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GRADE 12

ENGLISH HOME LANGUAGE P1 NOVEMBER 2012
MARKS: 70 TIME: 2 hours

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INSTRUCTIONS AND INFORMATION 1. This question paper consists of THREE sections: SECTION A: Comprehension SECTION B: Summary SECTION C: Language in context 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. Read ALL the instructions carefully. Answer ALL the questions. Start EACH section on a NEW page. Rule off after each section. Number the answers correctly according to the numbering system used in this question paper. Leave a line after EACH answer. Pay special attention to spelling and sentence construction. Use the following time frames as a guideline: SECTION A: 50 minutes SECTION B: 25 minutes SECTION C: 45 minutes 10. Write neatly and legibly. (30 marks) (10 marks) (30 marks)

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SECTION A: COMPREHENSION QUESTION 1: READING FOR MEANING AND UNDERSTANDING Read TEXTS A AND B below and answer the set questions. TEXT A THE ARTS CELEBRATE AND INSPIRE OUR DEMOCRACY 1 This April, South Africans were able to reflect on the past 18 years since we took that giant step towards becoming a country that can boast one of the most democratic constitutions in the world. Theatre in South Africa has always been a dynamic forum that has given us the courage to grapple with the state of the nation. Our writers, stand-up comedians, satirists and community-based artists have used their remarkable talents to create and nurture a climate that has allowed us all to become active participants in our democracy. In many ways, we can quite confidently say that our artists are our nation's conscience. They give us a window on our world, but also give us glimpses of an imaginary world. Our artists have the gift of uniting us all in a common celebration of our humanity, when we are able to laugh, cry, feel sorrow and experience hope. In the dark and focused space of an auditorium, we are able to share experiences. We are able to take our differences and delicately weave them together into a complex tapestry through which we are able to find each other. Our theatres are sacred places because our stories, poems, music and dance have been the soldiers that advanced our struggle for liberation. Today, in a new country, our artists continue to be the conscience of the nation. In our theatres and our galleries, we give our artists the freedom to hold a mirror up to us, to challenge us, to inspire us, to make us feel remorseful and to constantly remind us about just how preciously we need to guard our democracy so that we can endow future generations of South Africans with it. Pieter-Dirk Uys is one of South Africa's greatest satirists and has, over many years, made us all dance with our consciences. In our journey with PieterDirk Uys, political hypocrisy has hardly ever escaped his perceptive eye. His unbridled courage, combined with his talent as raconteur, has enabled him to tell uncomfortable political truths in a way that has made even those politicians who are the subjects of his satire explode with laughter. He has an uncanny ability to recreate South African politicians and to breathe life into their absurdities in a way that is guaranteed to evoke hilarious laughter. There is no maliciousness in his delivery. He engages with the folly of politicians in an entertaining and provocative way. He is a genius at awakening his audiences. And there would be no doubt that long after the theatre lights had gone down, there would still be laughter resonating in the theatre.

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