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After twenty years as an English teacher and examiner, I now specialise in creating materials designed specifically for exam revision. If you're interested in my resources, please 'Follow' me to get regular updates on new products.
English Language Analysis
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English Language Analysis

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This excellent resource gives you everything you need to teach students how to analyse writers’ use of language. The contents are: 1. A 70-slide PDF presentation on Language Analysis – this presentation examines three literary extracts in detail, showing students exactly how to identify techniques, plan their answer and write a structured, comprehensive response to a Language Analysis question. It contains model answers for the first three extracts and also contains an additional three extracts for students to examine and create their own answers. 2. Student Extract Booklets – these three booklets are differentiated: Booklet 3 is for less able students and contains an annotated version of the extracts with hints as to what language features are used in each one. Booklet 2 is for more able students and each page contains hints on the language features. Booklet 1 is for the most able students and features the unannotated version of the extract without any helpful hints. 3. Teacher’s Master Copy – for your convenience, this is a more compact version of the student booklets, containing all six extracts and three model answers. Also available is a version of this resource tailored specifically to AQA students, containing lots of helpful information about the Mark Scheme for the Language Analysis questions. I hope these resources are helpful for you and instructive for your students – as always, I’d be delighted to hear any feedback you may have. I will be adding lots more English Language revision resources to my shop so please check back regularly!
English Language Analysis AQA
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English Language Analysis AQA

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This excellent resource gives you everything you need to teach students how to analyse writers’ use of language for the new AQA English Language GCSE. The contents are as follows: 1. 72-slide PDF presentation on Language Analysis – this presentation examines three literary extracts in detail, showing students exactly how to identify techniques, plan their answer and write a structured, comprehensive response to a Language Analysis question. It contains model answers for the first three extracts and also contains an additional three extracts for students to examine and create their own answers. It also features an indepth-examination of the AQA Mark Scheme for the Language Analysis questions, showing students exactly how to maximise their marks. 2. Student Extract Booklets – these three booklets are differentiated: Booklet 3 is for less able students and contains an annotated version of the extracts with hints as to what language features are used in each one. Booklet 2 is for more able students and each page contains hints on the language features. Booklet 1 is for the most able students and features the unannotated version of the extract without any helpful hints. 3. Teacher’s Master Copy – for your convenience, this is a more compact version of the student booklets, containing all six extracts and three model answers. This resource is also available without any AQA references – ideal for students of all exam boards. I hope these resources are helpful for you and instructive for your students – as always, I’d be delighted to hear any feedback you may have. I will be adding lots more English Language revision resources to my shop so please check back regularly!
Macbeth Quiz
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Macbeth Quiz

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This resource is a 50-question ‘Macbeth’ quiz, divided into five rounds. The rounds are: Family Ties, Places, Animals, Scotland and ‘Who said it?’. The questions range from straightforward to difficult and will be ideal for helping students to revise characters, setting, imagery, context and memorable quotes. The resource consists of: 1. Macbeth Quiz – this consists of five 10-question rounds. The quiz can be run in two ways – you can either call out the questions and have the students fill in the blank answer grids I’ve provided, or you can distribute the handouts I’ve created for each round. For your convenience, I’ve included full answer sheets for each round. These are also on the presentation so that students can correct their own work if necessary. These sheets can also be used as in-class or homework activities. 2. Powerpoint Presentation – includes answers to the fifty questions so that students can correct their own work. Please check out my range of AQA Macbeth resources: Macbeth bundle – 20 sample exam questions on the characters of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth PLUS Presentation and Worksheets showing how to write a sample answer Themes and Characters of Macbeth – all 24 sample AQA exam questions Character of Macbeth – a Presentation and series of Worksheets showing students exactly how to answer an exam question Characters of Macbeth – 12 sample AQA exam questions My shop also features several Edexcel Macbeth resources: Character of Macbeth – 12 sample Edexcel questions Character of Lady Macbeth – 7 sample Edexcel questions Macbeth Themes and Characters – 24 sample Edexcel questions
Lady Macbeth Exam Questions
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Lady Macbeth Exam Questions

