American Beauty

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Past essay questions to use for practice:

Level 2

Visual techniques might include camera work, editing, lighting, set, costume, positioning and movement of characters, and graphic style.
Sound / verbal techniques might include dialogue, intonation, pitch, pace, captions, call-out boxes, music, sound effects, voice-over, and language techniques, or the deliberate omission of any of these techniques.
2010
1. Analyse how particular techniques are used to encourage the viewer to form a positive or negative view of a character in a visual text you have studied.
2. Analyse how visual techniques and sound or verbal techniques are combined to manipulate viewer response in a visual text you have studied.
3. Analyse how mood or atmosphere in a setting is created for a particular purpose in a visual text you have studied.
4. Analyse how time is manipulated for a particular purpose in a visual text you have studied.
5. Analyse how visual techniques are used to develop deeper ideas in a visual text you have studied.
6. Analyse how particular techniques are used to challenge society’s ideas or beliefs in a visual text you have studied.

Level 3

1. To what extent do you agree that films offer insight into society (past or present)?
Respond to this question with close reference to a film (or films) you have studied.
2 “Films are primarily concerned with the issues of everyday people.”

To what extent do you agree with this view? Respond to this question with close reference to one or more films you have studied.

3. “Successful films present characters that are both heroic and realistic”

To what extent do you agree with this view? Respond to this question with close reference to one or more films you have studied.