Liberal Studies Practice Paper (for beginners)

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  • 1. DSE 2015 LS INTRO TEST Name Date INTRODUCTORY TEST LIBERAL STUDIES Question-Answer Book (40 minutes) This paper must be answered in English Question No. Score 1 (a) INSTRUCTIONS /4 1 (b) /6 1 (c) /8 (1) This paper consists of three questions. Answer ALL questions. (2) Write your answers in the spaces provided in this Total Question-Answer Book. Do not write in the margins. Answers written in the margins will not be marked. (3) Supplementary answer sheets will be supplied on request. Write your Name, Secondary Level and mark the question number box on each sheet, and fasten them with string INSIDE this book. (4) No extra time will be given to candidates for filling in answers and question number boxes after the ‘Time is up’ announcement. (5) Candidates are reminded that this subject emphasizes the ability to present and support points of view in a clear, concise and logical manner, rather than the ability to recall facts. © 2013, Timothy Wong, All Rights Reserved /18
  • 2. Liberal Studies (prepared by Timothy Wong) Introductory Test / p.2 Consider the following information. Source A The landfills at Ta Kwu Ling (Northeast), Tuen Mun (West) and Tseung Kwan O (Southeast) are expected to hit capacity by 2019. The government argues there is no alternative to expanding them until a planned incinerator, tied up in a legal challenge, can be built. Environment minister Wong Kam-sing said Hong Kong would be "surrounded by rubbish" if the HK$8.9 billion expansion, planned since 2003, did not go ahead. Sai Kung district councillor Christine Fong Kwok-shan, who represents Tseung Kwan O, said they might lodge a judicial review if the government did not call off the plan. Residents want the landfill closed permanently, saying the smell could be overwhelming and affect their health. Chan Yuen-han, from the Federation of Trade Unions, urged the government to withdraw the plan. Source B A group of environmental scientists have issued a joint statement to support a government plan to expand landfills to solve the city's mounting waste problem, warning that local interests blocking the scheme will ultimately make Hong Kong a "joke" to the world. "We feel deeply anxious and worried that the discussions on landfill expansion have dwelled on local interests. The severe challenge to solve the waste problem is neglected," the statement, signed by 56 scholars from different universities and three environmental groups. (Adopted from South China Morning Post, 2013/06/18, edited) Source C (Proposed Landfill extension sites, adopted from South China Morning Post, 2013/05/26) Answers written in the margin will not be marked. Do not write in the margin. Do not write in the margin. (Adopted from South China Morning Post, 2013/05/27, edited)
  • 3. Liberal Studies (prepared by Timothy Wong) (a) Describe the stakeholders’ views on the issue mentioned in Source A and B. Introductory Test / p.3 (4 marks) Do not write in the margin. Do not write in the margin. (b) How does the planned action of the government in Source A affect the Quality of Life of the inhabitants nearby? (6 marks) Answers written in the margin will not be marked.
  • 4. Liberal Studies (prepared by Timothy Wong) Introductory Test / p.4 (8 marks) Do not write in the margin. Do not write in the margin. (c) What can the Hong Kong Government do in order to delay the saturation of landfills? Answers written in the margin will not be marked.
  • 5. Introductory Test / p.5 Do not write in the margin. Do not write in the margin. Liberal Studies (prepared by Timothy Wong) Answers written in the margin will not be marked.
  • 6. Introductory Test / p.6 Do not write in the margin. Do not write in the margin. Liberal Studies (prepared by Timothy Wong) END OF PAPER Answers written in the margin will not be marked.