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New OCR GCSE English Literature Sample Component 01 Mock Paper

pdodd | Wednesday January 08, 2014


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  • New OCR GCSE English Literature Sample Component 01 General Marking Guidelines
  • New OCR GCSE English Literature Sample Component 01 Indicative Content

GCSE English Literature - Sample OCR Paper

Component 01

Exploring modern and literary heritage texts

2 hours

Section A

Modern Prose or Drama

  • Anita and Me - Meera Syal
  • Never Let Me Go - Kazuo Ishiguro
  • Animal Farm - George Orwell
  • An Inspector Calls - J B Priestley
  • My Mother Said I Never Should - Charlotte Keatley
  • DNA - Dennis Kelly

(With an additional unseen text for each option)

Section B

19th century prose

  • Great Expectations - Charles Dickens
  • Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
  • The War of the Worlds - H G Wells
  • The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde - Robert Louis Stevenson
  • Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte


  • Answer two questions. One from Section A and one from Section B.
  • All questions in Section A consist of two parts (a) and (b). Answer both parts of the question on the text you have studied.
  • In Section B, answer one question from a choice of two on the text you have studied.
  • The marks for each question are shown in brackets.
  • The total mark for this paper is 80.
  • This is a closed text examination.
  • Quality of extended responses will be assessed in questions marked with an asterisk (*).

Section A - Modern prose or drama

1. Anita and Me by Meera Syal and Oranges are Not the Only Fruit by Jeanette Winterson
Read the two extracts from the texts and then answer both part (a) and part (b).

You are advised to spend about 45 minutes on part (a) and 30 minutes on part (b).

For part (a) you should focus only on the extracts here rather than referring to the rest of your studied text.

Extract 1 from Anita and Me by Meera Syal: Chapter 2: From ‘Besides I enjoyed her anger… to… in...

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