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The following questions are based on Passage One and Passage Two.

You should spend about 40 minutes answering the questions in this section.

First, read Passage One. This is an extract from the diary of a painter, Magaret Mee, who is exploring the Commented [ZK1]:
Amazonian rainforests in Brazil.

Now answer the following questions:

1. (a) Why is the writer travelling into the rainforest on this particular night?

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(b) What sort of transport is she using?

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2. Look again at the first four paragraphs. List four creatures or animals that the writer either sees
or hears.
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3. Which sources of light enable the writer to see the moonflower as she paints?
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4. In your own words, give three reasons why the writer is so amazed and spellbound by the
moonflower as it opens. Refer to line 23 to 31 only.

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5. Select two extracts from the passage (each one up to a maximum of twelve words) which you
think bring the writer’s experiences to life. In each case explain how the language is so
successful in doing this.

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Now read Passage Two, an encyclopedia entry describing the first sea voyage around the world,
and answer the following questions:
6. (a) Which two aspects of the voyage made it a success?

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(b) Which two important aspects of the voyage do you find negative or sad?

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Now consider both passages.
7. Although both of these passages are about explorers, they have been written in very different
ways. Explain which one you prefer and why, commenting on any important differences you
have noticed between them. You should include comments on the language and the language
and style of the passages in your answer.
You should use your own words as far as possible, but you may include brief quotations to
support your answer. Remember to comment on both passages.

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