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This resource contains EIGHT sample exam questions for revising the character of Lady Macbeth. Topics examined include her character, relevant themes and her relationship with Macbeth. These questions have been carefully designed to reflect the exact format and demands of the new AQA GCSE English Literature exam paper. Please check out my other AQA Macbeth resources: Macbeth bundle – 20 sample exam questions on the characters of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth PLUS Presentation and Worksheets showing how to write a sample answer Themes and Characters of Macbeth – all 24 sample AQA exam questions Character of Macbeth – a Presentation and series of Worksheets showing students exactly how to answer an exam question Character of Macbeth – 12 sample AQA exam questions The Supernatural in Macbeth – 7 sample AQA exam questions Minor characters of Macbeth – 8 sample AQA exam questions Characters of Macbeth – 12 sample AQA exam questions Themes of Macbeth – 12 sample AQA exam questions I’ve used these exam questions both as class activities and as homework. They are also ideal for practice tests in the run-up to the exams. I hope these are helpful for you and instructive for your students – as always, I’d be delighted to hear any feedback you may have. I will be adding lots more GCSE revision resources to my shop so please check back regularly!
An Inspector Calls Edexcel  Exam Questions
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An Inspector Calls Edexcel Exam Questions

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This superb resource contains THIRTY sample exam questions for revising the THEMES (15) and CHARACTERS (15) of ‘An Inspector Calls’. These questions have been carefully designed to reflect the exact format and demands of the new Edexcel GCSE English Literature exam paper. This resource also includes concise information on the AOs and Mark Scheme. Please check out my range of ‘An Inspector Calls’ resources: Edexcel 15 Sample Questions on Themes Edexcel 15 Sample Questions on Characters Edexcel 2 FREE Sample Questions AQA 30 Sample Questions on Themes, Characters and Techniques AQA 12 Sample Questions on Themes AQA 12 Sample Questions on Characters AQA 6 Sample Questions on Techniques AQA 2 FREE Sample Questions These exam questions can be used both as class activities and as homework. They are also ideal for practice tests in the run-up to the exams. I hope these are helpful for you and instructive for your students – as always, I’d be delighted to hear any feedback you may have. I will be adding lots more GCSE revision resources to my shop so please check back regularly!
Checking Out Me History and The Emigree
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Checking Out Me History and The Emigree

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AQA GCSE English Literature Power and Conflict Poetry – Exam Preparation - A Comparative Answer on John Agard’s ‘Checking Out Me History’ and Carol Rumens’ ‘The Emigrée’. This resource is designed to help you prepare your class to answer a GCSE English Literature question on AQA Power and Conflict Poetry. It is NOT intended to teach students the poems themselves – it is designed for you to use later in the school year when the poetry has been fully covered and the students need to learn how to use this knowledge to write the best possible exam answers. There are six elements included: 1. Answering AQA Power and Conflict Poetry Questions: this 32-slide PDF presentation is the core of this group of resources and has been carefully designed and created to help you guide your class through each part of the essay writing process. It examines each of the following elements: the AOs and the Mark Scheme, exam timing and weighting, essay structure, how to write an introduction, using ‘rough notes’ for planning, contents of the main body and how to write a conclusion. Most importantly, it features many extracts from the sample exam answer which are annotated to show the importance of using subject terminology, precise and judicious quotes and comparative links. 2. Power and Conflict Sample Answers – this 1000-word sample answer to the question is presented in two formats for your convenience. The first is a one-page A4 handout of the essay itself. The second is a two-page A4 handout with wider margins and more generous spacing – this allows ample space for annotation and highlighting, allowing students to completely break down the elements of the essay. I would suggest copying this onto an A3 sheet – I’ve used it very effectively with pairs of students using different colour markers to highlight the various AOs, the subject terminology, comparative terms, precise quotes etc. 3. Power and Conflict Sample Planning Grid – one-page A4 handout which shows the students how to use ‘rough notes’ to plan and structure their essay. 4. Planning Grid Template – one-page A4 handout featuring a blank Planning Grid which students can use to plan their own essays for any part of the GCSE English course. 5. Power and Conflict AOs – one-page A4 handout which explains the AOs to students in a manner that is accessible and easy to understand. 6. Teacher's Instructions. Alternatively, you can buy the presentation here or the worksheets here.
Macbeth Exam Questions Edexcel
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Macbeth Exam Questions Edexcel

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This is a superb resource containing TWENTY-FOUR sample exam questions for revising ‘Macbeth’. These questions have been carefully designed to reflect the exact format and demands of the new Edexcel GCSE English Literature exam paper. Check out my range of Macbeth Edexcel resources: Character of Macbeth – 12 sample Edexcel questions Character of Lady Macbeth – 7 sample Edexcel questions Minor Characters – 9 sample Edexcel questions on the minor characters of Macbeth Themes of Macbeth – 12 sample Edexcel questions Characters of Macbeth – 12 sample Edexcel questions These exam questions can be used both as class activities and as homework. They are also ideal for practice tests in the run-up to the exams. I hope these are helpful for you and instructive for your students – as always, I’d be delighted to hear any feedback you may have. I will be adding lots more GCSE revision resources to my shop so please check back regularly!
Transactional Writing AQA Exam Questions
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Transactional Writing AQA Exam Questions

