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Here are examples of questions from 2008 – Section C:
14. “The motif of the journey is central to story-telling.”
Discuss how journeys adopt symbolic meanings in a range of texts you have experienced.
15. “Increasingly, readers in the West are being drawn to literature that gives insight into unfamiliar cultures.”
Discuss the validity of this statement, referring to a range of appropriate texts.
16. According to the poet Elizabeth Barrett Browning, “Love, mere love, is beautiful indeed”.
Argue a case for or against the idea that love is excessively idealised in literature.
17. “Texts that feature murder are often based on ready-made plot structures, but within that framework good writers can effect creative outcomes.”
Discuss this statement, referring to a range of texts you have experienced.