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ENGLISH PAPER 2 GRADE 12 QUESTIONS - NSC PAST PAPES AND MEMOS NOVEMBER 2016

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ENGLISH HOME LANGUAGE P2
GRADE 12
NATIONALSENIOR CERTIFICATE
NOVEMBER 2016

INSTRUCTIONS AND INFORMATION

  1. Read this page carefully before you begin to answer the questions.
  2. Do not attempt to read the entire question paper. Consult the table of contents on page 4 and mark the numbers of the questions set on texts you have studied this year. Thereafter, read these questions and choose the ones you wish to answer.
  3. This question paper consists of THREE sections:
    SECTION A: Poetry (30 marks)
    SECTION B: Novel (25 marks)
    SECTION C: Drama (25 marks)
  4. Answer FIVE QUESTIONS in all: THREE in SECTION A, ONE in SECTION B and ONE in SECTION C as follows:
    SECTION A: POETRY
    PRESCRIBED POETRY – Answer TWO questions.
    UNSEEN POETRY – COMPULSORY question.
    SECTION B: NOVEL
    Answer ONE question.
    SECTION C: DRAMA
    Answer ONE question.
  5. CHOICE OF ANSWERS FOR SECTIONS B (NOVEL) AND C (DRAMA):
    • Answer questions ONLY on the novel and the drama you have studied.
    • Answer ONE ESSAY QUESTION and ONE CONTEXTUAL QUESTION. If you answer the essay question in SECTION B, you must answer the contextual question in SECTION C.
      If you answer the contextual question in SECTION B, you must answer the essay question in SECTION C.
      Use the checklist to assist you.
  6. LENGTH OF ANSWERS:
    • The essay question on Poetry should be answered in about 250–300 words.
    • Essay questions on the Novel and Drama sections should be answered in 400–450 words.
    • The length of answers to contextual questions should be determined by the mark allocation. Candidates should aim for conciseness and relevance.
  7. Follow the instructions at the beginning of each section carefully.
  8. Number your answers correctly according to the numbering system used in this question paper.
  9. Start EACH section on a NEW page.
  10. Suggested time management:
    SECTION A: approximately 40 minutes
    SECTION B: approximately 55 minutes
    SECTION C: approximately 55 minutes
  11. Write neatly and legibly 

TABLE OF CONTENTS

SECTION A: POETRY
Prescribed Poetry: Answer ANY TWO questions.
QUESTION NO. QUESTION MARKS PAGE NO.
1. 'On the move' Essay question 10 6
2. 'Lake Morning In Autumn' Contextual question 10 8
3. 'The Wild Doves at Louis Trichardt' Contextual question 10 9
4. 'London' Contextual question 10 10
AND
Unseen Poetry: COMPULSORY question
5. 'Two Birds' Contextual question 10 11
SECTION B: NOVEL
Answer ONE question.*
6. Animal Farm Essay question 25 12
7. Animal Farm Contextual question 25 12
8. Pride and Prejudice Essay question 25 15
9. Pride and Prejudice Contextual question 25 15
10. The Great Gatsby Essay question 25 17
11. The Great Gatsby Contextual question 25 17
SECTION C: DRAMA
Answer ONE question.*
12. Othello Essay question 25 20
13. Othello Contextual question 25 20
14. The Crucible Essay question 25 24
15. The Crucible Contextual question 25 24


*NOTE: In SECTIONS B and C, answer ONE ESSAY and ONE CONTEXTUAL question.
You may NOT answer TWO essay questions or TWO contextual questions.

CHECKLIST
Use this checklist to ensure that you have answered the correct number of questions.

SECTION  QUESTION NUMBERS  NO. OF QUESTIONS ANSWERED   TICK
(✓)
 A: Poetry
(Prescribed Poetry)
 1–4  2  
 A: Poetry
(Unseen Poetry)
 5  1  
 B: Novel
(Essay or Contextual)
 6–11  1  
 C: Drama
(Essay or Contextual)
 12–15  1  

NOTE: In SECTIONS B and C, answer ONE ESSAY and ONE CONTEXTUAL question.
You may NOT answer TWO essay questions or TWO contextual questions.

