Comprehending Paper 1 Text 1 2008 HL
English LC HL
N.B. Candidates may NOT answer Question A and Question B on the same text.
Questions A and B carry 50 marks each.
(i) “Teenage culture is not a modern phenomenon”. Give three pieces of evidence that the writer, Jon Savage, uses to support this statement. (15)
- Comment on three features of the style of writing which contribute to making this an interesting and informative text. Refer to the text in support of your answer. (15)
- Do you think the writer of this text is sympathetic to the modern teenager? Give reasons for your view with reference to the text. (20)
(i) “Teenage culture is not a modern phenomenon”. Give three pieces of evidence that the writer, Jon Savage, uses to support this statement.
In showing that teenage culture is not a modern phenomenon, Jon Savage begins in 1810. He explains that “the phrase ‘juvenile delinquent’ was coined in America around 1810”. He goes on to explain that it was in response to teenage gangs who, in keeping with the modern teenager, had “their own dress codes, rituals and street corner poses”. In this way, Savage shows us that teenage culture is not a modern phenomenon.
Another piece of evidence that shows that teenage culture is not a modern phenomenon, would be the list of teenage institutions around the period of World War One. He describes “the Wandervogel, adolescents who rebelled against authoritarian schooling before World War One by hiking, camping and singing folk songs.” This shows us adolescent groups at an early period and therefore shows that teenage culture is not a modern phenomenon.
Finally, Savage makes the point that the “Roaring Twenties” introduced the teenagers of today. The “international party-scene of pleasure seeking bright young people”. Savage even goes on to compare
these teenagers in the early 1920’s to today’s celebrities, such as Paris Hilton and Lindsay Lohan. This shows us that teenage culture is a modern phenomenon.
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