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Grade 12 English Provincial Essay Topics

November 2004       
Self-awareness leads to meaningful change.               
August 2004            
Role models influence our lives.
June 2004               
Certain events change our impressions of life
April 2004               
Experiences shape relationships
Jan 2004               
Our views of the past change as we mature.
November 2003            
The best gifts are the simplest ones.
August 2003               
Memories influence our lives.
June 2003                  
We learn the most from people closest to us.
April 2003                  
Our journey into the future begins in the past.
January 2003             
Certain experiences can mark the beginnings of maturity.
November 2002            
Challenging circumstances lead to positive actions.
August 2002               
Forming meaningful connections may enrich lives.
June 2002                  
People can be influenced by their environment.
April 2002                  
Sometimes people are unable to control the directions their lives take.            
January 2002               
People can create their own reality.
November 2001          
Taking advantage of opportunities can be beneficial.
August 2001               
Each stage of life brings new choices.
June 2001                  
A good life does not have to be complex.
April 2001                  
It is important to have a realistic view of life.
January 2001               
Surprises can make life interesting.
November 2000
Adapting to new situations in life is essential.
June 2000                  
Being sincere is important.
August 2000               
Taking charge of your own life is worthwhile.
April 2000                  
The pursuit of freedom involves change.
January 2000               
Keeping an open mind allows for growth.
November 1999            
The important things in life endure over time.
August 1999                
Determination
June 1999                  
Being Unique
January 1999               
Making Commitments   

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Grade 12 English Provincial Exam: Breaking Down the Multiple Choice

Many students find the English 12 provincial difficult to study for. The texts and theme are different for each exam, so unlike knowledge-based tests, there is nothing to memorize (aside from a laundry list of literary terms and devices). Students can prepare, however, by familiarizing themselves with the exam format and types of reading passages and response questions, which remain consistent for each exam. Below is a detailed break-down on what to expect from the multiple choice.

Skills Assessed

The multiple choice questions are designed to evaluate your skills in four reading comprehension categories. The most basic is the ability to retrieve information, which involves answering questions by locating the pertinent information within the text. You must also be able to recognize meaning by understanding how to reformulate information in the text and identifying a range of literary terms and devices. More challenging is the ability to interpret texts, inferring ideas or linking concepts that are not explicit in the reading. Finally, you will be required to analyze texts, evaluating elements such as purpose, viewpoint, and character, and synthesizing information from more than one source.

How to Recognize Question Types

Retrieve information – These questions have no particular form or clue words, and may start with any of the ‘5 Ws.’ However, they will be quite straightforward, such as “What caused…” or “Why did X…”

Recognize meaning – Most of these questions will ask you to identify a literary device used in a part of a passage. Another question commonly asked is about the form of the poem. Examples of typical questions are “What sound device is used in line 3?” and “What term best describes the style of the poem?”

Interpret texts – These questions tend to ask you to draw an inference from a quotation about a character, or character’s beliefs, or purpose. Clue words to watch for are “imply” and “suggest.” For example, a question may ask “What do lines 2-4 imply about character Y?”, or “What does sentence 3 suggest about the purpose of Z?” Other common questions require you to identify the central idea of the text, or conclusion that can be drawn, or the mood of a passage.

Analyze texts – These questions usually ask about the similarities or differences between some aspect of the synthesis passages, such as how the character’s goals differ, or in what respect two characters are the same. Another common question is how one character would “most likely respond” to another character’s situation.

Frequency of Question Types

Each multiple choice question assesses your skills in one of the above categories. A look at the multiple choice questions from past provincial exams available on the BC Ministry of Education website (http://www.bced.gov.bc.ca/exams/search/) reveals that the number of questions from each category has remained fairly stable over the last several years. Here are some patterns that arise:

  • There will be 22 or 23 total multiple choice questions.
  • You can expect 2 or 3 questions testing your ability to retrieve information.
  • There will be around 7 questions testing your ability to recognize meaning.
  • Interpreting texts will be a focus of the multiple choice sections, comprising around 11 questions.
  • There will be 2or 3 multiple choice questions testing your ability to analyze meaning.
  •  There will be 5-8 questions that ask you to choose the “best” answer (meaning that more than one answer may seem plausible).
  • There will be 1 question on a graphic image (e.g. chart, timeline etc.) that accompanies one of the reading passages.
  •  You should expect 1 or 2 questions about tone or mood.
  • There are generally 5 or 6 questions that require you to identify literary terms and devices.
  • At least 1 or 2 questions will touch upon your existing knowledge of vocabulary.

 

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Article Posted: May 13, 2012
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