SECTION A: POETRY
PRESCRIBED POETRY
Answer any TWO of the following questions.
QUESTION 1: POETRY – ESSAY QUESTION
Read the poem below and answer the questions that follow

1

1b
In 'On the Move', the speaker suggests that humanity's constant search for purpose is never achieved.
By close reference to diction, imagery and tone, critically discuss this statement.
Your response should take the form of a well-constructed essay of 250–300 words (about ONE page).
[10]

QUESTION 2: POETRY – CONTEXTUAL QUESTION

Read the poem below and answer the questions that follow

2
2.1 What does the word, 'growing' (line 3) suggest about the stork's relationship with nature? (2)
2.2 Explain the effect of the repetition of the word, 'long' in the final line of the poem. (2)
2.3 Refer to lines 17–18: 'Stretching his wings he clubbed/the air'.
Comment on the appropriateness of this image in the context of the poem. (3)
2.4 Livingstone expresses his admiration of the stork's ability to overcome adversity.
Do you agree with this statement? Justify your response by referring to imagery and/or diction. (3)
[10]

QUESTION 3: POETRY – CONTEXTUAL QUESTION

Read the poem below and answer the questions that follow

3
3.1 What does the word, 'mad' (line 8) suggest about man's reaction to 'midday' (line 8)? (2)
3.2 Refer to line 6: 'Two crested cranes are bowing to their food.'
Explain what the description conveys about nature. (2)
3.3 Refer to line 25: 'The formulae they liquidly pronounce'.
Comment on the appropriateness of 'liquidly pronounce' in the context of the poem. (3)
3.4 The speaker's attitude is that man does not belong in Africa.
Do you agree with this statement? Justify your response by referring to imagery and/or diction. (3)
[10]

QUESTION 4: POETRY – CONTEXTUAL QUESTION

Read the poem below and answer the questions that follow

4
4.1 What does the word, 'marks' (line 4) suggest about the relationship between the people and the city? (2)
4.2 Explain the effect of the word, 'hapless' (line 11) in the context of the poem. (2)
4.3 Refer to line 8: 'The mind-forg'd manacles I hear'.
Comment on the appropriateness of this image in the context of the poem. (3)
4.4 In the fourth stanza, the speaker expresses his horror of living in the London of his time.
Do you agree with this statement? Justify your response by referring to imagery and/or diction. (3)
[10]
AND

UNSEEN POETRY (COMPULSORY)
QUESTION 5: CONTEXTUAL QUESTION
Read the poem below and then answer the questions that follow.

5 1
5.1 How does the word, 'Punched' (line 1), contribute to your understanding of what happened to the sparrow? (2)
5.2 Explain what the word, 'groped' (line 7), conveys about the sparrow's movement. (2)
5.3 Refer to line 17: 'all afternoon the body strummed in silence'.
Explain the appropriateness of the image in the context of the poem. (3)
5.4 Refer to lines 20–21: 'and experience stretched ... into its death – '.
Discuss the paradox in these lines. (3)
[10]
TOTAL SECTION A: 30

SECTION B: NOVEL
Answer ONLY on the novel you have studied.
ANIMAL FARM – George Orwell
Answer EITHER QUESTION 6 (essay question) OR QUESTION 7 (contextual question).

QUESTION 6: ANIMAL FARM – ESSAY QUESTION
The animals on Animal Farm are victims of circumstance rather than of their own flaws.
Critically discuss the extent to which you agree with the above statement.
Your response should take the form of a well-constructed essay of 400–450 words (2–2½ pages).
[25]

QUESTION 7: ANIMAL FARM – CONTEXTUAL QUESTION
Read the extracts below and then answer the questions that follow.
EXTRACT A
ex a

ex a.2
7.1 Refer to line 5: 'Even Boxer was vaguely troubled.'
What does this line imply about the announcement that has just been made by Napoleon? (3)
7.2 Contrast the mood of this meeting and that of the initial meeting at which old Major had shared his vision for the future. (3)
7.3 Discuss fully the effect of any ONE of the propaganda techniques used by Squealer in this extract (3)
7.4 Refer to line 6: '[Boxer] tried hard to marshal his thoughts'.
With reference to the novel as a whole, comment on how Boxer's difficulty in 'marshal[ling] his thoughts' allows him and, by implication, the other animals to be exploited by the pigs. (3)
AND

