Past HSC and Practise Questions for Advanced Module C: Conflicting Perspectives


There are 2 changes that should be noted, before we have a look at the past HSC questions for the English Advanced Module C: Representation and Text – Elective 1: Conflicting Perspectives.

  1. The Elective was previously called “Telling the Truth” – I’ve changed the past HSC questions below to be about Conflicting Perspectives.
  2. The examination rubric for 2009 onwards in Module C have changed very slightly (there is essentially no difference). To read the “new” rubric: BOS.

Nevertheless, here are the past HSC questions for Telling the Truth, which have been adapted for Conflicting Perspectives. There are also some practice questions used by high schools.

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 your understanding/thoughts of Conflicting Perspectives.
  2. Question about how the composer’s representation affects meaning.

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

The syllabus outlines what you should cover in your essay:

  • Explore various representations of events, personalities and situations.
    • Identify the events, personalities and situations in your texts.
    • Identify the conflicting perspectives about the above.
    • Analyse how these are represented by the composer.
  • Evaluate how the following influence meaning:
    • Medium of production
    • Textual form
    • Perspective
    • Choice of language

To see a very good example of how this syllabus can be covered, look at HSC Online’s analysis of Julius Caesar.

Past HSC Questions:

2013:

‘All representations are acts of manipulation.

To what extent does your study of conflicting perspectives support this statement? In your response, make detailed reference to your prescribed text and ONE other related text of your own choosing.

2012:

Analyse how the representation of divergent viewpoints leads us to a greater awareness of the complexity of human attitudes and behaviour.

In your response, make detailed reference to your prescribed text and at least ONE other related text of your own choosing.

2011:

Explore how the [core text] and ONE other related text of your own choosing represent conflicting perspectives in unique and evocative ways.

2010:

To what extent has textual form shaped your understanding of conflicting perspectives?

In your response, make detailed reference to your prescribed text and at least ONE other related text of your own choosing.

2009:

Analyse the ways conflicting perspectives generate diverse and provocative insights.

In your response, make detailed reference to your prescribed text and at least ONE other related text of your own choosing.

2008:

Compare how the texts you have studied emphasise the complexities evident in the nature of conflicting perspectives.

2007:

How have the texts studied in this elective challenged your ways of thinking about ‘Conflicting Perspectives’?

2006:

Texts in this elective offer perspectives on the significance of truth in human experiences.

Were you persuaded to embrace these perspectives?

2005:

‘At the heart of representation are acts of deliberate selection and emphasis.’

Do the texts you have studied demonstrate this in relation to ‘Conflicting Perspectives’?

2004:

You are the keynote speaker at a conference for young writers and directors.

The title of your presentation is: Visions and Versions of Conflicting Perspectives.

In your presentation, explore how and for what purpose composers create their visions and version.

2003:

Imagine you are a journalist. You have been asked to contribute an article to an educational supplement for HSC students about the ways texts represent Conflicting Perspectives.

Your headline is Representation and Misrepresentation.

2002:

How has your understanding of events, personalities or situations been shaped by their representations in the texts you have studied?

2001:

You have created an exhibition of texts entitled “One person’s perspective is…

The exhibition includes your prescribed text and other related texts of your own choosing.

Write your speech for the opening night of the exhibition. In your speech, explain how the exhibition reflects your vision of conflicting perspectives.

Questions used by school etc:

  1. You are speaking to an audience of your peers. Compose a speech in which you demonstrate how your understanding of conflicting perspectives is shaped by the construction of the texts.  (2009 CSSA Trial)
  2. How does the representation vehicle you have studied allow Conflicting Perspectives to be revealed?
  3. The idea of ‘Conflicting Perspectives’ suggests that the composers of the texts present an evenhanded, unbiased attitude to the events, personalities or situations represented. Evaluate the extent to which the representation of events, personalities or situations in the texts you have studied reflect this attitude. (Independent 2009 Trial)
  4. My perspectives were veiled” – Your Paris, Ted Hughes. To what extent has the representation of your text and other material heightened your understanding of Conflicting Perspectives?
  5. “There are no certainties, only representations“. Discuss.
  6. Acts of representation are carefully constructed to the audience’s beliefs, desires and fears.
  7. Perspectives of an event, personality or situation may be manipulated by the ways in which a composer represents them. Evaluate the ways in which the composer manipulates perspectives in your prescribed text and in at least TWO other related texts of your own choosing.
  8. Conflicting perspectives of any event, personality or situation are a result of the ways the composer represents them. Discuss this statement.
  9. Don’t be afraid of opposition. Remember, a kite rises against, not with, the wind.” Hamilton Mabie. Explore this proposition.
  10. It is not possible to hold a mirror to what we seek to represent. Representation will always modify thereby shaping meaning and influencing responses. To what extent do you agree with this statement?
  11. You are a speaker at a conference for writers and directors which is exploring the relationships between representation and meaning. You have been asked to discuss the extent to which conflicting perspectives intentionally distort meaning.
  12. Exploring conflicting perspectives helps us gain a better understanding of our world. Do you agree? In your response, make particular reference to your personal understanding of this
    Elective. (ETA 2009 Trial)
  13. Sometimes what is right to one person is wrong to another.’ How relevant is this quotation to the ideas you have explored in your study of ‘Conflicting Perspectives’. (ETA 2009 Trial)
  14. “Truth springs from argument amongst friends.” David Hume. How far has investigation of different ‘arguments’ encountered in your study of [texts] led you to a better understanding of the truth? (ETA 2009 Trial)
  15. Passionate convictions, articulating opposing views, are presented in texts you have studied. How effectively has your response been manipulated by the representation of these views? (2010 CSSA Trial)
  16. More than anything else, conflicting perspectives are the result of bias or self-interest. Respond to this statement through an analysis of the ways perspectives are represented in your prescribed text and at least ONE other related text of your own choosing. (2011 CSSA Trial)
  17. How does your study of this elective demonstrate the idea that conflicting perspectives are shaped by the construction of texts?
    Refer in detail to your prescribed text and at least ONE other related text of your own choosing. (2011 GRC Trial)
  18. Conflicting perspectives are fundamental to our human desire to raise questions. To what extent do the texts you have studied in this module support or challenge this idea. In your response, make detailed reference to your prescribed text and at least one other related text of your own choosing. (Abbotsleigh 2010 Trial)
  19. You have been asked to take part in a debate on the topic: “that the existence of conflicting perspectives in society can only be enriching”. Write a speech that you could use to argue FOR or AGAINST this statement. In your speech, support your argument with close reference to how ideas have been represented in your prescribed text and at least TWO other related texts of your own choosing. (Baulkham Hills 2010 Trial)
  20. Evaluate how composers’ act of representation shape meaning and influence responses. In your response, you must refer to your prescribed text and at least ONE additional text of your own choosing. (Fort Street 2010 Trial)
  21. How have the texts you have studied in this elective enhanced your understanding of the complexities of conflicting perspectives? Refer to your prescribed text and TWO texts of your own choosing. (James Ruse 2010 Trial)
  22. At the heart of representation are acts of deliberate selection and emphasis. How does your prescribed text and ONE text of your own choosing illustrate this in relation to Conflicting Perspectives? (North Sydney Girls 2010 Trial)
  23. It does not help us understand an event, situation or a personality when we encounter conflicting perspectives about that event, situation or personality. You have been asked to present a view on this statement to an audience of HSC students. Write a transcript of the speech you would give. In your response, you must make detailed reference to your prescribed text and at least TWO other texts of your own choosing. (St Ignatius Riverview 2010 Trial)

58 comments for “Past HSC and Practise Questions for Advanced Module C: Conflicting Perspectives

  1. Ashleigh
    October 5, 2009 at 6:43 pm

    Hi there,

    Thanks for all your advice. I really appreciate it. Are you able to read through my Modules if I send them to you? My teacher isn’t a help at all and I don’t know where to go from here.

    Please let me know!

    Thanks heaps :)

    • tutortales
      October 5, 2009 at 7:05 pm

      Sorry to hear your teacher isn’t much help. But I can’t look over work for you as I already have uni assessments, work and my own tutoring students to help with.

