English Language Essay

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UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE INTERNATIONAL EXAMINATIONS International General Certificate of Secondary Education

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FIRST LANGUAGE ENGLISH Paper 2 Reading Passages (Extended) Additional Materials:
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October/November 2011 2 hours

Answer Booklet/Paper

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3 James, his huge head laid back on the hump of our kit under the tarpaulin, was having one of his fiveminute snoozes. The vein on his right temple was throbbing, a sure sign that his brain was awash with extra dissolved oxygen, and that some piece of programming, vital to the production of a future poem, was in progress. ‘James!’ An eye opened. ‘What is it?’ ‘Just this – if you do see a log floating upriver, let me know.’ ‘Crocodiles?’ ‘Well, not the one that attacks you. Not up here. But an old book I read said we might see the freshwater species. The four-and-a-half-metre one with the one-and-a-half-metre snout and all those teeth.’ ‘Really, Redmond,’ said James, raising himself on an elbow and looking about, ‘you’re absurd!’


Imagine that you are James. Write an entry in your journal, intended to be read by members of your family when you get home. In your journal entry you should: • • • explain how you feel in this environment comment on your relationship with Redmond express your thoughts about the next few days of this adventure.

Base your journal on what you have read in Passage A. Be careful to use your own words. Begin your journal entry: ‘Sometimes, I wonder what I’m doing here…’. Write between 1½ and 2 sides, allowing for the size of your handwriting. Up to

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