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									Deconstructing Rabbit-Proof Fence
                   Advanced Strand

         A critical study of feature film
            written by Tony Hughes
            Published by Textstudy™ Educational Software



 Supporting Viewing Curriculum Framework Outcomes
                              Using the program in the classroom

The program has five components:

•   An integrated program includes all materials : teacher notes, student
    questions and a set of storyboards from Rabbit-Proof Fence. Teachers are
    advised to view the integrated program first to familiarise themselves with
    the structure of the content (IntegratedRPF)
•   Teacher notes (TeacherRPF)
•   Junior school film study questions (JuniorRPF)
•   A set of storyboards from Rabbit-Proof Fence with accompanying outcome
    questions for Year Levels 6-10 (StoryboardRPF)
•   Year 11 and 12 advanced essay questions (AdvancedRPF)
Teachers may select any section for classroom use, move between
sections for specific classroom activities or teach directly from the
integrated program.
                                                                     Year 11 and 12
                                                          Advanced Essay Writing Questions


    This strand contains a set of 40 essay questions. The emphasis is on the development
    of critical and analytical thinking with questions focussing on the way language is
    used in Rabbit-Proof Fence. Questions specifically focus on:
–   A critical awareness of the language and cultures of Australia.
–   An understanding of how structures, patterns and audience expectations influence language and meaning.
–   An understanding of how a film text is shaped by the contexts of both its writers and its readers.
–   An understanding of how the construction of a film text encourages responses in its viewers, confirming
    or altering their attitudes and values as they view.
–   An understanding of the role of such elements as genre, selection of detail, structure and style in the
    construction of a film text.
–   An understanding of the role of verbal language, traditional narrative elements and specific elements of
    film language such as technical, audio, symbolic and written codes.



                                           BLUE STRAND
              Advanced Student Essay Questions : Year 11 and 12




Question 1:   Discuss your reaction to your viewing of Rabbit-Proof Fence,
              focussing on the factors which influence your viewing. You might
              consider your own attitudes and values and/or other viewing and
              reading experiences in your response.
              Advanced Student Essay Questions : Year 11 and 12




Question 2:   Outline the main ideas and attitudes presented in the construction of
              the Moore River Settlement. Comment on how values and attitudes
              reflected in this setting reinforce or challenge your own beliefs.
              Advanced Student Essay Questions : Year 11 and 12




Question 3:   Feature film effectively presents a picture of the conflicts which arise
              within personal relationships. Discuss the ways in which Rabbit-
              Proof Fence supports this statement.
              Advanced Student Essay Questions : Year 11 and 12




Question 4:   Explain how Rabbit-Proof Fence has affected your response to the
              representation of either white Australians or Indigenous Australians
              in the 1930’s (the time in which the film is set). Provide clear
              examples from the film to support your argument.
              Advanced Student Essay Questions : Year 11 and 12




Question 5:   Australian feature films often set out to challenge or reinforce
              dominant Australian values and attitudes. Discuss this statement,
              making reference to Rabbit-Proof Fence and at least one other
              Australian feature film that you have viewed.
              Advanced Student Essay Questions : Year 11 and 12




Question 6:   As viewers respond to texts, they are often positioned to feel empathy
              towards the main character or characters. Show by reference to the
              construction of Molly, Gracie and Daisy the extent to which you
              found this claim to be justified.
              Advanced Student Essay Questions : Year 11 and 12




Question 7:   Discuss how Aboriginal women are represented in the opening scene
              at Jigalong. In your discussion, make reference to the context of the
              film and the techniques employed to construct a particular view of
              these women.
              Advanced Student Essay Questions : Year 11 and 12




Question 8:   Aboriginal male voices have been marginalised in this film. What
              effect does this omission have on the viewer?
              Advanced Student Essay Questions : Year 11 and 12




Question 9:   Discuss how Rabbit-Proof Fence represents the experiences of
              Aboriginal people. You should consider the use of filmic
              conventions, dialogue and selection of detail in your response.
               Advanced Student Essay Questions : Year 11 and 12




