Monday, November 10, 2008

SPM Literature in English 2008, 2205/1 Trials

In English
2 ½ jam




Dua jam tiga puluh minit


Maklumat untuk calon

Kertas soalan ini mengandungi empat bahagian: Bahagian A, Bahagian B, Bahagian C dan Bahagian D.
Jawab empat soalan sahaja.
Anda mesti menjawab satu soalan daripada tiap-tiap Bahagian A, Bahagian B, Bahagian C dan Bahagian D.
Anda dinasihati supaya mengambil masa 35 minit untuk tiap-tiap soalan.

Information for candidates

1. This questions paper consists of four sections: Section A, Section B, Section C and Section D.

2. Answer four questions only.

3. You must answer one question from Section A, Section B, Section C and Section D.

4. You are advised to spend 35 minutes on each question.

Kertas soalan ini mengandungi beberapa halaman bercetak dan 4 halaman tidak bercetak

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Answer one question only from this section

[25 marks]

1 VIVIEN ALCOCK: Cinderella Girl

He shouldn’t have said that last line. It wasn’t true, was it? What about Bella? Besides, he couldn’t date Meg. His mother would have a fit and everybody at school would tease him. He looked at her anxiously, hoping she wouldn’t take it seriously, but she only laughed and told him it was a splendid poem, far better than any one of Kevin’s.
‘Don’t worry,’ she said. ‘I won’t tell Bella.’

(a) In the above extract, what was it that Edward could not admit to himself? [5 marks]

(b) What is Edward’s dilemma? Discuss the change in Edward as he recognises his personal preferences and makes a stand. [8marks]

(c) As human beings, we are given the free will to choose, think and feel, yet we choose to conform.
With close reference to the story, do you agree with the statement?
[12 marks]


Nilkant spluttered in his gin and tonic. Sometimes he felt there was an invisible wall between himself and his wife, in spite of all the barriers they had leapt to cement their relationship. She knew very well that the cook, an old retainer from his mother’s house in Alipur, was responsible for selecting servants. How could an inexperienced girl from England be any kind of judge? Her pig-headedness baffled him

(a) What is the disagreement about? [5 marks]

(b) Nilkant and Julia see poverty differently. What are the differences in the perception of poverty portrayed by the characters in the story? Support your answer from the text. [8 marks]

(c) In the face of extreme poverty versus animal cruelty. Humans tend to choose elevating human suffering rather than saving an animal from cruelty. What are your views pertaining to the subject matter? [12 marks]

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3 HARRISON BERGERON: Kurt Vonnegut Jr.
It was then that Diana Moon Glampers, the Handicapper General, came into the studio with a double-barrelled ten-gauge shotgun. She fired twice, and the Emperor and the Empress were dead before they hit the floor.

Diana Moon Glampers loaded the gun again. She aimed it at the musicians and told them they had ten seconds to get their handicaps back on.

(a) Why did the Handicapper General shoot the Emperor and Empress? [5 marks]

(b) Harrison Bergeron is a fugitive only to break into the TV studio to declare himself an Emperor before being shot by the Handicapper General. Why do you think, a person of high intelligence would opt to take such measure? Support your answer from the text. [8 marks]

(c) A society that puts equality before freedom will end up with neither. Discuss with close reference to the text. [12 marks]

4 THE LANDLADY: Roald Dahl

The old girl was slightly dotty, Billy told himself. But at five and sixpence a night, who gives a damn about that? “I should’ve thought you’d be simply swamped with applicants,” he said politely.
“Oh, I am, my dear, I am, of course I am. But the trouble is that I’m inclined to be just a teeny weeny bit choosy and particular – if you see what I mean.”

(a) From the above extract, what does the landlady mean? [5 marks]

(b) Why do you think Billy ignored the many warning signs until it was too late?

Discuss with close reference to the novel. [8 marks]

(c) Short stories usually end with a twist in the end.

How does the cliff-hanger affect your enjoyment of the story? [12 marks]

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Answer one question only from this section

[25 marks]


“I want you to carry me up the mountain. I want to drink from the stream, and I want you to sing the song to me.”

Elya promised he would.

Madame Zeroni warned that if he failed to do this, he and his descendants would be doomed for all the eternity.

(a) From the extract above state what has happened to the descendants of Elya Yelnats? [5 marks]

(b) Why do you think the boys have nicknames for each other?

Explain with reference to the text. [8 marks]

(c) Satire present in literature is in purpose to critique society’s follies and to instigate

Show how this element is used in the story. [12 marks]

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Answer one question only from this section

[25 marks]

6 JB PRIESTLEY : An Inspector Calls

Sheila (passionately) : You’re pretending everything’s just as it was before.
Eric : I’m not!
Sheila : No, but these others are.
Birling : Well, isn’t it? We’ve been had, that’s all.
Sheila : So nothing really happened. So there’s nothing to be sorry
for, nothing to learn. We can all go on behaving just as we did.
MRS BIRLING : Well, why shouldn’t we?
Act 3

(a) From the above extract, state what the younger characters have learned. [5 marks]

(b) How did Inspector Goole’s visit bring about a change in Sheila Birling’s character?
[8 marks]

(c) Literature helps us understand attitudes and values of society.

