Past HSC and Practice Questions for Advanced Module A: Texts in Time – Frankenstein and Blade Runner

This English Advanced Module A: Comparative Study of Texts and Contexts – Elective 2: Texts in Time – Frankenstein and Blade Runner is a bit to find questions to practice on, because pre-2009, the Elective was “Into the Wild” and the texts were Brave New World and Blade Runner.

As such, I’ve still put the past HSC questions below, but I’ve modified them slightly to say “Frankenstein” and “Texts in Time” instead. Substantively, the HSC questions may be different now in that they won’t focus on humanity and nature so much (which was what “Into the Wild” was about). Instead they may focus more on texts and contexts.

The practice questions used by high schools etc are all from 2009 though and have not been modified by me.

So how should you use these questions?

Write a essay according to one of these questions – if you have not already done an essay as part of a school assessment.

  1. If you have already written as essay – see if you can adapt it to all the questions below.
    1. To do this – write an introduction/thesis specific to the question and then outline how your body paragraphs would be structured (if any differently).
    2. At the end of this exercise, you should have come up with say 3 alternative thesis that you can have ready in your mind and ready to adapt to whatever question you spring on you in the HSC!

I’ve also underlined the keywords in each question. As you’ll see, each question falls into a certain “type” of question:

  1. Question about the texts’ similar ideas – humanity, nature, control, creation
  2. Question about the texts’ different contexts and how it has influenced the construction of the texts and its ideas
  3. Question about how comparing the two texts influences your perspective of each text

Can you figure out which category, each of the questions below fall into? Some may fall into more than 1 category.

What must generally be covered (no matter what the question is) in your response are:

  • What are the similar/different ideas and values expressed in the text?
  • What similar/different techniques are used?
  • How do the above 2 points relate to the texts’ different contexts?

So have a go! I will add to this list if I come across any more questions.

Past HSC Questions:


In what ways is your appreciation of both texts enhanced by a comparative study of ambition in Frankenstein and Blade Runner? In your response, make detailed reference to your prescribed texts.


Our interest in the parallels between Frankenstein and Blade Runner is further enhanced by consideration of their marked differences in textual form. Evaluate this statement in light of your comparative study of Frankenstein and Blade Runner.


In what ways does a comparative study accentuate the distinctive contexts of Frankenstein and Blade Runner?


Analyse how Frankenstein and Blade Runner imaginatively portray individuals who challenge the established values of their times.


‘A deeper understanding of disruption and identity emerges from considering the parallels between Frankenstein and Blade Runner.’

Compare how these texts explore disruption and identity.


Analyse the ways in which a comparative study of Frankenstein and Blade Runner invites consideration of humanity’s connection with the natural world.

NOTE: this question involved using an extract as a starting point, but on the 2008 paper (released by BOS), it still says “Awaiting copyright”.


Texts in Time involves portrayals, in varying contexts, of the individual and the natural world.

Analyse TWO differences between Shelley’s and Scott’s portrayals, making detailed reference to your prescribed texts.


How does a comparative study of Frankenstein and Blade Runner bring to the fore ideas about the consequences of the desire for control?

In your response, make detailed reference to your TWO prescribed texts.


When they are considered together, how do Shelley’s and Scott’s representations sustain interest in humanity’s relationship with nature?


How has your perception of Texts in Time been illuminated by your comparative study of the prescribed texts?


You have studied two texts composed at different times.

When you compared these texts and their contexts, how was your understanding of each text developed and reshaped.


In comparing your TWO texts you will have to become aware of how the contexts of the texts have shaped their form and meaning. Of more interest, perhaps is the comparison of the values associated with each text.
To what extent has this point of view been your experience to your study of Texts in Time?


Compare how TWO prescribed texts you have studied explore the tension between humanity and the natural world.

Questions used by school etc:

Idea based questions:

