1. How does Lamont Stewart use exposition to give us an insight into Alec’s character?
2. Name the 2 main marriages in the text. How do they contrast? Find evidence to illustrate this.
3. Isa’s attraction to John is foreshadowed. Find evidence that supports this.
4. John clearly feels he is unable to provide. Find evidence to support this and explain it fully.
5. How is Bertie’s illness used to help us understand a central concern of the text?
6. Maggie loves John but she is also afraid of him. Explain why this is the case.
7. “It’s only rich folks can keep theirselves tae theirselves. Folks like us hev tae depend on their neighbours when they’re needin help.” How does this help us understand one of the main themes of the text?
8. John obviously has a temper. Find a key moment in the text where this is the case and explain the insight it gives us into his character.
9. Look at page 24-25. How does the playwright portray the characters of John, Maggie and Jenny? Use evidence, with detailed analysis, to justify your point.
10. Who is evidently in charge of the Morrison household? Back up your argument with detailed reference to the text.
11. How is conflict explored in this key incident? Explain who the conflict is between and, with reference to dialogue and stage direction, illustrate how it helps us understand the key themes of poverty and gender issues.
12. John is clearly upset after the altercation with his daughter. Explain why this is the case.
• Passage references
• School book – bottom of page 128 (‘ From a safe…’) to bottom of page 129 (‘…he was sorry.’)
• Green and white book middle of page 156 ( ‘From a safe…’) to bottom of page 157 (‘…he was sorry.’)
1. How does Jenkins use weather to reflect the mood of this passage? (2)
2. How does the writer’s language convey Lady Runcie Campbell’s anger? (2)
3. How does the extract on page 129/ 156-7 ‘Neil did not know what to do or say’ to ‘…held it down.’ Convey the struggle within Neil? (4)
4. Why might you argue that Calum is a brave character in this extract? (2)
5. One of the main concerns of the text is the issue of class conflict. Referring closely to other parts of the text, show how this extract explores this issue. (10)
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Initially, in the opening chapter, Jenkins establishes the character of Calum for us as an innocent and good character, immediately highlighting the theme. Calum is considering the dilemma of helping the trapped rabbit:
The evident dilemma which the character is facing is made abundantly clear to us. Jenkins writes that he is conflicted as he does not want to damage his relationship with his brother but ultimately feels obliged to save the rabbit. This highlights the goodness in Calum as he does not wish to cause any trouble whatsoever. This links neatly to the theme of good vs. evil as it is clearly established, through this plot point, that Calum is a good person who personifies the moral issues we are faced with when it comes tour treatment of living things. However, the character of Duror presents a far different attitude towards the dilemma of how we treat other living creatures. From the very beginning of the text it is made evident to us that Calum represents good where Duror represent evil, highlighting one of the central concerns of the text early on.
Scottish Text Practice
Pgs 58 (bottom) and 59
I am developing my understanding of what is required of me in the Scottish text component of the exam.
This extract follows Duror’s attempt to climb the tree in chapter 5.
1. By referring closely to the first paragraph, analyse how Jenkins uses language to explore the development of Duror’s character. (4)
2. By referring closely to page 59, illustrate how the key theme of class conflict is developed. (4)
3. Explain why Neil’s ‘faith in his employer snapped.’ (2)
4. Neil’s words “Who does the lady think she is, that she orders us about like dogs?” clarify one of the central concerns of the text.
With reference to such features as setting, characterisation and narrative in this extract and elsewhere in the novel, discuss how Jenkins develops our understanding of this central concern. (10)
1.Why is this interesting that this is the first time we see Lady Macbeth since the banquet scene? How does her behaviour then contrast to her behaviour in this act?
2.Consider the following motifs; sleep, blood and hallucinations. Give evidence, with close analysis, to show how these motifs are prominent within this act. With reference to previous use of these motifs, show how they echo what has happened previously in this play.
3.What do these motifs show us about Lady Macbeth’s sanity?
4.How has Lady Macbeth’s attitude to what they have done changed? Choose a quotation from a previous act and, with close analysis, show the difference in her attitude now.
5.“Infected minds/ To their deaf pillows will discharge their secrets. /More needs she the divine than the physician.” The doctor says this at the end. With reference to imagery and word choice, show how the doctor addresses the theme of downfall.
6. Macbeth is notably absent from his wife’s side, even though she is evidently ill. What does this suggest about their relationship? Look at previous evidence from the text to illustrate your point.
Question – How does Shakespeare explore the theme of ambition in acts 1 -3? In your response you MUST consider such features as dialogue, stage direction, theme, plot, imagery, character developement, character relationships and key scene.
Remember to link everything back to ambition.
Remember to use linking word, evaluative language and any specific language we’ve learned.
Remember to include at least 6 quotations.
Remember to structure you essay appropriately. Intro, main-body, conclusion.