How should I approach the essay question in the exam?

The best way to approach the essay question in the exam is to have a more or less set structure in your mind before you go in which you can adapt to the question you choose to answer. Not only will this save you time, but it will also put your mind at ease and help you perform to the best of your ability. Moreover, it is particularly helpful to think about an introduction beforehand which can be used for multiple essays but tailored to the specifics of the question. This way, when you begin the exam you will be able to write something down regardless of the question before you get started on the essay itself.

A suggested structure is as follows:

  1. Introduction - Refer to both texts and discuss context, ideally linked to the specific question being asked.

  2. The body of the essay - 4 or 5 points (separate paragraphs) which demonstrate your underdstanding of the texts, its main themes and literary techniques used. Remember: PEA (Point, evidence, analysis).

  3. Conclusion - Draw your argument together, refer again to both texts and include your personal opinion.

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