IGCSE English (First Language): Specimen Questions with Answers 153 - 154 of 179

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Question 153


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Discuss the role of women in the world using the following topics.

The status of women in the past with the present


  • Women in the past were mostly illiterate, slaves of men, confined to their houses, far away from the public life.
  • Women in the modern times are literate mostly. Some of them have higher education. They work in equivalent to men. Even pilots are there among women.


Reading Comprehension

Life by,

Henry van Dyke

Let me but live my life from year to year, with forward face and unreluctantly soul; Not hurrying to, nor turning from the goal; Not mourning for the things that disappear in the dim past, nor holding back in fear from what the future veils; but with a whole and happy heart, that pays its toll to Youth and Age, and travels on with cheer.

So, let the way wind up the hill or down, o՚er rough or smooth, the journey will be joy: Still seeking what I sought when but a boy, New friendship, high adventure, and a crown, My heart will keep the courage of the quest, and hope the road՚s last turn will be the best.

Question 154 (1 of 2 Based on Passage)


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Write a letter to your friend describing your reaction to the various acts of violence you are aware of. (Marks 10)


North High ground road, Tirunelveli,

June 23,20120

Dear Sanjay,

How are you? I am sure you are safe in your place. Take care of yourself. Life is becoming riskier and more unsafe. The value for life is not given importance: I am sure you know about the terrorist՚s attacks in Mumbai and in other parts of the country. When we open a newspaper or switch on a news channel, we see a lot of unpleasant incidents taking place in the world. Terrorism in Kashmir, religious clashes in Gujarat, Maoists problem in Orissa, Bihar and West Bengal, caste clashes in Tamil Nadu are examples of growing violence. It is time that man puts an end to violence. We shall hope for the better.

Thanking you,

Yours lovingly,


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