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2015 WASSCE (NovDec) English language Paper Two – Essay
1. Your brother who has just entered boarding school has written to you complaining about the difficulty he has adjusting to life there. Write a reply, advising and encouraging him.
2. Write an article suitable for publication in a national newspaper on the effects of drug abuse on the youth.
3. As the president of your youth club, write a letter to your District Chief Executive requesting for two basic amenities and stating why they are urgently required.
4. As the senior prefect of your school, write a speech to be presented to the Parent-Teacher Association on the need for the Association to provide facilities for extra-curricular activities for the students.
5. Write a story ending with the statement: At that moment, I wished I had been more serious with my studies.
BELOW ARE SOME GUIDELINES THAT IF EMPLOYED AND REMEMBERED SHOULD AID THE STUDENT CONSTRUCT A GOOD ESSAY.
• TOPIC SENTENCE : Main Concept Of The Paragraph
• THESIS STATEMENT: Clear And Coherent Statement That Answers The Question Posed.
• SUPPORTING EVIDENCE: Evidence That Supports The Concept In The Thesis Statement.
• PAPER FORMAT AND GRAMMAR: The Essay Should Have A Beginning Middle And An End. It Should Also Utilize Proper Grammar Including Punctuation, Spelling Subject And Verb Usage.
John was certainly not cheerful. This was not his first interview with a prospective employer. Ever since taking his B. A. Degree, he had knocked on many doors unsuccessfully. Either there was no vacancy or he was not the man for the job. What hope had he of getting one? And he was poor and getting poorer. His father had died long ago. But for an uncle, he would not have been able to study for his degree. Now the two of them – mother and son – were alone in the world. His mother’s sight was failing; needle- work had placed too great a strain on it. Even if she were able to turnout as good and as much work as she used to do before, it did not mean much in wages. He must secure a job at any rate.
After another three weeks of disappointment and frustration, he came across an old schoolmate who told him that there was an advert on the college notice board for the position of a driver, a receptionist and a laborer. His schoolmate however made it clear that he was not going to apply for such jobs.
Away from his friend, john decided to apply for one of the jobs. Back home, he wrote application letters for all three positions and submitted them at the security post as stipulated. A week later, he received an invitation letter to appear for an interview the following Saturday. It was for the position of a labourer.
On that fateful morning, he took his bath, dressed up and said goodbye to his mother. In the waiting room, he met other applicants for the interview,which had been slated for 9:00 am. After three hours, nobody appeared to interview them. Some of the applicants got impatient and started speaking sarcastic remarks about the interview panel. At 12:30 pm everyone, except John, had left. At exactly 1:00 pm, two gentlemen and a lady entered the waiting room and John immediately got up and greeted them. They responded and walked into a room adjacent to the waiting room. A few minutes later, the lady called John in. the man in the middle , who John later discovered to be the Managing Director of the company, skimmed through the document before him. Then he looked up and said, ‘Because of the character in you, you have offered the position of Assistant Secretary in this company and you should report for work tomorrow, at 8:00 am. Good luck’.
a) Why was John not cheerful?
b) …….. he had knocked on many doors……..
What does this expression mean?
c) Who helped John in life and why?
d) What hope had he of ever getting one?
What literally device is used in this expression?
e) What was the attitude of the other applicants?
f) How would you describe John’s character?
g) ……… which had been slated for 9:00 am?
i. What grammatical name is given to this expression as it is used in the passage?
ii. What is its function?
h) For each of the following words, find another word or phrase which means the same and which can replace it as it used in the passage,
a. He was not cheerful because he had not been able to secure a job Or
He attended many job interviews without success.
b. It means that he had made many attempts to secure a job.
c. His uncle helped him earlier in life because his father had died.
d. Rhetorical question.
e. The attitude of the other applicants was one of impatience or frustration or anger.
f. He was resilient or tenacious or patient or respectful or
He had some sense of humility.
g. i. it is an adjectival or relative clause
iii. it modifies or qualifies the noun ‘interview’.
h. i) certainly – obviously, evidently, clearly, surely, undoubtedly
ii) failing – weakening, fading, getting weak
iii) stipulated – stated, demanded, required, specified, set down, directed, instructed
iv) sarcastic – caustic, satirical, unpleasant, disrespectful, unfavorable, biting,
v) Adjacent – next, close, next door
vi) skimmed – flipped, glanced, looked, ran, scanned, flicked, quickly read
Our children are our heritage. For those who are interested in building family businesses that last for generations, children are a vital link to the next generation. it is crucial that we determine upfront what the vision of our family is and our vision of success. If a family knows where it is going, it will take steps to actualize its vision. If the children are not carried along in the family vision, they may pull down whatever the parents are building. Success without a successor is ultimately failure.
In this age of materialism, it is important for us parents to adopt new methods to update ourselves in training our children, rather than holding on to the same old ways of our own parents. For instance, gone are the days when parents merely admonished their children to get good grades in order to get good jobs. This is no longer enough as manu graduates go back home to depend on their parents due to the high rate of unemployment which has hit the country like a deadly virus. As a result of this, it is pertinent for us to teach our children to be financially independent. A child who has poor money management skills will be reduced to living from hand to mouth and will sometimes fall back on the parents for survival, even if he or she has a good job.
Nowadays, employees can no longer afford to consume all their income and hope to depend on their pension benefits because in the current circumstances, these benefits may not adequately support them in retirement. Even companies that still maintain benefit plans are feeling the heat. It is therefore important that parents teach their children how to save and invest rather than leave their financial future to people they do not know and market forces they cannot control.
In the same vein, children have to be taught how to hold tight their purse no matter how enticing the advertisement of a product may be. Although in practical terms man’s want are unlimited, children who are conscious of their spending, in the long run, become financially stronger than those who spend frivolously.
Parents should not also turn their children into mere consumers by giving them the impression that all they own or work for, will eventually be passed on to them. For example, there should not pamper their children by building houses for them, taking care of their families or taking up their day to day financial responsibilities. In homes were this has been the case, children have been known to grow up lacking any initiative of their own and contentedly waiting to inherit their parents wealth and businesses. In many cases, such inherited businesses go to ruin.
Children should be taught how to be financially disciplined because for parents who are struggling financially, supporting adult children becomes a drain on their finance.
a) In five sentences, one for each, summarize what parents should do to make their children financially successful.
b) In one sentence, summarize the consequence which parents who fail in this responsibility have to face.
a) i) Parents should prepare their children to succeed them.
ii) They should teach their children financial independence.
iii) They should teach their children how to invest towards retirement.
iv) Parents should teach their children not to spend frivolously or recklessly or
lavishly, Or They should teach their children how to acquire their own property.
v) parents should teach their children not to depend on inheritance,
They should teach their children how to acquire their own property.
b) The children remain dependent on their parents , Or
Parents have to support their adult children.