SUNRISE HOMESCHOOLING END OF SEMESTER 1 YEAR 10 LITERATURE EXAM SECTION A:POETRY [40 marks] QUESTION 1 Answer one question in this section A Summarise the poem below [40 marks] Cruising these residential Sunday streets in dry August sunlight: what offends us is the sanities: the houses in pedantic rows, the planted sanitary trees, assert levelness of surface like a rebuke to the dent in our car door. No shouting here, or shatter of glass; nothing more abrupt than the rational whine of a power mower cutting a straight swath in the discouraged grass. But though the driveways neatly sidestep hysteria by being even, the roofs all display the same slant of avoidance to the hot sky, certain things: the smell of spilled oil a faint sickness lingering in the garages, a splash of paint on brick surprising as a bruise, a plastic hose poised in a vicious coil; even the too-fixed stare of the wide windows give momentary access to the landscape behind or under the future cracks in the plaster
when the houses, capsized, will slide obliquely into the clay seas, gradual as glaciers that right now nobody notices. That is where the City Planners with the insane faces of political conspirators are scattered over unsurveyed territories, concealed from each other, each in his own private blizzard; guessing directions, they sketch transitory lines rigid as wooden borders on a wall in the white vanishing air tracing the panic of suburb order in a bland madness of snows b Read and analyse the poem below [40 marks] Well, World, you have kept faith with me, Kept faith with me; Upon the whole you have proved to be Much as you said you were. Since as a child I used to lie Upon the leaze and watch the sky, Never, I own, expected I That life would all be fair. 'Twas then you said, and since have said,
Times since have said, In that mysterious voice you shed From clouds and hills around: "Many have loved me desperately, Many with smooth serenity, While some have shown contempt of me Till they dropped underground. "I do not promise overmuch, Child; overmuch; Just neutral-tinted haps and such," You said to minds like mine. Wise warning for your credit's sake! Which I for one failed not to take, And hence could stem such strain and ache As each year might assign.
SECTION B: PROSE [30 MARKS] Answer part (a) OR (b) in the question below Read the following passage and then answer Part (a) and Part (b). …Papa poured the yellow juice for everyone. I reached out quickly for my glass and took a sip. It tasted watery. I wanted to seem eager; maybe if I talked about how good it tasted, Papa might forget that he had not yet punished Jaja. “It’s very good, Papa,” I said. Papa swirled it around his bulging cheeks. “Yes, yes.” “It tastes like fresh cashew,” Mama said. Say something, please, I wanted to say to Jaja. He was supposed to say something now, to contribute, to compliment Papa’s new product. We always did, each time an employee from one of his factories brought a product sample for us. “Just like white wine,” Mama added. She was nervous, I could tell – not just because a fresh cashew tasted nothing like white wine but also
because her voice was lower than usual. “White wine,” Mama said again, closing her eyes to better savor the taste. “Fruity white wine.” “Yes,” I said. A ball of fufu slipped from my fingers and into the soup. Papa was staring pointedly at Jaja. “Jaja, have you not shared a drink with us, gbo? Have you no words in your mouth?” he asked, entirely in Igbo. A bad sign. He hardly spoke Igbo, and although Jaja and I spoke it with Mama at home, he did not like us to speak it in public. We had to sound civilized in public, he told us; we had to speak English. Papa’s sister, Aunty Ifeoma, said once that Papa was too much of a colonial product. She had said this about Papa in a mild, forgiving way, as if it were not Papa’s fault, as one would talk about a person who was shouting gibberish from a severe case of malaria. Part (a) In this passage, how does Adichie show what family life was like for Kambili? Refer closely to the passage in your answer. How does Adichie present Eugene’s life in the novel as a whole and what does this tell you about men in the society at the time the novel is set? In Part (b) you should write about: • what Eugene’s life was like • the methods Adichie uses to show Eugene’s life • what this tells you about men in the society at the time the novel is set. [30 marks]