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This resource features 40 sample exam questions for the second question of Paper Two GCSE English Language: 12 articles, 16 letters and 12 speeches. These questions have been carefully designed to reflect the exact format and layout of the AQA GCSE English new specification, allowing students to become more comfortable with the appearance and demands of their exam paper. The tasks featured ask students to write to a variety of audiences, allowing them to practise using the appropriate style and register for each context. These exam questions can be used both as class activities and as homework. They are also ideal for practice tests in the run-up to the exams. Check out my other Transactional Writing resources for AQA: 12 Sample AQA Questions on Speeches 16 Sample AQA Questions on Letters 12 Sample AQA Questions on Articles I hope these are helpful for you and instructive for your students – as always, I’d be delighted to hear any feedback you may have. I will be adding lots more GCSE revision resources to my shop so please check back regularly!
Lady Macbeth Exam Questions Edexcel
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Lady Macbeth Exam Questions Edexcel

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This resource contains SEVEN sample exam questions for revising the character of Lady Macbeth for Edexcel English Literature. Topics examined include her character, her relationship with Macbeth and relevant themes. These questions have been carefully designed to reflect the exact format and demands of the new Edexcel GCSE English Literature exam paper. Check out my range of Macbeth Edexcel resources: Character of Macbeth – 12 sample Edexcel questions Minor Characters – 9 sample Edexcel questions on the minor characters of Macbeth Macbeth Themes and Characters – 24 sample Edexcel questions Themes of Macbeth – 12 sample Edexcel questions Characters of Macbeth – 12 sample Edexcel questions These exam questions can be used both as class activities and as homework. They are also ideal for practice tests in the run-up to the exams. I hope these are helpful for you and instructive for your students – as always, I’d be delighted to hear any feedback you may have. I will be adding lots more GCSE revision resources to my shop so please check back regularly!
DNA by Dennis Kelly Exam Questions
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DNA by Dennis Kelly Exam Questions

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This superb resource contains TWENTY-TWO sample exam questions for revising THEMES (10), CHARACTERS (10) and TECHNIQUES (2) of ‘DNA’ by Dennis Kelly. These questions have been carefully designed to reflect the exact format and demands of the new AQA GCSE English Literature exam paper. It also includes concise information on the AOs and Mark Scheme. Please check out my range of ‘DNA’ resources: 12 Exam Questions on Characters and Techniques 12 Exam Questions on Themes and Techniques These exam questions can be used both as class activities and as homework. They are also ideal for practice tests in the run-up to the exams. I hope these are helpful for you and instructive for your students – as always, I’d be delighted to hear any feedback you may have. I will be adding lots more GCSE revision resources to my shop so please check back regularly!
Transactional Writing Articles AQA
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Transactional Writing Articles AQA

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This resource features 12 sample exam questions for the second question of Paper Two GCSE English Language. This is the question requiring GCSE students to write an article for various media. These questions have been carefully designed to reflect the exact format and layout of the AQA GCSE English new specification, allowing students to become more comfortable with the appearance and demands of their exam paper. The twelve questions feature four tasks on broadsheet newspapers, four on local newspapers and four on school magazines. These exam questions can be used both as class activities and as homework. They are also ideal for practice tests in the run-up to the exams. Check out my other Transactional Writing resources for AQA: 40 Sample AQA Questions: Letters, Speeches and Articles 12 Sample AQA Questions on Speeches 16 Sample AQA Questions on Letters I hope these are helpful for you and instructive for your students – as always, I’d be delighted to hear any feedback you may have. I will be adding lots more GCSE revision resources to my shop so please check back regularly!
Of Mice and Men - George and Lennie - Parent-Child Relationship - Close analysis of Chapter One
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Of Mice and Men - George and Lennie - Parent-Child Relationship - Close analysis of Chapter One

