Literature-In-English Paper 2, Nov/Dec. 2014  
Questions: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Main
General Comments
Question 8

Examine the role of Sharks in the development of the plot.


Most of the candidates that attempted this question gave a plot summary of the text instead of stating how the Sharks led to the development of the plot.

The following points were expected from the candidates:

  • The old man’s purposefulness and improvisation skills are shown as he endeavours to beat off the attacking Sharks.
  • His improvisation skills would not have been brought to the fore had the Sharks not come.
  • His determination to fight the Sharks is shown despite the fact that he is ill equipped.
  • The loss of the fish does not dampen the old man’s sprit, thus, he is making plans to go to sea again.
  • The Sharks contribute to Manolin’s resolve to be with the old man always.

Candidates’ performance in this question was poor.

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