In this section, questions are set on the following poems:
- ‘Sonnet 18’ by William Shakespeare
- ‘Still I rise’ by Maya Angelou
NOTE: Answer the questions set on BOTH poems, i.e. QUESTION 6.1 AND QUESTION 6.2.
6.1 Read the poem carefully and then answer the questions which follow. The number of marks allocated to each question serves as a guide to the expected length of your answer.
6.1.1 Complete the following sentences by filling in the missing words. Write only the word next to the question numbers (6.1.1(a) to 6.1.1(d)) in the ANSWER BOOK.
‘Sonnet 18’ is a/an (a) … sonnet. It consists of three (b) … followed by a (c) … . The poem is written in fourteen lines in (d) … pentameter. (4)
6.1.2 Using your OWN words, state TWO negative qualities of summer mentioned in the poem. (2)
6.1.3 Refer to lines 7−8 (‘And every fair…changing course untrimmed’).
(a) Choose the correct answer to complete the following
sentence. Write only the letter (A–D) next to the question
number (6.1.3 (a)) in the ANSWER BOOK.
‘… fair from fair …’ (line 7) is an example of …
6.1.4 Refer to line 11 (‘Nor shall Death … in his shade’).
(a) Identify the figure of speech used in this line. (1)
(b) Explain the meaning of this figure of speech in the context of the poem. (2)
6.1.5 Refer to the poem as a whole.
(a) Quote ONE word which shows that the speaker thinks his beloved’s beauty will last forever. (1)
(b) How will the speaker ensure that his beloved’s beauty will be preserved forever? (1)
6.1.6 Identify the speaker’s tone in this poem. (1)
6.1.7 Do you agree with the speaker’s claim that his beloved is more beautiful than summer?
Discuss your view. (3)
6.2 Read the poem carefully and then answer the questions which follow. The number of marks allocated to each question serves as a guide to the expected length of your answer
6.2.1 Using your OWN words, state the speaker’s opinion of history. (2)
6.2.2 Refer to stanza 2.
(a) Quote ONE word which suggests that the speaker uses an energetic tone. (1)
(b) Identify the figure of speech in ‘Cause I walk … got oil wells’ (line 7). (1)
(c) Explain why this figure of speech is appropriate. (2)
6.2.3 State why the speaker makes reference to ‘moons’, ‘suns’ and ‘tides’ (lines 9−10) (2)
6.2.4 Explain the figurative meaning of, ‘You may cut me with your eyes’ (line 22). (2)
6.2.5 Why is the following statement FALSE? The speaker is only concerned about discrimination against women. (1)
6.2.6 Discuss how the theme of perseverance is evident in this poem. (3)
6.2.7 Do you agree with the speaker when she says, ‘I am the dream and the hope of the slave’ (line 40)? Discuss your view. (3)
TOTAL SECTION D: 35
GRAND TOTAL: 70