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Eduqas GCSE Language C1 Reading and Creative Prose Writing Breakout Mark Scheme

Richard Gent | Sunday November 01, 2015

Categories: KS4, WJEC Eduqas GCSE, WJEC Eduqas GCSE English Language 2015, Component 1: 20th Century Literature Reading and Creative Prose Writing, Component 1: 20th Century Literature Reading and Creative Prose Writing Assessment Pack, Component 1: 20th Century Literature Reading and Creative Prose Writing Schemes

Question 1

Read lines 1-6 List five reasons why the narrator thinks Tom Baker didn’t know what he was doing.

  • He was nearly illiterate
  • He was a drunk
  • He was a cheap crook
  • He would steal from his granny and say she swindled him; (two marks- one for each)
  • He bust his fists in his first week
  • He mistakenly thought he was more intelligent than he was
  • He spent more time in solitary than his own cell

Do not accept

  • he is a man
  • he is pathetic
  • he is a liar
  • anything from elsewhere in the text

Question 2

Read lines 7-12 How does the writer show you why the protagonist was reluctant to get involved?

You must refer to the text to support your answer, using relevant subject terminology where appropriate. [5]

  • ‘rotting’ implies he hates prison, he sees his life as wasted there, does not want to risk not being released.
  • ‘chump’ ‘damn plan’ ‘goddamn stupid plan’ implies he has no respect for Tom and thinks it is unlikely that they will be successful.
  • Use of rhetorical question to imply that he does want to be free, but it is ‘foolish’ to think breaking out is the way to get out.
  • He sees the people involved in the plan are just doing it to be ‘liked by the likes of Tom Baker’ perceives their motives to be not entirely driven by release.  To them this is a game etc

And I didn’t want to be part of the break out anyway.  If anyone had asked me (and they should have- seeing as I was a damn picklock before I got shut in here), then I would have told them to go on moseying down the corridor and knock on some other sucker’s cell, cos I sure as hell wasn’t going to miss out on my early release taking a gamble on a damn plan of Tom Baker’s.  No sir.  I been rotting in here since 1933, and it’s 1967 now, and I ain’t gonna be in here a day longer than I have to.  I ain’t no chump, and I ain’t so desperate to be liked by the likes of Tom Baker that I’m risk my release to help them in their goddamn stupid plan.  Do I...

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