MODEL QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS
Based on the novel that you have read,write about a character that you admire for his/her caring
and positive characteristics.
In “The Curse”,the Old Lady who is feared and ________(1) by the villagers who believe
that she is ______(2) and a witch, is actually a warm and positive character. Only those who take the
trouble to know her will get to know this side of her character,like Azreen.
She is someone that Azreen turns to when she needs _______ (3)and advice. Azreen develops
a beautiful __________(4) with the Old Lady and she is the person that Azreen turns to whenever
there is a huge fight with her parents. Azreen __________ (5)in her and finds comfort in her
___________ (6). She speaks more ____________ (7) with the Old Lady than with her own parents.
For example, Azreen laughs for the first time since she came home from London as she catches up
with the Old Lady.
In her __________ (8) way,the Old Lady advices Azreen against fighting with anyone as
Azreen is __________ (9) to do so when she sees injustice. For example, she is ready to fight anyone
who harasses the Old Lady. In her wise manner, the Old Lady _________ (10) Azreen and tries to
help her understand why Madhuri’s murder needs to be covered up. She urges Azreen to
__________(11) and gave her own self as an example of someone who is able to forgive an
__________ (12) husband. As a result, the Old Lady is able to put her _____________ (13)
memories behind her, move on and be happy.
The Old Lady’s warmth and ____________ (14) encourages Azreen to turn to her when she
takes the blame for allowing the _______ (15) to escape which leads to her parents’ motorcycle
accident. Azreen even runs to the Old Lady after the fire __________ (16) that almost burnt down
Madhuri’s room and refuses to return home because she feels more comfortable at the Old Lady’s.
The Old Lady’s natural caring _____________ (17) makes her brave the scorn and
__________ (18) of the villagers and to enter the village to heal Mohd. Asraf’s grandmother. She is
able to withstand their rejection and __________ (19) because she knows she is doing the right thing.
Siti, Puan Kamsiah’s young daughter, is able to __________ (20) this caring nature in the Old Lady as
she notes ‘a look in her eyes that is kind and __________ (21).
solace unpleasant gentle wisdom confides inclined wrath
relationship characteristic evil generosity rejected contempt patient
motherly comfortably incident bull cautions abusive recognise
Based on the novel that you have read,explain what is it that drives some of the characters to believe
that they will achieve their goals eventually.
In “The Curse”,the characters hope that what they believe in will happen, even if it is
____________ (1). They are driven to persist in their acts even though their actions are
____________ (2) in society.
Mohd. Asraf and Madhuri are in ______ (3) and want to run away together when Asraf
decides to leave Kuala Lumpur for a __________ (4) course. Despite Madhuri being married, their
_________ (5) that they can be together makes them carry on their relationship. It drives Madhuri to
plan to _______ (6) everything to her husband, Haji Ghani and get his permission to release her. She
also plans to reveal to her parents about her ___________ (7) with Asraf. Unfortunately, Madhuri’s
father catches Madhuri and Asraf together in the __________ (8) estate and in anger, tries to
______(9) Asrafwith his parang only to _______ (10) at Madhuri and kill her.
The villagers are ________(11) into a web of rumours and anxiety when the village’s
______________ (12)announces that Madhuri’s murder has brought a curse to the village and disaster
will befall the village. When the Old Lady makes an ___________ (13) in the village to heal Mohd.
Asraf’s grandmother, the _____________ (14) villagers see her presence in the village as
_____________ (15) the curse or misfortune they are experiencing. Their superstitious belief drives
them to chase the Old Lady away that eventually leads to her death.
At the same time, Awang the bomoh aggravates the matter further. He drive to ward off the
curse by burning _________ (16) around Azreen’s house and odd things around the village set off
more fears. Madhuri’s ____________ (17) mother,also known as the crazy woman, blames
Madhuri’s adopted family for her death and wishes them ill. In her drive to wish bad luck on the
family, she steals one of their chickens, breaks off its neck and leaves it on their back doorstep. She
stalks them and eventually causes Saleh Abdullah to have a ____________(18).
In conclusion, we can see that some of the characters’ actions are driven based on
superstitions and ___________(19). These acts turn out to be fatalas they lead to __________ (20)
ends like the Old Lady’s death and Saleh’s heart attack.
emotions unacceptable plunged relationship appearance
biological forbidden kill intensifying gossipmonger
superstitious heart attack belief charms teaching
tragic strike rubber confess love
Based on the novel that you have read,write about the changes faced by any character of your
choice and how the character handles the changes.
