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Paper 2 Mini Mock: Tower Bridge

Source A: From ‘The Hand-book of London’, Peter Cunningham describes a journey over the bridge in 1850
On crossing the Bridge, the traveller should pause, for a moment, to note the animated scene presented
by the River "above" and "below Bridge." The silent highway, as it is most inappropriately called, is
crowded with restless little steam-boats, wherries, lumbering barges, and steam-tugs. From the Bridge,
eastwards, extends "the Pool," thronged with a thousand masts, and gay with flags and streamers of
every nation. Here is placed the great fish- market of Billingsgate, and yonder rises the stately façade of
the Custom House; while, in the distance, soars conspicuous the turreted keep of the famous "Tower.2
Looking up the River (westward), we catch sight of Southwark and Blackfriars Bridges - of banks lined
with enormous warehouses - and of a far-reaching vista of roofs, above which dominates, in misty
grandeur, the glorious dome of St. Paul's. Nor is the Bridge itself, with its double tides of traffic,- on-
rushing, never-ceasing, appallingly regular in their continual motion,- less worthy of observation: it is the
busiest traject in the civilised world, and groans beneath the products of every clime. At its foot, on the
one hand, stands Adelaide Place - a conglomeration of City offices; on the other, the stately pile of
Fishmongers' Hall, the meeting-place of the members of a wealthy civic guild. Beneath us, through a dry
arch, runs an apparently endless line of stores, warehouses, and wharfs. The steps on the right lead to
the quay for the Hull, Rotterdam, and Scotch steamers; at the corner is St. Magnus Church, built by Sir
Christopher Wren; on the left, to the place of embarkation and disembarkation of the cheap steam-boats
which ply between London Bridge, Westminster, and Battersea.
***Proceeding from the Bridge, we observe a turning on the right, whose descent is occupied by the
graceful column of the Monument.
Source B: From a modern travel blog. Written in 2014, Sarah Shumate visits Tower Bridge.
I’ll never forget the first time I saw Tower Bridge. I hadn’t been living in London for very long and I was out
taking a walk with some new friends along the river when*there it was the Tower Bridge standing tall
and mighty in the middle of the Thames. I wanted to jump up and down and start pointing because, to my
amazement, it seemed no one else in the group had noticed it. Why was no one else as starstruck as I
was? As I now know a year later, when you live in London long enough, you learn to just accept these
famous landmarks as part of the scenery and continue on with your day, but in my newness to the city, I
couldn’t hide my excitement. The girls I was with humored me and even took a detour from our path so I
could walk across the bridge for the first time. I know it doesn’t sound like much, I mean, I walked across
a bridge big deal, but I felt the same the first time I saw Big Ben in person, too. These locations I’d
previously only seen in movies were reminders that this was real, I was finally an expat again in another
country. I couldn’t help but be thrilled about that!
I’ve now walked past Tower Bridge no less than two or three dozen times, so that initial thrill of seeing the
famous bridge has faded a bit, but it’s still one of my favorite landmarks in the city. This summer, we
made an afternoon of it and picnicked beside the bridge on the banks of the Thames before taking the
tour that would allow us to go inside Tower Bridge and walk across the pathways connecting the two
towers. It’s such a neat experience, as you’ll see in the pictures below. Even more so now with the
release of the news last week that glass floors have been added to the West Walkway allowing visitors to
get a bird’s eye view from the bridge. The glass path in the East Walkway is expected to be completed
next month. (Don’t worry I hear there are still regular floors on each side of the glass, so if you don’t
want to walk across the glass, you don’t have to!)


Q1 4 marks 5 minutes

Using source B shade the boxes of the four true statements.

The writer was born and raised in London
Tower Bridge goes over the river Thames
The writer’s friends have lived in London for some time
The writher didn’t get a chance to walk across the bridge
The writer was not interested in Big Ben
The writer is no longer interested in Tower Bridge
She was walking with friends when first saw the bridge
She has now walked past the bridge lots of times

Q2 8 marks 10 minutes
Write a summary of the differences
between the Tower bridge seen in
1850 in source A and the modern
day viewing of it in source B

Q3 12 marks 15 minutes
In source A how does the writer
use language to describe the

Q4- 16 marks 20 minutes
Compare how the writers convey
their viewpoints on the bridges and
sights of London.

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