year 12 :)
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« Reply #3 on: January 06, 2020, 04:20:21 pm »
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This is really great angewina! So helpful! Thank you so much for your wonderful work! ;D

Thanks, Laura  :D This is so sweet of you  ;D

Ahhhhh thank you so much for this compilation! I wish I had such a stellar resource when I was in year 12 :)

Thanks, Gracie  ;D Will have more coming along in the upcoming weeks!  :) New syllabus, new year, new me :D

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« Reply #4 on: January 06, 2020, 05:59:16 pm »
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This is amazing Angelina! ;D ;D Thankyou so much, this will be a great help for my and others HSC! ;D

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Re: Module A: Textual Conversations Practice Questions
« Reply #5 on: February 10, 2020, 08:42:41 pm »
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Hi, this is a great resource! Thanks for that! If it's not too much work, could you please give an outline of discussion points for one of the questions (preferably from "All Texts" or "The Tempest/Hag-Seed") that I could use as a starting point. Thanks. :)

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Re: Module A: Textual Conversations Practice Questions
« Reply #6 on: February 11, 2020, 08:06:31 am »
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Hi, this is a great resource! Thanks for that! If it's not too much work, could you please give an outline of discussion points for one of the questions (preferably from "All Texts" or "The Tempest/Hag-Seed") that I could use as a starting point. Thanks. :)

Hey, Einstein_Reborn_97!

Not a problem at all! I’ll use one of the text-specific questions for The Tempest/Hag-Seed  :D

If we look at this question “‘We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospection.’ (Anais Nin) How has your appreciation of William Shakespeare’s The Tempest been influenced by Margaret Atwood’s Hag-Seed?”, the key things we need to keep in mind are the ways context and purpose influence Atwood’s novel and, more importantly, how studying Hag-Seed can engender a greater appreciation for Shakespeare as a composer and The Tempest as a play. In your response, you’ll need to explore the statement’s accuracy when applied to your texts and how the power of retrospection has allowed Atwood to continue propagating Shakespeare’s ideas in an arguably more relevant and accessible form.

Your essay could be structured in many ways but how I would do it would have it integrated and to bring evidence of the themes that are explored in The Tempest and support them with complementary quotes in Hag-Seed. Some themes you could possibly look at include imprisonment, grief and legacy. Let me know if you have any further questions and hope this helps!

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Hey, Einstein_Reborn_97!

Not a problem at all! I’ll use one of the text-specific questions for The Tempest/Hag-Seed  :D

If we look at this question “‘We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospection.’ (Anais Nin) How has your appreciation of William Shakespeare’s The Tempest been influenced by Margaret Atwood’s Hag-Seed?”, the key things we need to keep in mind are the ways context and purpose influence Atwood’s novel and, more importantly, how studying Hag-Seed can engender a greater appreciation for Shakespeare as a composer and The Tempest as a play. In your response, you’ll need to explore the statement’s accuracy when applied to your texts and how the power of retrospection has allowed Atwood to continue propagating Shakespeare’s ideas in an arguably more relevant and accessible form.

Your essay could be structured in many ways but how I would do it would have it integrated and to bring evidence of the themes that are explored in The Tempest and support them with complementary quotes in Hag-Seed. Some themes you could possibly look at include imprisonment, grief and legacy. Let me know if you have any further questions and hope this helps!

Angelina  ;D

Thank you so much Angelina!!!

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Hey, Einstein_Reborn_97!

Not a problem at all! I’ll use one of the text-specific questions for The Tempest/Hag-Seed  :D

If we look at this question “‘We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospection.’ (Anais Nin) How has your appreciation of William Shakespeare’s The Tempest been influenced by Margaret Atwood’s Hag-Seed?”, the key things we need to keep in mind are the ways context and purpose influence Atwood’s novel and, more importantly, how studying Hag-Seed can engender a greater appreciation for Shakespeare as a composer and The Tempest as a play. In your response, you’ll need to explore the statement’s accuracy when applied to your texts and how the power of retrospection has allowed Atwood to continue propagating Shakespeare’s ideas in an arguably more relevant and accessible form.

Your essay could be structured in many ways but how I would do it would have it integrated and to bring evidence of the themes that are explored in The Tempest and support them with complementary quotes in Hag-Seed. Some themes you could possibly look at include imprisonment, grief and legacy. Let me know if you have any further questions and hope this helps!

Angelina  ;D

If it's not too much trouble, could you make up a killer thesis statement for this.