EXTRACT B

b
7.5 Refer to lines 3–4: 'Some of them had five chins, some had four, some had three.'
What does this description suggest about the pigs' lifestyle at this point in the novel? (3)
7.6 Refer to line 1: 'But as the animals outside gazed at the scene'.
Explain the irony of the animals' being on the 'outside' of the house. (3)
7.7 Refer to lines 10–11: 'The source of the trouble ... ace of spades simultaneously.'
Comment on the significance of this statement in the context of the novel as a whole. (3)
7.8 In EXTRACT A, Squealer portrays Napoleon as a caring leader while Snowball is 'no better than a criminal' (line 23).
Using your knowledge of the novel as a whole, critically discuss the validity of this portrayal. (4)
[25]

PRIDE AND PREJUDICE – Jane Austen
Answer EITHER QUESTION 8 (essay question) OR QUESTION 9 (contextual question).
QUESTION 8: PRIDE AND PREJUDICE – ESSAY QUESTION
The characters in Pride and Prejudice are victims of circumstance rather than of their own flaws.
Critically discuss the extent to which you agree with the above statement.
Your response should take the form of a well-constructed essay of 400–450 words (2–2½ pages).
[25]

QUESTION 9: PRIDE AND PREJUDICE – CONTEXTUAL QUESTION
Read the extracts below and then answer the questions that follow.
EXTRACT C

c
9.1 What has prompted this discussion of Darcy? (3)
9.2 Refer to lines 3–4: 'If I may so express it, he has a right to be proud.'
How is this statement characteristic of Miss Lucas? (3)
9.3 Refer to lines 5–6: 'I could easily forgive his pride, if he had not mortified mine.'
Comment on how this humiliation of Elizabeth influences her later behaviour. (3)
AND

EXTRACT D

d
9.4 Account for the discomfort experienced by Sir William and his daughter. (3)
9.5 Refer to lines 4–5: 'Elizabeth found herself quite equal to the scene'.
How does this information prepare the reader for Elizabeth's later interaction with Lady Catherine? (3)
9.6 Refer to lines 7–8: 'Her air was … their inferior rank.'
Critically discuss this portrayal of Lady Catherine in the context of Austen's society. (3)
9.7 Refer to lines 10–11: 'and brought Mr Wickham immediately to Elizabeth's mind'.
Explain, in the light of later events, why Elizabeth's belief in the validity of Wickham's pronouncements is ironic. (3)
9.8 In EXTRACT C, Mary draws a distinction between pride and vanity.
Using EXTRACT D as a starting point, comment on whether the novel makes a distinction between pride and vanity. (4)
[25]

THE GREAT GATSBY – F Scott Fitzgerald
Answer EITHER QUESTION 10 (essay question) OR QUESTION 11 (contextual question).
QUESTION 10: THE GREAT GATSBY – ESSAY QUESTION
The characters in The Great Gatsby are victims of circumstance rather than of their own flaws.
Critically discuss the extent to which you agree with the above statement.
Your response should take the form of a well-constructed essay of 400–450 words (2–2½ pages).
[25]

QUESTION 11: THE GREAT GATSBY – CONTEXTUAL QUESTION
Read the extracts below and then answer the questions that follow.
EXTRACT E

e

e.2
11.1 Suggest why Myrtle purchased the dog referred to in line 1. (3)
11.2 Refer to lines 9–11: 'You'll give McKee … something like that.'
How is this statement characteristic of Tom?(3)
11.3 Refer to line 13: 'Neither of them can stand the person they're married to.'
Comment on Catherine's assertion about Tom's marriage to Daisy and Myrtle's marriage to George. (3)
11.4 While at Tom and Myrtle's apartment, Nick remarks that he is 'simultaneously enchanted and repelled by the inexhaustible variety of life' of New York.
Critically discuss what this statement suggests about Nick's attitude toward the 'variety of life' of New York. (3)
11.5 Refer to lines 23–24: 'You can't live forever; you can't live forever.'
Discuss how Myrtle's statement here reflects a widespread attitude in Fitzgerald's America. (3)
AND
EXTRACT F

f

f.2
11.6 Refer to line 1: 'But he knew … a colossal accident.'
Explain why Gatsby's presence in Daisy's house is a 'colossal accident'. (3)
11.7 Refer to lines 8–9: 'He knew that Daisy was extraordinary'.
Comment on Gatsby's perception of Daisy in the context of the novel as a whole. (3)
11.8 Gatsby and Myrtle have similar aspirations.
Using material from EXTRACT E and EXTRACT F as a starting point, critically discuss the validity of this statement. (4)
[25]
TOTAL SECTION B: 25

