Getting to Know... Der Besuch der alten Dame (2nd Edition)

Suitable for:
  • AQA AS and A Level
  • Edexcel AS and A Level
  • Eduqas AS and A Level
  • CCEA A Level only

Ready-to-use research tasks, worksheets, background information and practice exam questions ensure full understanding of this popular tragicomedy. Students will get to know the play inside out and be well prepared for the AS and A Level writing exams.

The special before-, during- and after-reading structure is ideal for the perfect balance between independent and class work:

  • Before: Independent research tasks on the plot and life of the author
  • During: Worksheets and interactive activities on the themes, events, characters and dramatic techniques
  • After: Exam-style essay questions split by board for students to apply what they have learnt


  • Worksheets on Claire Zachanassian and Alfred III
  • Questions on the themes of greed, love, family, death, the establishment and justice
  • Top tips for a top grade essay
  • Model essays that guide students towards well-developed and structured answers
  • Answers to all exercises

What do teachers say about this resource? (7518)

This resource provides a wealth of very relevant and detailed analysis of the literary work of Dürrenmatt. With this study guide to navigate the play and/or the film, the student has a clear impression of the type of challenges that will be demanded in an AS or A Level writing task [...] This resource also enables the teacher and student to focus immediately on the important elements, such as the reasons for the author’s writing, the main themes and characterisation and the way that such motifs can be inserted relevantly into AS and A Level essays.

J Turner, Retired Hod and Peer Reviewer

The resource is very useful and well-thought-out, in particular the sections on characters/characterisation, the advice on essay writing and the use of class conversation.

M D M Lines, Teacher and Peer Reviewer