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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. Macbeth - Witches

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

    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
  3. Salesman - Stage directions

    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
  4. Outsider - Stories

    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
  5. Blake Nature Poems

    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
  6. Outsider - Arab murder

    How do you account for the murder of the Arab?
    Based Albert Camus' The Outsider
    Grade awarded: 7
  7. HL November 2002 P1 no1a

    English A1 HL November 2002 Paper 1, Question 1.a.
    Grade: 6
  8. Outsider - Tension

    Reread pg 45-6. How does Camus build up the tension to the final climax?
    Based Albert Camus' The Outsider
    Grade awarded: 6
  9. Commentary on an extract from "The Book of Saladin" by Tariq Ali (N04 SL)

    A commentary on an extract from "The Book of Saladin" by Tariq Ali from November 2004 (SL). This commentary was awarded a 7.
  10. Compare the ways that the treatment of time has been used to shape meaning in two or three works you have studied (N06 HL)

    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.
  11. Commentary on "Winter Syntax" by Billy Collins (N06 HL)

    A commentary on the poem "Winter Syntax" by Billy Collins from November 2006 (HL). This commentary was awarded a 6.
  12. Unseen - Poem Winter

    Sample Commentary: Winter by Ruth Stone
    Grade: 5
    By Elsa Meserlian
  13. A comparison of the openings of "Wuthering Heights" by Emily Bronte and "Perfume" by Patrick Süskind

    Task: Compare the openings of the novels which you have read, saying how these openings have drawn you into the fiction, and how a re-reading of them reflects the primary concerns of each work.
  14. Is McMurphy a saviour or an iconoclast? Discuss.

    A discussion on whether McMurphy from "One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest" by Ken Kesey is a savior or an iconoclast.
  15. Commentary on an extract from "Life of Pi" (M04 HL)

    A commentary on an extract from Yann Martel's "Life of Pi" from May 2004 (HL). This commentary was awarded a 7.
  16. Commentary on "Night Wind" by Christopher Dewdney (M03 HL)

    A commentary on Christopher Dewdney's "Night Wind" from HL May 2003.
  17. Raymond Carver: Literary Comparison of 'Fever' and 'Cathedral'

    This essay attempts to answer the question: "In what ways and for what purposes does Carver make use of the extraordinary or the unusual in his stories Fever and Cathedral?"
  18. Commentary: Two Hands by Jon Stallworthy

    A commentary of the poem 'Two Hands' by Jon Stallworthy (English A1SL)
  19. English A1 sample Paper 1

    This is a sample English Language and Literature SL/HL response to a set of two texts. While the extracts used for the Paper 1 is a past exam for English A2, Paper 1 for A2 and A1 Language and Literature the same. This was a sample response given to be by my English Language and Literature teacher. Does not include marks, but I am assuming it is a pretty good response when she is handing it out as a sample response.
    Now: time for random emoticons.
    :sam: :sam:
  20. Example Essay 2002

    Example Literature Essay 2002
    Mock Exam
  21. WL1 ESSAY

  22. Poetry Commentary on "The Hawk", by Harold Witt

    This is an IB Poetry Commentary Paper, which was graded a 6 by IBO.
    It is on The Hawk, by Harold Witt.
  23. The Great Gatsby Paper 2 Exam: Passage Analysis

    Written on the question: Choose a passage rich in symbol, metaphor, or imagery and analyze what Fitzgerald accomplishes.
    This essay received a 19/25 (6)
    A: 4 B: 4 C: 4 3 E: 4
  24. Commentary on One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

    This passage from One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey depicts a foreshadowing scene between “the Big Nurse” and “those Black boys” through the eyes of a first person named “Broom Bromden,” in what appears to be a hospital because of the mentioning of the “ward door” and a “nurse.”
  25. Commentary on Ted Hughes' "Jaguar"

    Commentary on Ted Hughes' poem, "Jaguar".
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