Sample Questions

WILFRED OWEN

Past HSC Exam Paper Questions

2009

Wilfred Owen’s poetry is shaped by an intense focus on extraordinary human experiences.
Select TWO poems set for study and explore Owen’s portrayal of suffering and pity.

2008

My friend, you would not tell with such high zest

To children ardent with some desperate glory,

The old lie: Dulce et decorum est

Pro patria mori.

In what ways do theses closing lines of Dulce Est Decorum Est draw together the central concerns of Owen’s poetry.

In your response, make detailed reference to your prescribed text.

You must refer to at least TWO poems.

2007

Distinctive ideas are at the heart of all poetry.

In your view, what is a distinctive idea explored in Wilfred Owens’s poetry? Explain how this idea is developed in at least TWO poems you have studied.

2006

In what way does the poet draw you into the world of poetry?

In your response, make detailed reference to at least TWO poems.

2005

Identify ONE poem from your prescribed collection of poetry.

Analyse the ways in which this poem reflects both the ideas and characteristics of your prescribed collection of poetry as a whole.

2005 HSC QUESTION – Owen

2004

On the basis of the distinctive features of your prescribed text, argue for its inclusion in the “Top Poetry” list.

You must refer to at least TWO poems.

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