      If you’re uncertain about your essays, it may be a good idea to hire a private tutor – even for 1 or 2 lessons, who can look over your essays and give you detailed feedback. 1 or 2 lessons should be quite cheap (usually $25/hr +) and worth the last minute assurance that you’re good to go for the HSC. Otherwise, ask your friends to review your essays (and you review theirs). I did that in Year 12 and it really helped.

      Good luck!

      TT

  2. October 21, 2009 at 2:25 pm

    Any possibility of practice questions for History & Memory??
    Late, I know……….

  3. cancan
    October 22, 2009 at 2:25 pm

    hi, this is really un-related.

    I just wanted to know if this website is run by one person or a group.

    thanks.

    just curious.

    • tutortales
      October 22, 2009 at 5:49 pm

      Just one person.

      TT

  4. corey
    July 4, 2010 at 1:37 pm

    hey there,
    i just wanted to clear up one thing. for our julius caesar assessment task, our teacher told us to choose only ONE scene in the entire play and talk about ONLY that scene in our essays. it sounds a bit weird to me. is this true? are we only supposed to talk about ONE event/scene in our essays for conflicting perspectives?
    cheers

    • tutortales
      July 4, 2010 at 6:02 pm

      Hey Corey

      No, that is not a requirement of the Module. You should talk about more than 1 scene for the Trials/HSC. It seems like your teacher wants you to do that just for THAT essay she’s getting you to write or that assessment task (if that’s what it is) – it’s probably because she wants you to analyse something in detail rather than generally.

      TT

  5. corey
    July 4, 2010 at 7:58 pm

    ok that makes sense. thanks. how much scenes do you think we should talk about, or should we focus on key events/personalities etc. rather than specific scenes?
    i chose the speech, “The political criminal of today must needs be the saint of the new age” by Emma Goldman as my related text. (our teacher gave us 5 related speeches and told us to pick one). do you think this is a good related text? and if so, what are the key relations between it and julius caesar?
    also i have realised that the novel, “the collector” by john fowles has been previously linked with caesar under the previous ‘powerplay’ elective. however i think that it can still be relevant under this elective. do you believe so? thankyou for all your help!

    • tutortales
      July 6, 2010 at 2:50 pm

      You should focus on at least 2-3 key scenes e.g. JC’s coronation, Brutus and Antony’s speeches are usually key ones that students choose. Sorry, but I can’t advise you on those related texts, because I’m unfamiliar with either of them. But I think Goldman’s speech might be a past HSC prescribed text. If The Collector is just a previous related text for the past module, that is fine.

      TT

      • corey
        July 6, 2010 at 10:48 pm

        oh ok. well our teacher gave us emma goldman’s speech as a choice for a related text and, like you said, i just realised that its a past hsc prescribed text. that is weird. do you still advise that i choose it as a related text, espcially after my own teacher encouraged me to use it?? lol, or do you think our teacher is just setting us up to fail?? please help! im confused!!

        • tutortales
          July 7, 2010 at 2:28 pm

          I would advise you not to use it, as the marker usually looks down upon reusing HSC texts.

          TT

      • corey
        July 8, 2010 at 11:21 am

        how about george bush’s, “military attack on Iraq” (1991) speech or adolf hitler’s, “danzig: speech of september 19, 1939”. are these ok to use? i still cant believe our teacher is setting us up to fail like this!

        • tutortales
          July 8, 2010 at 12:15 pm

          Sorry I’m not familiar with those speeches, so I can’t advise you on those. Your teacher is not necessarily setting you up to fail, I think, but they may just be a bit careless about whether or not it is a past HSC text. They may not know – you should probably raise the point with them and see what they say. Maybe they think it’s a good enough related text that it doesn’t matter that it’s a past HSC text?

