2011 EXAM FORMAT

Marks allocation for the literature component:

Poem 5 marks
Novel 15 marks
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Total 20 marks

Note that candidates will only be tested on NOVEL and POEMS.

Complete Guide: QWERTYUIOP

Complete Guide: QWERTYUIOP

Here's an extract:

Write about one of the characters that you like in the short story,

QWERTYUIOP.

Miss Broome

Miss Broome was old Mr Bannister’s secretary for forty-three years. She typed letter by letter and she hated the young girls who touch-type without having to look at the keyboard. According to Harry Darke, the young girls gave Miss Broome “the push”. When her boss retired her after forty three years, she had no place to go, for the office was her home and the job was “all she lived for” (p25). Thus whenever a new girl came to work, her ghost which haunted the typewriter would scare the girl until she was too frightened to continue. Sure, Miss Broome was angry and vicious at first...

Complete Guide : The Curse

Complete Guide : The Curse

A Comprehensive Guide to The Curse

Here is an example from the Guide:

CHAPTER 3

In this chapter we are introduced to Puan Kamsiah and her daughter, Siti. We are also introduced to Datuk Zulkifli and Datin Sharifah, who are Azreen’s foster parents; they are sponsoring Azreen’s studies in London. We also introduced to Puan Normala and Noor, her daughter. Noor and Siti are classmates.

Siti conveys to her mother what Noor has been telling her classmates that Madhuri has been murdered. Puan Kamsiah feels that the ‘wicked woman’(p12) Puan Normala is spreading ‘malicious lies’ (p12) about Madhuri and ‘the poor girl isn’t even properly laid to ground yet!’ (p12) When Siti quotes her mother’s description of Normala as ‘a slimy cobra with a three-forked tongue’ (p12), it gives us a hint of the character of Normala: She is, in fact, a busybody and the village gossip.




Guide to GULP and GASP

Guide to GULP and GASP

Complete Guide: STEP BY WICKED STEP

Complete Guide: STEP BY WICKED STEP
Yes, the most comprehensive guide on Ann Fine's Step by Wicked Step to help you prepare for your SPM English 1119 Exam is out. Chapter by chapter analysis with lots of explanatory notes to explain the plot, theme, and characters of this loving & touching story. Page references are given to save you the trouble of having to locate important texts and quotes.


Complete Guide to Poems

Complete Guide to Poems

Sample Question and Answer

What does it mean when the poet says but on their brows there was not a sign of despair?

It means that despite the difficult situation they were in, they did not show any sign of hopelessness.


Saturday, July 24, 2010

Writing Your Essay : Paragraph Unity

Supposing you are writing an essay on "How I Relax Myself". Here's a paragraph written by a student. One of the sentences should not be there because it is out of place: it does not contribute to the unity of the paragraph. A paragraph is unified only when the points of the paragraph support the topic sentence or main idea of the paragraph. Rewrite the paragraph by removing the irrelevant sentence.

When I am in my garden, I feel relaxed. I like to sit in my garden and read a book or magazine while having a cup of tea. I love to look at the different flowers such as hibiscus, bougainvilleas and heliconias. When I look at them, all my worries and anxieties just evaporate. I also relax by watering the plants in the mornings and evenings. I also find it relaxing cutting the grass and pulling out the weeds every fortnight. My mother also likes to relax in the garden. Sometimes I like to watch the insects that are in my garden. My garden also attracts squirrels and birds because of the fruit trees. Watching them is also relaxing even though they are eating some of my fruits.

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