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How To Get High Marks In A Literature Exam

Education : English

One key thing you need to do to get higher marks in a literature exam is to not just STATE points, but to BACK THEM UP.

Best: use example QUOTATIONS from the source to illustrate and enforce your point. This shows not only there is substance to your writing but that you have a command and understanding of the source literature.

A good process to follows:
1 - make your point
2 - illustrate with a quotation
3- briefly state how the quotation backs up your point

For instance:

We notice in the writing of Shakespeare that the concept of exactly what life is like, and the real nature of our lives are often at the forefront of his mind, echoing Renaissance ideologies.

Shakespeare wrote:

'All the world's a stage,
And all the men and women merely players.
They have their exits and their entrances,
And one man in his time plays many parts,
His acts being seven ages'
[As you Like it - give exact reference in exam]

As this quote shows, Shakespeare compares the nature of life to being one great stage, in which we all play our bit part roles, we have no control over nature and simply act out the part alloted to us by blind chance. This is the reality of the world as Shakespeare sees it.


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