In ‘The Curse’, Azreen shares a close ___________ (1) with her sister Madhuri when they
were children. When Azreen gets into trouble, for example, when she plays in the kitchen while
Madhuri is boiling vegetables and causes Madhuri to burn her fingers, she is __________ (2) by her
father. However,Madhuri tries to ________ (3) her.
However,as the sisters grow older, Azreen is constantly ___________ (4) to Madhuri.
Azreen notices that no matter what she does or says, she can never _________ (5) up against
Madhuri, the pretty and _________ (6) girl. Azreen remains the __________ (7) and more rowdy one
who gets invited to play with the boys in a hockey match. When everyone, especially her father starts
to __________ (8) Madhuri, Azreen’s feelings start to change. Unknowingly to her, she starts to hate
her sister. She quietly ________ (9) Madhuri for the ‘emotional damage’ she feels.
Things ________ (10) when Azreen is blamed for her parents’ motorcycle accident. The gap between
her and her father widens. Nevertheless, Azreen deals with all these developments in a
_____________ (11) manner. She continues to respect her father despite his __________ (12) and
also cares for her mother.
Azreen seeks comfort in the ___________ (13) whenever she feels upset or unhappy with her
parents. When she takes the blame for the motorcycle accident, she runs to the Old Lady as a refuge.
She draws ___________(14) from the Old Lady’s wisdom and ___________ (15).
Azreen finds that not much has changed between her father when she comes home for
___________ (16) death. However,she could only __________ (17) her loss following her mother’s
death. We see Azreen dealing with these recent _________ (18) in her life with her strength to
overcome. In the end, she learns to forgive her father and Madhuri after learning the __________ (19)
about Madhuri’s ________ (20) and death.
Write on a character that shows responsibility in her or his actions. Support youranswer with
evidence fromthe novel.
Based on the Novel “The Curse” by Lee Sue Ann, a character that shows responsibility is Mohd Asraf
as he is being shown as a _________ (1) grandson and cares about her grandmother.
Firstly, he takes care of Nek, especially when she is sick. Mohd Asraf is concerned about his
grandmother’s ______________ (2) health. He is willing to take leave from work as to take care of
responsible mourn beaten relationship Old Lady
Madhuri’s birth obedient shield coldness worsen
compared match changes stubborn favour strength
truth blames advice
his grandmother. In addition, Mohd Asraf’s effort to look for the cure for his grandmother further
______________ (3) that he is indeed a responsible person.
Secondly, Mohd Asraf wants to take Nek to the __________ (4) which she will get better medical
care and when offered with a _________ (5) course in Kuala Lumpur, he plans to take Nek with him
as he will get better medical care than staying in ____________ (6).
Thirdly, he gathers his strength and __________ (7) to face the Old Lady in his effort to cure his
grandmother. Not only he asks her to provide the __________ (8) medicine, but he also persuades her
to come to the __________ (9) and treat his Nek.
In conclusion, based on the evidences given above I would say Mohd Asraf is truly a responsible
person. He is __________ (10) to do anything for her grandmother.
Write on a character that is exemplary. Support your answer with evidence from the novel.
In the Curse by Lee Sue Ann, the character whom I think is exemplary is the Old Lady of the
forest. Throughout the novel, she shows ___________ (1) of character and wisdom.
When she first moves to the village as a newlywed, she is popular among the villagers and
she enjoys a _________ (2) marital life with her husband. Everything changes as her husband who
becomes an ___________ (3) and starts to abuse her and finally she retaliates and kills him in
_____________ (4). From then on, the villagers treat her like an _________ (5). She is forced to
move out of the village and makes an abandoned house her home. She gathers her strength and starts a
new life. She even grows her own vegetables and becomes self-sufficient. She lives alone for years
until she befriends Azreen and becomes her mentor and __________ (6) her whenever she has a fight
with her parents.
When Asraf approaches the Old Lady for help, she is _________ (7) about going back to the
village. Yet she agrees and doing so, she puts her life at risk. When she is trapped in the burning
house, she tells Azreen to save herself and she ___________ (8) in the fire. Even at death’s door, she
reminds Azreen about the importance of ____________ (9) and tells her to heed all the advice she has
The Old Lady is therefore an exemplary character as she is strong, wise and ____________ (10).
courage mainland Langkawi deteriorating filial
teaching herbal willing exemplifies village
forgiveness self-defence outcast strength blissful
hesitant alcoholic perishes honourable consoles
Based on the novel that you have read,write about an event that is most meaningful to you.
