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November 2012 AQA English Language (4705), mark it out of 24? watch

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    1. From this article I understood that Sophie Haydock's experience was tough and rough. She was 'one of 50 people' who had volunteered to take part in a sponsored sleep - out' in September for Leeds - based homeless charity Simon on the Streets. The night began at 10 pm. Simon on the Streets used to hold a soup run close to city's shopping hub , but the soup run was forced to stop after the 'local residents complained to the council'. She and the rest of the people settles at a church for the night with a cup of hot vegetable soup and then they we left on their own.The worst part that she experienced was after the rain came down 'heavily' at 4.30 that 'soggy cardboard does not make a good duvet'. Also she was 'grateful' that here sheltered spot was under a leafy tree, whereas a typical destination for genuinely homeless people was a darkened alley or fire escape. The issues of homelessness were the things like rats, thugs, police officers moving you on , other homeless people stealing your blankets were things that 'threaten to distrub a homeless sleeper'. However the 'downpour' was the most bearable. To 'support' one homeless person per year it would cost '£2,000'. They managed to raise '£6,500'. The 'lowest point of the night' was the early morning rain.

    2. The headline from source 2 is effective because it's big, black and bold. This is useful because it immediately catches the reader's attention. The word 'wrecked' is a powerful word because it helps create an image in the reader's mind of how the cyclone has destroyed the homes and crops of the local residents. However, the word 'relief' helps the reader's calm his emotions as they know no got hurt and people are safe. The picture from source 2 has a mother holding her son in her arm while looking at what may be her house 'wrecked' and destroyed and the son looking away from his house. This shows what 'wreckage' the cyclone Yasi has done to her house and maybe other near her. The roof has been taken of by the cyclone and her front porch is covered with pieces of her house. This picture is effective because it shows how the mother and child cannot go back in the house and it is not safe. The headline links with the text as in the headline it say 'but relief sweeps' and in the last paragraph of the text it talk about how one family had a girl born. Also in the headline it says that 'homes and crops wrecked' and in the fifth paragraph it talks about how hundreds of houses were destroyed and seriously damaged.

    3. Michael Caine felt scared and terrified when he was taken by a 'cruel' couple because when they go away for the weekend he will be 'locked in the cupboard under the stairs'. He went through a 'traumatic' experience and something that he would not want to do again. When he was 'locked up in the cupboard' he was thinking of when his mum was going to come and get him. The experience had left him with a 'lifelong faer of small, enclosed spaces and a burning hatred of any cruelty'. However, he thinks that the Second World War was the best thing that has ever happened to him because him and his family went to Norfolk, on the east coast of England. He says ' Norfolk was a paradise for children like him'. He loved the life in Norfolk because there was 'fresh air, good food and, best of all the chance to roam free in the countryside'. He 'appreciated' the country and the experience had changed his life.
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