Question 2 is often referred to as the summary question or the synthesis question.
Unfortunately, the summary question is often over thought and taken to be an analysis question.
There is a key difference between analysis and summary:
: Summary requires that you explain what happens or what you saw happen. It asks you to discuss what was in the text.
: Analysis asks you to explain how something happens. It asks you to consider the author’s methods and intentions when writing.
Question 1 assesses your A01 skills. Where you need to:
- Identify and interpret explicit and implicit information and ideas; and to
- Select and synthesis evidence from different texts.
: Means to summarise the differences, extract information from the two sources in the forms of quotes, explaining the similarities and differences.
Try to identify 3 differences between the texts.
This question is worth a total of 8 marks and you don’t want to spend more than 10 minutes on this question.
Don’t overthink it, you’re simply summarising the differences between the two texts and what happens in each!