A question for others whose students sat the 6FR04 paper on Thursday. The Question was << Evaluez l'importance du milieu social dans l'oeuvre que vous avez étudiée>> Leaving aside the overly nuanced phrasing, I want to ask whether others who had prepared texts which are essentially philosophical in nature found this question wholly unreasonable. I had prepared my students for L'Etranger, and for Social and Cultural Setting, had prepared them on the historical, biographical and philosophical context of the novel - all of which were precluded from inclusion by the use of the <<dans>> in the question. It seems to me that the relevance of the social milieu in the text for L'Etranger is negligeable in terms of the work's meaning - this indeed is the one of the principal criticisms of the text. It occurs to me that anyone who had prepared Fin de Partie, En Attendant Godot or similar plays by Ionesco, say would have found the question impossible to answer short of a "clever clever" rejection of the question's central premise - surely not what was intended. Given the repeated assurances that a general and universally applicable question would be set, I was livid upon seeing the paper. I would be very interested in the views of anyone else whose students sat the paper, those who studied philosophical works in particular, and especially anyone who sought clarifications from Edexcel prior to the exam and has anything on record which would support a complaint.