Here are the past HSC questions for Standard Module C: Texts and Society – Into the World. 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:
- General question about venturing into the world.
- Question about the good (opportunities, rewards etc) and bad (obstacles, sacrifices) etc when venturing into the world.
- Question about attitudes to the new world – do characters embrace it, or reject it?
- Question about other people – do they support or prevent the individual from going into the new world?
- Question about change – how is change related to Into the World?
Can you figure out which category, each of the questions below fall into? Some may fall into more than 1 category.
To get a better idea of the kinds of questions in this Module, have a look at the examination rubric:
In your answer you will be assessed on how well you:
- demonstrate understanding of the ways texts and meaning are shaped by context
- organise, develop and express ideas using language appropriate to audience, purpose, context and form
Past HSC Questions:
Explain how moving into the world opens up new phases of life and influences the ways people interact with one another. In your response, refer to your prescribed text and ONE other related text of your own choosing.
Explain how [core text] and ONE other related text of your own choosing portray the consequences of moving into the world.
‘The experience of moving into the world can challenge individuals’ attitudes and beliefs.’
Discuss this view with reference to your prescribed text and at least ONE other related text of your own choosing.
Individuals venturing into new experiences may encounter obstacles, but may also gain significant rewards.
Do you agree with this perspective? In your response, refer to your prescribed text and at least ONE other related text of your own choosing.
What have the attitudes and actions of people in your texts revealed to you about venturing into society?
In your response refer to your prescribed text and TWO texts of your own choosing.
Choose ONE of the two questions below as the focus for a speech to be presented at a student forum on ‘Into the World’. Write your speech, referring to your prescribed text and at least ONE other related text of your own choosing.
(a) Do the pathways into new worlds offer possibilities or problems? OR
(b) Do other people encourage or prevent the individual’s experience of new worlds?
Your texts offer various representations of familiar experiences and new horizons. Compare these representations, referring to your prescribed text and at least ONE other related text of your own choosing.
‘An Address to the Next Generation.’
Using this title, present your views on growing up and making transitions into society. In your response, you should refer to your prescribed text and at least TWO other related texts of your own choosing.
Questions used by school etc:
- Write the transcript of a radio program called Times of Transition. In your transcript, highlight how features of texts reveal attitudes to the worlds that open to individuals. (2006 Catholic Trial)
- You have been asked to host a segment of an evening radio programme, called Focus, which looks at a variety of contemporary issues. For this segment, you are going to interview 2 or 3 HSC students about what they have learnt in this elective about the impact of new experiences on individuals. Write the transcript of this interview. (Independent 2008 Trial)
- ‘Individuals moving into the world are increasingly involved in having to make moral or social choices.’ To what extent do you agree with this view? (Independent 2009 Trial)
- The struggles of moving into the world are worth the effort. (CTHS 2010 Trial)
“Transitions into a new and unfamiliar world result in change“. Do you agree? (BGHS 2010 Trial)
- Significant experiences in people’s lives provide opportunities for growth and development. Write a persuasive argument to support this statement. In your response, refer closely to your prescribed text and at least ONE other related text of your own choosing. (2010 CSSA Trial)
2009 HSC Markers Notes:
In the better responses, candidates engaged with the question on a conceptual level, recognising the significance of the social and historical context of their prescribed text. They were able to write a sustained response using well-selected textual features with an integrated reference to techniques while employing an informed, persuasive voice. They formed a thesis which discussed the interplay between ‘obstacles’ and ‘rewards’ in a discerning manner with strong, valid links between the text(s) and the question.
Weaker responses generally referred to two or more texts, though relying on simple narrative features to respond to the question. Often there was only a direct link to the question at the start and conclusion of the response. Texts were often treated in isolation from each other and the question, with the choice of supporting texts often limiting candidates’ ability to engage with the question and/or concept in a meaningful way.