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Monday, August 17, 2009

Potato People: More Notes and Exercises

Chapter 1 - Paradise

Chapter Overview.
In this chapter - Patrick’s dreams about food

Patrick Flynne, the sixteen year old orphan was very tired and hungry. He was up on an old oak tree where he could see Lord Egham’s grand house from afar. He spent the whole morning looking for food. And finally, he fell asleep. He dreamt that he was in Lord Egham’s house. In his dream, he was in the house with many rooms and one room had lots of delicious food. There was an enormous table overflowing with many kinds of luxurious food. Patrick was eating all this delicious food.

Suddenly, Mr Oswald Graystone appears with his two fierce Irish dogs. He was very angry when he saw Patrick. Patrick jumped onto the table and started to run. The dogs chased and barked after him. He ran towards the window, jumped into the air through the glass. He felt himself falling and falling when he suddenly woke up and realized where he was. He was actually falling out of the tree. He managed to hold on to some branches to stop himself from falling to the ground.

Chapter 2 - The Boy in the Tree

Chapter Overview.
This chapter is about:
- How Patrick would eat all sorts of things because of hunger.
- Patrick being the look-out for the village.

Patrick thought about food all the time. He had not had any food for three days. He was used to eating all sorts of things because he was hungry. He and Donnal, his friend had found a dead dog and ate it. They were sick for three days and nights. Donnal died but Patrick survived.

Patrick had an important job to do. He was the village-look out. He sits high on the oak tree to look out for Mr Graystone and his men. His job was to warn the villagers if he saw them coming. Patrick’s village was on a land owned by Lord Francis Egham. Lord Egham stays in London has been to Ireland only once. He employed Mr Graystone, a hard man, to look after his estate and collected the rents. For two years the people of Skullgoragh could not pay the rent as they had no money. Lord Egham ordered Mr Graystone to clear the land and replace the people with sheep. While he was watching some birds feeding on worms, Patrick saw a group of men from the hills walking towards the village. It was the British solders and not Mr Graystone’s men

ENRICHMENT EXERCISES

Rearrange the following sentences according to the sequence of events in the story.

1 Patrick falls asleep on a tree because he is so tired and hungry.
2 He is dreaming about eating all the delicious food in Lord Egham’s house.
3 Suddenly, Mr Graystone appears with his two fierce Irish dogs.
4 Patrick finds himself falling out of the tree.
5 Patrick is a sixteen year old orphan.
6 He and his friend Donnal ate a dead dog.
7 Donnal died but Patrick was sick for three days.
8 In his dream, he saw a long table filled with delicious food in the house.
9 Patrick would sit on the old oak tree and look out for Mr Graystone and his men.
10 Instead, Patrick saw British soldiers coming towards the village.
11 Lord Egham ordered Mr Graystone to clear the land and replace the people with sheep.
12 He ran towards a window and crashed through the glass.

Read the following statements. Write T next to the statement that is True and F to the statement that is False.

1 Patrick lives in a grand house.
2 He is used to eating all kinds of delicious food.
3 Mr Graystone caught him eating the food in his house.
4 Patrick managed to hang on to a branch to stop him from falling to the ground.
5 Patrick has not eaten for three days.
6 Patrick and Donnal were so hungry that they ate a dead dog.
7 Patrick died but Donnal survived.
8 Patrick was on the look out for Mr Graystone and his men.
9 Patrick’s village is owned by Mr Graystone.
10 The villagers could not afford to pay rent to Lord Egham for two years.

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Collection of SPM English Language Question Papers

2005
Terengganu Trial [Paper 1]

2007
Johor Trial [Paper 1] [Paper 2], Terengganu Trial [Paper 1] [Paper 2], Pahang Trial [Paper 1] [Paper 2] [Answers], Melaka Trial 2007 [Paper 1] [Paper 2], TIMES [Paper 1] [Paper 2] SPB [Paper 1] [Paper 2]

2008

Terengganu Mid Year [Paper 1] [Paper 2],
Trial
MRSM Trial [Paper 1] [Paper 2], SBP Trial [Paper 1] [Paper 2], Kelantan Trial [Paper 1 & 2], Terengganu Trial [Paper 1] [Paper 2], Kedah Trial [Paper 1] [Paper 2], Pahang Trial [Paper 1] [Paper 2], Johor Trial [Paper 1 & 2], Perlis Trial [Paper 1] [Paper 2], Sabah Trial [Paper 1] [Paper 2], Sarawak Trial [Paper 1 & 2], Melaka Trial [Paper 1] [Paper 2]

2009

Terengganu TOV [Paper 1] [Paper 2] Terengganu Mid Year [Paper 1] [Paper 2]
Melaka Trial , Johor Trial , Sabah Trial , Kedah Trial , Perlis Trial , Times , SBP , Pahang Trial [Paper 1] [Paper 2]

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