In ‘The Curse’, the event that I find most meaningful is when Azreen accepts the
________(1) to meet the Old Lady. She refuses to accept the common belief that the Old Lady is an
evil witch who kills her _________(2) and can turn anyone into a squirrel or a rat.
She bravely goes to meet the Old Lady and refuses to go away even when she is
_________(3) off. She comes back again the next day and the following day. She even tries to repair
the Old Lady’s __________(4) plot. Her persistence pays off and she manages to strike a
_____________(5) with the Old Lady. This event is also ____________(6) because Azreen signifies a
person who is brave enough to do what she believes in and to look beyond the surface to seek the
truth that the Old Lady is not _______(7).
Azreen find the Old Lady, a source of comfort and _________(8). She treats the Old Lady
like her mother, telling all her fears and ___________(9) to the Old Lady. In turn, the Old Lady
_________(10) her a ready ear,always guiding and advising her. She turns to the Old Lady when she
takes the _______(11) for the motorcycle accident that ___________(12) her mother. She runs to the
Old Lady when Madhuri’s room is burnt down to seek ______________(13).
In turn, the Old Lady advises Azreen to learn to be patient and be _________(14). She
cautions Azreen against ________(15) with everyone even if she feels it is right. She urges Azreen to
be patient about ___________(16) Madhuri’s death because the Old Lady knows that the result may
_______(17) a lot of people. Even as the Old Lady is ________(18),she urges Azreen to forgive.
Thus, I find the event in which Azreen meets with the Old Lady truly meaningful as it is an
act of ___________(19) and giving, and not ____________(20) anything in return.
Using details fromthe novel you have studied,state an event which you feel should not have
happened.Explain why you think the event should not have happened. Support your answer with
close reference to the text.
In the novel “The Curse” by Lee Su Ann, the event that I feel should not have happened is Madhuri’s
marriage to Haji Ghani. Madhuri was in love with ________ (1) and the feeling was mutual. They
would not have met in _________ (2) in the rubber estate if she was not a married woman. This could
have prevented her from being killed.
wisdom decisions husband expecting challenge paralyses
conversation sincerity chased vegetable solace fighting
lends blame dying evil hurt significant
I also think that the marriage had caused the relationship between ___________ (3), the first wife, and
Hj Ghani turned ________ (4) as soon as Madhuri became the second wife. Pn Fatihah felt that Hj
Ghani gave more attention to Madhuri as she was younger and more ___________ (5). They had their
first big argument. The argument was about Puan Fatihah stealing and ___________ (6) of Madhuri’s
things. This would not have happened if Madhuri did not marry Haji Ghani.
Puan Fatihah had also turned into a bitter and ____________ (7) woman after her husband married
Madhuri. She took the curtain brought by Madhuri to their home and went inside a room full of Hj
Ghani’s _____________ (8). She took out a ‘keris’ and ran the dagger through the curtain. She felt
satisfied looking at the _______ (9) fabric. She used to be a very nice and gentle person.
In conclusion, I feel that Madhuri’s ___________ (10) to Haji Ghani had broken 3 hearts,Madhuri’s,
Mohd Asraf’s and Puan Fatihah’s. This would not have happened if Madhuri did not marry Haji
Based on one event fromthe novel that you have read, write about the times when being positive
helps the characters. Describe the event with close reference to the text.
From the novel ‘The Curse’,there was a time when being positive helped a character in the
novel. The character is the Old Lady living in the jungle on her own. She was faced with many
_____________(1) in her life as the villagers seemed to have the _____________(2) that she was a
The Old Lady remained positive and let others think what they wanted of her and went about
her ways. People in the village also tended to __________(3) her in the streets. This could be seen
when she ___________(4) that she was there in the rubber estate when an Indian worker found
Madhuri’s body. However the Indian worker ran past her and almost ___________(5) her over when
he was trying to __________(6) the villagers of what had happened.
Being positive also helped the Old Lady when she first caught Azreen by the door. Azreen
took up a ________(7) by her ____________(8) that required her to meet the old witch in the woods.
She knew that children were making ________(9) of her and were really afraid of her. She played up
the role of a _________(10) by claiming that she was actually one who ate children. This did not scare
Azreen and who came back later to __________(11) the vegetable bed that she ruined when she was
running away the day before. The Old Lady remained positive and finally ___________(12) Azreen
into her house and offered her some curry that she was cooking.
