English Language Questions: Bankrupt Man

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UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE INTERNATIONAL EXAMINATIONS General Certificate of Education Advanced Subsidiary Level and Advanced Level

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May/June 2008 2 hours

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We go look at our face in the mirror. It is craven and shrivelled, embittered by ungenerous thoughts. Comes the dawn. Without parked cars, West Main Street seems immensely wide. The bankrupt man’s shoulders eclipse the sun. He takes his paces, turns, swiftly reaches down and pulls out the lining of both pants pockets. Verily, they are empty. We fumble at our own, and the rattle of silver is drowned in the triumphant roar of the witnessing mob. We would have been torn limb from limb had not the bankrupt man with characteristic magnanimity extended to us a protective embrace,
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3 redolent of cologne and smoking turf and wood violets. In the locker room, we hear the bankrupt singing. His baritone strips the tiles 45 from the walls like cascading dominoes. He has just shot a minus sixty-seven, turning the old course record inside out. He ascends because he transcends. He deals from the bottom of the deck. He builds castles in air. He makes America grow.
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– cunning, trickery

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4 2 The extract below is taken from an autobiography and describes the narrator’s first visit to a circus. He is accompanied by his less than enthusiastic older brother. (a) Comment on the style and language of the passage. [15]

(b) In his own autobiography the narrator’s brother describes his memory of this experience. Basing your answer
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