  1. The creators of Frankenstein and Blade Runner have anchored their visions in the social and cultural realities of their time. Despite contextual differences, however, at the heart of both texts is a fear that we may not be able to control what we create. Is this your view of these texts?
  2. In spite of different contexts and values, both Shelley and Scott are concerned with the question of what constitutes true humanity. Explore this statement.
  3. What does it mean to be human?” Explore this statement in relation to Blade Runner and Frankenstein.
  4. Both Frankenstein and Blade Runner share a common premise. If humanity, through scientific advancement, is able to create life artificially, then ethical quandary will arise. How are the relationships between the creator and created used by Scott and Shelley to illustrate a common premise. In your response also explore how they reflect societal concerns of the time in which they were composed.
  5. Compare the ways in which both texts offer insights into the human experience. (CSSA 2009 Trial)
  6. While texts are products of their times, the composers of each text are both concerned that the quest for understanding and knowledge has left our values vulnerable.
  7. The notion of responsibility is the critical connection between Frankenstein and Blade Runner. (ETA 2009 Trial)
  8. ‘The elective, Texts in Tune, makes respondents consider ideas in a new light.’ How did your prescribed texts make you see the concept of progress in a new light?
  9. A deeper understanding of compassion and hubris emerges from considering the parallels between Frankenstein and Blade Runner. Compare how these texts explore compassion and hubris. (North Sydney Girls 2010 Trial)
  10. Both Mary Shelley and Ridley Scott create worlds in which the pursuit of perfection is seen as futile. Do you agree? (Strathfield Girls 2010 Trial).

Context and value based questions:

  1. To what extent do the two texts present similar or different criticisms of society?
  2. Similar issues, explored in different contexts, may reflect changes in values and perspectives. How is this demonstrated in the comparison of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner?
  3. ‘Despite having been composed in different times texts can reflect the enduring values which human beings share.’ To what extent do the two ‘Texts in Time’ you have studied lead you to accept this statement?
  4. ‘The values of each age are reflected in the texts which are composed in them.’ To what extent do the two ‘Texts in Time’ you have studied lead you to accept this statement?
  5. To what extent does the time in which composers live influence their response to enduring human concerns? Discuss with reference to your two prescribed texts.
  6. ” The most interesting aspect of texts written in different times is seeing the differences in what people value.” Evaluate this opinion in relation to the novel, Frankenstein, and the film, Blade Runner. In your response make detailed references to both texts. (Independent 2009 Trial)
  7. How does the comparison of language and ideas help us gain a heightened understanding of context and values in Frankenstein and Blade Runner? (Baulkham Hills HS 2010 Trial)
  8. “Times change but human values remain static.” Discuss this statement with close reference to the context, values and language of both Frankenstein and Blade Runner. (James Ruse 2010 Trial)
  9. When we investigate a pair of texts that share similar view of the world, we are able to see more clearly the power of context in influencing these views. To what extent has this statement been true of your study of the TWO prescribed texts in this elective? (St Ignatius Riverview 2010 Trial)


  1. Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley, and Blade Runner, directed by Ridley Scott, share many common attributes, most notably, that time has demonstrated both texts’ significance to society. Explore this statement.
  2. “The key to understanding anything is to understand its value in its time and our own.” Discuss this proposition in relation to both texts set for study.
  3. The significant similarities between the texts are more important than their difference. Explore this statement by making close reference to the TWO texts you have studied.
  4. Does Blade Runner enhance or trivialise Shelley’s Frankenstein? Support your view by referring to your TWO prescribed texts in detail. (ETA 2009 Trial)
  5. ‘Texts on their own are interesting but when you compare them to other texts they become illuminating and dynamic.’ How has your exploration of the shared ideas of Frankenstein and Blade Runner – Director’s Cut moved you to a heightened appreciation of each text?
  6. What insights have you gained from your comparative study of texts despite differences in form and features? (Fort Street HS 2010 Trial)

Markers Notes:

Based on the notes, these following tips should be followed:

  • Use the keywords in the question as the basis of your thesis.
  • You should explain the significance of the similarities in texts – what ideas/issues are universal/timeless to human society?
  • Explain how context is REFLECTED in your texts – do NOT simply state what the context is.

Unfortunately, the 2009 to 2011 markers notes tend not to be very useful as they seem almost copy/pasted year to year!

2011 HSC:

Generally about Texts in Time:

In better responses, candidates considered how a comparative study highlighted composers’ contexts. They produced a sustained response, developing a thesis that genuinely addressed the question using a discerning selection of textual references.

In weaker responses, candidates tended to identify some similarities or differences between the texts, often with a limited understanding of their significance. They considered the comparison of texts in a superficial or generalised way. Treatment of context was not integrated into the discussion and was frequently a reference to the time of composition rather than an understanding of how context is reflected in the construction and reception of texts. They often relied on a few basic or inappropriate references to texts.

2010 HSC:

Generally about Texts in Time:

In better responses, candidates considered the key notion of individuals challenging established values and produced a shaped response that developed and sustained a thesis which genuinely addressed the question and which used a discerning selection of textual references.

In weaker responses, candidates tended to identify some similarities between these texts, often with a limited understanding of the significance of these similarities. They often considered the key concept of established values of their time in a superficial or generalised way or ignored it. Treatment of context was not integrated into the discussion and was frequently a reference to the time of composition rather than an understanding of how context is reflected in the construction and reception of texts. They often relied on a few basic or inappropriate references to texts.

