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Sample essays for IB English A1, some are past paper responses done under exam conditions. The files include essays for both Paper 1 (Unseen Commentary) and Paper 2 (Detailed Studies work).

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  1. Hi
    This is my first 20/20 in an English A Lit HL Paper 1 exam and as lots of people asked, I thought I might as well just upload it here!
    Good luck everyone!
    Daisy.

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  2. Sample of an analysis
    Big Daddy's Will.docx

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  3. An essay on ‘Grenouille the tick’ in the novel Perfume.

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  4. ENGLISH A1 – PAPER 2 – HIGHER LEVEL
    Discuss the interplay between setting and action as part of the meaning of the novels you have read.
    Novels--Madam Bovary and The Bluest Eye

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  5. Unseen Commentary – 'Night Wind' HL M03
    Handwritten under timed conditions and then typed up.
    Marks: 25/25

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  6. Explore the significance of the past in the play “Long Day’s Journey Into Night” by Eugene O’Neill
    Grade awarded: 7 (internally marked)

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  7. “An Analysis of the Relationship between Goneril and Regan in King Lear”

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  8. Marie, Raymond, Salamano and Masson – how do their stories help fill in the background to the end of part 1?
    Based Albert Camus' The Outsider
    Grade awarded: 7

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  9. Reread The Lamb and The Tiger. Comment on the imagery, tone and message of these poems and state what relevance they might have for the 21st century.
    Sample Essay on Wiliam Blake's two poems: The Lamb (from Songs of Innocence) and The Tiger (from Songs of Experience)
    Grade awarded: 7

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  10. Examine Jocasta’s entrance. What is the significance of the timing and what she said. Comment on the exchanges between Jocasta and Oedipus, lines 707 – 953.
    Based on Sophocles' Oedipus Rex
    Grade awarded: 6

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  11. What early indications are there that Meursault’s reaction to his mother’s death isn’t quite “right”?
    Based Albert Camus' The Outsider
    Grade awarded: 6

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  12. How would you describe the tone of Chorus’ first speech and what linguistic techniques does the writer use to encourage this tone?
    Based on Sophocles' Oedipus Rex
    Grade awarded: 6

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  13. Extract from Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
    Sample Unseen Commentary
    Grade: 7

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  14. Sample Commentary: The Visitor by Patricia Cresswell
    Grade: 7

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  15. English A1 HL November 2002 Paper 2, Question 1.b.
    A ‘love’ story is often present in drama. Compare and evaluate the manner in which a ‘love’ story, broadly interpreted, either sits at the centre of the plays you have studied or intrudes its concern into the central issues.
    Grade: 7

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  16. Examine the witches’ scenes. Comment on the language they use and their presentation in the play.
    Based on Shakespeare's Macbeth
    Grade: 7

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  17. Arthur Miller – Death of a Salesman
    Reread pages 41 – 48. Examine Linda’s speeches in this section. What is her message and tone? How does this help with our understanding of the characters Biff, Happy, Will and Linda? What impact does this section have on the rest of the play?
    Grade: 6

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  18. Review pages 1-15. Examine the stage directions and comment on them in terms of visual effects, character portrayal and tone.
    Based on Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman
    Grade awarded: 7

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  19. What do you think is the purpose of the two “stories”? What punishment is being meted out? In what way is “deception” a central to the chapter?
    Based Albert Camus' The Outsider
    Grade awarded: 7

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  20. Blake was interested in and influenced by nature, flowers and the garden. Choose 3-4 poems reflecting this interest/influence and suggest how we might interpret them.
    Based on William Blake's Song of Innocence and Experience
    Grade awarded: 7

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  21. How do you account for the murder of the Arab?
    Based Albert Camus' The Outsider
    Grade awarded: 7

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  22. English A1 HL November 2002 Paper 1, Question 1.a.
    Commentary.
    Grade: 6

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  23. Reread pg 45-6. How does Camus build up the tension to the final climax?
    Based Albert Camus' The Outsider
    Grade awarded: 6

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  24. A commentary on an extract from "The Book of Saladin" by Tariq Ali from November 2004 (SL). This commentary was awarded a 7.

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  25. A comparison of the ways that the treatment of time has been used to shape meaning in "Chronicle of a Death Foretold" by Gabriel Garcia Marquez and "Beloved" by Toni Morrison from November 2006 (HL). This essay was awarded a 7.

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