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New AQA GCSE English Literature Sample Paper 1 Mock Paper

pdodd | Wednesday December 03, 2014


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GCSE English Literature - Sample AQA Paper

Paper One

Shakespeare and the 19th Century Novel

1 hour and 45 minutes

Section A


  1. Macbeth
  2. Romeo and Juliet
  3. The Tempest
  4. The Merchant of Venice
  5. Much Ado About Nothing
  6. Julius Caesar
  7. Section B

    The 19th Century Novel

  8. The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde - Robert Louis Stevenson
  9. A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens
  10. Great Expectations - Charles Dickens
  11. Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
  12. Frankenstein - Mary Shelley
  13. Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
  14. The Sign of Four - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Answer one question from Section A and one from Section B.
  • The marks for questions are shown in brackets.
  • The maximum mark for this paper is 64.
  • AO4 will be assessed in Section A. There are 4 marks available for AO4 in Section A in addition to the 30 marks for answering the question. AO4 assesses the following skills: Use a range of vocabulary and sentence structures for clarity, purpose and effect, with accurate spelling and punctuation.
  • There are 30 marks for Section B.

Section A: Shakespeare

Answer one question from this section on your chosen text.

1. Macbeth

Read the following extract from Act 3, Scene 2 of Macbeth and then answer the question that follows.

At this point in the play Macbeth has left the banquet hall and Lady Macbeth seeks him out.

Come on;
Gentle my lord, sleek o’er your rugged looks;
Be bright and jovial among your guests to-night.

So shall I, love; and so, I pray, be you:
Let your remembrance apply to Banquo;     
Present him eminence, both with eye and tongue.
Unsafe the while, that we
Must lave our honours in these flattering streams,
And make our faces vizards to our hearts,
Disguising what they are.

You must leave this.

O, full of scorpions is my mind, dear...

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