No point teaching children something unless there's an exam at the end of it, is there?

June 1971, Ordinary Level


Three hours
(Questions 1 and 2 are compulsory. Answer TWO others. Be gentle.)

1. Read the following passage carefully, and answer the questions below:
When the ****** descends on the *********** the pressure within the ******* is rapidly reduced; also, as the *********** past the sideways position, the leverage is reduced so that, beyond a certain point, little useful *** is being done. Advantage is taken to increase ********* by arranging for the ****** to open before the **** reaches bottom dead centre, so that the remaining pressure assists in expelling the ****** from the ******. The latter process is known as **********. Finally, in order to encourage the rapid influx of fresh *******, the ******* is opened before the end of the ******** stroke, so that the outgoing **** of ******* creates a follow through effect. To complete the *******, the ****** is not closed until a little after top dead centre. It will be noted that for a short period both **** and ****** are open simultaneously, and this is known as **** overlap. The ***** and ***** are shaped to reduce the tendency for the incomng **** to escape via the ******.
i. How does the author keep up your interest?
ii. What influences, literary or otherwise, can you trace in the style?
iii. Can you fill in the asterisks?
iv. Does the passage now seem an accurate account?
v. Could you describe it in your own words?
vi. Would you he surprised to learn that it was taken from The Penguin Car Handbook, p. 34?
vii. Why ?
2. Write an essay of not more than five hundred words on ONE the following:
i. What I did in the holidays OR What I'm going to have to do about it.
ii. A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.
iii. "Choose thou whatever suits the line: call me Sappho!" (S. T. Coleridge)/td>
iv. "Pat a-cake, pat-a-cake, baker's man,
 Bake me a cake as fast as you can;
 Pat it, and prick it, and mark it with B,
 Put it in the oven for baby and me!''
v. My favourite form mistress OR My favourite mistress's form.
3. "Oscar Wilde was a great writer but a bad queen." Discuss.
4. According to Macaulay, Catherine the Great of Russia frequently entertained young subalterns on the sideboard. Will you draw the sideboard, and answer any THREE of the following by marking the details on your sketch?
i. When the Seven Years' War broke out on August 29, 1756, what was Catherine the Great's position?
ii. Do you consider her to have been too close to the bookcase?
iii. Was the candlestick a "heroic gesture that all but succeeded" (Bruckner) or a "tactical error of the first magnitude" (Waliszewski)?
iv. When Vasili Mirovitch attempted to restore the imprisoned emperor Ivan Vl in 1764, how did Catherine come between them?
v. How often?
vi. Where was the fifth riding-boot, and whose was it?
5. Answer any TWO of the following:
i. Tom is taller than Maureen, but shorter than Mary. Mary is shorter than Arthur, but thinner than Jim. Freda is fatter than Jim, but taller than Tom or Arthur or Eric. Eric is twice as fat as Mary, but shorter than Freda or Horace. Horace prefers Jim to Maureen, but Maureen prefers Arthur and Eric to Tom. Tom prefers May to Freda, but Eric to Maureen. Jim is left-handed. Draw a diagram in which everyone in bed is happy.
ii. Two vans are approaching one another. Van A is travelling at 30 mph, van B is travelling at 45 mph, and the vans are nine miles apart. In the back of van A are Maurice and Beryl, who normally reach a satisfactory conclusion after 8 minutes 7 seconds. In the back of van B are Herbert and Winifred, who normally take 6 minutes 8 seconds. What will be the distance between the two vans when
(a) Maurice and Beryl finish?
(b) Herbert and Winifred finish?
iii. Edward is fifteen years younger than his father, but two years older than his sister and one year younger than his twin brothers. The sum of the ages of their mothers is the same as the age of their paternal grandfather, which is two-and-a-half times that of their father. How old is their father?
6. Find the odd man out in the following groups, illustrating, where necessary, the reasons for your choice:
i. Troilus and Cressida, Dido and Aeneas, Abelard and Eloise, Mr. and Mrs. Jilly Cooper.
ii. T. E. Lawrence, T. E. Shaw, J. H. Ross, Peter O'Toole.
iii. Parkinson's Disease, Reiter's Syndrome, Bell's Palsy, Portnoy's Complaint, Todd's Paralysis.

Another high school boy thing. Nuff said.