Grade 10 English Pre-IB Final Exam

					           Grade 10 English Pre-IB Final Exam
                       Ms. Farrell
              Friday, June 20th, Morning
            Description/ Questions/ Answers

The final exam for English 10 Pre-IB will be held on Friday, June 20th.
The exam is out of 30 and worth 30% of your final mark. It will be
divided into three sections:

Part I – Reading Comprehension 10 Marks
You will be given a text that we have not studied before and you will have to answer
questions based on this text.

How can I study for the reading comprehension?

This is a good question. You can’t study for it per se as you will not have seen the text
before. But, what you can do is think of some strategies to use during the exam:

1. Read the reading comprehension questions first. This will help focus your attention
on what you need to be looking for when you mine the text.
2. Make notes as you read along. If you read a paragraph that corresponds to one of
the questions, e.g. #6, then write a number 6 beside that paragraph. This will save time
when you go back to answer questions. You may want to jot down notes i.e. reveals
character trait, climax of the story, as well.
3. Check the value of the question. Most questions will be worth one point, but you
may run across some that are worth two points. Use this as a clue. Ask yourself why
this is worth more than the other questions. This should be a clue that you will have
to look a little more deeply for the answer. Or, it could mean that the teacher is
looking for two examples instead of one example to illustrate a point.
4. Read the questions carefully. Students often give right answers, but they don’t
always answer the right question. Teachers cannot mark what you meant to write-
only what you’ve written.
Part II – Written Commentary 10 Marks

You will be given 2 excerpts from the works we have studied this year:
The Catcher in the Rye
Ordinary People
 Julius Caesar
The Chrysalids
You will have to write about ONE of these excerpts taking into consideration
character development, the use of language: style, tone, technique, setting, plot, and
themes as well as the GUIDING QUESTIONS provided.

1. What is a written commentary?

This is NOT an essay, but a close-reading response (similar to the ORAL commentary
done during the course).

2. What are guiding questions?

These questions have a more specific focus than the general topics mentioned above.

3. Will we get the questions and excerpts beforehand?

No. You will not receive them until you write the exam.

4. But, how can I study for this exam if I don’t know what the excerpts are?

This is a challenge for the students. I often hear students say, “It’s English, so you can’t
really study for it like you can for math.” Yes, there are no set formulas or questions
to study but to take a “che sera sera” attitude is not the best way to go, either.

Make sure you can identify the following elements for each novel, play:

Characters, Situations- i.e. Mr. Antolini is Holden’s teacher. He is one of the few
people Holden can trust. However, this impression changes when Holden visits Mr.
Antolini. Towards the end of the book, Holden leaves his home and visits Mr.
Antolini at his home. He asks to stay the night. At one point, Mr. Antolini caresses
Holden’s head. Holden thinks that Mr. Antolini is making a pass at him and leaves
immediately. Holden becomes very agitated and nervous about this incident.
Characterization –What are the defining characteristics of the characters? How does
the author construct the character – dialogue, point of view, observations of other
characters, etc. What evidence from the novel can you use to support this?
i.e Brutus is naive. He believes that the people will understand his reasons for killing
Caesar were honourable. Therefore, he doesn’t seem to think it will be a problem, for
Mark Antony, Caesar’s right-hand man speak at Caesar’s funeral. This would be like
asking Republican Senator Cain to speak at the National Democratic convention on
behalf of Barrach Obama.

Themes – We spent a lot of time talking about moral dilemmas with the novel The
Chrysalids. Some characters had to make choices that went against the accepted
societal expectations, while others based their choices in accordance to these

Part III – Essay Question 10 Marks

You will be given two essay topics and you will have to write about ONE of them.

1.How do I study for this?

See the answer 4 above.
Review the structure of an essay:
     A. Intro
    -Thesis statement (This is what I will be talking about. You can create a thesis
    statement on exams by adapting the essay question given.)
     B. Body
    -Topic Sentence
    -Use of lots of examples from the work to justify my ideas.
    C. Conclusion
    -The conclusion involves restating the thesis statements in a modified way and
    listing the ways you were able to assert the thesis statement.

Write, write, write. Practice writing out some of your ideas about the characters,
themes, and characterization. Even though you do not know what the questions are,
writing about the above mentioned ideas will increase the fluidity with which you
write. Remember, you have to be efficient with your use of time. It’s important to
practice writing out what you mean to say. This forces you to think about things like
organization, flow, and word choice.
Verbalize, verbalize, verbalize. If you are not able to write out ideas, making sure that
you verbalize them can be very useful. It’s one thing to have an idea in your head
about a character, but forcing yourself to put these ideas into words forces you to
think about things like organization, flow, and word choice.

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