HSC Practice Exam Questions 2009 English (Standard) and English (Advanced) Paper 1 – Area of Study
Total marks - 45 Section I Total marks (15)
Attempt Question 1 Allow about 40 minutes for this section
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Section II Total marks (15)
Reading time – 10 minutes Working time – 2 hours Write using blue or black pen
Attempt Question 2 Allow about 40 minutes for this section
Section III Total marks (15)
Attempt Question 3 Allow about 40 minutes for this section
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HSC ADVANCED ENGLISH – PRACTICE EXAM QUESTIONS ETA2009/A __________________________________________________________________________________
Version 1 Section I - Reading Task Total marks (15) Attempt Question 1 Allow about 40 minutes for this section Answer the question in a writing booklet. Extra writing booklets are available. ______________________________________________________________ In your answer you will be assessed on how well you: demonstrate understanding of the way perceptions of belonging are shaped in and through texts describe, explain and analyse the relationship between language, text and context
______________________________________________________________ Question 1 Version 1 (15 marks) Examine Texts one, two three and four carefully and then answer the questions that follow. Text One – Newspaper article Staking a claim on the street with no name Lately I've been haggling over money with Terry. I tell him I'm quite prepared to give him one payment a week instead of spreading my money over four or five nights. He shakes his head. "I don't know, Louis," he says. "I'd like to think about it." Terry is a beggar, and has been for some years. He has staked a claim a few metres from my apartment, strategically placed between the liquor shop and the junction that gives Kings Cross its name. He is not the only beggar in the area. There are many. If you are to give a rough summary, then the most common are the temporary beggars who, grimacing with severe hangovers, crop up of a Sunday or on Monday mornings, wanting money for extra drinks or just enough money to flee back home from their disastrous weekend. Then there are the importune men who hover around the station pleading for money to buy a train ticket. Their familiar cry is for "spare change", in the hope the impatient commuter will palm them a 50 cent coin just to get rid of them. There are the severe alcoholics, of course, who need just enough change to dash off to the hardware shop to buy their metho. They slump in alcoves or on the doorsteps of apartment blocks and shops, their faces looking like giant bruises, holding out trembling hands to ask for money. Most do not stay long. They either die or vanish into a drying-out facility with disturbing frequency. Then there are the crazies. The past 20 or so years have seen an influx of madmen. Thrown out of asylums because of government cutbacks and society indifference, they wander through the streets muttering to themselves, cursing God, or suddenly loom in front of you with wild grins demanding money. The worst are the ice addicts. If there is a common topic of conversation among long-standing Cross residents discussing drugs, it's...