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« Reply #9 on: February 21, 2020, 08:24:41 am »
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I’ll try to give a shot, don’t think it will be a killer thesis though.

While contexts and value systems evolve over time, there are some ideas that remain intrinsically embedded within humanity. The conversation and active debate sparked by Atwood, reimagines The Tempest,  and in turn provides a secondary “taste” and opportunity to garner a greater appreciation for the enduring ideas Shakespeare postulates throughout his Aristotelian tragicomedy. While Shakespeare traces a vengeance filled proto-coloniser, and some deem to call a tyrant, during the insurgence of the Age of Discovery, Atwood’s context of intellectualism and meritocratic capitalism emphasise the consistencies of vengeance and the abuse of power that pervades and survives the test of time. However, the increasingly demanding audience moulds Hag-Seed into a deeper evaluation of the human psyche and consequently accentuates the importance of introspection to counter “humanity’s heavyweight”. This is both the proclivity of power to be corrupted and emotional imprisonment that is balanced through forgiveness and self-realisation. Therefore, The Tempest has garnered a more significant meaning after viewed through Atwood’s lens as she ingeniously fuses the the ideas & worlds of the past with the present to provide a second taste of life and our understanding of humanity.

This was really rushed - maybe people can write a better version than this, just my input on the question.

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I’ll try to give a shot, don’t think it will be a killer thesis though.

While contexts and value systems evolve over time, there are some ideas that remain intrinsically embedded within humanity. The conversation and active debate sparked by Atwood, reimagines The Tempest,  and in turn provides a secondary “taste” and opportunity to garner a greater appreciation for the enduring ideas Shakespeare postulates throughout his Aristotelian tragicomedy. While Shakespeare traces a vengeance filled proto-coloniser, and some deem to call a tyrant, during the insurgence of the Age of Discovery, Atwood’s context of intellectualism and meritocratic capitalism emphasise the consistencies of vengeance and the abuse of power that pervades and survives the test of time. However, the increasingly demanding audience moulds Hag-Seed into a deeper evaluation of the human psyche and consequently accentuates the importance of introspection to counter “humanity’s heavyweight”. This is both the proclivity of power to be corrupted and emotional imprisonment that is balanced through forgiveness and self-realisation. Therefore, The Tempest has garnered a more significant meaning after viewed through Atwood’s lens as she ingeniously fuses the the ideas & worlds of the past with the present to provide a second taste of life and our understanding of humanity.

This was really rushed - maybe people can write a better version than this, just my input on the question.

HS

A killer thesis indeed  ;D Would perhaps only recommend cutting down certain areas of it since the introduction doesn't need to be as long as that (you'll be discussing most of it in the essay bodies anyway). Here's what I'd consider the essence of the introduction but feel free to disagree  :)

Sample Thesis
While contexts and value systems evolve over time, there are some ideas that remain intrinsically embedded within humanity. The conversation and active debate sparked by William Shakespeare's The Tempest is reimagined in Margaret Atwood's Hag-Seed and, in turn, provides a secondary “taste” and opportunity to garner a greater appreciation for the enduring ideas Shakespeare postulates throughout his Aristotelian tragicomedy. While Shakespeare traces a vengeance filled proto-coloniser during the insurgence of the Age of Discovery, Atwood’s context of intellectualism and meritocratic capitalism emphasises the consistencies of vengeance and the abuse of power survives the test of time. The increasingly demanding audience moulds Hag-Seed into a deeper evaluation of the human psyche and consequently accentuates the importance of introspection to counter “humanity’s heavyweight”. Therefore, The Tempest garners a more significant meaning after viewed through Atwood’s lens as she ingeniously fuses the ideas and worlds of the past with the present to provide a second taste of life in retrospection.

Also would advise as a general note to introduce the composers with their full names the first time you mention them and then proceed to just use their surnames  :D Hope that helps and amazing work once again, kiwibirdau!

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« Reply #11 on: February 21, 2020, 01:00:19 pm »
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Thanks so much @ angewina_naguen

Really good feedback, I didn’t spend a lot of time so I did slip up in a few places (plus i didn’t remember the dates of the texts haha).

But once again, thanks for this feedback. :))
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« Reply #13 on: March 25, 2020, 05:03:15 pm »
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In what ways have textual conversations influenced your personal view about values that are able to withstand the test of time?
 
a question from school :), its pretty generic so maybe it will help form adaptable essays hehe
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