The Old Lady remained positive and because of that became close to Azreen who was one of
the people that the latter could __________(13) with when she needed to have a talk with someone.
From the incident we could witness that the Old Lady was positive even when she was classified as an
____________(14) by the villagers branding her a witch. Because of her positive outlook, she
____________(15) a friend as she was one of the people that Azreen came to see after she came back
possession secret Pn. Fatihah disposing attractive
Mohd. Asraf marriage vindictive sour torn
witch misconception classmates gained challenges
knocked explained outcast alert allowed
avoid fun confide dare mend
Using details fromthe novel you have studied, describe what happens at the end of the novel.
Explain why you find the ending either happy or sad.Support your answer with close reference to the
I choose The Curse by Lee Su Ann. At the end of the story, Azreen lost ___________(1) that she
loved so for me this novel ended sadly. First, she lost her beautiful sister, Madhuri who was found
dead in the rubber estate. She immediately came back to her village from _________(2) but she was
denied the final goodbye when her father, En. Saleh did not ________(3) for her and buried her sister.
Next, she lost her beloved mother who died ________(4) days after Madhuri. Her mother was
already sick and her mental state was affected where she sometimes got __________(5)of the past
events. It is also very sad that she did not know that Azreen was not responsible for the accident that
Azreen lost her mentor, the Old Lady in the fire which almost cost her life if En. Saleh was
not there to pull her out from the __________(7) house. It was an accident caused by ________(8)
series of gossips and _____________(9)by the villagers led by Puan Normala. The Old Lady was like
her mother and and her best friend.
She also lost her father who succumbed to a ________(10) heart attack after he was surprised
by the crazy woman who came to him with his ‘parang’.
In conclusion, she lost everyone that she loved and had no reason to come back to her village.
That is why it is a sad ending to me.
Based on the novel you have learned which event is the most interesting event for you? Give reasons
for your answer.
I choose The Curse by Lee Su Ann. In my opinion, the most interesting event from the
novel is when Azreen first met the Old Lady.
Azreen first met the Old Lady when she was ___________ (1) by her friends to go to the Old
Lady’s house. The villagers believed that the Old Lady is an evil witch, so they _________(2) their
children to go to the Old Lady’s house. However,Azreen’s ________(3) and bravery led her to the
Old Lady’s house. As she called out for the Old Lady, her friends scampered and some even looked
very scared. When she met the Old Lady and the Old Lady asked her to go away,she did not think the
Old Lady was evil. After that day, Azreen kept going to the house until the Old Lady became
_________(4) with her.
paralysed malicious London discrimination everyone
burning confused massive five wait
In my opinion, this event is most interesting because after the day they became friends, the
Old Lady became the person Azreen talked to or turned to whenever she had ___________(5).
For instance, Azreen would go to her house whenever she got into _________(6) with her
father. The Old Lady would listen to her problems and ________ (7) her.
Apart from that, this event is the mostinteresting because from the Old Lady, Azreen had learnt to
_________ (8) the people who had done her wrong. For instance, Azreen had forgiven her father for
murdering her sister, Madhuri after understanding the _________ (9) of her father’s action. If Azreen
had not met and befriended the Old Lady, she might not have forgiven the people who had done her
wrong. As a result, she might not go back to ___________ (10) feeling free and feeling like a new
In conclusion, the most interesting event is when Azreen first met the Old Lady because of the
C. THEMES/LESSONS/MORAL VALUES
2) Write on the theme of forgiveness.
Lee Su Ann, the writer of the novel ‘The Curse’ had brought up many themes in her writing. One of
the themes that I liked very much in this novel is ‘forgiveness’ which was clearly portrayed in
As we know from the beginning, Azreen is a very ___________ (1),aggressive and stubborn
character but towards the ending of the story she had learnt to forgive others. Azreen was very much
influenced by the Old Lady who _________ (2) Azreen to learn to forgive others at the time of her
death. We can see very much that Azreen kept her promise when she forgave _____________ (3) who
had deliberately played with her emotions. All the while Azreen thought Asraf liked her but, Asraf
was actually falling for Madhuri and when he __________ (4) that to Azreen, she was speechless at
first. Azreen hid herself from Asraf by running away until she reached the cliff of the hills when
Asraf confessed his love towards Madhuri. But as time passed,her anger ________ (5)away slowly
and she forgave Asraf as the Old Lady had told to her just before she died.
