TEST 1
Form 4 Poem

In the Midst of Hardship

Read the following stanza of In the Midst of Hardship and answer the questions that follow.

                                   

At dawn they returned home

their soaky clothes torn

and approached the stove

their limbs marked by scratches

their legs full of wounds

but on their brows there was not a sign of despair

Latiff Mohidin

 

 

a.         What does the word dawn mean?

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b.         Write down two phrases from the poem that indicate injury.

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c.         Describe their feelings when they reached home. Provide a reason to support your answer.

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Form 4 Short Story

QWERTYUIOP

Read the extract from the short story QWERTYUIOP below and answer the

 questions that follow

She was early. She smoothed down her windy hair, and waited.

At five past nine, an elderly man, with small dark eyes like currants and a thick icing of white hair, came hobbling up the stairs. He was jingling a bunch of keys.

“Ah,” he said, noticing Mary. “Punctuality is the courtesy of kings – but a hard necessity for new brooms, eh? You are the new broom, I suppose? Not an impatient customer waiting to see our new range of Sunburst cushions, by any chance?”

  1. What does the phrase ‘new broom’ imply?

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  1. Describe the man who opened the door for Lucy.

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  1. What is the meaning of ‘hobbling’?

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  1. In your opinion, why did Lucy arrive early that Monday morning?

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Novel

The following are the novels studied in the literature component in English Language

  1. The Curse by Lee Su Ann
  2. Step by Wicked Step by Ann Fine.
  3. Catch Us If You Can by Catherine McPhail

Based on the novel that you have studied, choose a character and discuss how good values are being demonstrated through the character you have chosen.

Provide evidence from the text to support your answer.

Your response should be:

  • Not less than 50 words
  • In continuous writing (not in note form)

TEST 2

(Form 5 poem)

Nature by H.D Carberry

We have neither Summer nor Winter

Neither Autumn nor Spring.

We have instead the days

When the gold sun shines on the lush green canefields-

Magnificently.

The days when the rain beats like bullet on the roofs

And there is no sound but thee swish of water in the gullies

And trees struggling in the high Jamaica winds.

Also there are the days when leaves fade from off guango trees’

And the reaped canefields lie bare and fallow to the sun.

But best of all there are the days when the mango and the logwood blossom

When bushes are full of the sound of bees and the scent of honey,

When the tall grass sways and shivers to the slightest breath of air,

When the buttercups have paved the earth with yellow stars

And beauty comes suddenly and the rains have gone.

a.         “What seasons did the poet say that they did not have?”

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b.         List out the verbs found in the poem ‘Nature’.

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c.         List words that describe the following in the poem.

i)         sunny days

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ii)        rainy days

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d.         Do you agree that the sunny days are “the best days” as compared to rainy days? Explain why or why not?

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Form 4 drama/short story

LORD SEPTIC:   The  night,   you  fool.   It’s  a foul  and filthy night.

CROUCH: Very nasty, Lord Septic.

LORD SEPTIC: Angry.

CROUCH: Mmm.

LORD SEPTIC: Very angry.

CROUCH: Mmm. Mmmm.

LORD SEPTIC: And do you know why I’m angry, Crouch? I hate nights like this.

CROUCH: Indeed, sir.

LORD SEPTIC: This fog is so thick. I can’t see a thing out there. It’s as thick as…

CROUCH:         Pea soup, sir. Very thick pea soup.

LORD SEPTIC: And there’s nothing worse than pea soup is there, Crouch?

CROUCH: Not really, sir. Apart from sprouts. I would think a mushy sprout soup is pretty foul. Worse than a pea in this fog.

LORDSEPTIC:   I can’t even see the railway track.

CROUCH: Don’t get too near the edge of the platform, sir.

LORD SEPTIC: If this train doesn’t come soon, I’ll sack the driver. I’ll sack everyone. After all, next week I’ll own this railway line.

CROUCH:       Indeed, sir. Most true, your ever-so big lordship, sir.

  1. Why is Lord Septic very angry?

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  1. What does the word ‘sack’ mean?

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  1. Describe the condition at the station.

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  1. How would you describe Lord Septic? Provide a reason for your answer.

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Novel question

The following are the novels studied in the literature component in English Language

  1. The Curse by Lee Su Ann
  2. Step by Wicked Step by Ann Fine.
  3. Catch Us If You Can by Catherine McPhail

Based on the novel that you have studied, describe two different settings or situations.

Provide evidence from the text to support your answer.

Your response should be:

  • Not less than 50 words
  • In continuous writing (not in note form)

suggested answers:

TEST 1

Form 4 Poem

In the Midst of Hardship

  1. Sun rise / early in the morning
  2. i.Marked by scratches

iifull of wounds

  1. Not sad because they do not show any sign of sadness and continue with their normal routine and joke. (Accept any suitable answer)

Form 4 Short Story

QWERTYUIOP

  1. usually someone new will do a job very well in the beginning.
  2. Elderly, has dark eyes and white hair.
  3. Walk lamely or limp
  4. She wants the job badly and did not want to be late.

Novel

The Curse

Azreen is the main character of the novel- The Curse.  Being persistent in getting to the truth is highlighted especially through Azreen. She refuses to believe that Madhuri’s death was merely an accident. She finds clues that complete the puzzle. She is also responsible and diligent. Azreen repairs the trampled bed of vegetables and brings back fresh vegetables and seeds to replace the ones destroyed that belong to the Old Lady. A helpful friend especially when she claimed responsibility for letting the bull run loose in order to save Mohd. Asraf’s skin.

TEST 2

(Form 5 poem)

Nature

 

  1. summer, winter, spring and autumn.
  2. rain – beat, trees – struggle, reaped canefields – lie, tall grass – sways / shiver, buttercups – pave
  3. i) gold sun shines

ii) rain beats like bullets on the roof

  1. any logical answer.

Form 4 Drama

  1. the weather was bad so the vision was not clear.
  2. to fire someone from a job or position/ dismiss  from a job
  3. it was a foggy night. The air was cold.
  4. He is an evil man. He is desperate to find the gold and is willing to do anything for it.

Novel

In the novel – Catch us if you can, there two caravans. The first caravan is a fabulous charming home; a perfect place for a holiday – both cosy and content. It is also deserted and is occupied when and if desired. It fulfils immediate needs and nothing more. The second caravan is more a home, one with minimum permanence but its warm colours and homely smells symbolise security and a peaceful domestic setting away from home.  It offered security within a family unit and was able to take off at a moment’s notice to avoid being caught. While being private, it offered Rory and Granda a social setting in which they were most comfortable.

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