2009 HSC:

Generally about Texts in Time:

Better responses demonstrated a conceptual understanding of the module through detailed analysis of the interrelationship between the two texts studied. They demonstrated a clear understanding of how context influenced the values and ideas in both texts. These responses considered the key terms of disruption, aspirations or independence and identity as a basis for the thesis developed in their response.

Weaker responses tended to identify some similarities between these texts, often with a limited understanding of their significance. These responses often considered the key terms of the question in a superficial or generalised way and/or ignored them. Treatment of context was not integrated into the discussion and was frequently a reference to the time of composition rather than an understanding of how context is reflected in the construction and reception of texts. Textual support was often not appropriate.

91 comments for “Past HSC and Practice Questions for Advanced Module A: Texts in Time – Frankenstein and Blade Runner

  1. james tacon
    July 18, 2009 at 6:15 pm

    hi i was just wondering, for this module are we supposed to compare the similarities between the values or only focus on the differences? because in the rubric it says how “change in context leads to changed values being reflected in texts.

    • tutortales
      July 20, 2009 at 12:28 am

      My understanding is that you focus on the differences in context and, as a result, the values, style, techniques, form etc. But you obviously have to be aware of the similarities in ideas (creation, humanity, control) and how this connects the two texts together.

      That way, you’re prepared for questions that are specifically asking about differences, or specifically asking about similarities or both even.


  2. Lydia
    July 29, 2009 at 10:13 pm

    Hi, I was just wondering what sort of things do we meant to be discussing when answering the 2008 question? I had some trouble with it. By asking about humanity connection with the natural world, i know humanity is definitely in it, but what does that exactly mean by connecting with the natural world? Does that mean how the creators connect with the role of being a god, ie prometheus obsession?

    Thank you ^^

    • tutortales
      July 30, 2009 at 1:21 pm

      To your last question: no.

      By “connection”, it really just means humanity’s relationship with the natural world (eg. humanity needs nature to stay “human”, humanity controls nature). In that sense, you can talk about the Prometheus obsession in terms of the latter.

      Keep in mind that with the changes to the 2009 syllabus – HSC questions are unlikely to focus specifically on humanity/nature, but this is good practice nonetheless.


      • SMILEE
        August 6, 2011 at 6:27 pm

        “”Keep in mind that with the changes to the 2009 syllabus – HSC questions are unlikely to focus specifically on humanity/nature….””

        What do you mean?? If they’re unlikely to focus on that, what else would they focus on??? pleasee reply ASAP as my trials exam is in 1 day :S

        • tutortales
          August 7, 2011 at 6:34 pm

          This just means that it can focus on anything (including humanity/nature). For example, the 2009 question asked specifically about disruption and identity. TT

  3. Lydia
    July 30, 2009 at 9:54 pm

    thank you for replying. it was great comment

  4. melly
    August 10, 2009 at 4:45 pm

    Im doing elizabeth Barret Browning poetry/Fitzgeralds novel the great gatsby for module a. I have not been successful in finding practice questions. Do you know of any

    • tutortales
      August 10, 2009 at 9:26 pm

      Sorry, no. I haven’t taught those texts and I also had a look around but couldn’t find any.


  5. Vanessa
    August 22, 2009 at 10:47 am

    I’m doing the first elective, exploring connections with Richard III/Looking For Richard, and I was wondering if you have any questions on this elective?

    • tutortales
      August 24, 2009 at 10:24 pm

      Sorry, but I haven’t tutored those texts yet so I haven’t collected any practice questions for that.


    • tutortales
      September 17, 2009 at 11:13 pm

      This is the question that was used in the Catholic Secondary School Association of NSW (CSSA) 2009 Trial:

      To what extent are texts enriched through their connection with other texts? Respond to this question in relation to the pair of prescribed texts you have studied.


  6. tomas
    September 30, 2009 at 2:42 pm

    My school’s trial question was every similar to the one above. Both of these however, seem very different to the other ones you have previously posted…
    I would argue that both texts contexts ( goth. romantacism, and film Noir post-mo) are very similar in many ways, such as the critiquing of society, dystiopian view etc. and thus an understanding of both texts in enhanced..Similarly with the themes, values and so forth..

    Is this wrong or right??

    Would it be unwise to go into the exam only focusing on the similiarities?

    And if so, what are some of the differences?? I’m finding it hard to see any..

    • tutortales
      October 5, 2009 at 6:02 pm

      Yes, that’s right – but you should go further and explain WHY studying similar texts contexts would enhance your understanding.

