Option 1

Expository essay
Write an expository essay of 500 words or more on ONE of the following topics
1. At the beginning of Market blues, Sam thinks mostly about himself. By the end of the novel’ he thinks much more about other people.
HOW does this change occur?
2. Discuss which life was hardest:

· Sam’s present-day life
· Sam’s 1900 life
3. Sam’s present day life was badly affected by gambling but by the end of the story, knowing about gambling proves an asset.
Discuss this opinion.

Option 2

Short answer
questions
Complete ALL questions from this section.

  1. Select 4 characters (2 from the past and 2 from the present) from this list of characters. Write a paragraph on each of them, describing their appearance, what they do and their personality: Elehni (Sam’s mother), Dave (Sam’s father), Sam, Tony, Yao (friend), Krystal (sister), the 1900 friends, Flea/ Mick, Curly, Bridie and Spud
  2. In two paragraphs, summarize the story.
  3. Why didn’t Sam get along with his mother at the beginning of the story? (one paragraph)
  4. Sam earns money in two different ways in 1900. Explain (one paragraph)
  5. When Sam accidently shoots Boots he changes Boots’ life forever. Explain (one paragraph)
  6. Sam’s friend Spud was only a boy but he wanted to go to the Boar War. Explain why he wanted to do this. (one paragraph)
Revision for the exam
Expository essay: What should be in the introduction and body paragraphs?
What should the "close" include?
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  1. Sam’s life
Difficulties he faces in the present
Difficulties he faces in the past
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Dave, Sam and gambling
Find 3 paragraphs that talk about Dave’s gambling problems. Try to get a range of perspectives on this problem.
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Find 3 paragraphs where Sam gets involved in gambling in 1900.
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What item does Sam take back to 1900 to help him to change history?
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Why does Sam want to earn a lot of money from gambling in 1900?
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How successful is he at gambling?
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Does Sam’s plan for the gambling money work?


Sam and his relationships with other people
How does Sam get along with his mother and father?

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How does Sam get along with people at school?

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Who does Sam blame when anything goes wrong?

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What does this say about the sort of person he is?

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Who is Bridie and what sort of life does she have? What does Sam think of her?

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Who is Flea and what sort of life does he have? What does Sam think of him?

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How do Sam’s relationships change as a result of his experiences in the past?

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Short answer questions:

Sam and the people in his life



Appearance
What they do
Personality
Sam



Tony



Vicki (Sam’s mother)



Dave (Sam’s father)



Tao



Curly



Flea/ Mick



Bridie



Spud




1900 and the Boer War
1. Re-read ch 29 The Queen’s Soldier
2. How did ordinary people feel about the war?
3. Why did Spud want to become a soldier?
Sam and his effect on his friends
1. How does Sam end up shooting Boots?
2. What happens after the Boots is shot?
3. Does the boy’s leg ever mend properly?
4. How does that bullet end up changing Boots’ life?





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