The IB has kindly provided a small sample of examination papers, including IB English paper 2.
For some additional resources on IB English, please refer to this post on Intense Cogitation.
- Compare and contrast the role of symbolism in two or three plays you have studied.
- “Long after the words are forgotten, the spectacle of the drama is remembered.” Compare two or three plays you have studied in light of this question.
- “Visual action can be as important on the stage as speech.” How far do you agree with this claim? In your answer you should refer to two or three plays you have studied.
- Compare the dramatic effectiveness of the relationship between setting and plot in two or three plays you have studied.
- “In dramatic construction there must be variation of pace and rhythm, monotony of any kind being certain to induce boredom.” Comparing at least 2 plays you have studied in light of this statement, show how variation of pace and rhythm have been used to attract or heighten the interest of the audience.
- To what extent can the plays you have studied be seen to have, directly or indirectly, a social or political purpose? Refer to two or three plays, exploring how they achieve their purposes.
- “Some plays are either serious or light-hearted; others include both elements.” Consider some of the ways in which either or both sorts of element are presented in two or three plays that you have studied and discuss their importance for the understanding of the plays as a whole.
- Some dramatists make more significant use of physical elements such as stage scenery than do others. Discuss the extent of the use of such features and their impact on meaning in two or three plays that you have studied.
General Questions on Literature (novels and poems)
- “Some writers succeed in hypnotizing the reader; others compel the reader to think.” Compare and contrast two or three works of literature in your study in the light of this statement.
- Compare the ways in which writers have explored the relationship between experience and understanding. Refer in detail to any two or three works of literature in your study.
- Consider the use made of music or musical elements in any two or three works of literature you have studied.
- In what ways does the concept “freedom of choice” inform your reading in any two or three works you have studied?
- “Fact versus fantasy; this is a clash that can have comic or tragic results.” Bearing this statement in mind explore the results of using realism and fantasy in any two or three works you have studied.
- Work is a defining element for people. Referring closely to two or three works in light of this statement, show how writers in your study have made the world of work significant in their writings.
- Compare how writers in your study have explored the themes of judgment and punishment, or disguise and deceit, or love and friendship, and with what effect.
- Using two or three of the works you have studied, discuss how and to what extent the writers have shown the pervasive influence of the past.
- If one of the roles of literature is to provide insight into human nature, but what techniques and to what degree did your texts offer you such insight? Discuss with reference to two or three works you have studied.
- “In the end is my beginning.” This is a statement made by an author to describe how he organizes his works. What do you understand by the sentence, and how does it cast light on the literary strategies employed in two or three works you have studied?
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