      Differences are important to this Module, because the basic idea of this Module is that the texts (though similar) are different, because they reflect a particular context. For example with Frankenstein/Blade Runner – whilst they are similar (both deal with a criticism of human nature), they are specific to their context. Frankenstein criticises scientific ambitions (19th galvanism and Age of Enlightenment), whilst Blade Runner criticises capitalist greed (80s-90s).

      So yes, generally they are very similar. But it is in the specific differences that you can link back to context.


      • Jacob
        October 18, 2011 at 2:24 pm

        But Blade Runner also criticises scientific ambitions with the developments in cloning and bioengineering.

  7. Ethan
    October 6, 2009 at 1:51 pm

    Thanks so much for this, it really puts the entire Module into perspective.

    Quick question: In Module A, is the HSC question always going to be an essay-type response like the above examples? Or can it be asked as a conversation, a speech, etc? I’m just worried because I’m spending a lot of time only preparing for essay-type questions for this Module, and I don’t want to be caught by surprise in the HSC.

    What about the other Modules for the Advanced course – is it likely the questions will ask for anything other than an essay response?

    I’m just generally confused about what type of questions they’re allowed to ask for each Module.

    Thanks again!

    • tutortales
      October 6, 2009 at 5:47 pm

      The Modules can be any text type, but they are almost always essays. Have a look at the past HSC papers on BOS and you’ll see the “probability” of getting another text type (2007 and 2008 were all essays). Don’t worry too much about it – if they do ask for a specific text type, it’s most likely to be either interview, feature article or speech.


  8. clintmyster
    October 10, 2009 at 6:48 pm

    Seems like my question got up there haha
    Nice work with all the questions and the great resources. Much appreciated

    • tutortales
      October 11, 2009 at 11:43 am

      Thanks! I’ve just compiled them from most of the BOS posts and questions from my students.


  9. Julia
    October 12, 2009 at 7:17 am

    hey does anyone have any exemples of richard and looking for richard essays because our class has no idea what markers are looking for becuase our teachers class marking relative to hsc markers is not good (an 18 in trial was said to only be a 12-13 by a hsc marker)!! arrg stressful!

  10. sarah
    October 20, 2009 at 2:28 pm

    What? is that really true? that 18 in trial goes down to 12-13? that is ridiculous!

    • tutortales
      October 20, 2009 at 10:54 pm

      I think it really depends on individual schools and how hard they set/marked their Trial exams. If the school marks easy, then sure you may plummet to a 13, but I’ve heard that most schools mark harshly in the Trials in order to get you to study harder in the weeks up until the actual HSC.


  11. Rand al'Thor
    October 21, 2009 at 1:41 pm


    I was wondering about this year’s HSC. Can the BOS ask a specific question like: How do the texts you have studied represent the nature of revenge?

    In other words, can they ask on a specific thing like revenge or nature?


    • tutortales
      October 21, 2009 at 5:33 pm

      They can – but they are unlikely too, especially since the Module is now focused on “Texts in Time”as opposed to “Into the Wild” (when they could ask specific things relating to humanity, nature).


  12. cathy
    October 21, 2009 at 2:52 pm

    hey just wondering, you know how for an essay theres usually three ideas, well im having a bit of trouble discussing three ideas thoroughly, so would it be better to talk about two in detail than 3 vaguely?


    • tutortales
      October 21, 2009 at 5:40 pm

      If you feel your 3 ideas are very vague/superficial in analysis and discussion, then yes – it would be better to reduce it to 2 or possibly synthesise the 3rd idea into one of the two ideas left over.


  13. Megan
    October 22, 2009 at 4:39 pm

    Hi, i was wondering whether or not to look into the representations of the natural world as the change in syllabus would indicate a movement away from this type of question as it is no longer ‘in the wild’ but could be any other similar issues explored in the texts…is this wrong or right?

    • tutortales
      October 23, 2009 at 8:39 pm

      This is probably too late since Paper 2 was today, but….

      yes, ideas are no longer focused on “in the wild” so it can be any ideas. Even so, you can still talk about the natural world. The syllabus change broadens rather than restricts the ideas that you can talk about.


  14. bel
    April 23, 2010 at 7:51 pm

    I was just wondering whether there is a section on Module A practise questions for Donne/W;t? I can’t find it on the site..
    If not, do you think it is possible to put some together?
    Thanks 🙂

  15. AAWC
    July 10, 2010 at 5:34 pm

    Your work is much appreciated! Thanks so much!

