Empire of the Sun: Past and Sample Exam Questions (H)

Past Exam Questions (Reverse Chronological Order)

2014

(i)  “Despite his experiences throughout the story, in many ways Jim’s character remains unchanged.”

To what extent do you agree or disagree with this view of the character of Jim Graham? Support your answer with suitable reference to Ballard’s novel, Empire of the Sun.

OR

(ii)  “In the novel, Empire of the Sun, Ballard presents readers with both horror and humanity to create a compelling account of war.”

Discuss this view of the novel, supporting your answer with suitable reference to the text.

 

2012

(i)  Explain how the characteristics that Jim displays, in the course of the novel, enable him to survive in desperate circumstances.

Support your answer with suitable reference to Ballard’s novel, Empire of the Sun.

OR

(ii)  “Ballard uses various literary techniques to create a realistic portrayal of war in his novel, Empire of the Sun.”

Discuss this statement, supporting your answer with suitable reference to the novel.

 

Sample and Past Exam Questions (By Category)

Character

  • 2014: “Despite his experiences throughout the story, in many ways Jim’s character remains unchanged.”
  • 2012: Explain how the characteristics that Jim displays, in the course of the novel, enable him to survive in desperate circumstances.
  • The characters Jim meets during the course of the novel teach him about life and growing up. Discuss the impact at least two of the characters have on Jim.
  • Discuss how Jim changes in the course of the novel.

 

Style

  • 2014: “In the novel, Empire of the Sun, Ballard presents readers with both horror and humanity to create a compelling account of war.”
  • 2012:  “Ballard uses various literary techniques to create a realistic portrayal of war in his novel, Empire of the Sun.”

 

Theme

  • The novel is a coming of age story, tracking Jim’s transformation from child to maturation and loss of innocence. Do you think this is a fair assessment of the novel?
  • Survival, not heroism, is a central theme in Empire of the Sun. Do you agree with this statement?
  • Morality is not black and white in Empire of the Sun, but changes according to circumstances of war. Discuss Ballard’s depiction of morality in the novel.
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