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This is an excellent resource that I have used many times to facilitate a really close re-reading of Chapter One of Of Mice and Men. It includes two worksheets, examining the ways in which George behaves like a parent and Lennie behaves like a child. Students must use their copy of the novel to find appropriate quotations for each aspect of behaviour. It also includes an answer page with over 30 relevant quotations from Chapter One. I've used this as a revision exercise with students working alone and also as a group or paired activity.
Leaving Cert English - Comparative Studies - General Vision and Viewpoint Sample Answer Essay
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Leaving Cert English - Comparative Studies - General Vision and Viewpoint Sample Answer Essay

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This is a 1700-word essay answering a Comparative Studies question on the General Vision and Viewpoint of Sean O'Casey's play 'Juno and the Paycock', George Eliot's novel 'Silas Marner' and the film 'Witness'. It's an annotated version of a detailed, analytical and highly-structured piece which allows students to see exactly how to plan and write an answer in the Comparative Studies section.
An Inspector Calls Exam Questions Edexcel
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An Inspector Calls Exam Questions Edexcel

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This superb resource contains 2 FREE sample exam questions for revising ‘An Inspector Calls’. These questions have been carefully designed to reflect the exact format and demands of the new Edexcel GCSE English Literature exam paper. Also included is concise information on the AOs and Mark Scheme. Please check out my range of ‘An Inspector Calls’ resources: Edexcel 30 Sample Questions on Themes and Characters Edexcel 15 Sample Questions on Themes Edexcel 15 Sample Questions on Characters AQA 30 Sample Questions on Themes, Characters and Techniques AQA 12 Sample Questions on Themes AQA 12 Sample Questions on Characters AQA 6 Sample Questions on Techniques AQA 2 FREE Sample Questions These exam questions can be used both as class activities and as homework. They are also ideal for practice tests in the run-up to the exams. I hope these are helpful for you and instructive for your students – as always, I’d be delighted to hear any feedback you may have. I will be adding lots more GCSE revision resources to my shop so please check back regularly!
Power and Conflict Poetry Fun Activity Pack
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Power and Conflict Poetry Fun Activity Pack

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This ‘Fun Pack’ consists of a range of fun activities designed to entertain your students while reinforcing their knowledge of the poets and poetry of the ‘Power and Conflict’ cluster. The contents are: 1. Table Quiz – this consists of four 15-question rounds, focusing on the opening lines, closing lines, subject matter and titles of the fifteen poems. The table quiz can be run in two ways – you can either call out the questions and have the students fill in the blank answer grids I’ve provided, or you can distribute the handouts I’ve created for each round. For your convenience, I’ve included full answer sheets. These are also on the presentation so that students can correct their own work if necessary. These sheets can also be used as in-class or homework activities as they facilitate a really close re-reading of the poems. 2. Powerpoint Presentation – includes answers to the sixty questions so that students can correct their own work. 3. Anagrams – this is an A4 handout of anagrams using the poets’ full names. Answers included. 4. Wordsearch – using the poets’ names. 5. Wordsearch – using the poem titles. 6. Crossword A – using the poem titles. 7. Crossword B – using the poets’ names. 8. Teacher’s Instructions. Other AQA Poetry Resources: 12 Sample Exam Questions AND a fun pack of activities for revision 12 Sample Exam Questions AND Presentation and Worksheets comparing two poems Presentations on FOUR different pairs of poems Presentations and Worksheets on FOUR different pairs of poems 12 Sample Exam Questions I hope this is useful for you and instructive for your students - as always, I’d love to hear any feedback you may have.
Transactional Writing  Edexcel Exam Questions
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Transactional Writing Edexcel Exam Questions

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This resource features 40 sample exam questions for the second question of Paper Two GCSE English Language: 12 articles, 16 letters and 12 speeches. These questions have been carefully designed to reflect the exact format and layout of the Edexcel GCSE English new specification, allowing students to become more comfortable with the appearance and demands of their exam paper. The tasks featured ask students to write to a variety of audiences, allowing them to practise using the appropriate style and register for each context. These exam questions can be used both as class activities and as homework. They are also ideal for practice tests in the run-up to the exams. Other Transactional Writing Resources for Edexcel: 16 Sample Edexcel Questions on Letters 12 Sample Edexcel Questions on Speeches 12 Sample Edexcel Questions on Articles I hope these are helpful for you and instructive for your students – as always, I’d be delighted to hear any feedback you may have. I will be adding lots more GCSE revision resources to my shop so please check back regularly!
Edexcel Conflict  Poetry
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Edexcel Conflict Poetry