  16. Wonderwitch
    July 15, 2010 at 5:15 pm

    Hi just wondering if you could let me know,
    How does Frankenstein inform Bladerunner and vice versa?

    • tutortales
      July 16, 2010 at 9:08 am

      Azn123 is right. You also come to see how context has influenced the ideas of each text, how some ideas are universal/timeless, how ideas can change/vary/broaden.


  17. Azn123
    July 15, 2010 at 5:17 pm

    By studying them together, you get a better understanding of what they are about.

  18. LilKK
    July 31, 2010 at 3:13 pm

    Hi, these notes have been great!
    I have my trial on tuesday for paper 2, and i am struggling with frankenstein/bladerunner. The topic is so broad, i really do not know what to focus on when i write my essay,
    like… contexts similar/contexts different??
    what else is there?

    • tutortales
      October 16, 2010 at 9:20 pm

      You should be focusing on common/universal themes in both texts – then demonstrating how the themes are similar/different. TT

  19. Sarah
    August 2, 2010 at 5:19 pm

    Hey thanks for the notes! i was just wondering if you had any broad thesis statements for this module ?! im really struggling with this.

    • tutortales
      August 3, 2010 at 11:31 pm

      Sorry, I don’t. Your thesis statement should be a summary/statement, which ties together your body paragraphs. So, each essay’s thesis will differ depending on your body paragraphs.


  20. Emma
    September 28, 2010 at 3:10 pm

    Hi thank you so much for these questions, They really help!
    I keep getting confused with the word ‘value’. The only thing I can think of is the valuing of nature…..but what else could there be? I never feel like I answer the question.
    Also, with ‘evaluate’ questions-do you have to both disagree and agree-then make a judgement, or can you merely take one side?

    • tutortales
      September 29, 2010 at 2:56 pm

      Hi Emma
      With “value”, its just looking at the contextual beliefs at the time. So it may be valuing nature, humanity etc. “Evaluate” questions do require you to make a judgment – but your judgment may be completely one-sided or half-half. It depends on the question and your texts.


  21. Elly
    October 13, 2010 at 1:57 pm

    I’ve left this to the very very last minute (paper two is in 4 days :O)
    but i don’t know how to make a thesis for this module… I was thinking something along the lines of “both texts show the danger that comes with not taking responsibility for your creations”

    Probably worded better… Any suggestions? Any at all would help 🙂

    • tutortales
      October 14, 2010 at 2:22 pm

      Hi Elly – your thesis should cover (perhaps in 1-2 sentences each)
      – relationship between texts and contexts
      – outline of what the ideas are (kind of what you’ve written in your comment)
      – state texts with brief context.

  22. Lew
    October 15, 2010 at 4:46 pm

    Hey TT, I just wanted to ask if it is appropriate to use a relevant quote for my opening sentence?

    • tutortales
      October 15, 2010 at 5:07 pm

      In the intro or as a topic sentence? It can work fine as part of your intro as long as you explain it and relate it to your thesis and the essay question. I used a quote in my AOS essay in 2005 and never ran into a problem with it. TT

  23. wally
    October 15, 2010 at 7:09 pm

    I have a question about what the ‘changing values’ or difference in values means. Are values based on the composers values? I find this confusing because in Blade Runner, Scott values being able to preserve nature but from what I have read above, the context of the 1970s didn’t value nature so much and focused on greed and commercialism. So would the value be nature of something like commerce.

    • louise
      October 16, 2010 at 1:37 pm

      The way I see it is..Scott is critiquing the values of his context i.e. capitalist greed/commercialism, neglect of nature, loss of humanity..cautioning against the dire consequences of following these paths/perpetuating these values and beliefs.

      • tutortales
        October 16, 2010 at 9:31 pm

        Thanks Louise for answering – that is correct. TT

  24. Jess
    October 16, 2010 at 7:42 pm

    hey brilliant site! have just been going over some of the past paper questions you have provided and have become a bit confused on past paper 2007 question. would you be able to explain what they are meaning regarding the word PORTRAYALS? does it mean how the authors have portrayed the fears of the their respective contexts in defferent ways though similiar issues?
    thanx 🙂

    • tutortales
      October 16, 2010 at 8:55 pm

      Yep, you’re right – it’s just about how the composers’ portrayals. TT

  25. Ali
    February 23, 2011 at 5:04 pm

    Hey tutortales,

    I was planning on answering the 2010 HSC question:

    Analyse how Frankenstein and Blade Runner imaginatively portray individuals who challenge the established values of their times.

    I am unsure of how to go about answering it and main points to address, i am struggling in adv. english and was wondering if you coulf give me some help my outlining a suggested answer.