          TT

  6. ricee
    July 12, 2010 at 9:32 pm

    hello:)

    i was just wondering whether i could do a propaganda poster as a related text? does my related text actually have to SHOW the conflicting perspectives themselves…because propaganda posters generally show just ONE perspective which they try and enforce and persuade responders to follow/agree.

    so i’m not sure if its a valid choice? (i want to do the “we can do it” WWII poster)

    • tutortales
      July 13, 2010 at 9:47 am

      Yes that’s ok to have a related text that only shows 1 perspective. However, it would be better if the text itself was about how perspectives are constructed. For example, Julius Caesar is Shakespeare’s perspective, but in the text it shows how the different perspectives of Caesar are constructed by characters. Similarly in Justice Game, the perspective is Robertson’s, but in the text it shows how different perspectives of an issues, event or accused in a trial are constructed.

      TT

  7. max
    July 17, 2010 at 7:14 pm

    hey tutortales :)
    firstly, thankyou very much for your dedication to this site, it has helped immensely

    could you please clarify what the difference is between “Medium of production” and “Textual form.”

    also i am quite unsure of what to do with this module; currently i’m finding that i just end up analysing my texts and saying “this perspective conflicts with the previous one” and “thus conflicting perspectives are inevitable” etc..

    am i on the wrong path? my prescribed text is The Justice Game. would it be better to explore more general issues such as inhumanity and corrupt legal systems?

    • tutortales
      July 19, 2010 at 12:46 pm

      Medium and textual form are very similar, so the difference between the 2 is not that important. But to clarify, medium would be whether it is a book, a film, a poster etc. In terms of JG, it is a non-fiction book – consider the book cover, the title. The textual form is how the text has been arranged – so in JG, this would be how the book is arranged in chapters like a series of cases, with facts and arguments presented “objectively”.

      You are on the right path, and there is no need to discuss those general issues like inhumanity and the corrupt legal systems, because the essay is NOT about those issues. By saying “this perspective conflicts with the previous one”, you are just identifying the existence of conflicting perspectives, which is, as you’ve pointed out, too simple to form an essay. You need to think more about what you can say about conflicting perspectives (besides the fact that they exist). Why do they exist? What influences their construction? How are representations/perspectives used to influence the audience?

      TT

  8. max
    July 19, 2010 at 6:35 pm

    oh ok
    so as for the 2009 question;
    “Analyse the ways conflicting perspectives generate diverse and provocative insights.”

    how would i tackle this question without delving into the general issues? would analysing WHY conflicting perspectives exist still answer this question?

    • tutortales
      July 19, 2010 at 10:54 pm

      Well your essay’s conflicting perspectives ideas could BE the “diverse and provocative insights”. As in, the “insights” could be about perspectives, representation etc.

      TT

  9. josh
    July 25, 2010 at 3:09 pm

    hey there,
    im almost done my essay for julius caesar. i am just stuck on a couple of things. i am not sure on how to suddenly talk about the medium of production, choice of language and the composers perspective. how would i do this? can you also give me an example of it. also, how much should i spend on these aspects.

    most of my essay is based on language techniques. so i hope im on the right path.

    cheers

    • tutortales
      October 4, 2010 at 9:56 am

      Hi Josh, it does sound like you’re on the right track. You can include a brief (1 sentence) mention of the medium and composer’s perspective either in the introduction or in the beginning of the 1st paragraph where you first discuss the text. There’s no need to deliberately talk about choice of language – as that should all be covered in those language techniques etc anyway.

      TT

  10. Basil
    July 31, 2010 at 7:22 pm

    Hi there!

    Your unpacking of Conflicting Perspectives plus these essay questions were immeasurably helpful. Is there any chance of English Extension 1: Ways of Thinking: After the Bomb questions? As far as I know, it’s only been studied for one year, but I’m having trouble finding any info on it.

    Thanks so much, even if you don’t find anything!

  11. Shannon
    August 1, 2010 at 4:29 pm

    Hi , I really need help finding related material , we are studying Ted Hughes , and my teacher hasn’t given a very good explanation of what we should be looking for in related material . I only have a week until trials , and with all my other work I won’t have time to read a big novel or anything , if you have any suggestions that would be great!

    • tutortales
      October 4, 2010 at 9:54 am

      Sorry Shannon I have not studied Ted Hughes yet. However, some good related texts would be documentaries about a controversial issue (eg. Michael Moore’s documentaries).

