Sample 70 mark questions:

  • “The general vision & viewpoint is shaped by the reader’s feeling of optimism or pessimism in reading the text”
  • “Each text we read presents us with an outlook on life that may be bright or dark or a combination of brightness & darkness”
  • “The general vision and viewpoint of texts can be quite similar or very different”
  • “The general vision and viewpoint of a text can be determined by the success or failure of a central character in his/her efforts to achieve fulfilment.”

Sample 30 / 40 mark questions:

(a)    How did you come to your understanding of the general vision and viewpoint in any one of the texts you read as part of your comparative course?    (30)
(b)    Write a comparison between two other texts on your course in the light of your understanding of the general vision and viewpoint in those texts.    (40)


(a) Choose a key moment from one of your chosen texts & show how it influenced your understanding of the gen. v & v (30)
(b) With reference to 2 other texts compare the way in which key moments influence your understanding of the general vision & viewpoint. (40)

(a) Write a note on the general vision & viewpoint of one text and on how it is communicated to the reader. (30)
(b) Compare the general vision & viewpoint in two other texts. (40)

(a) What did you enjoy about the exploration of the general vision & viewpoint in any one of the texts you studied. (30)
(b) Write a short comparison of your two other texts in the light of your answer to part (a) above. (40)

14 Responses to General Vision & Viewpoint Questions

  1. Joey says:

    I was wondering, is the general vision and viewpoint section the same as Cultual Context?

    • No, although there are some similarities. GVnV embraces the emotions expressed and created in the reader/viewer, and the view of the characters, their disasters and triumphs, as well as the view of the society that the text expresses. Cultural context refers only to the view of the society that the text offers and the extent to which their beliefs, values, attitudes and opinions are formed and influenced by the world that they live in – think about where and when the text is set. If it was set at another time in another place how would it be different? Have a look at the post ‘comparative modes’ and also read “what the heck is gv&v

  2. Zainab says:

    The general vision and viewpoint of a text can be determined by the success or failure of a central character in his/her efforts to achieve fulfilment.” How would you answer a question like this am stuck please.

    • To understand what a question is asking you always try to break it down into segments.

      First, ask yourself does each character “achieve fulfilment”? Do they get a happy ending, or are they at least contented? Have they become the person they want to be by the end of the play/film/novel?

      Secondly, ask yourself how the characters’ happiness or misery (“success or failure”) creates a positive or negative atmosphere in the play/film/novel?

      The statement is basically saying that if the character gets what they want, then that determines the gv&v – happy characters = happy gv&v.

      You don’t have to agree with this idea however. A character can get what they want but the writer can still give us a very negative vision of the society the character lives in.

      In Casablanca the gv&v of the society and of some of the characters (Strasser, Renault) is very negative so even though Rick “achieves fulfilment” and re-discovers meaning in his life, he nonetheless inhabits a disturbing society and has to sacrifice a lot at the end.

      It’s quite a complex question but try to keep it simple in your head:
      does happy character @ end = happy gv&v ?
      does sad character @ end = sad gv&v ?

      This determines the final impression you are left with but it does not determine the atmosphere of the entire text, imho!

      Hope that helps, Evelyn

      • Zainab says:

        How would you start it

        • Catherine Deegan says:

          Start by saying whether or not you agree with the statement in light of the texts you are comparing. Name your three texts, their authors and their genre. Then indicate what points from each text you will use to support your opinion. If possible identify which two of your texts are most similar in terms of Gv&V and which is different and why. I hope this helps and is not too late.

  3. Chris says:

    Can a specific question on the role of women or social class come up in the 70 markers? Kinda need urgent answer…

  4. Chris says:

    I’m actually on about cultural context

    • Yeah, I was confused why you were asking about CC under a GV&V post. Anyway, yes, on a few occasions in the past, students have been asked to zoom in on only ONE aspect of cultural context for their entire essay. It’s happened before, so yeah, it could happen again. Off the top of my head, I’m not sure if those questions were 70 mark Q’s or 30/40 split. Best of luck today. Evelyn

  5. Chris says:

    Thanks! Unreal blog

  6. C says:

    Just wondering when it asks you for one text and how you came to your understanding of the gvvp, do you just focus on that one text or do you have to make comparasins with the other two texts you have studied?

    • Hmmm. In Ireland ‘football’ is Gaelic football and soccer is… well it’s soccer!

    • Sorry for the delayed reply! If it asks for one text you just deal with it in isolation but when you then compare two others you can refer back – briefly – to the points you’ve already made about text 1. However, you don’t have to unless the question tells you to (It might look something like this: “In the light of what you have just discussed, examine the other two texts you have studied”)

  7. Enoch crest says:

    What is general vision on it’s own? And viewpoint?

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