CLASS ASSESSMENT 1A Emily of Emerald Hill How to answer Passage Based Questions correctly and obtain maximum marks for your efforts
FOR PASSAGE BASED QUESTIONS 1. READ THE QUESTIONS ALWAYS 2. READ THE TEXT TO BE FAMILIAR WITH IT 3. STICK TO ANSWERING WHAT THE QUESTION WANTS 4. LAY YOUR CLAIM CLEARLY 5. SUPPORT YOUR CLAIM WITH EVIDENCE AND EXPLANATION
1. How seriously does The first Emily go about part of the question preparing for which you must Richard’s birthday answer. party? Your answer should include any The second TWO pieces of part of the question which you evidence from the must answer. given extract. [3 marks]
Question 1 (3 marks)Emily is very seriously preparing for Richard’sbirthday party. She has especially placed a birthdaycake order with the patisserie at Adelphi Hotel,probably an expensive hotel. She wants themessage on it to be written as “Richard – manyhappy returns of the day.” and asks for twentycandles. She also informs the person in charge thatshe is collecting the cake personally the nextmorning. She has to make sure that Richard’sbirthday cake is made to her demand. She alsotelephones her friend, Bee Choo, to remind her tocome attend Richard’s birthday party and dinner.
2. Emily tells Richard (lines 27 – 28), “I know all your Background plans when I make my Information arrangements”. How First part of the question does her comment make you feel about her control over Richard? Give an explanation to your answer. Second part of the question [2 marks]
Question 2 (2 marks)I feel that Emily controls Richard too tightly giventhat he is going to be twenty soon. At that age, Iwould have expected Richard to be enjoying a lotmore personal freedom, especially since he is ayoung man and not a young woman, in terms of howhe would like to use his personal time. Instead,Richard seems to have his personal movementsmonitored by his mother quite closely. This tells methat Richard’s movements are either too predictableor restricted and there are limits to what he can orwant to do. All this may be due to Emily’s controlover him.
3. Emily tellsRichard (lines 37 –38), “All I want is foryou to be a good Background Informationboy and make meproud of you.” Howdoes Emily ensurethat Richard wouldmake her proud?2 marks The main part of the question
Question 3 (2 marks)Emily ensures that Richard “wouldmake her proud” by making sure thather son does as she demands of him.In this case, she does not want him toinvite undesirable “samseng” friendslike Chong Soo Boey because he is notthe kind of friend she wants Richard tohave. Emily uses emotionalblackmailing to make sure Richardobeys her and so “makes her proud”.
4. How does Emily on the one hand, show her concern for Richard’s happiness while on the other hand, fail to allow Richard to be happy? Explain fully with evidence to support your answer. [3 marks]
Question 4 (3 marks)On the one hand, Emily makes a lot of effort andspends a great deal of time to prepare for Richard’stwentieth birthday. Her motherly love is shown bythe way she personally attends to his birthday cakeorder and party preparations and how she decideswho to invite to his party and dinner. She wants herson to have good and proper friends and notundesirable ones. However, she controls her son’smovements and his time by reminding him that sheis aware of when he is free or not free to do thingstogether with her. She also expects Richard to obeyher orders and Richard is not allowed to pretend that“he does not care what she is saying to him”.Richard is expected to be at her beck and call eventhough at almost twenty, he is quite mature.