Azreen too learnt to forgive her ________ (6) who murdered Madhuri. Even though she felt sad at
first but she did not feelangry or ____________ (7) at him but she realized that she had lost her only
father that she used to know as a very hot-tempered man. Slowly Azreen forgave her father but she
could not see him eye to eye so she left him alone and that was the time when Encik Saleh had a heart
attack and __________ (8). But if at all Azreen had not promised the Old Lady to forgive others, I do
not think that she would forgive her father for ___________ (9) Madhuri.
Azreen too forgave Madhuri for all the hurt and resentment she caused in Azreen’s life.
Azreen was _________ (10) of Madhuri’s beauty and genteel behaviour. She was the favourite
daughter. She also resented Madhuri as Madhuri was able to __________ (11) Asraf who eventually
fell in love with her. But, when Azreen discovers that Madhuri was __________ (12) and the truth
forgive curiosity fights London challenged
calm forbade reason problems friendly
about Madhuri’s murder at the hands of her own father,she feels nothing but pity for poor Madhuri .
Finally she forgives her sister, Madhuri.
Last but not least, Azreen also forgave Asraf and wished him ________ (13) from the bottom of her
heart when he left Langkawi to take a _________ (14) course in KL. When she read a note from him,
she did not feel ________ (15) but she smiled after reading the note and also questioned herself
whether she had learnt to forgive others. From Azreen’s character,I too learnt to forgive others in my
life if they hurt my feelings. Being ___________ (16) will not give us anything in life except the
From the evidence above, the theme of ‘forgiveness’ had been __________ (17) very well in this
novel through the protagonist, Azreen. I hope each and every human will learn to forgive others in
Based on the novel that you have read,give examples of what hope means to the characters that you
The novel I have read is The Curse by Lee Su Ann. Hope is the feeling of wanting something
you ________ (1) to come true. In the novel, Mohd Asraf and Madhuri are in love and they hope to be
___________ (2) whenMohd Asraf leaves for Kuala Lumpur for a teaching course.
However, Madhuri is married to ____________(3). She plans to confess everything to her
husband and get his permission to ________ (4)her. Asraf hopes that Madhuri is right that her
husband is a reasonable person who wants the best for her and she will ultimately be released from
her _________ (5). Madhuri also plans to reveal everything to her parents about their relationship.
Unfortunately, their hope of being together is _________ (6) when Madhuri’s father discovers the
truth before she could explain everything to him. Saleh Abdullah, __________ (7)
Madhuri and Mohd Asraf together in the rubber estate and he wanted to go after Mohd Asraf. Sadly,
as he wields his parang, it _________ (8) Madhuri and kills her.
Due to Mohd Asraf’s ailing ___________ (9), he forced himself to visit the Old Lady and ask her to
cure his grandmother. When she did come to his house, some of the villagers found out about it and
they think that all the bad __________ (10) happening around the village is due to her presence.
In addition, another character, Puan Fatihah feels like she is slowly losing her husband
after Madhuri’s death. She hopes to win his ____________ (11) again by cooking a breakfast feast for
him. But he did not appreciate her _______ (12) due to the many happenings in the village; instead,
he left without eating what she had cooked for him.
In conclusion, the novel helps us to see how hope drives different characters to do different things and
there are positive and negative consequences of their actions.
revengeful outspoken teaching father resentment jealous
admitted begged collapsed adopted melted Mohd. Asraf
portrayed murdering luck captivate angry
affections desire marriage grandmother Haji Ghani catches
dashed incidents together strikes deed release
“We should love our family members.”
How is this moral value shown in the novel that you have read? Support your answer with close
reference to the text.
In order to answer the above question, I would like to choose The Curse by Lee Su Ann. We should
love our family members.
This was shown very clearly in the __________ (1) and responsibility shown by Azreen’s
parents to their daughters, Azreen and Madhuri. They took care of those two with good care. For
instance, although Madhuri was _________ (2),but Encik Salleh and his wife loved Madhuri as much
as they loved Azreen. They took her from the rice field and raised her up like their own daughter.
They also made sure that Madhuri _________ (3) a good man like Haji Ghani. This is due to the fact
that Encik Salleh and his wife wanted Madhuri to be happy and lead a good life.
