SECTION C: SHORT STORIES
In this section questions are set on the following short stories:
- ‘THE DOLL’S HOUSE’ by Katherine Mansfield
- ‘THE FUR COAT’ by Sean O’Faolain
Read the extracts from the TWO short stories 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 5.1 AND
5.1 ‘THE DOLL’S HOUSE’
[The girls at school are discussing the doll’s house.]
5.1.1 Choose a description from COLUMN B that matches the name in
COLUMN A. Write only the letter (A–E) next to the question
numbers (5.1.1(a) to 5.1.1(d)) in the ANSWER BOOK.
(4 x 1) (4)
5.1.2 Explain why the doll’s house remains outside when the Burnell girls
receive it. (2)
5.1.3 Refer to lines 5–9 (‘The little girls … large red blobs’).
(a) What evidence is there in these lines that the Kelvey girls are
less fortunate than the other girls? State TWO points. (2)
(b) Why do the Kelvey girls always try to be as near as possible to
the other girls? (1)
5.1.4 Why is the following statement FALSE?
Kezia likes the father and mother dolls most. (1)
5.1.5 Refer to lines 10–20 (‘Mother,’ said Kezia … eyes at Emmie’).
State ONE difference in the attitude between Kezia and Emmie in
these lines. (2)
5.1.6 What does this extract reveal about the character of Mrs Burnell?
Substantiate your answer. (2)
5.1.7 Mrs Kelvey is portrayed as a good mother.
Discuss your view. (3)
5.2 EXTRACT J
‘THE FUR COAT’
[Molly and Paddy are discussing the fur coat.]
5.2.1 Describe the setting of this extract. (2)
5.2.2 Refer to lines 4–5 (‘You’re too mean … streak in you’).
(a) Explain the irony in Molly’s words when she tells Paddy,
‘You’re too mean’. (2)
(b) Identify the figure of speech as used in ‘you have the … streak
in you’. (1)
(c) Explain this figure of speech as used in these lines. (2)
5.2.3 Refer to line 11 (‘I’ll go to … in a mackintosh’).
(a) What tone would Molly use in this line? (1)
(b) Why would Molly use this tone in this line? (1)
5.2.4 Choose the correct answer to complete the following sentence.
Write only the letter (A–D) next to the question number (5.2.4) in
the ANSWER BOOK.
When Paddy gives Molly a cheque she …
A buys a coat.
B tears it up.
C buys an outfit.
D throws it away. (1)
5.2.5 What is Paddy’s state of mind in this extract? Substantiate your
5.2.6 One of the themes in ‘The Fur Coat’ is insecurity.
Discuss this theme. (3)
5.2.7 In this short story ‘The Fur Coat’, Molly can be admired.
Discuss your view. (3)
TOTAL SECTION C: 35