Question 10:   Discuss your reaction to reading the book Beyond the Rabbit-Proof
               Fence by Doris Pilkington Garimara. Discuss the factors which
               influence the writer’s context and your context as a reader.
               Advanced Student Essay Questions : Year 11 and 12




Question 11:   It’s not just the quality of it’s argument that makes a text effective but
               also the power of its underlying values and assumptions.
               Discuss this statement with reference to Rabbit-Proof Fence.
               Advanced Student Essay Questions : Year 11 and 12




Question 12:   A knowledge of the social and cultural context in which a text was
               produced can enhance our understanding and appreciation of the text
               itself. Discuss this statement with reference to the book Beyond the
               Rabbit-Proof Fence by Doris Pilkington Garimara and the feature
               film Rabbit-Proof Fence directed by Phillip Noyce.
               Advanced Student Essay Questions : Year 11 and 12




Question 13:   Biographical texts contain more than just a collection of factual
               information; they are concerned with interpreting facts. Discuss this
               statement, making reference to the book Beyond the Rabbit-Proof
               Fence by Doris Pilkington Garimara.
               Advanced Student Essay Questions : Year 11 and 12




Question 14:   Non-print texts often make use of a central person or character to
               represent the values that an audience may accept or challenge.
               Discuss how this occurs in the feature film Rabbit-Proof Fence
               directed by Phillip Noyce.
               Advanced Student Essay Questions : Year 11 and 12




Question 15:   What attitudes towards culture and race are central to the scene in
               which the Chief Protector of Aborigines (Mr Neville) watches the
               Aboriginal children sing at the Moore River Settlement?
               Advanced Student Essay Questions : Year 11 and 12




Question 16:   Texts may present similar information, but they often present
               this information in ways that encourage different responses from an
               audience.
               Discuss this proposition in relation to Rabbit-Proof Fence and at least
               one other text that you have viewed or read.
               Advanced Student Essay Questions : Year 11 and 12




Question 17:   Successful texts are entertaining and thought provoking. Discuss this
               proposition in relation to your viewing of Rabbit-Proof Fence.
               Advanced Student Essay Questions : Year 11 and 12




Question 18:   Feature film positions the viewer to accept a particular stance on an
               issue through careful selection of detail and structure. Describe how
               this statement applies to Rabbit-Proof Fence.
               Advanced Student Essay Questions : Year 11 and 12




Question 19:   Discuss the way in which locations and settings contribute to the
               text’s meaning in Rabbit-Proof Fence.
               Advanced Student Essay Questions : Year 11 and 12




Question 20:   Stories often concern the ideas and views of human experiences.
               Consider the way in which generic conventions are used to
               communicate ideas and views of a particular human experience in
               Rabbit-Proof Fence.
               Advanced Student Essay Questions : Year 11 and 12




Question 21:   The story is the oldest means of communication and the truest
               medium of expression. Discuss the way in which the generic
               conventions of the story Beyond the Rabbit-Proof Fence by Doris
               Pilkington Garimara has utilised generic conventions to communicate
               themes to you.
                 Advanced Student Essay Questions : Year 11 and 12




Question 22:      Values and attitudes do not remain static, they change with the
        passage of time as do the language and visual images we use to
        communicate them. Describe how this statement applies to Rabbit-
        Proof Fence and how language and visuals affected you response to
        the film.
               Advanced Student Essay Questions : Year 11 and 12




Question 23:   Like documentary films, feature films that deal with true events are
               more than just a collection of facts; they are concerned with
               interpreting facts. Discuss this statement in relation to your viewing
               of Rabbit-Proof Fence.
               Advanced Student Essay Questions : Year 11 and 12




Question 24:   Rabbit-Proof Fence utilises the generic conventions of film language
               to present ideas in a visual form. Write an essay in which you
               examine the way in which ideas about Australian history are selected
               and shaped in this feature film.
               Advanced Student Essay Questions : Year 11 and 12




Question 25:   We often refer to “The Good Old Days.”
               Using Rabbit-Proof Fence as a basis for your response, write an essay
               in which you discuss the accuracy or otherwise of this idea.
               Advanced Student Essay Questions : Year 11 and 12