    Your help i sgreatly appreciated as i really want to do well in english and enjoy the texts.


  26. 99.7
    March 25, 2011 at 5:14 pm

    hi, my schools question is on how a comparative study of these two texts deepen our understanding of constants in human nature

    so, for my first constant i have society’s anxiety over the impact of the increasing dominance of scientific progress and consequently the second constant of the valuing of nature.

    and i read in your other post that film noir was very important but i’m not sure why he used it and how i could put it in my essay. could you help? thanks!

    • tutortales
      March 27, 2011 at 8:25 pm

      Put in film noir, if you talk about film techniques which reflect film noir influences. For example, if you talk about the dark, smoky, neon-lit setting. You can also reference film noir if you talk about how Deckard’s characterisation as a hard-boiled detective. TT

  27. SMILE
    March 28, 2011 at 1:26 pm

    My half yearlys are 2mrow! omg idk wat i am going to do! i’ve made a paragraph on the danger of man’s pusuit of knowledge for both BR and F–about different context–same ideas…. i thought that since the module is texts in time, then the Q will b about context 🙁 i no the Q will be about humanity and nature…i don’t no how to prepare or memorise…i need to memorise my paragraphs or else i will have my ideas there but written in baby language 🙁

  28. SMILE
    March 28, 2011 at 1:29 pm


    in english i am always losing marks for my level of sophistication and the way i present my ideas 🙁

    Can u plz give me tips on –writin and presenting my ideas in a more sophisticated way


    • tutortales
      April 3, 2011 at 6:52 pm

      Use a thesaurus (or Shift F7 in Word) to change your vocabulary to more sophisticated words.
      Also, try to convert verbs to nouns. For example, instead of saying “how humans meddle with nature”, use “human interference with nature”.
      You should also try to read more sophisticated essays to see examples of good expression.

  29. SMILE
    March 28, 2011 at 1:34 pm

    can i plz hav ur email so i can send u my paragraphs so you can check them for me :):) thnx

    • tutortales
      April 3, 2011 at 6:53 pm

      Sorry, I don’t provide help to individuals over the internet. I suggest getting your teacher or hiring a private tutor to look over your work. TT

  30. Hannah
    March 29, 2011 at 7:47 pm

    Hey. im practicing questions for my english exam and was wondering how you would answer the question ‘Texts on their own are interesting but when you compare them to other texts they become illuminating and dynamic.’ How has your exploration of the shared ideas of Frankenstein and Blade Runner – Director’s Cut moved you to a heightened appreciation of each text?
    and what you would write about?

    • tutortales
      April 3, 2011 at 6:50 pm

      Think about – why do we study the pairs of texts together? What does the fact that 2 texts (written at very different times) have similar ideas/themes suggest about human society (universal and timeless concerns)? Why does understanding a text’s context help us to better understand the text? By answering these questions, you can develop a thesis/answer to the essay question.

  31. Nixon
    May 3, 2011 at 8:12 pm


    How would you structure an essay for “Texts in Time”? I’m not sure whether to use the differing contexts and similar content of ‘Frankenstein’ and ‘Blade Runner’ as the body paragraphs themselves or use them merely as support for two other ideas.


    • Nixon
      May 3, 2011 at 8:50 pm

      (Don’t worry, I found my way over to your essay scaffold. Great read.)

  32. Carly
    May 16, 2011 at 11:43 pm

    I’m doing an appropriation of the 2007 question for an assessment
    I am confused however as to what it is that constitutes a difference
    Could you point me in the right direction?

    • tutortales
      May 17, 2011 at 5:04 pm

      “Differences” is very broad. It could mean how the texts different represent what is “the natural world”, what is the relationship between the natural world and the individual (symbiotic or destructive?) etc. Start with identifying basic differences and then elaborate on them to develop your body paragraphs. TT

  33. Hamish
    June 12, 2011 at 6:07 pm

    i have written a practice essay on F and BR based on the themes on humanity and science. Both have context interweaved and i would rate the essay. However i dont have much understanding of other themes, and i would say that i am one of the many thousands who go into the english exams with pre-prepared essays. If i was to do this for this module would i tend to find myself in grief in exams?

