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Review essay type questions under TEXT STUDY on the STUDENTS page on the English website.
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How a text constructs meaning for interpretations of characters, relationships, ideas, values, and themes.
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How a text constructs meaning through key features such as the text's structure, settings, narrative viewpoint, language features, and conventions.
3 How a text conveys ideas and values – the ways the author expresses or implies a point of view and values.
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How a text is open to a range of interpretations – the way readers' interpretations of a text differ and why.
   
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‘Richard III is totally evil, but the other characters in Richard III are not much better.’ Discuss.
2
“It is necessary only for the good man to do nothing for evil to triumph” (Edmund Burke). How well does this describe Shakespeare’s play Richard III?
3
‘Richard III could not have gained power without support.’ Discuss.
4
‘Marriage is driven more by dynastic concerns than love in Richard III.’ Do you agree?
5
‘According to Aristotle a tragic hero is neither totally good, nor totally bad; he is a mixture.’ How well does this describe Richard III?
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‘In the end Hastings and Buckingham regret their friendship with Richard.’ Discuss
7
‘Men plot and scheme; women weep.’ Is this the way the world of Richard III seems to you?
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‘In Richard III, justice is only seen to happen when death is answered with death.’ Do you agree?
9
‘Richard acts more like a devil than a human.’ Do you agree?
10
‘Some characters are worse than others, but there is no-one in Richard III who could claim to be innocent.’ Is this true?
11
‘Margaret is the only woman in the play with any strength.’ Discuss.
12
“…in God’s name march!” ‘God is invoked several times in this play, both by the godly and the godless.’  Discuss.
13
‘Richard’s succession as king is the turning point in the play. Before that he is engaging and amusing; after than he is sullen and callous.’ Discuss.
14
‘Richard is able to succeed because the rest of the characters are so easily deceived.’  Discuss.
15
‘O coward conscience, how dost thou afflict me.’ Shakespeare demonstrates that nobody can ultimately ignore their conscience. Do you agree?
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‘Richard is so engaging because of his honesty – about himself, as well as others.’ Do you agree?
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“We know each other’s faces; for our hearts / He knows no more of mine than I of yours.”
‘In Richard III, Shakespeare demonstrates that nobody can trust what other people are thinking or planning to do.’  Discuss.
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‘Even though Richard is guilty of atrocious crimes, he is still the most attractive character in the play.’  Do you agree?
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‘The play shows Richard in such a way that it is impossible for an audience to feel any sympathy for him.’  Discuss.
20
Richard asserts his determination ‘to prove a villain’. Does he succeed?
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‘Richard III demonstrates the destructive nature of ambition.’  Do you agree?
22
‘How do the female characters in Richard III challenge our view of male power?
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‘Richard is only as evil as the other characters allow him to be.’  Discuss.
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Richard says, “Conscience is but a word that cowards use”.  How does the play show the importance of having a conscience?
 
Past Exam Questions
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‘Not everyone in the play is as foolish as Richard believes him or her to be.’  How accurate are Richard’s judgments?
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‘For all its emphasis on power, much of the play is actually concerned with powerlessness.’  In what ways is powerlessness important in Richard III?
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“I am determined to prove a villain”.  ‘Despite his wickedness, Richard charms the audience as he does some of the characters in the play.’  Discuss.
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Richard says of Anne: “I’ll have her, but I will not keep her long”.  How are women portrayed in this play?

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