Answering a Text/ Passage Based Question

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Some Samples to be Employed:

Acronym: PTCDF

Question: How does the playwright/ writer makes this extract a significant moment of the play/novel?

  1. Plot(locate the extract and say who is on stage / or present if the passage is from the novel)This short sequence/ extract ( not a complete scene ) is a part of a ………… between x and y. A , b and c ‘s presence demonstrates ….( give a little summary here in one sentence of what this scene is about)


  • One of the play/ novel’s main concerns is the contrast between the ————-
  • From this scene we can have  clear glimpse of—-
  • However,

Characterization ( evaluate the characters on the basis of the information provided /language used by the characters/ other people or the narrator/  or what the characters seems to be doing here )

  • Hastings is an intriguing character who—-
  • His misinterpretations of every warning sustain the grim irony that characterizes the play
  • Like Clarence , he realizes too late that he has relied on earthly success rather than God’s grace.

Dramatic action: 

  • this is a highly dramatic passage which starts at the peak of-and the two protagonists are seen—-.
  • Emotions run high throughout the quoted text.
  • Following this extract——.this action prefigures —–the destructive / violent forces/ supernatural element/ poetic justice—–
  • This dramatic scene creates suspense in the audience because they expect the —-
  • This brief scene has been packed in action, description and atmosphere very effectively

Features of Language:

  • the tension/conflict/row has been expressed in repetitive language with many exclamations, rhetorical questions and unfinished sentences ( for eg…)
  • this verse scene is armed with powerful poetic devices ….which suit the intensity and gravity of the situation.
  • Bronte captures very effectively the tine and atmosphere of…
  • The women of the play use formal ritualistic language  and emphasize  the …
  • Repeated words emphasize themes powerfully as well as creating the …. Mood .
  • ————-,——————,—————— and ————- all chime /sound repetitively , reinforcing the point.——————.
  • Richard’s soliloquy reveals his delight in language and wordplay. He presents the contrasting elements of……
  • His/ her mocking tone is reflected in…
  • He/she puns on….
  • She / he is determined to prove—— as they say——-
  • Heathcliff’s vocabulary could b contrasted with Lockwood’s as —–
  • Linton’s s choice of words is naïve…
  • Catherine frequently uses words  that suggest…..
  • This soliloquy quickly establishes—
  • His double edged words—–

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2 Responses to Answering a Text/ Passage Based Question

  1. Shamama says:

    Hello, I am a Literature student and currently I am in 01. I started studying Literature in August and earlier on I thought I had a firm grasp on how to answer a question but now I believe that the sort of answers I write aren’t up to the mark and may not be suitable for the CIE. I wish to improve my writing skills and would really appreciate if you could guide me or upload a sample answer so I could get the gist of how to answer. Currently we have been studying short stories from ‘Stories of Ourselves’ and poems from ‘Songs of Ourselves’ and have done questions related to themes and figurative language. We also write critical analyses and critical summaries but they are just a compilation of themes and figurative language into one comprehensive answer and I don’t think we’ve been bale to practice the sort of questions that we’ll have to answer in the CIE. I also study Urdu Literature and have just recently realized both are extremely similar but comparatively I answer better in Urdu than in English as the format fr answering is more fitting. I worry about my exam and how I’ll perform in it, seeing that I lack the ability to answer Literary questions the way they should be answered; professionally and skillfully. Seeing that you are a very learned, skilled and professional person, I wish to seek your guidance. It would mean a lot if you could take some time out to answer my queries. Thankyou.


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