In this passage, how does the author present the love/death/anger, of the character in the work? Refer closely to the passage in your answer.

There aren't really wrong answers in English Literature, as long as you are able to back up your interpretation. The questions are a guidline and are there to open up the passage for analysis.

This is the format of a lot of questions you'll get on prose. 

E.g. In this passage, how does Steinbeck present the death of Curley’s wife? Refer closely to the passage in your answer.

Although it does specifically ask about the passage, that doesn't stop you using any supporting points that can help give your answer more depth.

First, I would suggest using a highlighter to mark any words, or sentences you think are important to the question. Try not to highlight too much, remember that although it is important to have evidence you are in an exam and should try and balance your time well

Next on your plan right one or two brief sentences detailing your argument. This should be something you can come back to as you right to keep you on track.

The following step is perhaps the most important, as you set out the structure of your answer. Markers like to see clear paragraphs and evidence of a structured approach, but it is also for your benefit as you'll be able to use the plan to makeyour essay flow. Follow the structure P.E.E.L- point, evidence, explanation, link. make your point, give a quote that supports your point, but its not enough just to put in a quote you have to show why it helps to answer the question, finally link your whole paragraph to the question using a quick summative sentence, it could also be a platform to intrduce your next point. 

This is a great way to structure paragraphs and will let you get your ideas to paper quickly and clearly. There is no maximum number of paragraphs, but don't think bigger is better, its best to make sure you get great ideas down that you've really thought about instead of throwing everything you can think of at the question. 

Don't worry if others write more than you, or if you write more than them, everyone has a different speeds and style, so it is important to practice these types of questions in order to find out what works for you!

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