Apart from that, Encik Salleh also showed _________ (4) love towards Azreen. This can be
seen when he saved Azreen from danger three times. One of the times was when a ________ (5)
rushed towards the Old Lady’s house after Asraf’s grandmother died. During the riot, Asraf
accidentally __________ (6) the torch he was holding and as a result, the Old Lady’s house was on
fire. When Azreen entered the house to help the Old Lady, the Old Lady’s leg was _________ (7) and
she would not be able to help the Old Lady. Encik Salleh grabbed Azreen out and saved her just in
time before the Old Lady’s house __________ (8) on her during the fire.
Finally, we should love our family member is also shown by the relationship between
Azreen and her sister, Madhuri. They were very close with each other when they were small. They
always went out walking or cycling together around the village. They were ___________ (9). Azreen
would sit on the carrier at the back of the bicycle as Madhuri cycled to the market or post office to do
some chores for their busy parents. They would also cycle past the paddy field. Moreover, Madhuri
always protected Azreen whenever she was in trouble. For instance, when their father and mother was
mad at Azreen for stealing ____________ (10),she ensured that Azreen ate for dinner. In conclusion,
the events above proved that this novel showed that we should love our family members.
Based on the novel that you have read, write on the theme of ‘Mother’s Love’
The novel ‘The Curse’ by Lee Su Ann touches on many values that are useful in our daily lives. As
for me, I am touched with the value of mother’s love in this novel.
Azreen’s mother is forever seen talking nonsense since her ___________ (1)disease was becoming
worse. She was not given a name in this novel but always referred to as ‘Mak’. Azreen felt guilty
because she was the one who was _____________ (2) for her mother to lose one of her leg. Even
inseparable married dropped collapsed commitment
mangosteens adopted mob stuck parental
though, we know that Azreen admitted leaving the gate of the farm open but actually she was only
helping ___________ (3) from being blamed. Due to her act, her parents met with an __________ (4)
when her father’s motorcycle hit the bull. Azreen’s mother never hated Azreen for what
had happened and she always loved Azreen. She even told Azreen that it was not her _______(5)that
she lost her leg in the accident. This proves that ‘Mak’ was never angry towards Azreen and she
accepts what happened to her as ________ (6). This shows the true love that a mother has for her
child even though she is in _________ (7).
Another incident that showed how true a mother’s love is when Madhuri’s mother, the mad lady who
___________ (8) in the village and always watched over her daughter. Even though Madhuri was
raised by _____________ (9) and his wife from a baby, the mad lady always kept herself close to
Madhuri. She used to watch Madhuri and Azreen when they come back from _________ (10). This
shows that she still loved her daughter even though she gave in when her baby was lost. She knew she
could not _________ (11) Madhuri in a proper way so she just kept quite when Encik Saleh took the
baby and decided to raise the child. But as a mother, she still loved Madhuri and always sees how her
daughter is living with her ________ (12) parents from far. This is what we call mother’s love. Even
if the child is not with the real mother but she always pray for her child to lead a happy life and that is
why she took ___________ (13) against Encik Saleh who killed Madhuri.
From these two mothers, the readers are shown the value of love that a mother has for a _______ (14).
Both mothers in this novel are not normal in certain ways but their love for their children did not fade
but they loved their daughters very much in their own __________ (15) ways.
Write a lesson that you have learnt fromthe novel.
The Curse by Lee Su Ann has many lessons for its readers. One of the lessons, ________ (1) will be
known and secrets will not last forever. There are a few characterswho keep secrets and eventually
the secrets are __________ (2).
First, Mohd. Asraf and Madhuri. They were secret _________ (3). They planned secretly to
run away to _____________ (4). After Madhuridied followed by his grandmother’s death, he almost
lost his mind. Keeping his secret love was very difficult. He was easily ____________ (5) by Puan
Normala that his grandmother was __________ (6) by the Old Lady. That was the reason he burned
the Old Lady’s house causing her death. Finally, he realises his mistakes and comes to his
Second, En Saleh Abdullah, Azreen’s father. He was always proud of __________ (8).
Madhuri made him proud when she agreed to marry the village headman, Haji Ghani. When her
__________ (9) was discovered,Encik Saleh gets very angry and accidentally killed Madhuri. He
never tells anyone and until Azreen confronts him. Actually, he is ashamed because the daughter he
was really proud of, had an affair and tried to run away. He keeps seeing a ghost. He suffers a heart
attack and dies.
strolled fault different responsible pain Mohd. Asraf
En. Saleh fate revenge Alzheimer’s raise accident
child foster school
In conclusion, dark secrets only make life difficult. The evidence in the story has shown us
that. Any dark secrets we have may destroy our lives. We may lose the people we love. Always be
true to ourselves and do not take advantage of others. Always think before we ________ (10).
