Question 1

In this section, questions are set on the following novels:


Answer ALL the questions on the novel that you have studied.

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

[John and Stephen Kumalo speak about the crime.]

1.1.1 Complete the following sentences by using the words in the    list below. Write only the word next to the question numbers (1.1.1(a) to 1.1.1(d)) in the ANSWER BOOK.

The novel, Cry, the Beloved Country, is set in the village of (a) …  and Johannesburg. During this time many black people from villages migrate to (b) … Stephen Kumalo receives a letter from  (c) …, asking him to come to Johannesburg as Kumalo’s sister,  (d) …, is very sick. (4)

1.1.2 Why would John Kumalo ‘perhaps’ need a lawyer as mentioned in   line 1 (‘John Kumalo smiles … lawyer, he says’)? (2)

1.1.3   Describe the roles of Matthew Kumalo and Johannes Pafuri in the crime.  (2)

1.1.4   Refer to line 6 (‘Not there at … But my son …’). 

(a) Identify the tone that Stephen Kumalo uses in this line. (1)

(b) Why is Stephen Kumalo’s tone appropriate in this line?   (1)

1.1.5 With reference to the crime investigation, state ONE difference in   the character traits of Absalom and Matthew Kumalo. (2)

1.1.6 One of the themes in the novel, Cry, the Beloved Country, is power. Discuss this theme. (3)

1.1.7 Do you think the young white man in the extract is justified in being ‘indifferent’?

Discuss your view. (3)


1.2      EXTRACT B

[Jarvis reads one of his son’s articles.]

1.2.1 Name any TWO types of books that James Jarvis finds in his son’s study. (2)

1.2.2   Why is Jarvis ‘Shocked and hurt’ (line 1)? (2)

1.2.3   Refer to lines 3–4 (‘But he was … on the floor’).

(a) Quote ONE word from these lines which shows that James Jarvis is visibly upset. (1)

(b)Explain why there is a ‘stain on the floor’. (2)

1.2.4 Choose the correct answer to complete the following sentence.  Write only the letter (A–D) next to the question number (1.2.4) in the ANSWER BOOK.

In lines 7–8 the narrator states that ‘the closing paragraphs moved  him’.

This means that Jarvis:

A  changes places.  
B  becomes impatient.
C becomes emotional.
D changes ideas.  (1)

1.2.5 Discuss the irony in lines 9–10 (‘Therefore I shall … of South Africa’).  (2)

1.2.6 Why is the following statement FALSE? Absalom is an honourable man. (1)

1.2.7   Refer to lines 12−13 (‘I need for … false to me’).

(a) Identify a figure of speech in these lines. (1)

(b) Explain how this figure of speech is relevant to Arthur Jarvis. (2)

1.2.8 The impact that Arthur Jarvis’s articles have on his father comes too late. Discuss your view. (3)


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