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ghallahan | Monday November 02, 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 someone might think Ivy felt uncomfortable. [5] [5]

  • She is relieved to go
  • she is sleepy
  • she is awoken/made more alert by the noise of the train
  • she doesn’t have expensive gloves
  • her hands have chilblains
  • the gloves rub at her hands
  • she wants to hide her chilblains on her hands.

Do not accept

  • she is a girl
  • she is a poor girl/rich girl
  • she is asleep
  • she is wearing armour
  • anything from elsewhere in the text

Question 2

Read lines 7 -10 How does the writer show you the effect feeling unwell has had on Ivy?

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

  • The pattern of ‘ached’ ‘coughing’ ‘aching’ ‘cough’ creates a sense of a circular loop which Ivy is trapped inside.  Her illness is making her ill, and she is in a vicious circle.
  • Ivy feels unlucky/cursed ‘perverse misfortune’ ‘cruel’ it is unjust that she has fallen ill. Symbolic of how Ivy suffers because she is working for others and in doing so becomes ill- typical of working class to suffer at the hands of upper classes.
  • Ivy resents her illness ‘bitterly reflected’ implies that she resents the cause/regrets her decision to work there/feels aggrieved that this is how she fell ill.
  • Physically strained her chest ‘ached’, she has ‘suffered’ taken ‘strong medicine’, suggests hardship and discomfort.

Ivy’s chest ached from the long coughing fit she had suffered last night, but now it was the aching that caused her to cough.  This perverse misfortune struck Ivy as rather cruel, and she bitterly reflected upon the cause of her illness: she had been working for the Smyth family for only a fortnight before their cook fell sick- and then Ivy herself fell ill just two days after that. So followed a dreadful month of wakeful nights and strong medicine, and then her physician prescribed a month of sea air in Broadstairs.

Question 3


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