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Edexcel GCSE English Language Edusites Practice Paper One

Richard Gent | Sunday April 06, 2014


Paper 1: Fiction and Imaginative Writing

Section A: Reading Text Insert

Time: 1 hour 45 minutes


Read the text before answering the questions in Section A of the question paper.


  • Use black ink or ball-point pen.
  • Fill in the boxes at the top of this page with your name, centre number and candidate number.
  • Answer all questions in Section A and ONE in Section B.
  • You should spend about 1 hour on Section A.
  • You should spend about 45 minutes on Section B.


  • The total mark for this paper is 64.
  • The marks for each question are shown in brackets.
  • Use this as a guide as to how much time to spend on each question.
  • Questions labeled with an asterisk (*) are ones where the quality of your written communication will be assessed
  • You should take particular care on these questions with your use of vocabulary, spelling, punctuation and grammar, as well as the clarity of expression.



  • Read each question carefully before you start to answer it.
  • Check your answers if you have time at the end.


SECTION A – Reading


Read the text in the Reading Text Insert provided and answer ALL questions.

You should spend about 1 hour on this section.

Write your answers in the space provided.


Question 1

  • In lines 3-6 identify the phrase by which Lizzie justifies her trade as a smuggler.


Question 2

  • From lines 7–10 give two ways in which the writer shows that Richard Stockdale is unhappy about Lizzie’s smuggling.
  • You may use your own words or quotations from the text.


Question 3

  • In lines 27-50: “But why should you belong…..love for ‘ee.? how does the writer use language and structure to show Lizzie’s defense of her ‘trade’ as a smuggler?
  • Support your views with reference to the text.


Question 4

  • In this extract, the writer shows a clear clash of views between Lizzie and Stockdale.
  • Evaluate how successfully this is achieved.
  • Support your views with detailed reference to the text.

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