Question 5



[Kezia invites the Kelveys to see the doll’s house.]

5.1.1 How are Mrs Burnell and Mrs Kelvey described in this short story?
Give TWO descriptions of EACH character. (4)

5.1.2 Refer to lines 2–3 (‘Like two little … doll’s house stood’).

(a) Identify the figure of speech in this line. (1)
(b) Explain why this figure of speech is appropriate. (2)

5.1.3 Choose the correct answer to complete the following sentence.
Write only the letter (A–D) next to the question number (5.1.3) in the ANSWER BOOK.
The item inside the doll’s house that both Else and Kezia are fascinated with is the …
A carpet.
B hat-stand.
C stove.
D lamp. (1)

5.1.4 Give TWO examples from the story to prove that the Kelveys are poor. (2)

5.1.5 Give TWO possible reasons why Else is ‘dazed’ in lines 20–22 (‘They did not … the white gate’). (2)

5.1.6 Explain the irony in the words, ‘Wicked, disobedient little girl!’ (line 23) in the context of the story as a whole. (2)

5.1.7 In your opinion, do the Kelveys contribute to the way in which they are treated by others? Discuss your view. (3)


[The narrator and his father drive back home after visiting Eva.]

5.2.1 Where do the speaker and his father go to see Eva? (1)

5.2.2 Refer to lines 1–2 (‘My last word … to marry me’).

(a) Identify the speaker’s tone in these lines. (1)
(b) Why is the speaker’s tone appropriate at this particular stage in the story? (1)

5.2.3 What do the words, ‘the angel in her’ (line 13) suggest about Eva’s character? (2)

5.2.4 Quote SIX CONSECUTIVE WORDS from this extract that indicate that the speaker’s father is ill. (1)

5.2.5 What does the speaker’s father correct in line 19 (‘He corrected this … in his seat’)? (1)

5.2.6 How does the narrator’s relationship with his father differ from his relationship with his mother? (2)

5.2.7 Later in the story, the speaker proposes marriage to Eva.
(a) Explain why the following statement is FALSE:
The speaker proposes with a diamond ring. (1)
(b) What is Eva’s response to the speaker’s proposal? State TWO points. (2)

5.2.8 Discuss how the theme of discrimination is evident in this extract. (3)

5.2.9 Discuss the suitability of the title of the short story, The Last Breath. (3)


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