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FR118 Summative Assessment

For general information about all first-year exam procedures, please go to First-Year Examinations

The Strategies module will be examined by two 1200-1500 word essays (counting for 40%) and a 2 hour examination (counting for 60%). This is made up as follows:
  •  Essay 1: titles drawn from term 1 material
  • Essay 2 : titles drawn from term 2 material
  • Exam : you will be asked to choose ONE or MORE texts from the module and to discuss them in the light of the theoretical strategies for reading that we have considered during the year (Authorship and Intentionality; History and Contextualisation; The Unconscious; Gender and Sexuality; Foucault).The exam will take place in May-June.
  • Past papers
  • Past papers can be viewed on the library website here. Note that these differ slightly in form from the paper you will receive this year, a sample of which is set out below:
  • A sample paper can be viewed here (PDF Document)

Essay Titles 2015-16

Term 1

Taking either ONE or TWO of the texts studied this term (La Châtelaine de Vergy, 'Des Cannibales', Candide, Un Coeur à rire ou à pleurer) Write an essay of 1200 - 1500 words on one of the questions listed below:

  1. Examine the relationship between structure and meaning in your chosen text(s).'
  2. All the texts set for study seek to teach their readers a lesson, but what the reader is supposed to learn is not always straightforward.’ To what extent do you agree with this statement?
  3. Examine the respective roles of the author and the narrator in your chosen text (s).
  4. ‘Reading the texts for study without a detailed knowledge of the historical context in which they were produced severely reduces their impact on the modern reader.’ To what extent do you agree with this statement?
  5. Examine the interplay between truth-telling and storytelling in your chosen text(s).
  6. Analyse the ways in which your chosen text(s) treat the relationship between self and Other.
  7. To what extent and in what ways are the texts set for study concerned with the theme of fear?

Term 2

The titles for this term's assignment, plus advice for writing, are found on the attached document here (PDF Document)

Essay Submission deadlines:

Essay 1 (1200 - 1500 words): to be submitted on Friday 18th December, 12 noon, via Tabula
Essay 2 (1200 - 1500 words): to be submitted on Wednesday 30th March, 12 noon, via Tabula

For essays, please note:

  • These word lengths are strict; that is, there is no variation at either end. They include all footnotes and/or endnotes but exclude the bibliography/filmography, or similar. Staff may stop reading an assessment once the upper word limite has been met.
  • The requirements for submission of summative essays are set out here: First-Year E-Submission. Please read this page carefully.

Students are required to complete all parts of the assessment for this module (ie.both essays and the examination). An overall mark of 40% or better for the assessment as a whole must be obtained in order to pass the module; failure to do so will mean that the student is normally required to take a resit examination in the September session immediately following.

Late submission and extensions

  • Essays must be submitted by the set deadlines. Extensions will normally be granted only in exceptional cases and on compelling grounds, such as ill-health or severe personal circumstances. All information about the application for extensions can be found here: Extensions to Summative Essays.
  • Any essay submitted late without a formal extension being granted will be subject to a penalty of 5 marks per working day (or part of a working day) that the essay is late.


Non-submission of essays or Absence from the examination

  • Non-submission of an essay will normally result in a mark of zero for the piece of work concerned. Late submission without a formal extension will incur the penalties indicated above.
  • Absence from the examination (except on documented grounds of ill-health or compelling personal circumstances) will normally result in a mark of zero for the examined part of the module.


For the end -of-year examination, please note:

  • Term 3 Revision Seminars will be devoted to preparation for the examination.