IGCSE English (First Language): Specimen Questions with Answers 112 - 113 of 179

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Read Passage B carefully and re-read Passage A.

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Passage B

Appearances can be deceptive, And to the superficial gazeThe outside seems dull and greyPlain looking in many ways, Yet, when a crack causesWater to seep slowly through, A Geode can split to revealA dazzling sight to view! Piles of purple crystalsSparkling in the light, Such wonderful inner beautyNow apparent for our delight. Have you noticed how some people, Like a Geode, may seem plain as plain can be? Yet, if we take time to peer deeper, Then, what gems would we see? Perhaps a beautiful heartWe never thought was there, Where an aching generosityIs waiting it’s time to share? Yes, a warm, glowing inner beautyWill emerge before your eyes, A newly discovered TreasureFor you to cherish, and to prize!

Question 112 (1 of 3 Based on Passage)

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How does inner beauty bring value to a person?

Explanation

The poet says that the inner beauty is of more value than the outer appearance. Outside appearance can cheat us. He talks about the geode as an example. The geode looks dull, grey, and plain on the outside. But when we split it open, it dazzles brightly. The crystals inside the geode shine in the light. It has a wonderful inner beauty. In the same way, there are some people, who are simple and plain. But if we really try to know their heart, they are good and gentle. They have a heart filled with good qualities and virtues. We can find great treasure within them. They have a wonderful inner beauty like a geode.

Question 113 (2 of 3 Based on Passage)

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Do you think Hughie has an inner beauty Why do you say so?

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Hughie has no job and no money. He is not able to earn money. So, he is not able to marry Laura. He is upset. But when he sees the Baron, posing as a beggar, he talks to him Mistaking the Baron to be a real beggar, he takes pity on him. He is in a very poor condition but he helps the beggar by giving him a shilling. He was kind hearted. When he comes to know about the Baron, he is ready to apologies to him. Thus, he becomes a humble man. So, we can say that Hughie is a man of ‘inner beauty. ‘