Past HSC and Practise Questions for English Extension 1: Module B – Elective 1: After the Bomb

Past HSC Questions

2010:

Significant texts in any period arise from particular ways of thinking 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.

2009:

Write an essay in which you explore the interplay of the personal and the political in After the Bomb.

Practise Questions:

  1. Texts that focus on the anxieties of the Cold War years set up challenges for responders: challenges that often arise from the relationship between a composer’s concerns and the points of view within the texts from which these are presented (2010 Independent Trial)
  2. While the texts in this elective cover a wide diversity of forms, they all engage with the personal and political concerns of the Cold War era and associated social and moral issues.’ Evaluate this statement. (2009 Independent Trial)
  3. Aspects of political and social anxiety are the main concern of the elective After the Bomb. How are these aspects given significance in the texts studied for this elective? (2009 Catholic Trial)
  4. Without art the human spirit would disintegrate into the anonymous statistics of history. How do your 2 prescribed texts and 2 related texts show this statement to be true?
  5. An obvious consequence of this period and the events that shaped it is a loss of innocence which has been replaced with a sense of cynicism and despair. Evaluate to what extent the texts you have studied as part of the After the Bomb elective prove this statement to be true.
  6. “Freedom is at the heart of After the Bomb. Yet control is also crucial.” Write an essay in which you evaluate the extent to which this is true with reference to TWO prescribed texts AND at least TWO texts of your own choosing.

12 comments for “Past HSC and Practise Questions for English Extension 1: Module B – Elective 1: After the Bomb

  1. Car
    October 5, 2010 at 8:57 am

    Thank you so much. This is infinitely helpful with such an obscure module. :) Far more constructive than trying to adapt the postmodernism questions myself.

    • tutortales
      October 5, 2010 at 12:51 pm

      No problem – sorry I don’t have more! If you know any more, please comment and I’ll add them to the list. TT

  2. Megan
    October 5, 2010 at 10:50 am

    hi i was just wondering if there is any practice questions for after the bomb creative writing? i have been unable to find any! thanks

  3. Car
    October 6, 2010 at 2:04 pm

    Aspects of political and social anxiety are the main concern of the elective After the Bomb.
    How are these aspects given significance in the texts studied for this elective?
    In your response, refer to TWO of your texts and least TWO texts of your own choosing. (25 marks) (CSSA trial 09)

    ‘There was a conspiracy, no, several conspiracies. Someone had contrived a joke about murder and played it on him. The train roared on with five hundred commuters who all rode, swaying like a team of drunken intellectuals behind their masking books and papers, while the old man, as if pursued by demons, fled off away from car to car.’

    Use all or part of the provided text in the piece of imaginative writing that reflects your understanding of anxiety in After the Bomb. (HSC creative 09)

    • tutortales
      October 8, 2010 at 12:32 pm

      Thanks! TT

  4. Annika
    October 8, 2010 at 11:52 am

    “Texts that focus on the anxieties of the Cold War years set up challenges for responders: challenges that often arise from the relationship between a composer’s concerns and the points of view within the texts from which these are presented.”
    Independent School Trial 2010

    • tutortales
      October 8, 2010 at 12:31 pm

      Thanks Annika. TT

  5. Megan
    October 9, 2010 at 2:45 pm

    thank you!

  6. Dominic
    October 21, 2010 at 8:11 pm

    Does anyone know what this year’s Catholic trial question was for After the Bomb? Bored of Studies seems to be down (!!!)

  7. electra
    October 24, 2010 at 10:11 am

    Catholic trial question for 2010 was:
    “Typically confusing texts of this period not only reflect the preoccupations of the time but also offer a disturbing re-evaluation of its values and ideas”
    To what extent have the writers of TWO prescribed texts and ONE text of your own choosing achieved this?

    More creative questions would be great :)

  8. Avro
    July 25, 2012 at 8:32 pm

    This has been extremely helpful. Thanks for your efforts.

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