IGCSE English (First Language): Specimen Questions with Answers 154 - 155 of 179


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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Describe the journey of life as depicted in the poem by Henry Van Dyke. (Marks 20)


  • The poem ‘Life’ is a best motivational poem of all time. The poet motivates himself and the readers to lead the life with confident and happiness.
  • The poet decides to live his life happily with forward face and unreluctantly soul. He does not want to be urgent as well as stop pursuing his goal. He does not want to lament for the things that disappeared in the sad (dim) past. He says he won՚t fear for the upcoming and unexpected future. He lives his life with a whole and happy heart which happily travels with him from the small age to elderly age. So, he would not bother as the path of his life goes up (success) or down (failure) the hill or rough or smooth. He will dare to seek what he wanted as a boy - new friendship, high adventure, and a crown. His heart will keep the courage and he will follow his desires without give up. He believes that every change in his life՚s travel will be the best ones. He is positive always.

Question 155 (2 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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