Paper Two Prompts  DP Language and Literature

Identifying with Characters

In what ways and for what reasons do two of the works that you have studied invite their readers to identify with certain characters and situations?

Audiences’ Eyes and Ears

In what ways and for what reasons do two literary works that you have read appeal to their audiences’ eyes and ears? Compare and contrast the ways in which they appeal to the auditory and visual senses of their audiences.

Speaking to Audiences

One trait of a literary work is that it never stops speaking to audiences. Compare how two literary works have continued to speak to their audiences over time.

Stories to Be Told

Authors of literary works often write because they feel their stories need to be told. Compare the authors’ reasons for writing two literary works that you have read.

Suspense

Suspense is what keeps readers turning pages in literary works. Compare and contrast the ways in which the authors of two literary works build suspense and capture the imagination of their readers.

Non-Linear Fashion

Authors sometimes tell their stories in a nonlinear fashion. Compare how and for what reasons the authors of at least two works that you have read have told their

Meaning

The meaning of a literary work can change over time. Compare how the meanings of two literary works that you have read have changed over time.

Different Places and Times

LIterary works are received  differently in different places and times. Compare how two literary works that you have read have both been received differently by different audiences.

Home

In what ways and for what reasons is the notion of “home” explored in two of the literary works that you have studied?

Injustice

The struggle against injustice is a theme that speaks to the readers. Compare the ways in which the authors of two literary works have depicted unjust worlds.

Writer’s Choices

How have the writer’s choices of character names and places contributed to the meaning of two works that you have studied?

Atmosphere

In relation to two of the works that you have studied, discuss the ways in which atmosphere is in created by the writers. What are the effects of atmosphere on the readers of these works?

“Fight or Flight”

“Fight or flight” is a term used to describe human responses to adverse circumstances. Compare how the authors of two literary works that you have read have depicted such human responses to adverse circumstances.

Gender Struggles

Literary works often depict a struggle between genders. Compare how two of the works that you have read depict the struggle between genders.

Realizing the Truth

Pablo Picasso once said that “Art is a lie that makes us realize the truth.” Compare how the authors of two literary works help their readers “realize the truth.”

Social Commentary

Authors often write fiction as a means of social commentary. Compare how the authors of two works that you have read have written works of social commentary.

Struggle to Be Understood

How do two of the works you have studied portray the struggle to be understood?

Universal Themes

Some literary texts, although set in a particular place or time, convey ideas that are universal. In what ways is this true in two of the works you have studied?

Individual Perception

Discuss how two works you have studied present concepts of good and bad, not as absolute notions, but as a matter of individual perception.

Convincing World

Referring to two works you have studied, discuss how the author has created a convincing “world”

Physical Journey

How does a physical journey contribute to at least two of the works you have studied?

Childhood

How and to what effect has childhood been explored in at least two of the works you have studied?

Reinforce or Challenge

Do works of literary merit both reflect the spirit of the time and challenge it?

Non-linear Plots

To what purposes do authors sometimes choose not to follow a chronological sequence of events in their literary works?

Moral & Ethical Issues

Discuss how moral and/or ethical issues are explored in at least two of the works you have studied.

Physical Journey

Discuss the significance of a pivotal moment, shift or turning point in at least two of the works you have studied.

Minor Characters

Explore the role minor characters play in the development of major characters in at least two of the works you have studied.

Death

To what effect have writers used death or dying in at least two of the works you have studied?

Justice

Analyse how justice is represented and understood in at least two works studied.

Alienation

Writers often use a character who is alienated from his or her culture or society in order to explore cultural or social values. Examine this idea with reference to at least two works studied.

Setting

What impact does setting have on your understanding of the central ideas or themes presented in at least two works studied?

Timeless

Literature is often said to be timeless. To what extent is this true of at least two works you have studied?

Facing History

It has been said that history “cannot be unlived, but if faced with courage, need not be lived again.” To what extent do at least two works studied “face” history in order to ensure that its wrongs “need not be lived again”?

Multiple Interpretations

Looking closely at at least two works studied, show that more than one interpretation could be made of those works.

Use of Time

Time of day or time of year are often presented by a writer in such a way as to support ideas in the work, to develop character or to establish mood, atmosphere, etc. In what ways is time used effectively in at least two works you have studied?

Cooperation vs. Independence

“Working together” or “standing on your own two feet” – how do either or both of these ways of behaving reflect the cultural contexts of at least two works you have studied?

Art & Craft

Writing is both an art and a craft, where form and content are carefully constructed and language and style artistically embellish the whole. Discuss in what ways at least two works you have studied effectively combine both art and craft.

Acclaimed or Criticized

A work can be critically acclaimed in one culture and be banned in another. Discuss how at least two works you have studied might lend themselves to various receptions.

Money

What is the significance of “the getting of money” in at least two works you have studied, and how is it represented?

Tension

Tension is often created between “new” and “old”. To what effect do writers make use of such tension in at least two works you have studied?

Fixed Meaning or Fluid

What do you think of the assertion that the meaning of a text is fixed and does not change over time?

Perspective of Beauty

If beauty is a relative term, how do one or more of the works you have studied explore this idea?

Voice for Oppressed

How valid is the assertion that literature is a voice for the oppressed?

Gender Representations

To what extent do male and female literary characters accurately reflect the role of men and women in society?

Weaknesses and Strengths

Looking closely at how weakness and strength are represented in at least two of the works you have studied, discuss the significance of the relationship between the two,.

Perspective of Home

How is home depicted in at least two fo the works you have studied and what is its significance?

Intolerance

Identify some of the forms intolerance can take, and discuss how its effects on both the victims and the intolerant are presented in at least two

of the works you have studied.

Ends Justify Means

Can the ends ever be said to justify the means? Consider the ways in which this idea is explored or discussed in the two texts you have studied.