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From the novel you have studied, what is the most important lesson you have learnt?

Support your answer with close reference to the text. GUIDELINES Name the novel and the author that you have chosen Think of a lesson you have learnt after reading the novel State the characters and the hardships they go through that have an impact on you Explain how the story affects you Use evidence from the novel to support your answer SAMPLE ANSWER From the novel Catch Us If You Can by Catherine MacPhail, an important lesson I learnt is to be persistent and determined when facing challenges. Often, persistence leads to better results than losing hope easily. Two characters in the novel, Rory and Granda, handled challenges with determination. Rory knew that he must be strong and determined in order to withstand the rigours of the escape. There was never a time he felt like giving up and turning in to the police. It was the strong sense of perseverance that helped him bear all the hardships. It was the same with Granda. When things got difficult, he was even more persevering even though it was hard for a man his age to be on the run. He knew he needed to be strong so that he could be together with Rory. The escape got very arduous and tough at times. The police were always after Rory and Granda. There was a wide TV coverage on them. But Rory and Granda were determined to pull through. They knew they would be together and not be separated as long as they continued to run. From the way they went through their escape, I learn that challenges should be dealt with determination. One must not easily give up hope and accept defeat. As long as one has the chance, one must keep on going till success is met.

From the novel you have studied, write about the plot of the story and state what you think of the plot. GUIDELINES Name the novel and the author that you have chosen State the main characters and the important events in the story Give a brief summar y of the story Give your opinion of the plot of the story SAMPLE ANSWER Based on Catherine MacPhails novel Catch Us If You Can revolves around a teenager, Rory, and his grandfather whom he calls Granda. Rory and Granda are on an escape adventure from their hometown to Liverpool because they do not want to be separated from each other. They have cared for and looked after each other for a long time and with Granda getting on in years and becoming forgetful, Rory takes over the responsibility of looking after Granda on his own initiatives. One day, when their flat caught fire due to Grandas carelessness, both Rory and Granda are placed in a childrens home and an old folks home respectively. Granda is badly affected as he becomes withdrawn and lost. Rory knows that Granda is slowly dying in Rachnadar, so he decides to run away with Granda. Rory and Granda make the great escape but with no destination in mind. They only want to be free and to be together. They spend a few happy carefree days at the caravan site. When the police catch up with them, Rory and Granda are helped by Sammy who gives them shelter. Their journey is a struggle to stay free. Strangers help them all the way, giving them shelter and making safe plans for them. Rory has doubts about whether he is doing the right thing. All doubts are dispelled as Granda looks happy even when he is exhausted. Eventually, Rory decides they would travel south to Liverpool and look for his father, Jeff McIntosh. Granda objects and rages about this when he realizes what Rorys plans are. The climax of the story is when Granda almost loses his life in the cold bus shelter. After that, they end up in Liverpool. It is a happy ending as they meet up with Jeff and become a family again. The plot runs in chronological order. The reader can follow Rory and Grandas interesting and sometimes heartbreaking journey from their hometown to their final destination. Rory as the narrator projects a solid account of their thoughts, feelings and gives good descriptions of the setting. The approach makes it easy for the reader to understand and appreciate the story. I think the plot is simple and relevant to our society where young people tend to forget their obligations to the old.

Who is the most interesting character in the novel that you have studied? Give reasons to support your answer. SAMPLE ANSWER In the novel Catch Us if You Can by Catherine MacPhail, I think Granda is the most interesting character in the book. Reading through the novel, I found out that he was a caring and kind grandfather to Rory. The fact that Rory was to return the favours implies that Granda must have been a good man and good grandfather. His love for Rory is absolute. Also, Granda finds it hard to bear that Rory has to be in a home and wants to get out of hospital to take Rory home. This shows how much he cares for Rory. Granda is also a charmer. It is because he easily compliments others especially women not only for the looks but also for their talents as he praises Ruby for her cooking. All the times he remains the perfect gentleman, like opening the door for the young mother at the clinic. Other than that, he is quite a fascinating character. He knows a lot about films and film stars. His love for movie stars makes him even name his son and grandson after some film heroes of his time. Also, he loves singing and has no inhibitions about singing some old songs, however badly, in front of others. With all the above, I believe that Granda must be an interesting and remarkable man.

HERE ARE 3 IMPORTANT EVENTS. 1. Granda throws Rorys homework One day, Granda absent-mindedly throws away Rorys homework and keeps rubbish in Rorys bag. Rory is not angry. He knows Granda does not do it on purpose. What does this event tell us? Rory a patient boy loves his Granda so much that he understands his Grandas condition. Theme love, family relationship, Lesson learnt we must love the elders and be patient with them 2. The Separation, Rory is sent to Castle Street and Granda to Rachnadar After the fire at the flat, Rory is sent to Castle Street and Granda to Rachnadar. Rory is not happy. Granda does not like to stay there and he is upset and cries. Rory sees Granda sitting on his bed and crying at Rachnadar. It breaks his heart . Granda and Rory cannot live without each other. Rory decides to run away with Granda What does this event tell us? Rory loving, responsible, cannot live without Granda Theme love, family relationship Lesson learnt we should love our family and be responsible

3.The Great Escape Rory plans the Great Escape. Darren suggests hiding in his mothers caravan. Rory carefully carries out his plan. He packs his and Grandas things. He visits Granda after school, as usual. He wedges open the emergency exit. Later that night, he sneaks into Rachnadar and takes Granda away from there. What does this event tell us? Rory a brave boy, a person of action, loving, responsible, cannot live without Granda Theme challenges of growing up and coping with responsibility

Lesson learnt we should be brave to face challenges in life and do what we think is right

INTERESTING PART
In the novel Catch Us If You Can by Cathrine MacPhail, the part that I like most is the great escape Rory plans the Great Escape for three days after Darren suggests hiding in his mothers caravan. He gives Rory the spare key to the caravan. Rory carefully carries out his plan. He packs his and Grandas things. He visits Granda after school, as usual. He wedges open the emergency exit. Later that night, he visits Granda and prepares Granda by dressing him up and then tells him that he is getting out of the home. Rory takes Granda away from there while Val is having coffee with the nurses. Both of them successfully sneak out through the emergency exit and out to a quiet train station where they are not noticed. They arrive at the train final stop and go uphill in a fine drizzle and then up a long winding path that leads to the caravan site. I like this part the most because it shows that Rory is a loving boy. He loves his Granda so much that he could not stand looking at his granda crying and feeling sad staying at Rachnadar. Because of this, he is determined to take Granda out from Rachnadar. This part of the story also shows us how determined Rory is in making his escape a success. He cannot live without his Granda who has brought him up and taken care of him since he was a baby, and because of that he takes the risk to take his Granda out from Rachnadar. I also think that this is the start of all the adventures and challenges of Rorys and grandas lives. They meet with a lot of people and are always on the run so that they are not caught. It makes the story interesting and leads to the happy ending when Rory is reunited with his father.