Wise Children by Angela Carter
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Wise Children and fabliau
Use this as a theoretical framwork for analysis. Read the examples of where elements of fabliau occur in the text, provide your own, then complete the essay task
Quick recall tests
A series of quick recall tests on Chapters 1-4. These help gauge students' understanding of plot and provide a useful tracking tool for key events.
All about Shakespeare
An in depth look at how Carter uses Shakespeare's plays to help impose structure on her novel. Focus on how the novel links to 'Twelfth Night' and 'A Midsummer Night's Dream'.
Pleased to meet you?
Comprehension and essay question based on the first meeting between Nora and Dora with their father, Melchior. (Page references taken from Vintage Classics 1992 edition.)
How does Carter use minor characters?
A guided discussion of Ross 'Irish' O'Flaherty and the contribution made by his character to the themes and genres. (Followed by guided notes on Gorgeous George and Cassius Booth.)
Names - people and places
Some useful notes on Carter's use of names and naming. Includes an essay title on the subject.
Structure and point of view
A resource designed to focus students on structure and narrative viewpoint. Essay titles and extension activities provide a focus for group tasks.
References and chart on tracking legitimate/illegitimate children in the text. Three essay choices to put the quotations into practice. (Page references taken from Vintage Classics edition.)
Quote quest on Chapter One
A quote quest (with answers) which looks at the way Carter introduces her narrator and the main themes of the novel in the first chapter. Useful for revision purposes. (Designed with students of AQA specification A: The modern novel, in mind.)
Chapter 4 preparation
A worksheet to support reading and help students prepare for discussion of the issues in this chapter.
A worksheet of advice and examples to help students select and comment on quotations suitable for exam or coursework essays for the new AQA spec A units 1 & 2.
A colourful guide to the genre.
A Midsummer Night's Dream in Wise Children
Explore the links between A Midsummer Night's Dream and Wise Children, focusing on Chapter 3 of the novel.
Guidelines for students to help them produce a presentation on a choice of character pairs or groups in 'Wise Children'.
Quiz questions on Chapter 1
Thirty multiple choice questions to check understanding of the opening chapter. Answers are included.
Shakespeare in Wise Children
Some student-friendly notes on the use of Shakespeare in this set text.
Twenty essay titles
A useful list of possible essay questions.
Wise Children and the two sides of the carnivalesque
Some definitions of the carnivalesque with questions and activities.
Searching questions for detailed discussion / notes.
Wise Children and Hamlet
Explore how Carter evokes scenes from Shakespeare - compare passages from Chapter 1 with extracts from Hamlet. Wise Children page references are for the Vintage paperback edition.
Questions and activities for Chapter 1
Five short tasks to get things underway. Could be combined with 'Group tasks for Chapter 1' (above).
Group tasks for Chapter 1
Activities to help students get to grips with this packed opening chapter.
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