Monday, April 22, 2013

Sample essay Literature PMR -The Railway Children” by Edith Nesbit




Sample Question 1:
Based on one of the novels you have read, choose a character that you admire. Give
reasons for your choice.

Sample Answer:

I refer to the novel “The Railway Children” by Edith Nesbit. Among all the characters
in the novel, the character I admire the most is the old gentleman because he is kind,
helpful and generous. He travels regularly on the morning train and sees the children
waving to him. He opens up to them readily when they need help. When Bobbie
writes to him for help to get better food for their sick mother, he gives generously.
Again, when Bobbie approaches him for help to investigate the truth
about her father, he tells her that he will do his best and he has high hopes that
things will turn out well because he believes in her father‟s innocence. In the end he
is also rewarded when his only grandson, who is injured during a paper-chase, is
rescued from the train tunnel by thechildren.
When he learns of this, his generosity ensures that the children have a
comfortable life with their mother. He gets the family a housemaid and a cook while
his grandson stays with the family. He eventually helps to get the children‟s father
released.

Sample Question 2:

Based on one of the novels that you have chosen, write about an event that has
taught you a very important lesson.

Sample Answer 2:
I refer to the novel “The Railway Children” by Edith Nesbit. An event which
has taught me a lesson is the rescue of the „hound‟ in the red shirt. Upon realising
that the boy has gone into the train tunnel and has not emerged while all the others
have, Bobbie, Peter and Phyllis immediately run into the tunnel to search for him.
They brave an oncoming train passing through the tunnel. They finally find the boy,
hurt and unconscious.
They manage to wake him up. Peter and Phyllis run off to get help while
Bobbie bravely accompanies the boy in the dark and tries to make him as
comfortable as possible. Bobbie then firmly decides that they will take the boy, Jim
home to their mother.
This event has taught me a very good lesson about taking initiative.
The children are very observant when they notice that Jim has not emerged from the
train tunnel. They act immediately to look for him in case he is lying injured
somewhere. They find him and naturally take him home to be nursed by their mother.3

Sample Question 3:

Based on one of the novels that you have chosen, write about your favourite theme.

Sample Answer:
I refer to the novel “The Railway Children” by Edith Nesbit. My favourite
theme is about showing initiative. First of all, as Bobbie, Peter and Phyllis realise that
things are different for them now after their father is taken away, they try to make life
easier for their mother by being good. The first thing they do is to get up early the first
morning in their countryside house to prepare breakfast for her.
They are quick-thinking and always take the initiative to solve a
problem or crisis when it arises. They try to stop an approaching train by themselves
when they realise that there will be a disaster if the train is not warned about the
landslide by the railway track. They run quickly Into the tunnel when they realise that
the „hound‟ in red shirt has not emerged from the tunnel during the paper-chase. The
children also discover that Perks has never celebrated his birthday and they get the
villagers to participate in their birthday plan for Perks.
The children take to their new environment in the countryside because they
are energetic, spirited and have a lot of initiative. They do not need to be told how to
behave. They are proactive.


Sample Question 4:

Based on one of the novels that you have learned, write about the relationship
between two characters. Give evidence from the novel to support your answer.

Sample Answer:
I refer to the novel “The Railway Children” by Edith Nesbit. I would to describe
the relationship between Bobbie and her mother. Bobbie is the eldest child and feels
responsible for her mother and her siblings. She is always sensitive to her mother‟s
needs and she senses that her mother must be lonely because she has no one to
talk to about their troubles. When they first wake up in the morning in their new
countryside home, she is eager to make life easier for her mother by getting
everything in order in the house. Bobbie acts like an adult when their mother is sick.
She looks after her during the day and night.
Bobbie and her mother have a special relationship. When she reads
about her father being jailed, she confides in her mother and says nothing to her
siblings. Bobbie shares a rather special relationship with her mother because she is
the eldest and feels the responsibility of being the eldest child.4

EXERCISE 4
Based on one of the novels you have read, write briefly on a character that you would
like to be.
EXERCISE 5
Based on one of the novels you have read, write briefly on a character that you would
like to have as a friend.
EXERCISE 6
Based on one of the novels you have read, write briefly on the moral values .
EXERCISE 7
Based on one of the novels you have read, write briefly on a lesson you have learnt.
EXERCISE 8
Based on one of the novels you have read, write briefly on the values you have
learnt.
EXERCISE 9
Write briefly on one of the themes in the novel you have studied.
EXERCISE 10
Write briefly on the theme of friendship in the novel you have studied.
EXERCISE 11
Write briefly on the themes in the novel you have studied.
EXERCISE 12
Based on the novel you have read, write briefly on a place that you find interesting.
EXERCISE 13
Based on the novel you have read, write briefly on the setting.
EXERCISE 14
Based on the novel you have read, write briefly on a memorable setting in the novel.

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