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THE REPUBLIC OF TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO

MINISTRY OF EDUCATION

NATIONAL CERTIFICATE OF SECONDARY


EDUCATION 2007
(Level 1)

LANGUAGE ARTS
PAPER 4
(Literature)

TIME 2 HOURS

Student’s Name ____________________________________________________________

School’s Name ____________________________________________________________

School’s ID

Student’s Number
INSTRUCTIONS

Read the following carefully:

1. This paper consists of two (2) sections.

2. In Section I, there are questions based on a poem. Answer all questions in the spaces
provided.

3. In Section II there are three (3) questions based on literary texts which you have
studied in class. Answer two (2) questions from this section on the blank pages
provided at the end of this test booklet.

4. Begin each of your answers for Section II on a new page. Place the question
number and the title of the literature text selected at the top of each page of your
answer.

5. You should spend approximately 30 minutes on Section I and 90 minutes on


Section II.

6. Write the following on the cover of this test booklet:

- Student’s Name

- School’s Name

- School’s ID

- Student’s Number

7. If you are finished before time is called, go back and check your work.

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NATIONAL CERTIFICATE OF SECONDARY EDUCATION
LANGUAGE ARTS
PAPER 1V: LITERATURE
SECTION I

Instructions: Read the following poem and answer ALL the questions that follow.

DUST

Agatha Morley
All her life
Grumbled at dust
Like a good wife.

Dust on a table,
Dust on a chair,
Dust on a mantel
She couldn’t bear.

She forgave faults


In a man and child,
Bu t a dusty shelf
Would set her wild.

She bore with sin


Without protest,
But dust thoughts preyed
Upon her rest.

Agatha Morley
Is sleeping sound
Six feet under
The mouldy ground.

Six feet under


The earth she lies,
With dust at her feet
And dust in her eyes.

Sydney King Russell

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(a) In no more than 3 sentences, explain what this poem is about.

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(b) (i) What happened to Agatha Morley at the end of the poem?

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(ii) Quote a phrase or clause from the poem to support your answer to b (i).

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(c) Why does the poet refer to Agatha as “a good wife”?

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(d) How were Agatha’s feelings about people different from her feelings about dust?

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(e) “But dust thoughts preyed
Upon her rest.”

What is the poet saying about Agatha Morley in these lines?

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(f) What lesson about life does the poet want you to learn from the story?

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GO ON TO SECTION II

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SECTION II

RESPONSE TO LITERATURE TEXTS

INSTRUCTIONS

Answer TWO (2) questions from this section.

You are required to use ONE (1) Text for each question.

DO NOT USE THE SAME TEXT TO ANSWER BOTH QUESTIONS.

The texts you choose must be ones that you studied in class.

Write the full name of the text - novel, short story or play on the first line of your answer to
each question. Refer to the texts to support your answers.

1. Character

Select a text in which a character’s experiences a change.

(a) Identify the character and the name of the text used. (2 marks)

(b) Describe the change that he/she has experienced. (3 marks)

(c) Describe the situation, which existed before and after the change. (3 marks)

(d) Explain one (1) way in which the change has affected the character’s
life. (4 marks)

(e) Explain two (2) things the character learns about him / herself as a result
of this change. (8 marks)

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2. Setting / Event

Select a text in which a significant event takes place.

(a) State the name of the text. (1 mark)

(b) State the main character’s name and position in society. (3 marks)

(c) Describe the setting where the significant event takes place. (3 marks)

(d) Explain the atmosphere created in the text because of the setting? (3 marks)

(e) Briefly narrate the significant event, which has allowed the character to
contribute or impact on his/her community. (5 marks)

(f) (i) Do you view this contribution / impact as good or bad? (1 mark)

(ii) Give a reason for your view. (4 marks)

3. Sources of Conflict

Select a text in which a character experiences a conflict or problem situation.

(a) Name the text. (1 mark)

(b) Name the character. (1 mark)

(c) Describe the problem being experienced or the dilemma being faced. (3 marks)

(d) Briefly describe the character’s feelings during the situation being
experienced. (3 marks)

(e) Describe how the character solved the problem or resolved the
dilemma. (5 marks)

(f) (i) Do you think that the problem could have been avoided? (1 mark)

(ii) Give a reason for your answer. (3 marks)

(g) If you were the character, state what you would have done differently. (3 marks)

END OF TEST

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