    • tutortales
      June 13, 2011 at 9:21 pm

      Possibly, but it depends what aspect of humanity and science you have prepared for. Can you link it to identity and disruption (2009 HSC question), the natural world? I suggest you go through the Practise Questions on this page to test your essay against all the possibly questions, which may ask about other themes. By doing so, you will gain a greater understanding of the themes (even if it’s just by thinking/brainstorming about them, and not even writing a full analytical paragraph on them). TT

  34. June 21, 2011 at 11:23 am

    Hi, what are some paragraph ideas to discuss in response to the “Analyse how composers imaginatively portray individuals who challenge the established values of their time” question?
    Who are such individuals? How is tyrell and frankenstein challenging accepted values, because creating artificial life and experimenting with technology seems to be the norm during those periods.
    Just some ideas would be great because I’m stuck.

    • tutortales
      June 26, 2011 at 11:45 am

      I would interpret “established values of their time” as meaning the values which are being challenged (ie. Age of Enlightenment etc) rather than the “emerging” values of the time (ie. Romanticism). So you could discuss things like the supposed supremacy of rationalism (for Frankenstein) and technology (for Blade Runner). The question is a bit confusing, because it seems to ask how the composers CHALLENGE the values of their context, when the entire module seems to have prepared you for talking about how composers REFLECT the values of the context. However, you can get around this by talking about what values they challenge (usually the declining one eg. Age of Enlightment) and what values they promote (the emerging one eg. Romanticism). TT

  35. Inez
    July 10, 2011 at 2:19 pm

    Every single example of questions up the top for Module A is an essay question. Is there any chance in the trial or in the HSC that we will get asked a feature article, speech, etc.? I really struggle with them, as I find it difficult to put techniques and quotes into a speech – seems a bit odd.

    Also what are all the different types of forms they can ask you to write?

    • jimmy the kid
      July 31, 2011 at 5:21 pm

      really great question but no probably not because there was one last year. thanks good luck

      • Jimmys sex slave
        July 31, 2011 at 7:38 pm

        Cool story dude

  36. William L.
    July 31, 2011 at 3:09 pm

    To above^ Yes. They can ask you to write in any textual form including paper 1’s creative task. Be prepared for them.

  37. Matt
    August 16, 2011 at 4:40 pm


    I was just wondering about your thoughts on using a feminist critique for blade runner/frankenstein? Perhaps drawing on the role of Rachel and Elizabeth as servants in their respective homes, the parallel between Roy and the Monster’s desire for female love, and man’s failed attempts to remove women from the act of conception.


    • Matt
      August 16, 2011 at 4:41 pm

      ^ or any other relevant themes that you think reflect the feminist argument?

  38. mimo
    September 11, 2011 at 3:43 pm

    hi, hsc is in a months time and im still a little shaky with english. the problem with F/BR is that i know the ideas and stuff but i dont know how to study for it. should i :
    (a) make a list of values and a page description on how these values are seen in both texts (with reference to contexts). and then do past paper essays
    (b)do the essays and learn the values/themes/context as i go along.

    i personally think that (a) is better as it’s better to cover everything first, then writing the essays will be easy, but i want your input as well.

    • tutortales
      September 11, 2011 at 9:41 pm

      I would do (a) as well – you need to understand those basics etc before you start doing essays. Then the essays should challenge your thinking to go beyond the basics. TT

  39. Nik
    September 28, 2011 at 9:42 pm

    Hey, HSC is in a month and im in a bit of trouble. Could you please just confirm what the difference is between ideas and values. Could an idea be ‘man’s relationship with the natural world”.
    hence in Frankenstein would the value be romanticism-whereby they value man’s relationship with nature, and in BR, they don’t value it, they value consumerism, hence man’s abuse of nature?
    Am i going along the correct path?

  40. Bishoy
    October 7, 2011 at 11:40 am

    Hey tutor tales. I was just wondering if I can encourage people to post their 2011 trial questions. Here are a few; hopefully u can add to ur list up there:

    Changes in context and form offer fresh perspectives on the values in texts.
    How does Scott’s film, Blade Runner, reveal a new response to the values explored in Shelley’s novel, Frankenstein? (2011 CSSA)

    Despite have been composed at different times, texts can reflect the enduring values which human beings share.
    To what extent does your study of Frankenstein and Blade Runner lead you to accept this statement? (GRC 2011)

    I’ll try to do the same for other modules.

  41. Alexandra R
    October 9, 2011 at 1:48 pm

    What are your suggestions in regards to a Thesis for BR/F?

    The practice essay i have done is for the 09′ question about disruption and Identity but can be adapted to questions on Values.
    My Thesis for that was
    “parallels illuminate the idea that a loss of identity comes from disruptions in the course of nature.”

    Should the three thesis that I end up preparing be a bit more general, like” Despite different levels of technological development and scientific research, parallels between the texts show that the core values and fears of humanity continues to remain.”
    which is basically just stating the whole idea of the module?
    would it be better if i said the core values such as a fear of natures destruction, the question of humanity and the question of responsibility with unfettered scientific research as part of the thesis, or is that just part of the introduction?

