Organisation : Department of Basic Education
Exam : National Senior Certificate Examinations
Document Type : NSC Sample Question Paper
Subject : English Home Language P1
Category : Grade 12
Year : 2017
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Education NSC English Home Language P1 Question Paper
TIME: 2 hours
** This question paper consists of 12 pages.
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Instructions & Information
1. This question paper consists of THREE sections:
Section A: Comprehension (30)
Section B: Summary (10)
Section C: Language in context (30)
** Read ALL the instructions carefully.
** Answer ALL the questions.
** Start EACH section on a NEW page.
** Rule off after each section.
** Number the answers correctly according to the numbering system used in this question paper.
** Leave a line after each answer.
** Pay special attention to spelling and sentence construction.
Suggested time allocation :
Section A: 50 minutes
Section B: 30 minutes
Section C: 40 minutes
** Write neatly and legibly.
Section A – Comprehension
QUESTION 1: READING FOR MEANING AND UNDERSTANDING
Read TEXTS A AND B below and answer the questions set.
THE PSYCHOLOGY OF EXTREME SPORTS : WHY WE WANT THE THRILL
1. On 14 October 2012, more than 8 million viewers watched one event across the world, marking the biggest televised event to date. It wasn’t a presidential election, a royal wedding, or an Olympic ceremony; but the mere sight of extreme daredevil Felix Baumgartner risking his life by jumping from 40 kilometres above the earth.
2. Why such a bizarre event attracted millions of us is questionable. Why do dangerous activities like extreme sports excite us? What motivates us to participate in them? Why do we want the thrill? There are thousands of explanations for why we enjoy extreme sports. Going back to our innate needs and desires, however, the following are arguably some strong explanations of our attraction to risk.
3. Ethnologists1 explain fear as an emotional and bodily response that exists for the purpose of protecting us from danger. Naturally, fear motivates us to seek safety so as to survive stressful, life-threatening situations.
4. Perceiving risk positively can yield numerous (even survival) benefits for the individual and the group. The more you expose yourself to a risk, the more comfortable you become in handling the associated fear. The less time you spend on coping with the fear, the more time you have to make improved decisions.
The more we take risks such as walking across high bridges, the more positive our emotions become in handling fear and the better our reactions to them become. Seeking out fear and risk, then, play an important positive role in the survival of the human race.
5. Most extreme sports, whether skydiving or bungee jumping, have one very significant attribute in common – they are individual sports. In contrast to the team sports, you are on your own: your survival or death is all on you.
QUESTIONS: TEXT A
1.1 What point is the writer making in lines 2–5: ‘It wasn’t a presidential … above the earth.’? (2)
1.2 Explain what you understand by the phrase, ‘bizarre event’ (line 6). (2)
1.3 Account for the use of the rhetorical questions in lines 6–8: ‘Why do dangerous … want the thrill?’ (2)
1.4 Refer to paragraph 3. Discuss the apparent contradiction in this paragraph. (3)
1.5 How does the repetition of ‘more’ convey the main idea of paragraph 4? (2)
1.6 Discuss the tone used in lines 33–34: ‘In contrast to the team sports, you are on your own: your survival or death is all on you.’ (2)
1.7 Suggest why direct speech is used in paragraph 7. (3)
1.8 Refer to paragraph 8. Discuss the effects of risk-taking on people. (3)
1.9 Evaluate the effectiveness of the concluding paragraph. (3)
1.10 Discuss the impact that the visual image is intended to have on the reader. (2)
1.11 Critically discuss how the language used in this text reinforces its message. (3)
QUESTION: TEXTS A AND B
1.12 In your opinion, is TEXT B relevant to the information provided in TEXT A? Justify your response. (3)
TOTAL SECTION A: 30
Section B – Summary
QUESTION 2: SUMMARISING IN YOUR OWN WORDS
TEXT C highlights the fact that people-pleasing is a threat to achieving success. Summarise in your own words how an individual can attain success without being a people-pleaser.
1. Your summary should include SEVEN points and NOT exceed 90 words.
2. You must write a fluent paragraph.
3. You are NOT required to include a title for the summary.
4. Indicate your word count at the end of your summary.
TEXT C :
PEOPLE-PLEASING: A THREAT TO SUCCESS
There is a fine line between being kind and being a pushover. When you are too kind, you make your way through life by placating. This makes you vulnerable to being dismissed by others. People-pleasing occurs when you consistently change your position because you fear your natural thoughts will not be well received. But, instead of pleasing others to gain approval, simply expect to be treated with respect.
Why use pleasing to look perfect to others? When you are doing this, you are being fake. The greatest irony with people-pleasing is that it always produces results opposite to those which are intended.
Section C – Language Structures & Conventions
QUESTION 3: ANALYSING ADVERTISING
Study the advertisement (TEXT D) below and answer the set questions.
3.1 Account for the inclusion of ‘SINCE 1868’ beneath the image of the watch. (2)
3.2 Explain whether the illustration effectively conveys the advertiser’s intention. (2)
3.3 Comment on the inclusion of the statement, ‘Engineered for men.’ (3)
3.4 Refer to the written text: ‘Big Pilot’s Watch. … envious glances.’ Critically evaluate how emotive language and jargon are used to influence the reader. (3) 
QUESTION 4 : UNDERSTANDING OTHER ASPECTS OF THE MEDIA
Study TEXT E and answer the questions set.
TEXT E: CARTOON
QUESTIONS: TEXT E
4.1 Refer to FRAME 1. How does the cartoonist depict that the boy is unwelcome?(2)
4.2 Discuss the visual presentations of the boy in FRAMES 2 and 3. (2)
4.3 Examine the written text in FRAME 2. Explain how the cartoonist succeeds in conveying tone in this frame. (3)
4.4 Comment on how the cartoonist’s message is reinforced in FRAME 4. (3) 
QUESTION 5: USING LANGUAGE CORRECTLY
Read TEXT F, which contains some deliberate errors, and answer the set questions.
THE PERFECT CRUSH IS IMAGINARY OR DEAD
1. The first crush I had was on a cartoon bird. He was one of the vultures in The Jungle Book. The tall one, if you can say that a bird is tall. I thought he was incredibly cool. I liked his hairstyle and his perfectly flawless singing voice. He was superior to the other vultures in every way. Even at the age of five, I recognised my feelings for what they were. This is a crush, I told myself. Watch out, bird.
2. I thought, ‘These crushes are incomprehensible, the ones to which you can assign no sense or meaning.’
QUESTIONS: TEXT F
5.1 In line 1 the word, ‘cartoon’ is a/an …
D pronoun. (1)
5.2 Account for the use of the italics in line 2. (1)
5.3 Rewrite the following sentence in formal English: ‘I thought he was incredibly cool’ (lines 2–3). (1)
5.4 Remove the redundancy in the following sentence: ‘I liked his hairstyle and his perfectly flawless singing voice’ (lines 3–4). (1)
5.5 Rewrite lines 7–8, ‘I thought … or meaning’, in reported speech. (2)