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This is a fantastic student workbook which can be used from the beginning of Y10 GCSE English Literature. Completing the activities in their own workbook allows students to take ownership of the poems they are studying and increases their familiarity and comfort with each poem. The workbook consists of a series of unnumbered pages, so that you can choose the order that best suits your class. The contents are as follows: 1. Front Cover – this page allows space for your students’ names/class details. 2. Assessment Objectives and Exam Information – this page gives a clear, concise explanation of exactly how the AOs are rewarded in the Mark Scheme, showing your students exactly what they need to do to gain marks in their specific exam paper. It also explains the format, layout and mark structure of the poetry section in their exam. 3. Poems and Poets – a full list of all of the poems in your selection. 4. Sound Effects and Visual Effects – this page features a superb examination of eight of the most common language techniques used by poets. Each section explains clearly what the technique is and gives a variety of quotations to illustrate this to the students. This is an excellent revision aid that students can use at any point in the year. 5. Your Sound Effects and Visual Effects – this page features a grid for students to fill in as the year progresses, allowing them to note and thus memorise examples of the various language techniques from the poems of their selection. 6. Poetry Profiles – these two pages are where the students will record essential information about each poem, thus building up a full set of their own notes as their study progresses. The first page prompts them to add information under the headings Poem, Poet, Context, Subject Matter, Themes and, most importantly, Links to Other Poems. The second page uses the headings Form, Sound Effects, Visual Imagery, Tone, Vital Quotes and Favourite Lines. The PDF includes one copy of these pages, so you will need to print one pair of pages for each poem on your selection. Other Edexcel Conflict Poetry Resources: 12 Edexcel sample exam questions Short version of 12 Edexcel sample exam questions 12 Sample exam questions AND presentation AND worksheets comparing ‘The Charge of the Light Brigade’ and ‘Poppies’ I hope this is useful for you and instructive for your students - as always, I’d love to hear any feedback you may have.
An Inspector Calls Exam Questions
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An Inspector Calls Exam Questions

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This superb resource contains THIRTY sample exam questions for revising THEMES (12), CHARACTERS (12) and TECHNIQUES (6) of ‘An Inspector Calls’. These questions have been carefully designed to reflect the exact format and demands of the AQA GCSE English Literature exam paper. Also included is concise information on the AOs and a student-friendly version of the Mark Scheme. Please check out my range of ‘An Inspector Calls’ resources: AQA 12 Sample Questions on Themes AQA 12 Sample Questions on Characters AQA 6 Sample Questions on Techniques Edexcel 15 Sample Questions on Themes Edexcel 15 Sample Questions on Characters Edexcel 30 Sample Questions on Themes and Characters These exam questions can be used both as class activities and as homework. They are also ideal for practice tests in the run-up to the exams. I hope these are helpful for you and instructive for your students – as always, I’d be delighted to hear any feedback you may have. I will be adding lots more GCSE revision resources to my shop so please check back regularly!
Romeo and Juliet Revision: 2 Sample AQA Exam Questions
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Romeo and Juliet Revision: 2 Sample AQA Exam Questions

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This resource contains TWO sample exam questions for revising 'Romeo and Juliet' for AQA English Literature. The topics examined are Romeo's character and the theme of attitudes towards love. These questions have been carefully designed to reflect the exact format and demands of the new AQA GCSE English Literature exam paper. Please take a moment to view the wide range of 'Romeo and Juliet' revision resources in my shop: 12 Sample Questions on the Character of Romeo 6 Sample Questions on the Character of Juliet 24 Sample Questions on Themes and Characters 12 Sample Questions on Themes 12 Sample Questions on Characters
An Inspector Calls: 2 AQA Exam Questions
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An Inspector Calls: 2 AQA Exam Questions

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This FREE resource contains TWO sample exam questions for revising ‘An Inspector Calls’. It also includes concise information on the AOs and Mark Scheme. These questions have been carefully designed to reflect the exact format and demands of the new AQA GCSE English Literature exam paper. Please check out my full range of ‘An Inspector Calls’ resources: AQA 30 Sample Questions on Themes, Characters and Techniques AQA 12 Sample Questions on Themes AQA 12 Sample Questions on Characters AQA 6 Sample Questions on Techniques Edexcel 30 Sample Questions on Themes and Characters Edexcel 15 Sample Questions on Themes Edexcel 15 Sample Questions on Characters These exam questions can be used both as class activities and as homework. They are also ideal for practice tests in the run-up to the exams. I hope these are helpful for you and instructive for your students – as always, I’d be delighted to hear any feedback you may have. I will be adding lots more GCSE revision resources to my shop so please check back regularly!