Based on the novel that you have read,what is the lesson that you have learned from the ending of
the novel? Give reasons why you think the lesson is important.
The novel I have read is The Curse by Lee Su Ann. In the novel, it ended with Azreen learning
the truth about a lot of things _____________ (1)her sister’s death. It was very sad for Azreen too
because she had to cope with the __________ (2) of the Old Lady and her parents. In the
epilogue, Azreen went back to London to continue her studies. It is important to note that in the
end, Azreen learned to forgive. The theme of forgiveness and the importance of the truth
___________ (3) throughout the ending of the novel.
I learned that forgiveness is the key to finding _________ (4) peace and strength. Somehow, it
helps a person to _________ (5) on despite having gone through negative situations. Azreen’s
character teaches us to be strong, bold and upright in order to withstand __________ (6) gossips and
to fight injustice like how she defended the Old Lady.
The same goes for Azreen when she returned to London. If she allowed ________ (7),anger and
other negative emotions to take over, those _________ (8) would have consumed her and made her
life worse. But because she learned to accept the truth and to forgive, she was able to smile at the end.
Although the truth was difficult to __________ (9) forAzreen,especially
about Madhuri and MohdAsraf, her father being Madhuri’s murderer, and how Madhuri was not her
real sister,Azreen managed to cope with all those _______________ (10) events.
From the ending of the novel, I learned that sometimes, although the truth may not be what
everybody wants to hear,it is always best to tell the truth because it helps people to find inner peace
and to be truly happy.
Using details fromthe novel you have studied,write about a theme that you can relate to in your
daily life. Give examples of the theme that you have chosen. Support your answer with close reference
to the text.
The novel I have read is ‘The Curse’ by Lee Su Ann. A theme from ‘The Curse’ is about the
negative effects or rumours and __________ (1). Gossip is basically idle talk that goes bad if one is
not careful enough but __________ (2) gossip is even more dangerous because it does the most
damage. For example, in the past, the villagers’ constant ___________ (3) had caused the Old Lady
to move to the jungle because they thought that she was a crazy woman who killed her husband in
cold blood. They failed to understand and consider the reason behind the act and it caused the Old
Kuala Lumpur Madhuri exposed senses truth
influenced affair poisoned act lovers
unfortunate vicious surroundings emotions resonate
hatred deaths handle move inner
Lady to live _________ (4) for the rest of her life in the jungle. The villagers continued to spread
wrong information about the Old Lady by saying that she will cast a _______ (5) or kill those who
trespass on her property.
Puan Normala warned that a curse will befall the village by claiming that the ________(6)
rain was caused by the Old Lady coming into the village even though she came only to cure
Nek,Mohd Asraf’s grandmother. She gathered some of her ____________ (7) and convinced them to
drive the Old Lady out of the village. Sadly, not long after the Old Lady had cured Nek, Nek passed
away and the neighbours convinced Mohd Asraf that the Old Lady was to be blamed. The
______________ (8) between them and the Old Lady ended tragically with her house being burnt
down and her untimely death.
Throughout the novel, we are constantly reminded of how ___________ (9) can turn bad
and how they can lead to destruction or a tragic conclusion. As stated by the Old Lady, “Rumours can
be ____________ (10) even if they are untrue, especially if they are untrue. All a person can do is to
ignore them and the rumours will die off as soon as another juicier one comes along.”
I have learnt from the theme in this novel that I should not believe or be influenced
by rumours in our daily lives. More importantly, I should also not create and spread rumours about
another person. These,we must apply in our daily lives.
Using details from the novel you have studied, describe how it has taught you to be a responsible
person. Give examples of how you learned to be a responsible person.
The novel I have read is ‘The Curse’ by Lee Su Ann. In the novel, we learn about
responsibility in terms of ___________ (1) before we speak and not spreading rumours. The gossipy
villagers spread rumours about Madhuri’s death and how it will bring a ________ (2) to the village.
Puan Normala begins to spread rumours by claiming to have seen Madhuri’s dead body and
_________ (3) blood. To make matters worse,she starts to link happenings like the endless rain and
_________ (4) to the curse. This only creates more fear among the villagers. Puan Normala and
her neighbours gossip and __________ (5) about everything. To top it all off, when the Old Lady is
sought after byMohd Asraf to treat his sick grandmother, the villagers gang up to chase her away
because they consider her evil as she had ____________ (6) her husband in the past. They feel that
she is the cause of the curse.
