In English Literature Paper 1, you will answer the first half on Shakespeare (Macbeth), and the second half on An Inspector Calls.
- Worth 40 marks in total (half of the whole paper, one quarter of the whole Literature GCSE)
- question a) will be an extract from the play which you have to analyse. This tests AO2: analysis language, form and structure.
- question b) will ask you to write a short essay about a similar theme in the rest of the play. This tests AO1: interpretations, use of quotations and answering the question, AND AO3: historical and literary context.
- You have an hour to answer the Macbeth questions, so you should spend 30 minutes on each section.
- Both sections are worth 20 marks.
If you are struggling to remember what is happening in each of the scenes, go to the No Fear Shakespeare website or use the following script: macbeth_no_fear_script copy.
Use the following knowledge organiser to help you test your knowledge:
Macbeth Knowledge Map
General revision activities to help with characters and themes:
Macbeth Model Paragraph
Macbeth 3 CASTLE
Castle writing frame
Macbeth Key Quotations
Macbeth Theme and character revision clock
Macbeth Key Quotations Analysis
The following resources will help you with examination technique for the Macbeth portion of the exam.
WT Mock Lit 1 Macbeth
Question Breakdown – Lit
Essay plan – questions
Extracts from Macbeth that you could use as exam practise are:
The raven himself.._
He hath almost..
_Is this a dagger..
_If it were done.._
We will proceed no further in this business.
He hath honoured me of late, and I have bought
Golden opinions from all sorts of people,
Which would be worn now in their newest gloss,
Not cast aside so soon.
Was the hope drunk
Wherein you dressed yourself? Hath it slept since?
And wakes it now to look so green and pale
At what it did so freely? From this time,
Such I account thy love. Art thou afeard
To be the same in thine own act and valour
As thou art in desire? Wouldst thou have that
Which thou esteem'st the ornament of life,
And live a coward in thine own esteem,
Letting I dare not wait upon I would,
Like the poor cat i'th'adage?
I dare do all that may become a man;
Who dares do more is none.
What beast was't then
That made you break this enterprise to me?
When you durst do it, then you were a man.
And to be more than what you were, you would
Be so much more the man. Nor time, nor place
Did then adhere, and yet you would make both.
They have made themselves and that their fitness now
Does unmake you. I have given suck and know
How tender 'tis to love the babe that milks me:
I would, while it was smiling in my face,
Have plucked my nipple from his boneless gums
And dashed the brains out, had I so sworn
As you have done to this.
If we should fail?
But screw your courage to the sticking-place,
And we'll not fail.
Act 1 Scene 7