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Organisation : Department of Basic Education
Exam Name : 2020 November NSC/SC Examination Papers
Question Paper : NSC November Past Papers 2020
Website : https://www.education.gov.za/Curriculum/NationalSeniorCertificate(NSC)Examinations/2020NSCExamPapers.aspx
NSC/SC November Past Papers
NSC November 2020 Past Papers are available in the official website of Department of Basic Education.
1. This question paper consists of THREE sections
** SECTION A – Comprehension (30)
** SECTION B – Summary (10)
** SECTION C – Language (40)
2. Answer ALL the questions.
3. Read ALL the instructions carefully.
4. Start EACH section on a NEW page.
5. Leave a line after each answer.
6. Number the answers correctly according to the numbering system used in this question paper.
7. For multiple-choice questions, write only the letter (A–D) next to the question number in the ANSWER BOOK.
8. Pay special attention to spelling and sentence construction.
English Question Paper
Section A : Comprehension
Read BOTH TEXT A and TEXT B and answer the set questions.
Text A :
1. The Collins Dictionary defines ‘Etiquette’* as: ‘The customs or rules governing behaviour regarded as correct or acceptable in social or official life’. This is related to how people behave in a particular group or in a specific setting.
2. When you show consideration for others, you display good manners. For example, speaking to other people sitting at the dinner table at a party is good manners. Writing a message or e-mail to the hosts of the dinner party the next day, expressing your gratitude for being invited, is polite. This would most likely lead to you being invited to their next dinner party.
3. Good manners have their origins in ancient history. For instance, it may be seen as hygienic to cover your mouth when yawning. However, centuries ago the act of yawning was believed to be the soul leaving one’s body, allowing evil spirits to enter.
The belief was that covering the mouth kept the soul inside the body. The habit of saying ‘Bless you’ when someone sneezes dates back to the time of Pope Gregory the First.
He commanded that anyone who sneezed should be blessed in case they had contracted the plague, which was a deadly disease at that time.
1.1 Refer to paragraph 1.
Which ONE of the words below means the same as ‘customs’, as used in this context?
1.2 Refer to paragraph 2.
1.2.1 What is meant by ‘consideration for others’?
1.2.2 Using your OWN words, explain why it is important to express gratitude to your hosts for being invited to their dinner party.
1.3 Refer to paragraph 3.
1.3.1 Give an antonym for the word ‘ancient’.
1.3.2 State TWO beliefs in this paragraph that may not be relevant today.
1.4 Refer to paragraph 5.
1.4.1 What do the words, ‘address adults with a certain level of formality’ (lines 20–21), suggest about the relationship between children and adults in African society?
1.4.2 Quote a SINGLE word which means the same as ‘offensive’.
1.5 Refer to paragraph 6.
1.5.1 Why does the writer refer to Kenya and Nigeria?
1.5.2 Why does the writer conclude paragraph 6 with a question?
1.6 Refer to paragraph 7.
Explain why the following statement is FALSE.
A poor understanding of etiquette across different cultures only affects one’s relationships with others.
1.7 Refer to paragraph 8.
1.7.1 Explain the findings of Commiceo in lines 40–43 (‘… has found that … interpreted very differently’). Use your OWN words.
1.7.2 Explain what is meant by clock-watching.
1.8 Refer to paragraph 9.
1.8.1 Give TWO reasons why speaking loudly ‘may be viewed as a positive quality in the Western world’.
1.8.2 Do you agree with the writer’s views in lines 49–51 (‘Therefore, instead of … behaviour and actions’) of this paragraph? Substantiate your answer.
1.9 Discuss the suitability of the title, ‘MANNERS MATTER’.
Text B :
1.10 Identify the percentage that is spent on fast food by the average South African household. (1)
1.11 What do the statistics suggest about the amount of money that is spent on education when compared to the expenditure on clothing and footwear? (1)
1.12 Why do the illustrations of wallets with arrows in the circle appear in this text? State TWO points. (2)
1.13 Discuss whether a bar graph would be more effective in conveying the statistics for average South African household expenditure. (2)