IGCSE English (First Language): Specimen Questions with Answers 6 - 7 of 179


Read the Passage A carefully, and then answer

The following is an excerpt from M. C. Mary Kom’s autobiography ‘Unbreakable’.

Soon after the Bangkok championship, I was selected in the 48kg category for the International Boxing Association (originally the Association International de Boxe Amateur, or the AIBA) World Women’s Boxing Championships in Pennsylvania, USA, in November–December 2,001.

My father managed to collect only ₹ 2,000 for my trip. I was both upset and very worried because I’d heard of how expensive things were in America. I spoke to Onler, one of my friends, about my problem. He invited a few students and elders, who went to meet the two Members of Parliament and seek their help. Two MPs donated ₹ 5,000 and ₹ 3,000 respectively and I suddenly had ₹ 10,000 in my hands. With this princely sum, an. I was relieved to have money in my pocket, and knew that I could not come back empty-handed after all the efforts that people had made on my behalf.

Pennsylvania was cold and beautiful. It had been morning when I left, and here it was morning again. After weighing in, I found out that I did not have any match that day. I was fortunate, but some of the team-mates were not so lucky. I was able to rest well enough to face my opponent in the round, which I won comfortably. My fear of facing new opponents quickly vanished.

I competed in the 48 kg in this championship. While team-mates lost one after the other, I went on to reach the finals. I was even hopeful of winning the gold. The boxers were not unbeatable as I had earlier thought.

I felt like this would be the place, the event that would change my life. I kept telling myself, “I can face anyone in the ring. ” In the quarter–final, I defeated Nadia Hokmi of Poland by RSC (Referee Stopped Contest–applicable if the referee feels one of the boxers is inferior to the other and risks getting hurt badly) , and in the semi-final, I defeated Jamie Behal of Canada by 21 - 9. I reached the finals, but lost to Hula Sahin of Turkey by 13 - 5.

The greatest disadvantage for me was my loss of appetite. I was not accustomed to the food there. Try as I might, I could not eat the food and I started to lose weight. So much so that just before the finals I was only 46 kg. This is probably what cost me my dream of winning gold and I was very disappointed. I went to my room and cried. But the coaches were kind; they consoled me and lauded me on the silver win. I was the only one in the team to get a medal. But the biggest thing I took away from this championship was the conviction that I could take on any boxer. I back to Imphal where I got a warm welcome with festival of lights.

The silver in Pennsylvania and the prize money from the government had put an end to my immediate financial worries. But I wanted a job too also, around the time that I was getting married, I had no savings except a couple of life insurance policies. After my second World Championship gold, the Manipur government offered me the post of Sub-Inspector, which I accepted in 2,005. I earned a salary of ₹ 15,000 in that first job go to office when necessary.

My medal haul continued after my marriage, putting an end to speculation among my family and friends around that particular topic. I retained the world title in the Third World Women’s Boxing Championships at Podolsk in Russia, in 2,005. Sarita, who had won the bronze, and I were given a hero’s welcome at the Imphal airport. We were taken to the Bhagyachandra Open Air Theatre, where a grand reception was organized. I’d had a good run from 2,001 to 2,004. I won several golds: all the Senior Women’s Boxing Championships; the 2nd Women’s Boxing Championships, 2,002; the 2nd Asian Women’s Boxing Championships at Hisar in 2,003; and the Witch Cup Boxing Championships at Paes, Hungary. In spite of this, when I got married, everybody was doubtful that my medal hauls would continue.

But after the wedding, I participated in and won a gold in the Third and Fourth World Women’s Boxing Championships in October 2,005 and November 2,006. There were a number of other international level championships, in Taiwan, Vietnam, Denmark and so on. But it was retaining my world title in 2,006 by defeating Steluta Duta of Romania 22 - 7 at the Fourth World Championships in New Delhi that I consider one of my greatest achievements. It is probably the most memorable for me because I was able to win at home. The other Indian boxers also performed exceptionally well. India won four golds, one silver and three bronzes, and our team won the overall title. With this hat-trick of World Championship wins, the media christened me ‘Queen of Boxing’ and ‘Magnificent Mary’.

Answer the following two questions based on the passages: (10)

Question 6 (3 of 3 Based on Passage)


Write in Short

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Write paragraphs based on the following description based on the passage in your own.

Mary Kim is the ‘Queen of Boxing’ and ‘Magnificent Mary’


The ‘Queen of Boxing’ and ‘Magnificent Mary’:

  • From 2,001 to 2,004 Mary Kom participated in many International Championships and bagged many medals. In the meantime she got married, but even after the marriage she took part in the Third and Fourth World Women’s Boxing Championships in October 2,005 and November 2,006 and won gold medals.
  • She retained her world title in 2,006 by defeating Steluta Duta of Romania 22 - 7 at the fourth World Championships in New Delhi. She considered it one of her greatest achievements. It was the most memorable for she was able to win at home.

  • She got hat-trick win of world Championship. So the media named her the Queen of Boxing and ‘Magnificent Mary’

Question 7


Describe in Detail


Kahlil Gibran states ‘Forgetfulness is a form of freedom’. Write an article for your school magazine, linking your ideas logically and giving appropriate examples.



By, Kalaiyarasi

  • Forgetfulness is a bliss. If we remember all the things in our life, they will be a heavy burden and they will give more stress to us. Everybody is punished during their school days for forgetting to bring the book, or for not doing the homework, or for being mischievous in the class. If a person remembers all these things, life will be miserable.
  • While learning to swim or cycle, we hurt ourselves now and then. It is better to forget those incidents. Quarrels with parents or with brothers and sisters and friends are unpleasant things in course of time we forget them.

  • Therefore forgetfulness is a form us of freedom from unhappiness. It is better to forget unhappy things of our past.