Tuesday, May 14, 2013

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Sample Answer (Step by Wicked Step)

Compare and contrast 2 characters from a novel you have studied. With close
reference to the text, give reasons to support your answer.

I choose the novel Step by Wicked Step, written by Anne Fine. I am going to
compare and contrast Claudia and Pixie. There are similarities and
differences between them which can be observed clearly throughout the
story.

First of all, Claudia and Pixie share similar fate where their parents are
divorced and their fathers live with another women. Claudia's father lives
with his girl friend named Stella. Sometimes Claudia spends her time with her
dad and Stella even though she hates Stella. She refuses to enjoy her stay
with her dad out of loyalty to her mother and she also ignores Stella. In
Pixie's case, her father marries Lucy who has two daughters, Sophie and
Hetty. Pixie hates her step sisters. Her father promises that she would have
her own room whenever she stays with them but later her step sister, Hetty
moves into her room after having a fight with Sophie. This really makes her
mad and she tries many ways to get rid of Hetty. Life is miserable for both
Pixie and Claudia.

However, the biggest difference which can be observed between Pixie and
Claudia is that they have different approaches in dealing with their problems.
Claudia is fair and sensible. Even though she hates Stella, she does not blame
the lady for her parents' break-up. She is more gentle in her actions. For
example, at the dinner party, she thinks that the guests are rude for not
appreciating Stella's hard work. She realizes that ignoring Stella would not
help solving matters between her parents. Feeling sorry for Stella, she
decides to help her get accepted by showing off the green pyjamas which
Stella has given to her.

On the contrary, Pixie is more aggressive in her actions. In order to get Hetty
out of her room, she creates stories that her room is haunted and when that
fails, she tries to irritate Hetty by asking her to help with her maths. Finally,
she tries the silent treatment on Hetty and that makes the girl tell Lucy
everything. When Lucy confronted her, Pixie refuses to submit but instead
she stands up for herself and expresses her feelings. She hates to pretend
that her family is normal and she could not accept strangers as family.
However, after they both pour out their frustration, things become better for
them.

In a nutshell, Claudia and Pixie have both similarities and differences
between them. I learn many lessons while reading the story about them and
the other children in this novel.

Sample Answer (Step by Wicked Step)

Based on one of the novel that you have studied, write about a memorable
event and how the event affects one of the characters in the story. Support your answer with close reference to the text.
I choose the novel Step by Wicked Step written by Anne Fine. The memorable
event from the novel is the honest conversation between Pixie and her
stepmother Lucy. I think that the conversation is important because it affects
Pixie's life.

First of all, I think that the conversation is important because Pixie has a
chance to tell the truth about her feelings. Pixie tells Lucy that she hates to
pretend that their family is normal. It is hard for her to accept strangers as
family. She dislikes her stepsisters. When Hetty moves into Pixie's bedroom
after quarreling with Sophie, Pixie is very angry. She tries many ways to get
rid of Hetty.

Apart from that, I think that the conversation between Lucy and Pixie is
important because Lucy also gets a chance to express her feelings towards
Pixie. Lucy hates being a step mother. It is very hard for her to take care of
someone else's child. Lucy is angry when Pixie when Pixie tries to get rid of
Hetty from her bedroom.

Last but not least, I think the heart to heart conversation is memorable
because it improves the relationship between Pixie and Lucy. They
understand each other better. at the end of the conversation, they are crying
and hugging each other. After that day, their relationship becomes better and
they are more like a normal family.

In a nutshell, I think that the honest conversation between Lucy and Pixie is
memorable because it improves the relationship between Pixie and her step
family. I learn many things from this novel.
Sample Answer (Step by Wicked Step)

Sample Question:

What is the most important moral value that you have learnt from the novel
you have studied? With close reference to the text, give reasons to support
your answer.