SECTION C: DRAMA
Answer ONLY on the play you have studied.
OTHELLO – William Shakespeare
Answer EITHER QUESTION 12 (essay question) OR QUESTION 13 (contextual question).
QUESTION 12: OTHELLO – ESSAY QUESTION
Egotism is one of the centrally important issues in Othello.
Critically assess the validity of this statement.
Your response should take the form of a well-constructed essay of 400–450 words (2–2½ pages).
[25]

QUESTION 13: OTHELLO – CONTEXTUAL QUESTION

Read the extracts below and answer the questions that follow

EXTRACT G

g

g.2
13.1 Refer to lines 1–2: 'Valiant Othello … general enemy Ottoman.'
Explain why Othello has been sent for by the Duke and the senate. (3)
13.2 Refer to line 1: 'Valiant Othello'.
Explain how the Duke's attitude toward Othello differs from that of Iago and Roderigo earlier in the play. (3)
13.3 Refer to lines 16–20: 'She is abused … witchcraft could not.'
Comment on Brabantio's reaction to Desdemona's elopement. (3)
13.4 Refer to line 28: 'Here is the man, this Moor'.
If you were the director of a production of Othello, how would you instruct the actor to deliver these lines? Motivate your instructions with reference to both body language and tone. (3)
13.5 Refer to lines 21–25: 'Whoe'er he be … its own sense'.
Using your knowledge of the play as a whole, discuss the extent to which the portrayal of Venice in these lines is accurate. (3)
AND
EXTRACT H
h

h.2
13.6 Refer to line 14: 'Alas, what ignorant sin have I committed?'
In your view, is Desdemona's question typical of her character? Motivate your response. (3)
13.7 Refer to lines 15–25: 'Was this fair paper … Impudent strumpet!'
Comment on how Othello's use of language in these lines reflects a change in his attitude toward Desdemona. (3)
13.8 Using EXTRACT H as a starting point, comment on the extent to which it would be justifiable for the audience to feel pity for Othello. (4)
[25]

THE CRUCIBLE – Arthur Miller
Answer EITHER QUESTION 14 (essay question) OR QUESTION 15 (contextual question).
QUESTION 14: THE CRUCIBLE – ESSAY QUESTION
Egotism is one of the centrally important issues in The Crucible.
Critically assess the validity of this statement.
Your response should take the form of a well-constructed essay of 400–450 words (2–2½ pages).
[25]

QUESTION 15: THE CRUCIBLE – CONTEXTUAL QUESTION

Read the extracts below and answer the questions that follow

EXTRACT I

i

i.2
15.1 Refer to line 1: 'The psalm! The psalm! She cannot bear to hear the Lord's name!'
Account for Betty's state of mind. (3)
15.2 Refer to line 4: 'Mark it for a sign, mark it!'
Explain how Mrs Putnam's attitude toward the situation differs from that of Rebecca Nurse. (3)
15.3 Refer to line 17: 'No one here can testify I've said a word.'
Comment on Giles's reaction to Rebecca's request that he 'keep the quiet' (lines 15–16). (3)
15.4 Refer to lines 5–6: 'Rebecca Nurse … her walking-stick.'
Comment on the dramatic significance of the description of Rebecca Nurse in the light of later events. (3)
15.5 Refer to lines 26–27: 'Then let you … look for devils?'
Discuss how Proctor's tone in these lines reveals his character. (3)
AND
EXTRACT J
j

j.2
15.6 Refer to lines 9–10: '(She seems to doubt it.)'
Discuss how these lines reflect the change in the villagers' attitude toward religion and justice in Salem. (3)
15.7 Refer to lines 20–28: '(continuing to Elizabeth … give his lie.'
If you were the director of a production of The Crucible, how would you instruct the actor to deliver these lines? Motivate your instructions with reference to both body language and tone. (3)
15.8 Using EXTRACT J as a starting point, comment on the extent to which it would be justifiable for the audience to feel pity for Hale. (4)
[25]

TOTAL SECTION C:25
GRAND TOTAL: 80

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