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A Guide to Victorian Literature | Examination

Ruth Owen | Monday October 17, 2011



Source: Work, Ford Madox Brown

Guide Navigation

1. Queen Victoria’s Reign
2. Prose
3. Poetry
4. Drama
5. Non-Fiction
6. Examination
7. Assessment Objectives, Exemplar & Contextual Linking

What To Expect In The Contextual Linking Question

On opening up your examination paper you will see a short extract related to Victorian Literature which will be NON-FICTION.

It could be any one of the following;

  • A letter
  • A work of criticism
  • A diary extract
  • A biographical extract
  • An autobiographical extract
  • A piece of cultural commentary
  • A history text

You will be given details about the extract. Take careful note of these as they will help you.

You will be asked to link all your Wider Reading to the focus of the given extract.

The Question

There will be 2 parts to the question;

The first part will ask you to consider the writers’ thoughts and feelings about Victorian life and how the writer expresses these thoughts and feelings.

The second part will ask you to compare and contrast the extract with your wider reading. You should, as the question will ask you to, say how typical you think it is of Victorian literature.  You need to talk about the subject matter (what it is about) and the style (how it is written).

It is very important that you read the extract VERY carefully. You then need to think about which texts in your Wider Reading would be appropriate to comment upon in the light of the extract. Remember that you MUST refer to all three genres; prose, poetry and drama. You have an hour to answer this question. Try to bear in mind the Assessment Objectives so that you give yourself the very best chance of achieving the best grade of which you are capable.

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