Introduction English literature is, arguably, the most enjoyable, the most creative and perhaps even the most individual of all the standard academic disciplines. It might therefore seem a kill er to start this book with a chapter on examination technique, rather similar to mentioning a funeral at a christening. We all know examinations have to come, just as we all know we are going to die, but to mention the stark truth at the start of a book or the start of a life might be secn as very insensitive.