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National Senior Certificate

English First Additional Language
Paper 1 – Exemplar
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Grade 12

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2010 English First Additional Language Grade 12 Paper 1

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INSTRUCTIONS AND INFORMATION
1. This question paper consists of THREE sections, namely SECTION A, SECTION B and SECTION C. SECTION A: Comprehension (30 marks) SECTION B: Summary (10 marks) SECTION C: Language (40 marks) Answer ALL the questions. Start each section on a NEW page and rule off on completion of EACH section. Leave a line free after EACH answer. Number the answers correctly according to the numbering system used in this question paper. Write neatly and legibly. Pay special attention to spelling and sentence construction.

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SECTION A: COMPREHENSION QUESTION 1
Read the following passage (Text A) and answer the questions that follow.

HAITI EARTHQUAKE: THOUSANDS FEARED KILLED
1. A major earthquake rocked Haiti, killing possibly thousands of people as it toppled the presidential palace and hillside shanties alike and left the Caribbean nation appealing for international help. A five-storey UN building was also brought down by Tuesday’s 7,0 magnitude quake, the most powerful to hit Haiti in more than 200 years according to the US Geological Survey. Reuters television footage from the capital, Port-au-Prince, showed scenes of chaos on the streets with people sobbing and appearing dazed amid the rubble. The quake’s epicentre was only 116 km from Port-au-Prince. About 4 million people live in the city and surrounding area. Aftershocks as powerful as 5,9 rattled the city throughout the night and into Wednesday. Reports on casualties and damage were slow to emerge due to communication problems. UN officials said normal communications had been cut off and the only way to talk with people on the ground was via satellite phone. Roads were blocked by rubble. Brazilian General Carlos Barcellos said at least four Brazilian members of the UN peacekeeping mission in Haiti were killed. A large number of Brazilian soldiers were also missing. A reporter in the hillside neighbourhood of Petionville reports that he saw no police or rescue vehicles. “People were trying to dig victims out with flashlights,” he said. “I think hundreds of casualties would be a serious understatement.” Witnesses said they saw homes and shanties built on hillsides tumble and cars bouncing off the ground as the earth shook. The poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, Haiti is ill-equipped to respond to such a disaster, lacking heavy equipment to move debris and sufficient emergency personnel. “I am appealing to the world, especially the United States, to do what they did for us back in 2008 when four hurricanes hit Haiti,” Raymond Alcide Joseph, Haiti’s ambassador to Washington, said in a CNN interview. “At that time the UN dispatched ... a hospital ship off the coast of Haiti. I hope that will be done again ... and help us in this dire situation we find ourselves in.”

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UN peacekeeping chief, Alain Le Roy, said the main UN building in Port-au-Prince had collapsed. “We don’t know how many people were in the building,” he told reporters. Le Roy’s deputy, Edmond Mulet, said 200 to 250 people work in the building during normal hours. Since the earthquake struck after 5 pm local time – after working hours – it was not clear how many people would have been inside. Some 9 000 UN police and troops are stationed in Port-auPrince to maintain order. There were more houses destroyed than standing in Delmas Road, a major thoroughfare in Port-au-Prince, another Food for the Poor employee said. The Hotel Montana, where many Foreigners stay,...
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