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Quick English Grammar Quiz

QUESTION 2: “That’s my brothers’ bedroom.” – How many people live in that bedroom?

a)one

b)two or more

c)zero

d)I don’t know

QUESTION 3: ____ you get home, we’ll be having lunch.

a)By the time

b)In time

c)On time

d)I don’t know

QUESTION 6: Which of the following sentences is INCORRECT?

a)I wish could do that!

b)I wish she wouldn’t do that.

c)I wish I were stronger.

d)I don’t know

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Symbolism – Lord of the Flies

Piggy’s Glasses

Piggy is intelligent. His glasses represent the power of science and intellectual endeavour in society. This symbolic significance is clear from the start of the novel. When Jack’s hunters raid Ralph’s camp and steal the glasses, we see that these characters have given up on the ideas of science and intellect.

The Beast

The beast stands for the primal instinct of savagery. The boys are afraid of the beast. As the boys grow more savage, their belief in the imaginary beast also grows. The boys leave it sacrifices and treat it as a totemic god. The boys’ behaviour is what brings the beast into existence.

The Island

Golding’s tropical island is essentially a symbolic Garden of Eden. While the uninhabited island represents paradise, the boys’ arrival soon changes this.

The Adults

Adults symbolise civilisation. However, the World War raging outside the island makes it clear that the adult “civilisation” is as savage as the boys’ “civilisation“.

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Macbeth Quiz

ONE. Who kills Macbeth?

a) Banquo

b) Lady Macbeth

c) Macduff

d) Malcolm

TWO. Whom does Lady Macbeth frame for the murder of Duncan?

a) The chamberlains

b) Macbeth

c) Malcolm

d) The porter

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Macbeth – Key Quotes – English Literature GCSE

Here are some key quotes from Shakespeare’s Macbeth

Is this a dagger which I see before me,
The handle toward my hand? Come, let me clutch thee:
I have thee not, and yet I see thee still.

(Macbeth, Act 2 Scene 1)

Double, double toil and trouble:
Fire burn, and cauldron bubble.

(Witches, Act 4 Scene 1)

Macbeth shall never vanquished be until
Great Birnam wood to high Dunsinane Hill
Shall come against him.

(Third apparition, Act 4 Scene 1)

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English Grammar – Punctuation

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Storm on the Island by Seamus Heaney: Literary Techniques. Power & Conflict Poetry Anthology – GCSE English Literature

Imagery

‘spits like a tame cat turned savage’ – the sea is described as an unpleasant and uncontrollable animal.

‘space as a salvo’ and ‘we are bombarded by the empty air’ – the situation is described as warlike, making it seem as though there is an attack going on by an unseen army.

Personification

‘the wizened earth’ – the earth is described as intelligent.

‘can raise a tragic chorus’ – this is when the leaves and branches are hit.

‘that it pummels’ – pummels means to hit something quickly, often used when describing a fight.

‘the sea is company’ – the sea is described as a cure for loneliness.

Metaphor

‘strafes invisibly’ – the storm is described as a fighter plane.

Diction

‘stacks’ – haystacks, formed piles of hay

‘stooks’ – groups of sheaves stood up to dry in a field

‘salvo’ – the firing of several guns or weapons

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A Christmas Carol – Key Quotes – GCSE English Literature

This is an important quote if you’re talking about Ebeneezer Scrooge. We get the idea that he’s not used to talking to people in this positive way. Although Scrooge is talking to another character, this quote illustrates the theme of isolation, as it reminds us that he used to be solitary and is only now trying to be sociable and positive.

“Spirit!” he cried, tight clutching at its robe, “hear me! I am not the man I was. I will not be the man I must have been but for this intercourse. Why show me this, if I am past all hope!”

This is the moment where Scrooge finally changes. It takes place in stave 4.

This is another good quote if you’re talking about Scrooge. He has woken from his experience and, although no traces of the ghosts remain, Scrooge remembers everything and that is enough for him to believe. This quote is from stave 5.

This quote is from stave 2. It relates to the theme of choice.

“I don’t know what day of the month it is!” said Scrooge. “I don’t know how long I’ve been among the Spirits. I don’t know anything. I’m quite a baby. Never mind. I don’t care. I’d rather be a baby. Hallo! Whoop! Hallo here!”

He was checked in his transports by the churches ringing out the lustiest peals he had ever heard. Clash, clang, hammer; ding, dong, bell. Bell, dong, ding; hammer, clang, clash! Oh, glorious, glorious!

This is an important quote, as the image of a bell appears frequently throughout the story.

Here’s another good quote for Scrooge. He’s talking to Fred and being as stubborn as ever. Fred just sees Scrooge as a member of his family, and he wants to have some form of relationship with him, even if he’s not a pleasant man to spend time with. This quote is from stave 1 and it’s great if you’re discussing the theme of family.

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