What have you learnt about the social attitudes and values presented in the play?
Support your answer with close reference to the play. [12 marks]

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Answer one question only from this section

[25 marks]


“Yes; quaint and curious war is!
You shoot a fellow down
You’d treat, if met where any bar is,
Or help to half-a-crown.”

The Man He Killed, Thomas Hardy

(a) In the above lines, what is the persona’s perception towards war? [5 marks]

(b) In the poem Death of a Rainforest by Cecil Rajendra, what words have escaped the
persona? [8 marks]

(c) In the poem The War against the Trees by Stanley Kunitz, the persona describes humans disregard towards the destruction of nature.

How are you affected by his description? Discuss with close reference to the poem.
[12 marks]


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Anonymous said...

thank u so much
Hey i found a new lit website

tweekawit said...

am glad am of help, anonymous. hope u did well. let me know how u did

Anonymous said...

thanks for the information you posted.
it really helps.
i do need to ask you a few questions regarding this subject.
First and foremost, just out of curiosity, how do i suppose to study LIE. i mean, do i need to do my own notes or do i just understand it well?
Secondly, do i really need to memorize the poems?
Thirdly, how do you think i should divide my time when answering the questions. Cuz, from what i see, i won't be having enough time.
so, please help me.

tweekawit said...

hi anonymous,

well, u dun hafta make notes on dis subject.... rather u hafta understand d text very well by answering many critical questions regarding d text. however, it's not merely understanding them, but expressing your understanding tru writing, which is crucial.... it all boils down to how u answer d questions, with depth, maturity n critical analysis.

as for d poems, yes, u hafta know d poems inside out. just concentrate on one theme, so u only hafta remember 6. but if u haf studied them thoroughly, remembering them comes naturally

as for time management, u r to answer 4 questions in 2.5 hours, so give or take, 35 minutes per question, so yeah, u wont haf much time... practise, practise, practise

Anonymous said...

do you know where i can find questions which i can practice on?

tweekawit said...

am afraid there are no revision books for this subject. u could haf your teacher (if yr school has got a lit teacher) design questions for u (provided u wash her car for her??).

alternatively, u can try d questions dat i've designed and posted on dis blogsite. d questions are very similar to d exam format n style. if you want more practise base on my questions, u'll hafta attend d classes. for more info, do check d homepage of dis blog. do email me if u haf further enquiries.

Anonymous said...

okay, thanks a lot.

MaddieSwift said...

umm can u tell me the tittles of the poems and stories and what not for the 2205 SPM for the year 2011?.. since I'm currently a form 4 student and would like to take this test next year.

tweekawit said...
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tweekawit said...

Hi Maddie Swift,

The syllabus for the Literature exam for 2011-2012 still follows the 2008-2010 syllabus. They are as follows

Novel (choose 1):
Fahrenheit 451 (Ray Bradbury)
Fasting, Feasting (Anita Desai)
Holes (Louis Sachar)

Drama (choose 1):
Julius Caesar (William Shakespeare)
The Lion and the Jewel (Wole Soyinka)
An Inspector Calls (J.B. Priestly)

Short Story (study all):
Naukar (Anya Sitaram)
Cinderella Girl (Vivien Alcoc)
The Landlady (Roald Dahl)
A Common Story (Kassim Ahmad)
Neighbours (Robert Raymer)
Harrison Bergeren (Kurt Vonnegut Jr. )

Poetry (choose 1 or 2 theme(s))
Theme: Relationships
Tonight I Can Write (Pablo Neruda)
Ways of Love (Chung Yee Chong)
A Prayer for My Daughter (Yeats)
The Way Things Are (Roger McGough)
For My Old Amah (Wong Phui Nam)
How Do I Love Thee? (Elizabeth Barret Browning)

Theme: Perceptions of Self
Birches (Robert Frost)
I Am (John Clare)
This Is A Photograph of Me (Margaret Atwood)
Waiting to Go On (Hugo Williams)
Daring Tears (Craig Romkema)
The Traveller (Muhammad hj Salleh)

Theme: Conflicts
Dulce et Decorum Est (Wilfred Owen)
The Man He Killed (Thomas Hardy)
Death of A Rainforest (Cecil Rajendra)
The War Against Trees (Stanley Kunitz)
A Quarrel Between Day and Night (Omar Mohd Noor)
"Crabbed age and youth cannot live together "(Shakespeare)

yarminee said...

can u tell me the tittles of the poems and stories and what not for the SPM for the year 2011?.. since I'm currently a form 4 student and would like to take this test next year.

Anonymous said...


I took this paper in 2010, but I got a B grade. I don't know why but I already did my best. I gave many thoughts and quotes in my writing but it was still doomed anyway. I found a news clipping saying that many good students also did not get good scores. I think there is no standard format for marking this paper. Anyway, I just selected a few topics to study. Short Stories: Landlady, Harrison and Neighbours...These three stories are very mind provoking. For poems, I just focused on the Love/Relationship theme. I like Neruda's poem. I also used An Inspector's Call for the drama and Holes for the novel. They are all good reads. The rest you can find from the internet except for the drama. I managed to find this book from an old bookstore which sold used books at RM5. You must know how to answer with good techniques. Good luck :) you can email me at

Anonymous said...

Where can I buy these books? Do I need to buy all these books?