      TT

  12. Anne
    October 5, 2010 at 11:50 am

    Hi TT,
    These questions are really helpful and I really want to thank you for that.

    But you know in such questions as the ETA 2009 trial, “Truth springs from argument amongst friends”, so could we say that the causes of conflicting perspectives (then insert how this is represented) also explores the notion of truth? As an idea for any question? Or is that straying too far from the module?

    • tutortales
      October 5, 2010 at 1:04 pm

      Hi Anne – I’m not sure what you mean by the causes of CP also explores the notion of the truth. Can you elaborate?
      I would say the approach to this question is that: by examining different arguments and their construction, you come to a greater understanding of how “truth” is often subjective and open to manipulation.

      TT

      • Anne
        October 5, 2010 at 2:11 pm

        Sorry, what I meant by ’causes’ is like human subjectivity, experiences, the personalities cause us to have a different perspective.

        But yeh, so I can essentially talk about how the way texts are represented allow us to get a deeper understanding of truth. Thank you so much TT!

  13. Lara
    October 5, 2010 at 4:43 pm

    Hi TT

    With the question that said “You are adressing your peers”, when responding to this, is there a way in which we will be expected to show we are speaking to our peers e.g. less formal language?
    or does this not even really matter?

    Just curious!
    I’ve never seen a question like that before

    Thanks :)

    • tutortales
      October 8, 2010 at 12:23 pm

      I wouldn’t recommend using less formal language (as you still want to show a level of sophistication in your writing skills). You can do this by addressing them as “Welcome, fellow Yr 12 students!…” or just referring to “us” and “we”.

      TT

  14. Rachael
    October 10, 2010 at 4:27 pm

    With the CSSA 2010 trial question, with the ‘manipulation of your response’ – can i talk about how we have been encouraged to reassess our own philosophical values/views on justice etc. etc.

    Also, when beginning each paragraph (same question) should I include a sentence about manipulation of your views already? Since I havn’t really explained how this has been done yet… could I just start with a topic sentence about the composer’s representation of conflicting views on justice/injustice? And then make it stronger in the concluding sentence- thus _____ has compelled me/readers (should we use personal here?) to reassess how ______. Or Hence _____ has reshaped my understanding of _____

  15. Emily
    October 16, 2010 at 8:14 pm

    do you know of any hsc papers or school papers where the question has mandated specific poems from Ted Hughes Birthday Letters be used?

    • tutortales
      October 16, 2010 at 8:53 pm

      Sorry, I haven’t tutored Hughes before so I haven’t paid any attention to those questions in the past. TT

  16. Chelsea
    October 16, 2010 at 9:01 pm

    Hi,
    Was just wondering if say with using Hughes, I speak abut three poems inside of that one text.
    If I were to use Ariel by Sylvia Plath as a related text and speak about 3 of her poems, would this be counted as three related texts or just one?
    So then if they asked for two related texts, I would speak bout Ariel (three poems in the text) and a completely different related text in addition?

    My boyfriend seems to think that if I were to speak about three of her poems that they would be classed as three individual related texts.

    • tutortales
      October 16, 2010 at 9:30 pm

      Hi Chelsea, I think it would depend if you were talking about Ariel as in the collection of the poems in that book, and used 3 poems as key examples or areas of focus – or if you were talking about those 3 poems specifically. TT

  17. James
    October 16, 2010 at 11:09 pm

    hey TT
    how do conflicting perspectives allow deeper insight?
    is is because
    conflicting perspective arise from bias
    and hence a study of the conflicting perspective allows us an accurate picture?
    or should i focus more on how conflicting perspectives actually directly lead to deeper insights? in which case i have no idea what to do…

  18. Chris
    March 20, 2011 at 12:13 pm

    hey,

    what would some good related texts be for conflicting perspectives?
    i ma doing the justice game as a prescribed text. i also have no idea about what these to use as well.

