Superstitions and Luck
Go back to pre-Christian days
Paper 1 English HKDSE Part AENGLISH PAPER 1 2016 HKDSE
-Most questions are pretty
straightforward……..BUT there are a
couple of exceptions
Q6i Superstitions have existed for
hundreds of years T…F…NG?
A: Hmmm…my first thought was , " if it’s pagan, and pre-Christian, why not thousands of years?" YES, it’s
Q9 What does the phrase "magical rituals
and bizzare behaviours" (lines 20-21)
suggest about the writer’s attitude
A: There is a TINGE of
here-as if those who engaged in such activities had no clue! Thus, he thought they were unbelievable. He was skeptical.
Q.12 Complete the following notes on the luck study described in Section 3. Answers should be grammatically correct. YOU MAY WRITE MORE THAN ONE WORD ON EACH LINE
Title: The Luck Study
to examine why some people consistently encounter chance opportunities whereas others do not.
(ii) Used a
to divide people…
Information transfer. Pretty straightforward.
Q14 According to the research, are lucky people more like the silver medal winners or bronze medal winners? (H.O.T.Q)
A: They are more like the bronze medal winners because they probably feel that luck played a role in their winning the bronze medal. They can identify the role of chance or opportunity.
Q16 According to Section 5, what three things could someone do to improve their luck?
A: 16i Be more rational about how we see luck
16ii See the potential for change and be
16iii Be more skeptical
Paper 1B1 DSE English 2016
-BY AND LARGE pretty straightforward-more so
than Paper 1A English 2016
Q25 Which statement best summarizes John Tsang’s comments?
A. Hong Kong urgently needs food trucks.
B. Hong Kong’s local culinary treats are popular.
C. Hong Kong should consider the use of food trucks.
D. Hong Kong’s food trucks will be better than food trucks abroad.
Q27 What is the"long-standing culinary tradition" (line 23)?
Txt: They would have an impact on a long-standing culinary tradition here
Q35 What does "So, why go back to eating
outside in dirty streets and roads?" (lines 44-45)
A. The problems caused by eating outside are
becoming more serious.
B. The streets and roads in HK need cleaning.
C. It will be a bad idea to go back to eating
D. There are many street-level stalls outside.
Q42 What does the writer think about food truck hygiene? Why?
Txt:People may also raise concerns about hygiene. This is an issue that is often raised when people are discussing the merits of street food. However, you see stalls selling fish balls, chicken wings and other snacks. They operate in similar conditions to food trucks.
It can’t be worse than stalls selling chicken wings, fish balls, etc.
Q41 The writer gives the example of Mr Softee in order to …
A. show that HK people are sceptical about
B. show food trucks already exist in HK.
C. complain about how crowded HK is.
D. show that food trucks cause congestion.
Txt: The only mobile food business currently operating in HK is the fleet of Mister Softee ice-cream vans………Some people may be sceptical about this proposal (of having food trucks)…..However, I have not heard of such complaints regarding the Mister Softee fleet.
NOW…on to Paper 1B2
Q47 Which word in paragraph 1 suggests that the food truck business can be extremely unpleasant?
Txt: …..But, what was initially a story of success, as the Mexicue truck can attest, quickly became a
Pretty obvious—-isn’t it?
Q48 Why does the writer mention trucks leaving at 3:30 in the morning to get a good parking spot?
Txt: Mexicue found itself struggling to find good parking spots (in NYC), a major factor in food truck success, as other trucks would leave as early as 3:30 in the morning to secure a solid location
To show how competitive the food truck business is in NYC.
Q52 What is the writer critical of in para. 7 and 8?
Txt: ….I’ve seen a lot of trends come and go. Some recent developments have been great , but not every food trend is good….
Food trucks: There is nothing wrong with the individual food truck per se, but the overall trend is both ridiculous and in some cases, morally reprehensible.
He’s critical of certain food trends, one being the food truck craze, which he sees as traditional food being ‘repackaged’
Q 54 which word in paragraph 8 is used to signal a change in topic?
Txt: (lines 40-42) When grouped together in parking lots, food trucks become an outdoor version of a longstanding American culinary tradition-the shopping mall food court, and nothing more.
, there is nothing new about
trucks which serve foods
you can already get in countless traditional eateries, albeit with much more limited menus.
Q56 What does the word ‘seriously’ (line 47) say about the writer’s attitude to the magazine’s claim? He thinks the claim is…
B. very serious
C. rather vague
One major magazine recently suggested that food trucks had brought affordable ethnic cuisine to the people of Los Angeles-
Q60 What does "wanna-be chefs" (line 62) suggest about the writer’s opinion of food truck chefs?
