Below is a list of potential exam questions for Skirrid Hill by Owen Sheers. Planning answers to potential questions could help students in their revision of Skirrid Hill.
How could exam style questions be used in revision?
- Students could plan their answers to each question: in doing so, they should consider key quotations, analysis and interpretations to support their overall idea.
- Students could use a question as the basis to teach a theme or interpretation of Skirrid Hill as a whole, or individual poems.
- Students could use this model to plan their own questions, supporting their revision of themes as well as the different interpretations of each theme within the collection. There is further guidance on this below the exam style questions.
Exam style revision questions: Skirrid HillExamine the view that Sheers presents himself, and men in general, as violent, hurtful and destructive.
Examine the view that Sheers presents women as more dangerous than men.
Examine the view that Sheers presents romantic relationships as deeply flawed and impossible to maintain.
‘Sheers’ depictions of destructive behaviour are illustrative of the flaws of humanity as a whole.’
Examine this view of Sheers’ presentation of human behaviour.
‘Sheers’ uses the legacy of war to depict society’s wasteful attitude towards human life’.
Examine this view of Sheers’ presentation of the legacy of war.
‘Sheers’ poems depict the value and sanctity of family bonds’. Examine this view of Sheers’ presentation of family relationships.
Examine the view that Sheers’ presents human relationships as being central to our identity.
‘Sheers depicts a society which fails to build and nurture enduring human relationships’
Examine this view of Sheers’ presentation of society.
‘Heritage is important to Sheers; that is clearly evident in Skirrid Hill’.
Examine this view of Sheers’ presentation of both his heritage and that of society in general.
‘Sheers speaks to a Wales stuck in the past and at risk of becoming obsolete’
Examine this view of Sheers’ presentation of Wales.
Examine the view that Sheers’ connection to Wales is found through his connection to its natural landscape.
‘Sheers presents literature as a powerful force in self-expression and personal understanding.’
Examine this view of Sheers’ presentation of his relationship with literature.
Examine the view that Sheers presents art as powerful but paradoxically undervalued within our world.
Examine the view that Sheers presents working men as obsolete in the modern world.
Examine the view that Sheers presents the power and importance of heritage through his depictions of traditional skills as dying arts.
How to write your own practice questions:
Step 1: Start with a list of themes covered in Skirrid Hill; select one to write a question for.
Step 2: List the poems which deal with this theme from the collection: review them.
Step 3: Form an interpretation of Sheers’ use of this theme in this poems: you can begin by considering a moral viewpoint he may have (eg. War is wrong); you might then begin to consider what his opinions are surrounding this topic (eg. Sheers believes that war is destructive and wasteful.)
Step 4: Craft your question using one of the following writing frames.
‘Sheers presents _(theme)_____ as _(opinion on theme)_________’
Examine this view of Sheers’ presentation of _(theme)_____
Examine Sheers’ presentation of__(opinion on theme)_________________________________