  19. britt
    April 28, 2011 at 10:19 am

    Hi:)

    Thanks for all your help with this topic, its greatly appreciated. just wondering if you could help me answer the question of ‘why conflicting perspectives always exist’. i am totally stumped with this question, i no what it means in my head, however when i put pen to paper its doesn’t seem right..
    so just wondering if you could please help me?

    Thank you!

  20. cor
    July 18, 2011 at 1:16 pm

    Hi,

    What’s a good related text for Julius Caesar?
    Thanks!!

  21. Sam
    September 14, 2011 at 6:00 pm

    The 2010 HSC question is wrong

  22. Rex
    September 28, 2011 at 1:13 pm

    Hi Tutortales,

    For Module C can we ever be asked to refer to TWO or more related texts?

    • courtchar
      October 7, 2011 at 2:50 pm

      im wondering the same thing

  23. October 7, 2011 at 4:21 pm

    This is really helpful, thanks! By the way there is a typo in the 2010 question (says textual form twice when the second should say conflicting perspectives)

    • tutortales
      October 17, 2011 at 8:53 pm

      Thanks – I’ve updated it now. TT

  24. Bishoy
    October 8, 2011 at 8:50 am

    Conflicting perspectives GRC 2011

    How does your study of this elective demonstrate the idea that conflicting perspectives are shaped by the construction of texts?
    Refer in detail to your prescribed text and at least ONE other related text of your own choosing.

    Conflicting perspectives CSSA 2011

    More than anything else, conflicting perspectives are the result of bias or self-interest.
    Respond to this statement through an analysis of the ways perspectives are represented in your prescribed text and at least ONE other related text of your own choosing.

    • tutortales
      October 17, 2011 at 8:59 pm

      Thanks – I have added them to the list now. TT

  25. worried
    October 15, 2011 at 2:17 pm

    the 2010 Q: to what extent has textual form shaped your understanding of textual form?
    is that a typo?

    • tutortales
      October 17, 2011 at 8:52 pm

      Yes thanks – have updated it now. TT

  26. HSCstressed
    October 17, 2011 at 11:20 am

    Yes, the 2010 Q is wrong. It should be: “To what extent has textual form shaped your understanding of conflicting perspectives.”
    Just saying, you guys could have easily gones to the board of studies website and checked the past paper in about 2 seconds instead of asking about the typo.
    But, this site has been so helpful, thank you to the person running it :)

  27. Anon
    August 3, 2012 at 5:52 pm

    Hi there,
    I was wandering if you could please look at my related text analysis as I need someone to look at it, so I know on what range/ band my essay is sitting in? Teacher said she can’t so I have nobody to show it to. It’s the same with my Module A essay, but I’d prefer if you could have a look at my mod C related one please.

    Also, this site is such a great site, I would like to thank you on the wonderful effort.

  28. lily
    October 11, 2012 at 11:10 pm

    The question “Explore how [core text] and ONE other related text of your own choosing represent conflicting perspectives in unique and evocative ways.” makes no mention of how the audience’s response is shaped by the composer – does that mean we should leave out the whole ‘partiality’ thing, and just write about HOW conflicting perspectives are represented? I feel like i should include info on how responses are manipulated by composers, but i don’t know how to do that with a question like this, without it sounding messy and irrelevant. i know it’s very late, but i’d really like to understand. any chance you could explain this to me? :(

  29. Monique
    October 12, 2013 at 10:02 am

    You do know you have the question from 2011 twice and no 2012 question?

    • tutortales
      October 19, 2013 at 4:00 pm

      Thanks – fixed it and added 2013. TT

  30. November 26, 2013 at 9:44 am

    I’m not sure exactly why but this website is loading incredibly slow for me.
    Is anyone else having this issue or is it a issue on my end?

    I’ll check back later on and see if tthe problem still exists.

  31. Marianne
    January 9, 2014 at 12:30 pm

    hey
    do u still tutor?

  32. Quincy
    July 2, 2014 at 1:25 pm

    How many themes do we need to address in our related text and must we integrate discussion of themes with the same themes in our set text?
    I was inclined to just explore how my related text uses techniques to ‘tell the truth’. Is that sufficient?

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