He thinks rather lowly of them/that they are pretentious (or something to that effect)
And….some kind of (almost) difficult vocabulary items can be found, too!
Q62 Find a word or phrase in paragraph 11 that could be replaced by "unsurprising".
Txt:And what could be more suspicious than an outlet that sells food-and then drives away before its customers expire? It’s
that so many American cities frown on food trucks.
Q67 Why is the correspondent described as "intrepid" (line 75)?
Txt: How bad can food trucks be? Your
from one serving Ethiopian nosh
in Washington, DC.
One who is
"the intrepid explorer"
Txt: Ten years ago, I started
to examine why some people consistently encounter chance opportunities whereas others do not
. In my experiment, I first asked volunteers to complete a
to determine if they considered themselves lucky or unlucky.
But research suggests that athletes who win bronze medals are actually happier than those who win silver medals. And the reason for this has to do with the way in which the athletes think about their performance.
The silver medalists focus on the notion that if they had performed slightly better, then they would have perhaps won a gold medal. In contrast, the bronze medalists focus on the thought that if they had performed slightly worse, then they wouldn’t have won……
Q74 What does the writer want her readers to do when she says, "Chow down on that." (line 88)
Txt: Such rules are misguided. Not only is street vending an important step for aspiring entrepreneurs, but food trucks have enlivened the gastronomic scene and generated new business-and local taxes-wherever they have been allowed to roam.
Chow down on that
She wants them to think carefully about the benefits that food trucks bring about (e.g. enlivened gastronomic/food scene, increase in business activity, local taxes)
Q1 You are the president of the Students’ Union at your school. You are preparing a speech to welcome new students on the first day of school. In order to help new students achieve success and have an enjoyable school life, you want to talk about the following in your speech:
-importance of following school rules
-importance of interpersonal relationships.
Paper 2A Q1
First few sentences provided
"Good morning Principal , teachers and fellow students,
On behalf of the Students’ Union, I’d like to welcome all of you to our school. I’m sure we all want to achieve success and have an enjoyable school life….
Paper 2A Q1
Less descriptive compared to past Paper 2A exams,
-importance of following school rules
-importance of interpersonal relationships.
Students needed to develop and support their opinions
Questions were less wordy compared to 2015.
The order of the elective-based questions was changed (compared to 2013-2015).
In 2016 it was Sports, then Workplace Communication, then Debating ( In 2015, it was Sports, Drama, Social Issues)
Q3 Many Hong Kong graduates complain about the lack of employment opportunities in the city. It has been suggested that graduates who fail to find a job in Hong Kong could look for opportunities in other cities in Asia. Do you support this suggestion?
Presupposes knowledge about the job market. Knowledge about Asian cities. Basic economics
Q5 The HK Daily is holding an essay competition for secondary school students on the theme "Hong Kong’s Disappearing Street Life". The aim is to promote youth awareness of the need to preserve unique aspects of HK culture. Entries must focus on ONE aspect of local street life or culture that is fast disappearing and suggest why it is worth preserving.
This is not merely a descriptive essay. Students need to delve rather deeply into ONE aspect of street life and come up with fairly convincing reasons why this should be worth preserving.It presupposes awareness and knowledge of culture.
Q6 One of the planned activities for the Creative Writing Week at your school is a short story writing competition. The theme for this year’s competition is "Revenge is Sweet".
Write your story.
Pretty creative and thought provoking. More like a GCE-O Level essay question (e.g. Write a story that includes "WATER")
Q8 A famous songwriter once said , "Expose yourself to your deepest fear; after that, fear has no power."
How important is it for us to acknowledge the challenges we face and find ways to cope with them? Write an essay explaining your opinion with relevant examples from your personal experience.
Do we need any foundation in the study of poetry to do this?
-But more analytical and some degree
of thinking out of the box required
-QUESTION: Is there any relationship between these elective-based questions and the electives themselves?
Txt: It comes from a time when people thought that luck was a strange force that could only be controlled by magical rituals and bizarre behaviours.
Txt: The research is not simply about debunking superstitious thinking and behaviour. Instead, it is about encouraging people to move away from a magical way of thinking and toward a more
rational view of luck
. Perhaps most important of all, it is about
to increase the level of luck, happiness, and success in people’s lives.
Harder–but no big surprises
Txt: (Paragraphs 2-3)
"Food trucks could soon be on the streets of HK, with John Tsang revealing the government is investigating introducing the concept."
"I have asked the relevant departments to implement as early as possible the proposal to introduce food trucks. Their popularity abroad will add to the mix…"
You need to read both paragraphs
Let’s have a look at 2 exemplars from 2016
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