Paper 2 Prep Instructions from ib: Answer one



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Instructions from IB:

Answer one essay question only. You must base your answer on at least two of the Part 3 works you have studied. You may include in your answer a discussion of a Part 2 work of the same genre if relevant. Answers which are not based on a discussion of at least two Part 3 works will not score highly.


Part 3 Texts Part 2 Text (only as supplemental 3rd text)

A Hero of Our Time Midnight’s Children

Jane Eyre

Remains of the Day

The Painted Drum

HOMEWORK: Read these questions carefully. For THREE questions, unpack the question and plan out a “road map” which includes the following: [#7 plus 2 of your own choice]

3-5 sentences clearly explaining your main point/argument

• which texts you would use to answer the question

• complete thoughts on how you could use those texts to support your answer

• examples from each text with analysis/explanations


Novel and the Short Story
1. Compare the part played by major characters with the part played by characters in two novels by different authors, saying why you think each writer has adopted that arrangement in that particular work.


  1. How far has the presentation of the narratives you have studied departed from the chronological? Looking at two or three works, consider how appropriate the sequence of the narrative is to what each work is about.




  1. “Not rounding off, but opening out.” Comment upon the way the writers of the novel and short story deal with the ending in relation to the whole. In your answer you should refer to two or three novels or short stories you have studied.




  1. To what extent would you agree that plot should be valued more highly than style in the novel and short story? In your answer you should refer to two or three novels or short stories you have studied.




  1. “Some novelists invite the reader to experience the fictional world from inside the consciousness of one or more of the characters; other novelists remain omniscient. Neither method is better in itself: the sole concern is how well the narrative method fulfills the author’s particular purposes.”

Discuss either or both of these kinds of narrative techniques in relation to their appropriateness in two or three of the novels you have studied.


  1. Some readers perceive and enjoy a “dialogue between the reader and the novelist.” Have you found any such “dialogue” in novels you have studied, and to what effect?




  1. Examine the ways in which your novelists have chosen to present their characters’ thought processes, making clear what you think each author’s presentation contributes to the effect of the novel.




  1. The scale of the novel has always allowed the novelist the fruitful use of time and history. How have novelists employed time and/or history to good effect in your chosen novels?



  1. To what extent do the novels you have studied support the view that ‘indirect ways of arriving at knowledge always provoke the most curiosity in the reader’?





  1. “There are three principal sources of interest in narratives (such as novels or short stories): suspense, mystery, and irony.”

Discuss both the ways writers in your study have used ONE of these sources and the effect this feature has on the narratives.


  1. “My own preference is for a story that is kaleidoscopic, with a number of different voices rather than one character speaking for the entire novel or short story.” Focusing on single and/or multiple voices, discuss the effects of viewpoint in the TWO or THREE novels or short stories you have studied.




  1. “The characters of a novel can only be individualized if they are set in a background of particularized time and place.”

How important is the setting of a particular time and/or place to the development of the characters? Refer in detail to at least two novels or short stories.


  1. “Make them laugh, make them cry, make them wait.”

Focusing on one of these demands for the writing of fiction, show how it emerges as a significant factor in creating interest in two or three works you have studied.


  1. Evaluate the effectiveness of devices used to represent internal states of mind in two or three works of fiction you have studied.




  1. Discuss the ways in which at least two novels or short stories you have studied demonstrate that the search for identity can be a conscious or unconscious process.



  1. “Defiance becomes our duty in the face of injustice.” Referring to at least two works you have studied, explore the ways in which the writers have attempted to persuade us to accept or challenge this view.





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