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WJEC Eduqas & Edexcel GCSE English Literature Silas Marner Sample Response

Shirley Bierman | Tuesday November 19, 2013


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The extract reproduced below, for the purposes of this sample paper, will be the same one for both Edexcel and WJEC/Eduqas but there will be different questions to reflect the assessment objectives per specification; these will be in a similar layout to those in the sample papers for each board on their websites: Edexcel, WJEC Eduqas. Further sample exam questions can be found in our Assessment Packs in Guide Navigation.

You should use the extract below and your knowledge of the whole novel to answer this question/s – the extract has been taken from Chapter 12 when Eppie suddenly appears in Silas’s house.

Gold! – his own gold – brought back to him as mysteriously as it had been taken away! He felt his heart begin to beat violently, and for a few moments he was unable to stretch out his hand and grasp the restored treasure. The heap of gold seemed to glow and get larger beneath his agitated gaze. He leaned forward at last, and stretched forth his hand; but instead of the hard coin with the familiar resisting outline, his fingers encountered soft warm curls. In utter amazement, Silas fell on his knees and bent his head low to examine the marvel: it was a sleeping child – a round, fair thing, with soft yellow rings all over its head. Could this be his little sister whom he had carried about in his arms for a year before she died when he was a small boy without shoes or stockings? That was the first thought that darted across Silas’s blank wonderment. Was it a dream? He rose to his feet again, pushed his logs together, and throwing on some dried leaves and sticks raised a flame, but...

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