IGCSE English (First Language): Specimen Questions with Answers 114 - 115 of 179

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Read Passage B carefully and re-read Passage A.

Then answer the Questions, which is based on both passages.

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 114 (3 of 3 Based on Passage)

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You have studied The Model Millionaire”. Would you say that Baron Hausberg like a geode? Give reasons for your answer. (Marks 20)

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The geode looks plain, grey, and dull on the outside. In the same way Baron Hausberg looks like a beggar on the outside. But he is really a millionaire. When we split open the geode it dazzles brightly. The inner side of the geode is beautiful. In the same way, the Baron is also a person of inner beauty. He is a rich man, but he poses as a beggar for the sake of friend ship love. Hughie treats him as a beggar, but he never gets angry. He understands the kind heart of Hughie. He takes pity on Hughie when he hears about his poor condition. He helps Hughie to marry Laura by sending him a large amount of money. The Baron is really like a geode.

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Do you agree with Mulan’s decision to go to war? Justify.

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I agree to Mulan’s decision to go to war. The Chinese emperor ordered that one man from each family must join the army. As soon as Mulan came to know about this order, she thought it was a moral duty of her family to fight for the country. But her father was very old and her brother was very young. So, she decided to join the army on behalf of her family. In those days, girls were not allowed in the army. So, she cut her hair short and groomed herself like a boy. Being a woman, she fought bravely in the war and became a General. Though she was sick, she reacted bravely and strategically to the surprise attack made by the enemy. She fought and ended the long war victoriously. If Mulan had not taken her decision to join the army, the Chinese army might not have been won in the war.