Question 26:   Texts provide the viewer with an insight into situations and provide
               an understanding of human problems not yet encountered personally.
               Discuss the ways in which the construction of Rabbit-Proof Fence
               contributes to the viewers understanding of human problems.
               Advanced Student Essay Questions : Year 11 and 12




Question 27:   Feature films are more than a form of entertainment. Write a review
               of Rabbit-Proof Fence, paying particular attention to the way in
               which the structure and content of the text challenges or perpetuates
               cultural beliefs.
               Advanced Student Essay Questions : Year 11 and 12




Question 28:   Generic conventions are often used to reinforce a particular viewpoint
               about an issue. Write an essay in which you explain how conventions
               in Rabbit-Proof Fence are used to establish meaning.
               Advanced Student Essay Questions : Year 11 and 12




Question 29:   In order to find out what young people think about Australia’s future,
               the Federal Government has decided to run an essay competition for
               senior High School students. Write an essay suitable for this
               competition in which you explore your personal views. You should
               make reference to Rabbit-Proof Fence in your response.
               Advanced Student Essay Questions : Year 11 and 12




Question 30:   Write a dialogue between yourself and a friend in which you seek to
               persuade your friend that film language is important in shaping the
               narrative. Provide examples from Rabbit-Proof Fence to support your
               answer.
               Advanced Student Essay Questions : Year 11 and 12




Question 31:   Feature films effectively present a picture of the conflicts which exist
               within social groups. Discuss the way in which Rabbit-Proof Fence
               supports this statement.
               Advanced Student Essay Questions : Year 11 and 12




Question 32:   The camera is able to establish setting more successfully than
               words.
               By referring in detail to ONE PART of Rabbit-Proof Fence ,
               discuss this statement in terms of the methods each uses to portray
               setting.
               Advanced Student Essay Questions : Year 11 and 12




Question 33:   Examine ONE ASPECT of Rabbit-Proof Fence showing how the
               conventions of the film text have been used to persuade you to accept
               particular attitudes and values.
               Advanced Student Essay Questions : Year 11 and 12




Question 34:   Feature films create an impression of reality even though their details
               are carefully constructed. Compare the ways in which selection has
               been used to establish a particular point of view in ONE PART of
               Rabbit-Proof Fence and ONE OTHER TEXT.
               Advanced Student Essay Questions : Year 11 and 12




Question 35:   Discuss the ways in which character is presented in the feature film
               Rabbit-Proof Fence and the book Beyond the Rabbit-Proof Fence.
               Support your answer by referring in detail to ONE PART of each text
               in which the portrayal of character contributes significantly to
               meaning in the text.
               Advanced Student Essay Questions : Year 11 and 12




Question 36:   Feature films can tell us as much about values and attitudes as
               expository texts. Discuss this statement, referring to ONE PART of
               the feature film Rabbit-Proof Fence and ONE PART of an expository
               text.
               Advanced Student Essay Questions : Year 11 and 12




Question 37:   The medium of feature film creates more believable characters than
               the characters in a print medium. Discuss this statement, making
               reference the feature film Rabbit-Proof Fence and the book Beyond
               the Rabbit-Proof Fence.
               Advanced Student Essay Questions : Year 11 and 12




Question 38:   We identify closely with texts when we find that they express our
               own attitudes and values. Discuss this statement with reference to
               Rabbit-Proof Fence and one print text that you have studied.
               Advanced Student Essay Questions : Year 11 and 12




Question 39:   Creating a feature film from a print text involves making decisions.
               Using your reading of Beyond the Rabbit-Proof Fence, discuss the
               choices you would have made if you had been asked to write the
               screenplay of the feature film Rabbit-Proof Fence. You should make
               detailed reference to filmic codes and conventions in your response.
               Advanced Student Essay Questions : Year 11 and 12




Question 40:   To be effective, feature films that are based on true events should be
               both exciting and informative. Discuss this statement with reference
               to PART of the feature film Rabbit-Proof Fence and PART of a
               one other feature film based on true events.
Advanced Student Essay Questions : Year 11 and 12




END OF YEAR 11 AND 12 ESSAY QUESTIONS

								
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