Sadly, due to the _____________ (7) villagers’ rumours at that time, the Old Lady becomes
the victim and she is labelled as a mad woman and a murderer. She was forced to leave the village and
had to live in a deserted house in the jungle. She is forced to come to the village again when
Mohd Asraf pleads with her to _________ (8) his grandmother. When his grandmother passed away,
the villagers were quick to accuse the Old Lady of _____________ (9) Mohd Asraf’s Nek and it was
enough to convince Mohd Asraf to confront the Old Lady at her house. When things got out of hand,
the house is burned down and the Old Lady _________ (10).
confrontation malicious neighbours alone rumours
gossiping hearsay incessant spell damaging
On the other hand, Azreen is a responsible person by the way she treats her __________ (11)
even though she feels that they love Madhuri more than her. She never receives her father’s warmth
as his daughter as much as Madhuri but being the responsible daughter that she is, she continues to
treat her father ____________ (12). Azreen also takes care of her mother who suffers from
Alzheimer’s till her mother’s death.
I have learned that I have to be responsible for my own actions. I should not
spread rumours nor cause harm to others without thinking carefully no matter what happens or
challengers I have to face. For being irresponsible, we can also cause harm to other people.
Based on the novel that you have read, describe an amusing,happy or sad incident. Give suitable
An amusing incident in the novel occurs when there is a combo silat-cum-boxing match during
_________(1) in Azreen’s school. A few boys are having fun at the back of the school building where
their teachers cannot see them. The ______________ (2) are required to fight within a square outlined
on the ground by a few school shoes. Despite being a girl, Azreen is eager to _____________ (3) the
best fighter. She finds herself in the square with a formidable male _____________ (4). Although
Azreen does not have any training in _____________ (5) arts,she has an ____________ (6)
knowledge in punching and kicking and ________________ (7) her way out of any fight. Azreen hits
her opponent as much as she receives. When pressed to the edge of the boundary, Azreen flails her
arms as ___________ (8) as she receives. Before she knows it, she hears a cry and a thud as someone
falls to the ground. Azreen has unfortunately hit a hapless _____________(9) standing too near the
boundary. The poor boy’s nose starts to ____________ (10) and he is in tears. There is a roar of
laughter from the spectators.
Based on the novel that you have read, do you find the novel interesting? Give suitable examples.
I find the novel ‘The Curse’ is interesting as it has its ____________ (1) and turns. It is
interesting enough to sustain the reader’s interest till the end. In the beginning, the reader
___________(2) why the death of Madhuri is rather ‘hushed’ up and filled with rumours and
_______________ (3). The villagers seem to be filled with unrest, thinking that a curse has been cast
on the village. They are suspicious of everyone in the village. The fear the rain, the _________ (4),
the reclusive Old Lady and even the bomoh, Awang.
irresponsible white parents murdered thinking treat
poisoning flood curse speculate dies respectfully
participants scratching spectator recess martial
challenge opponent madly bleed innate
It is interesting to note that the main character,Azreen is a __________ (5),tomboyish, bold
and fiery-tempered. She has been branded as ‘a troublemaker’ for being outspoken against bias and
rumour-mongering. However,Azreen stands out in being bold and outspoken against __________ (6)
on a number of occasions. She has to bear the pain of witnessing the death of her ___________ (7)
mother, the Mohd. Asraf’s sick grandmother, the Old Lady, and above all, her father. She learns of the
___________ (8) love affair between Madhuri and Mohd. Asraf,the murder of Madhuri by her own
father, and the death of the Old Lady caused by the villagers’ superstition and Mohd. Asraf’s
_______________ (9) action. To her, _____________ (10) is more important that self-preservation.
She also learns about the power of _______________ (11) from the Old Lady. In the end, she flies
back to England to ____________ (12) her studies.
There are a few lessons to be learnt from the novel. We learn that the power of forgiving will
help one _____________ (13) negative feelings. One should be ________________ (14) enough to
stand up against bias, injustice, superstitions and rumour-mongering which may cause unnecessary
fear and rash ____________ (15).
Madhuri Mohd. Asraf Azreen
Saleh Abdullah Hj. Ghani The Old Lady
Awang the Bomoh Pn. Normala Julian Ng
irrational injustice actions superstitions loyalty twists
courageous secret wonders forgiving rebel overcome
resume flood ailing