Oct/Nov 2009 - Solution of Question #14

14. Study the information and then answer all the questions (a – d) which follow.

You are entertaining a female relative and have decided it would be a good idea to spend an evening watching a film together. You subscribe to a film club from which you rent DVDs. Their recommendations on this occasion are as follows. (All the names that are mentioned are those of fictional actors and not the characters that they portray.)

A ‘The Platinum Bullet’ The target of a ruthless gang, Jimmy Pledge has to keep one step ahead and succeeds in having one hair-raising escape after another. Set in the gorgeous countryside of Kwarania, this is an action-packed thriller with a supporting cast of lovely ladies and rowdy ruffians.

B ‘No Room in the Ambulance’ A mysterious disease sweeps the township of Little Plunkett. Trainee nurse, Sabrina Chend, and consultant, Brad Lomarn, are drawn together as desperate remedies become their top priority. Does it all end with wedding bells or yet more funerals?

C ‘What a Mess!’ Accident-prone Saxon Folly is in danger of losing both his job as waiter at the Hotel Dilapidato and his fiancĂ©e, the delectable Zsa Tobar. His fate now depends on that most awkward of customers, Herbert Mol, who, on this occasion, happens to be Zsa’s guardian. A vintage cocktail of romance and knockabout comedy, this is Saxon Folly at his funniest.

When selecting one of the DVDs, you are aware of the following considerations.

  1. A few years ago, you were wrongly diagnosed when you had breast cancer.

  2. The relative who is staying with you once had an extremely unfortunate experience in a restaurant.

  3. You have always prided yourself on having strong nerves.

  4. Your relative has a great belief in faith healing and miracle cures.

  5. In real life, the actor, Brad Lomarn, has an unenviable reputation as a foul-mouthed gambler.

  6. There have been times in your life when you have had to be abnormally quick witted.

  7. A fortnight ago, you witnessed a collision between a car and a bicycle which resulted in serious injury.

  8. After leaving school 30 years ago, you failed to get into Kesowor Medical School.

  9. Your relative disapproves of sex, violence and strong language on the screen.

  10. A recent epidemic in your neighbourhood was halted in a most unexpected way.

  11. You have a good sense of humour, which was especially needed when your children were young.

  12. Now that you sleep alone, you sometimes have difficulty in getting off to sleep.

  13. You have run out of teabags.

  14. Your relative has fond memories of her childhood in Kwarania back in the 1940s.

  15. You need to get over rather a bad week at work.

  16. The father of your dead husband frequently found fault with your cooking.

  17. Saxon Folly, many years ago, answered your fan mail with a very charming letter.

  18. Your relative always lies down in the afternoon.

  19. The last film you watched starring Jimmy Pledge was much the same as the one before.

  20. Your relative has recently been successfully treated for arthritis.


(a) Give five pieces of evidence to suggest that in this exercise you are asked to react as a middle-aged widow. Quote the relevant information from the list above. Some of it may suggest that the person concerned is middle aged and some of it may suggest that she is a widow. [5]

The five pieces of evidence to suggest that I am asked to react as a middle-aged widow are:

  1. A person who left school 30 years ago should be a middle-aged person now.

  2. A person who now sleeps alone must be either divorced or a widow.

  3. The phrase “father of dead husband” clarifies that the person is a widow at present.

  4. Since breast cancer is more prone to middle-aged women she must also be a middle-aged person as she was diagnosed with the disease a few years ago.

  5. A person whose children are now grown-ups can be deduced as a middle-aged person.


(b) Which DVD are you most likely to watch with your relative? Restrict your discussion to the DVD you favour most and explain why its merits outweigh its drawbacks. Answer in about 100 words. [10]

I am most likely to watch ‘No Room in the Ambulance’ because my relative has faith in miraculous healing and as she watches this movie, she will empathise with her own victory over her arthritis and the strange ending of a recent epidemic. And although, I have bitter experience in the medical field by being wrongly diagnosed when I had breast cancer and by failing to get admitted to a medical school, I can still put up with the movie because I have strong nerves and a good sense of humour. Furthermore, my priority here goes to my relative and this movie will entertain her the most among the three alternatives.

[Word count = 111]

(c) Which DVD are you least likely to watch with your relative? Restrict your discussion to the DVD you favour least and explain why its drawbacks outweigh its merits. Answer in about 100 words. [10]

I am least likely to watch ‘The Platinum Bullet’ because although I have strong nerves and I am quick witted to watch an “action-packed thriller” movie, this movie features the same old Jimmy Pledge whose last two movies were boring. Also, since I sleep alone nowadays and don’t fall asleep easily, this movie can further complicate my problem with its disturbing contents. Moreover, even though my relative has fond memories of Kwarnia, she would strongly dislike the movie as it mainly features sex, violence and strong language, as suggested by “supporting cast of lovely ladies and rowdy ruffians”.

[Word count = 98]

(d) What sort of person is the female relative who is staying with you? Answer in about 100 words. [10]

My relative was a child of 1940s, so she is definitely an old person now. Also, we can infer that she has weak health, perhaps because of old age, as she needs to lie down in the afternoon every day. Since, she believes in faith healing and miracle cures, she is a very optimistic person. For her, the lack of allopathic treatment isn’t the end of the world. Also, as she disapproves of sex, violence, and strong language in the screen, she can be a stereotype of the people of older generation. Also, it can indicate that she might be an introvert or has psychological problems.

[Word count = 106]

Note: Up to an additional 15 marks will be available for use of English.

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