An example of past paper questions that occur can be seen below

  • How does Barry Hines show Billy's strengths and weaknesses in the novel?
  • Write about Billy's relationships with his family in A Kestrel for a Knave.
  • Write about the relationship between Billy and Kes.
  • Write about some of the different ways adults treat Billy in A Kestrel for a Knave.
  • Do you feel sorry for Billy?
  • How does Hines present Billy as a victim and as a fighter?
  • Do you think A Kestrel for a Knave is a depressing novel, or does it offer any hope?
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