Here are the past HSC and school questions for the English Extension 1: Genre – Science Fiction.
You may notice that in some questions “Science” is in square brackets. This is just because the elective used to be called Speculative Fiction. For convenience’s sake, I have just rewritten it as “[Science]”.
Past HSC Questions:
Significant texts in any genre arise from specific social and cultural conditions and possess an enduring relevance. Write an essay in which you explore the extent to which this is true of the texts you have studied in your elective.
Write an essay in which you explore the interplay of technology and morality in Science Fiction.
[Science] Fiction explores the implications of alternative worlds from different angles. Write an essay in which you evaluate the extent to which this is true.
Discovery is at the heart of [Science] Fiction. Yet resistance is also crucial.
[Science] Fiction locates us in places of controversy and familiarity.
‘At first, my world seems alien and different to you. My life and my experiences make you wonder what may be, what might have been. Does my world challenge you? Provoke you? Is it all that different from yours? Could yours end up like this? There are possibilities in my world – does your world offer as many possibilities?’
The provided text reveals an imagined character’s thoughts.
Evaluate the extent to which these thoughts express the conventions, ideas and values of [Science] Fiction.
Genre sets a framework of conventions.
How useful is it to understand texts in terms of genre? Are texts more engaging when the conform to the conventions, or when they challenge and play with the conventions?
- Boundaries challenge rather than restrict the individual. Evaluate this statement in terms of the texts you have studied. (2006 CSSA Trial)
- One of the values of [Science] Fiction is that this genre bears witness to what it is to be human; that humans have strengths and limitations. Evaluate this statement (2008 Independent Trial)
- Any[Science] Fiction text expends most of its energy establishing fantastic settings and extraordinary worlds. This reduces its ability to offer serious social comment. Write an essay in which you evaluate the extent to which this is true. (2008 ARC Trial)
- ‘While the genre of science fiction covers a wide diversity of texts, these texts all engage with developments in science and technology, and associated social and moral issues.’ Evaluate this statement (2009 Independent Trial)