Past HSC Questions:
‘All representations are acts of manipulation.’
To what extent does your study of history and memory support this statement? In your response, make detailed reference to your prescribed text and ONE other related text of your own choosing.
Analyse how the representation of past events and recollections 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.
Explore how [core text] and ONE other related text of your own choosing represent history and memory in unique and evocative ways.
To what extent has textual form shaped your understanding of history and memory?
Analyse the ways history and memory generate compelling and unexpected insights.
Compare how the texts you have studied emphasise the complexities evident in the interplay of history and memory.
How have the texts studied in this elective challenged your ways of thinking about ‘History and Memory’?
Texts in this elective offer perspectives on the significance of history and memory in human experiences.
Were you persuaded to embrace these perspectives?
‘At the heart of representation are acts of deliberate selection and emphasis.’
Do the texts you have studied demonstrate this in relation to ‘History and Memory’?
You are the keynote speaker at a conference for young writers and directors.
The title of your presentation is: Visions and Versions of History and Memory.
In your presentation, explore how and for what purpose composers create their particular visions and versions.
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 History and Memory.
Your headline is History is Not a Single Story.
How has your understanding of events, personalities or situations been shaped by their representations in the texts you have studied?
You have created an exhibition of texts entitled: ‘History: Whose Story Is It?’
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 view of the representations of history and memory.
Questions used by school etc:
- You are speaking to an audience of your peers. Compose a speech in which you demonstrate how your understanding of the interplay between history and memory is shaped by the construction of the texts. (2009 CSSA Trial)
- In contrast to documented evidence, personal history or memory inevitably reflects a one-sided or biased view of history. Evaluate the extent to which the representation of events or situations in the texts you have studied reflects this view. (2009 Independent Trial)
- Can individual memory play a role of any value in our attempts to improve our understanding of the past? In your answer refer to the understanding of History and Memory you have gained from your prescribed text and at least TWO related texts of your own choosing. (ETA 2009 Trial)
- Without a record of personal experience, much valuable history is lost and all we have left is a cold, lifeless, one-dimensional view of the past. To what extent has your study of the elective History and Memory supported this statement. Discuss. (ETA 2009 Trial)
- History is constantly being reshaped by new representations of the past. To what extent has this idea been demonstrated by your study of [core text and related]? (ETA 2009 Trial)
- History and memory is the lamp by which my feet are guided, and that is the lamp of experience – Edward Gibbon. Explore this proposition in relation to [your texts].
- 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?
- 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 documentary evidence is more useful than personal history.
- History is a myth that we are sometimes persuaded to believe. 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)
- You have been asked to take part in a debate on the topic: “that the personal dimension memory provides can only enrich history“. 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)
- How have the texts you have studied in this elective enhanced your understanding of the complexities of history and memory? Refer to your prescribed text and TWO texts of your own choosing. (James Ruse 2010 Trial)
- The impact of history is enhanced by its interaction with memory. 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)