Comprehending Paper 1 Text 2 2008 HL
N.B. Candidates may NOT answer Question A and Question B on the same text.
Questions A and B carry 50 marks each.
- “A game of high risk!” Give three pieces of evidence from the text which suggest that Eva was “about to make the biggest mistake” of her life. (15)
- What impression of the character Eva Tyne is created in this extract? Support your answer with reference to the text. (15)
- One reviewer of the novel Tenderwire described it as “a compelling and well-written thriller”.
From your reading of the extract, do you agree with this view? Refer to the text in support of your answer. (20)
- “A game of high risk!” Give three pieces of evidence from the text which suggest that Eva was “about to make the biggest mistake” of her life.
From the text, it is clear that Eva is about to make the biggest mistake of her life. First of all, she is doing a business deal with the “man I met in a bar”. This Alexander, if that is his real name, seems to be a bad choice of business partners. He is describes as being “a giant of a man” meaning that he could easily overpower her, and he is Russian, which prompts the questions of his business in America. He also insists on exchanging the violin for cash in a park. Why in a park? Alexander’s character behaves exactly in the way one expects a criminal to, and it is clear Eva is making a huge mistake.
Secondly we, as readers, might not feel that Eva is making a mistake until we hear the voice of reason. Zach, Eva’s conductor, tries to persuade Eva not to get involved. He makes a number of good arguments, including the fact that Eva would be arrested for being linked with a stolen violin. Even
though Eva herself admits that Zach is “logical, reasonable and right”, but she ignores him, carrying on with the transaction. It is clear to us that Eva is making a mistake.
Finally we can see that Eva is making a mistake by her own tone. She is unsure of herself and questions herself...