I choose the novel Step by Wicked Step written by Anne Fine. The most
important moral value that I have learnt from this novel is honesty. There are
many examples which show the importance of honesty throughout this novel.
First of all, we can see that in this novel, parents are not being honest to their
children. They do not tell their children what is happening between them.
This causes the children a lot of stress and worry. For example, Lilith Harwick
does not tell her children that their father is dying. We see how distressed
Richard is when guessing the truth about his father's condition. When Colin's
mother decides to leave Colin's dad and move up north, she does not explain
the reason to Colin. Colin does not like his new life and misses his dad a lot,
but his mother does not seem to be aware of how he felt.

Apart from that, the parents' lack of honesty makes the children keep their
thoughts and feelings to themselves. This is bad because it may cause the
children to take the wrong action. For example, Colin stops talking about his
dad to his mother, but plans to run away to find him one day. However, when
parents are honest about their feelings and open up to their children, their
relationship will get better. This can be seen in the case of Lucy and Pixie.
After they burst out and tell each other their true feelings, their relationship
improves a lot. Pixie respects Lucy and Lucy gives Pixie time and space to
adapt to her new family.

In a nutshell, honesty is the most important moral value that can be learnt
from this novel because it helps to heal and rebuild relationships in the
family. I hope everyone can practice honesty in their lives.

Sample Answer (Step by Wicked Step)
Sample Question:

Choose a character that you admire from a novel that you have learned in
Form 5. With close reference to the text, give reasons to support your
answer.

I choose the novel Step by Wicked Step, written by Anne Fine. The character
that I admire is Claudia. There are many reasons why I admire her very
much.
First of all, I admire Claudia because she is a gentle person. Listening to
Richard's sad story, makes her weep. Besides, she is loyal to her mother. She
tries not to sound too happy when speaking to her father because she does
not want to hurt her mother's feeling. She rejects Stella and refuses to enjoy
her time with her father out of loyalty to her mother. She knows that her
parents break-up is serious even though her mother sounded cheerful.

Apart from that, I really admire Claudia because she is a fair and sensible
person. She does not blame Stella for her parents' break-up. At the dinner
party, she thinks that the guests are rude for not appreciating Stella's hard
work. She realizes that ignoring Stella would not help solving matters
between her parents. Feeling sorry for Stella who is being ignored by the
guests, she decides to help her get accepted by showing off the green
pyjamas which Stella gave her.

In a nutshell, the character that I admire from Step by Wicked Step is Claudia
because she is gentle, loyal, fair and sensible. I think we could learn a lot
from her character.

Analysing the Characters in Step by Wicked Step
Claudia
Claudia is a gentle person. Listening to Richard's sad story, makes her weep.
She is loyal to her mother. She tries not to sound too happy when speaking to
her father because she does not want to hurt her mother's feeling. She
rejects Stella and refuses to enjoy her time with her father out of loyalty to
her mother. She knows that her parents break-up is serious even though her
mother sounded cheerful.
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Claudia is a fair and sensible person. She does not blame Stella for her
parents' break-up. At the dinner party, she thinks that the guests are rude for
not appreciating Stella's hard work. She realizes that ignoring Stella would
not help solving matters between her parents. Feeling sorry for Stella who is
being ignored by the guests, she decides to help her get accepted by
showing off the green pyjamas which Stella gave her.


Analysing the Characters in Step by Wicked Step

Richard Harwick

Richard is a loyal person. He is too loyal to his father that he becomes so
angry with his mother for betraying his father's memory by marrying
Coldstone. He hates his stepfather and calls him a black bat. He also thinks
that his sister is disloyal for getting along with their stepfather. He refuses to
listen to his sister's advice to make peace with their stepfather.
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Indulging too much in his own grief, Richard becomes an irresponsible and
thoughtless person. Feeling that no one cares about his feelings, he runs off
to the sea and explores the world. Disappearing without a word, Richard has
caused his mother and sister much grief. He does not even realize the
damage that he has done to these two people who really love him until it is
too late.


3 comments:

joyce said...

real helpful..thnx

joyce said...

thnx alot real helpful..

Chee Fung Gue said...

thx q for the note