SECTION A: NOVEL
FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD
Read the extracts from the novel below and answer the questions set on each.
The number of marks allocated to each question serves as a guide to the
expected length of your answer.
Note: Answer the questions set on BOTH extracts, i.e. QUESTION 1.1 and
1.1 EXTRACT A
[Bathseba Everdene had left the neighbourhood.]
1.1.1 Choose a description from COLUMN B that matches the name in
COLUMN A. Write only the letter (A–E) next to the question number
(1.1.1(a)–1.1.1(d)) in your ANSWER BOOK.
1.1.2 Write down ONE word from line 1 that tells us that Gabriel had been
initially friends with Bathsheba’s aunt. (1)
1.1.3 Refer to lines 1–5 (‘His incipient friendship…could not discover.’)
(a) Give ONE word that best describes Gabriel’s mood in these
(b) Explain why you think Gabriel is feeling this way. (2)
1.1.4 Refer to line 16 (‘inferior morals’).
(a) Choose the correct answer to complete the following sentence.
Write only the letter (A–D) next to the question number
(1.1.4(a)) in your ANSWER BOOK.
The previous owner of the dog refers to it as one with ‘inferior
This has given Gabriel reason to …
A treat the dog with respect.
B use swear words so that the dog could understand him.
C feel sorry for the dog.
D misuse the dog. (1)
(b) State TWO facts that indicate that the dog is not very young any
1.1.5 Who killed the two hundred ewes? (1)
1.1.6 Write down TWO reactions Gabriel Oak reveals when he found his
two hundred ewes dead. (2)
1.1.7 Do you think Gabriel Oak is an admirable character? Illustrate your
views using examples from the novel.(3)
1.2 EXTRACT B
[Troy comes for Bathsheba.]
1.2.1 State reasons why Bathsheba does not act on Troy’s commands. (2)
1.2.2 Quote FIVE consecutive words from lines 5–10 of the extract to
prove that the following statement is TRUE:
Boldwood’s attitude changed when Troy demanded Bathsheba to go
home with him. (1)
1.2.3 Explain how the colon (:) in line 3 (‘Come home with me: come!’) adds
to the description of Troy’s character. (1)
1.2.4 Refer to lines 11–12 (‘The truth was … in a swoon.’). In your OWN
WORDS, explain what the ‘truth’ was. (3)
1.2.5 Refer to lines 8–9. (‘Hardly a soul … those of Boldwood.’)
Identify and explain the figure of speech in lines 8–9. (2)
1.2.6 Refer to the novel as a whole.
Use TWO examples of Gabriel Oak’s behaviour that define his
character as being protective and dependable. (4)
1.2.7 Identify and discuss ONE theme of the novel that is evident in
Gabriel and Bathsheba’s ‘relationship’. (4)