Question 6

Read the following 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 6.1 AND QUESTION 6.2.


6.1 [Rob’s parents hear of his boxing plans.]

6.1.1 Complete the following sentences by using the words in the list below. Write only the word next to the question number (6.1.1(a)–6.1.1(d)) in the ANSWER BOOK.

At the start of the story Mr Willison and Rob are (a) … When they arrive home Rob receives a (b) … ball from his father. Mrs Willison is worried about Rob’s lack of (c) … and she says a lad of (d) … should have more energy. (4)

6.1.2 Explain why the following statement is TRUE. State TWO points.

Rob deliberately lies to his father about being selected for the boxing team. (2)

6.1.3 What does line 3 (‘We’ll train together’) tell you about Mr Willison’s character? State TWO points. (2)

6.1.4 Explain how Mrs Willison’s treatment of Rob is different from that of Mr Willison’s. (4)

6.1.5 Choose the correct answer to complete the following sentence. Write only the letter (A–D) next to the question number (6.1.5) in the ANSWER BOOK.

Refer to lines 17–18: ‘Grace Willison put … “Boxing?” she repeated.’

Grace Willison’s feelings in these lines can be described as …

A happiness.
B horror.
C relief.
D sadness. (1)

6.1.6 Explain BOTH the LITERAL and FIGURATIVE meaning of ‘Over my dead body’ in line 20. (2)

6.1.7 Do you feel sorry for Rob when he is exposed as a liar? Discuss your view. (3)



6.2 [Sukey is speaking to her father.]

6.2.1 Explain why Marta de Jager marries Jan Redlinghuis. (3)

6.2.2 Why does Sukey refuse to pray in line 1 (‘Pa, pray if … pray with you’)? (2)

6.2.3 Refer to lines 6–9: ‘Is it not … to water them.’

(a) Write down ONE word that best describes Sukey’s feelings when her father says, ‘Is it not … to my furrow?’ (lines 6–7). (1)

(b) Identify the figure of speech in lines 8–9: ‘It is blood … to water them.’ (1)

(c) Explain how this figure of speech contributes to the meaning of these lines. (2)

6.2.4 Identify and discuss ONE theme of the short story which is evident in this extract. (4)

6.2.5 Do you agree that innocent women are sacrificed at the hands of selfish, greedy men in this story? Discuss your view. (4)


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