  42. sylvia
    October 11, 2011 at 11:36 am

    so paper 2 is in 8 days, and im doing frankenstein, and im doing this question: changes in context and form offer fresh perspectives on the values of texts, how does scotts film blade runner, reveal a new response to the values explored in shelleys novel frankenstein? So i was planning on saying that shelleys book is a warning of the consequences that arise when one goes beyond nature, and the danger of science and technology overtaking humanity and bladerunner clearly reveals to be the result of this warning, and then i can go on from there, is that correct??? Thankyu for ur help!

  43. sara
    October 13, 2011 at 11:49 am

    changes in context and form offer fresh perspectives on the values of texts, how does scotts film blade runner, reveal a new response to the values explored in shelleys novel frankenstein?
    Yes i am stuggling wih this question i had a similar view to sylvia above and decided to base my essay on the idea that both texts demonstrate concerns regarding nature and humanity but scotts is a more intense, desperate esponse because of the advances in repoductive technolgy i.e. cloning of dolly and te arrival of test tube babies and i drew on the fact that the replicants in bladerunner are mass produced wheras in frankenstein its jut one creature (technologies just emerging) but i feel like im being too vague so i really need help answering the question directly.

    • Juliet
      October 16, 2011 at 4:47 pm

      You’ve got to make sure you’re not ignoring the other part of the question which is “form”. How do the text types also influence values as well? You got context nailed, but don’t forget form. My best bet would be to tie form with context as well.

      You’re thinking on the right track but yeah, I think you need to be more specific. More intense and desperate because of greater technology…well, you can try and tie it in with like the scene with Batty demanding life off Tyrell but even then that’s shaky. You can pick up on your idea of mass producing replicants by relating it directly to the consumerist context of Scott, where everything is mass produced. Mass production of humans vs dramatic drop in natural animals, like how Zhora says, “Do you think I could afford a snake?” suggests how rare and precious natural life is. In turn what does this mean about humanity? About nature? In Frankenstein it’s one creature, what does that suggest about Shelley’s context? Individualism was a tenet of Romanticism which Shelley heavily prized, so of course she would focus on the single individual. So Scott throws a fresh perspective on what it means to be human…as an individual swamped by the dehumanising effects of consumerism rather than an individual suffering from the prejudice of others.

  44. sara
    October 16, 2011 at 10:15 pm

    Thnk this is helpin so does this sound better i i use th idea that in the form of film Scot is able to reflect shelly’ cncern in a futristic setting. In doin so hi didactic warning becomes an exaggration of shelley’s hence they sar similarvlues upholdn nature and huma qualities but shelleys is a romantic persective reflecing her views on the sublimity of nture, godand creationim, social justie etc. Scotts response is postmodern, commentingon the consumerist society and from his perspective as an advertiser. Also in his context god considered dead and people basicay worship the dollar

  45. Charl
    October 18, 2011 at 3:07 pm

    The 2009 question talks about disruption and idenity.. We havent done that inclass, what would you talk about here?
    Im fine for science and nature…and ambition

    • tutortales
      April 9, 2012 at 7:34 pm

      Disruption – how nature, the natural order etc has been disrupted and the consequences of this disruption
      Identity – where our human identity comes from etc.

  46. Poppy
    May 27, 2012 at 1:55 pm

    What exactly are the traditional perspectives on humanity?

    • tutortales
      May 29, 2012 at 8:48 pm

      By “traditional” I suppose we are talking about defining humanity in terms of biology/physiology. TT

  47. elle
    May 29, 2012 at 9:30 pm

    Thankyou very much for everything you’ve put into this site. It is extremely helpful and appreciated immensely. I love how you give everyone a helping hand without actually giving them the answers they desire. Just a little encouragement to you TT 🙂

  48. Mike
    October 1, 2012 at 11:38 pm

    Hi mate,
    Is 60 hours revision enough going into the HSC!!

  49. Raz
    October 8, 2013 at 8:11 pm


    I was wondering how the differences in textual form actually increase our “interest”in such texts.

    How does that actually relate to the double itself?

  50. J New
    October 14, 2013 at 4:46 pm

    Donne & Wit questions/help? If possible?

  51. Vickie
    October 9, 2014 at 11:48 pm

    Hi again!
    How would you go about answering the 2012 question? Textual form is most definitely not my strong point!
    Do you have any good tips in incorporating the form and structure etc to your themes
    For example, one of my themes is infatuation with knowledge w/ambition

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