Half Term Homework – Practice Exam Question

Write your own response to one of the following questions:

Option 1:

Compare the ways in which the poet presents death within ‘The Falling Leaves’ and one other poem from the Conflict cluster.

Option 2:

Compare the ways in which the poet presents desperation within ‘Out of the Blue’ and one other poem within the Conflict cluster.


  • You should plan your response before you begin writing.
  • You should have at least 5 comparative points within each answer.

Due: Monday 16th February

Homework: Pathetic Fallacy

Due: Thursday 20th November

Today we took a brief interlude to discuss the pathetic fallacy in Chapter 4 of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. I would like you to demonstrate your understanding by providing a detailed answer to the following question:

How does Mary Shelley use pathetic fallacy to increase our understanding of the moment the monster is created?

Below you will find the beginnings of the model answer we discussed in class today. I require this level of detail within your own response as a minimum:

Within Chapter 4, Mary Shelley uses pathetic fallacy to increase the sense of foreboding about the future of the monster. For example, Shelley sets the moment of the monster’s creation on ‘a dreary night of November’. The month of November connotes the Autumn season within which the life of Spring and Summer begins to fade and is replaced by the barren winter months. As such, Shelley strengthens the connections between the moment of the monster’s creation with the impending doom of all mankind. As November is a tipping point, whereby natural life succumbs to death, the moment of the monster’s creation also becomes a tipping point for natural order of the world. By adding that the moment takes place on a ‘dreary night’, Shelley also suggests that…

Example Chapter Summary

By Monday 24th November, you must have completed your own chapter summaries from the Prologue to Chapter 6 of Frankenstein. You must complete your own summaries, rather than finding them online in order to develop the individuality of your response.

Please find an example chapter summary below:


Summary of Narrative:

In the Prologue, we are introduced to the character of Robert Walton through a series of letters he writes to his sister, ‘Mrs Saville‘.

The letters detail his voyage of discovery and his enthusiasm for the pursuit of knowledge. His ship becomes trapped in the snow and ice and the men grow restless. He becomes concerned that a mutiny might occur. He longs for a male companion.

He sees a large figure in the distance being pulled by a sledge. We later understand this to be Frankenstein’s monster. This figure is followed some time after by a man who is weak and weather beaten. We learn that this is Victor Frankenstein. Walton takes an immediate liking to Victor. As the men become close, and Frankenstein recovers, Frankenstein begins to tell his story.

Summary of Themes:

Companionship: Robert Walton seeks a companion with whom he can share his passions with.

Pursuit of Knowledge: Robert Walton discusses his desire to progress the whole of human-kind through his discovery. He believes that he could be instrumental in the furtherance of society through his work.

Key Quotations:

‘How can I see so noble a creature destroyed by misery without feeling the most poignant grief?’

This rhetorical question communicates Robert Walton’s immediate affinity toward Frankenstein. His use of the word ‘creature’ appears to dehumanize Victor and draws parallels between his character and that of the monster. It emphasizes our natural feeling of care for others.

Homework: Caliban the traitor?

How is Caliban a presented as a traitor? Is this justified?

Due: Monday 6th October

Over the last few lessons we have begun to consider the complexity of the character of Caliban. As he begins to hatch his plan against his capture, is it fair that he is considered a traitor?

Plan and write an essay to the explore the question. Include:

1) Introduction (2-5 sentences outlining the your position)

2) Paragraph: Key idea 1

3) Paragraph: Key idea 2

4) Paragraph: Key idea 3

5) Conclusion (making your interpretation clear)

See me before Monday’s lesson if you need some support!

Homework: The Tempest Summary

Due: Thursday 25th September

I like summaries. They make life simple. It saves me having to read an entire text over and over again to remember what happens in it. Instead, I can find all of the important bits in one place.

As we have spent the last 2 weeks reading The Tempest the time has come to summarise once more. You should have already completed a summary of Act 1 and Act 2 and I would now like you to summarise Act 3 and Act 4. You should include:

  • information about the narrative
  • which characters appear in each scene
  • the main themes that are present in the scene
  • 1 or 2 key quotations from each scene

Happy summarising!