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MID-YEAR EXAMINATION 2012


SECONDARY 3
English Language
Paper 2 Comprehension
Sections A and B

Wednesday 25 April 2012


1 hr 50 min

READ THESE INSTRUCTIONS FIRST


Write in dark blue or black ink on both sides of the paper.
Do not use staples, paper clips, highlighters, glue or correction fluid.
Answer all questions in both sections A and B.
Write your answers in the spaces provided in the Question Booklet.
The Insert contains the texts for all the sections.
The number of marks is given in brackets [ ] at the end of each question or part question.

For Examiners Use

Section A

Section B

Total

This question paper consists of 6 printed pages including the cover page.
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Section A [5 marks]
Text 1
Refer to the webpage for Questions 1-4.
1

One of the links found at the top of the website refers to Stories of Sponsored
Children. What is the intended effect of the stories on the reader?
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Look at the photograph used to illustrate Food and Agriculture. Explain how it helps
to persuade the reader to sponsor a child.
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Refer to the sub-headings Clean Water and Education and Literacy and the
information presented under them. Give two reasons why the information presented
will encourage potential sponsors to apply to sponsor a child.
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What is one of the root causes of poverty described in the webpage?


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Section B [20 marks]

Refer to Text 2 on page 3 of the Insert for Questions 5 14.


5 In paragraph 1, explain why it is effective to make the comparison of shooting a
working elephant to destroying a huge and costly piece of machinery (lines 2-3).
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Why do you think the writer may have to shoot the elephant if he turns savage?
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Explain how the language used in paragraph 2 emphasises the writers sense of
helplessness. Support your ideas with three details from the paragraph.
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In paragraph 3 It seemed to me that it would be murder to shoot him. (line 23)


Why is the word murder an effective choice of word in this context?
Support your answer with evidence from the passage.
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In paragraph 4, the writer uses the simile as much chance as a toad under a steamroller (lines 34). What does the simile suggest about his view of his chances of
survival?
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10

In paragraph 5 The crowd grew very still, and a deep, low, happy sigh, as of people
who see the theatre curtain go up at last, breathed from innumerable throats. (lines
42-43)
What is effective about the comparison of the crowd to people who see the theatre
curtain go up at last?
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11

In paragraph 6 At the second shot, the elephant did not collapse but climbed with
desperate slowness to his feet and stood weakly upright, with legs sagging and head
drooping. (lines 47-49)
Identify two phrases in the given sentence which suggest the elephant was fighting
to survive.
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12

In paragraph 6, the writer uses the metaphor devilish roar of glee (line 46). What does
this phrase suggest about his view of the crowd?
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13

There was only one alternative. (line 40) Do you agree that, based on the facts
presented in the passage, the writer had no other choice but to shoot the elephant?
Explain why and give two pieces of evidence to support your answer.
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14

The structure of the text reflects the main feelings of the writer as he attempts to arrive at
a decision on whether to shoot the elephant. Complete the flow chart by choosing one
word from the box to summarise the main feeling described in each part of the text.
There are some extra words in the box you do not need to use.
Writers feelings

embarrassment

guilt

helplessness

reluctance

resolve

misgivings

fear

Flow chart

Paragraph 1: (i) _________________________

Paragraph 2: (ii) _________________________

Paragraph 3: (iii) _________________________

Paragraphs 4-6: (iv) _______________________


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