Saturday, July 14, 2012

How I Met Myself - A character that shows determination

Sample question: PMR Paper 2 - Section B (novel section)

The following are the novels studied in the literature component in English Language.

The Railway Children - Edith Nesbit
Around the World in 80 Days - Jules Verne
How I Met Myself - David A. Hill

Based on one of the above novels, write about a character that shows determination. (or perseverance/persistence)

Give reasons why you think the incident is important.

Support your answer with evidence from the novel.

[12 marks]

How to begin your answer?
Refer to the question again. I encourage my students to write the answer using past tense.

Based on one of the above novels, write about a character that shows determination

Copy the highlighted words to begin your answer. This will be your first paragraph.

Paragraph 1:
          Based on "How I Met Myself" by David A. Hill, a character that showed determination was John Taylor.

Paragraph 2:
Give the FIRST reason as to why you say that John Taylor is a determined person.

FIRST reason: He was determined to find the man who ran into him at 7 Felka utca because the man looked like him.

SUPPORTING answer - evidence from the text (refer to the particular chapter and page to elaborate your answer:
  • followed the man to Zsolt’s café in Gergely utca (chapter 3, page 4)
  • looked for the man in the cafe (chapter 3, page 5)
  • asked the café owner if anyone came in before him (chapter 3, page 5)
  • checked the toilet (chapter 3, page 5)
  • went to Felka utca after work every day, hoping to meet the man again (chapter 4, page 8, 9)
  • checked all the names beside the doorbells for each flat at Felka utca (chapter 4, page 9)
  • asked the housekeeper who lived in Felka utca about a man who looked like him (chapter 6, page 15)

Paragraph 3:
Give the SECOND reason as to why you say that John Taylor is a determined person.

SECOND reason: He was determined to find out more about the man that he met at 7 Felka utca and why he had a recurring dream about the incident.

SUPPORTING answer - evidence from the text (refer to the particular chapter and page to elaborate your answer:
  • did lots of reading about life after death - learnt that the man who looked like him was his doppelganger (chapter 7, page 19)
  • kept a diary to write down what happened in his life each day - found out that 18 January was the date he met his doppelganger (chapter 9, page 26)
  • went to 7 Felka utca with Andrea on the second 18 January; John met the same man again but Andrea did not see anything; (chapter 10, page 31)
  • went to the Budapest City Library and read many old newspapers -learnt about a mother named Mrs Szabo and her child who died in an explosion in Gergely utca on 18 January 1945 (chapter 11, page 33, 34, 35)

Paragraph 4:
Give the THIRD reason as to why you say that John Taylor is a determined person.

THIRD reason: He was determined to find out more about the Szabo family who lived in 1945. He thought that the Szabo family might relate to his doppelganger.

SUPPORTING answer - evidence from the text (refer to the particular chapter and page to elaborate your answer:
  • went to see the housekeeper in Gergely utca to ask about  a Szabo family (chapter 12, page 37)
  • met with Mrs Kovacs who lived on the second floor of the flat in Gergely utca (chapter 12, page 37)
  • went to see the housekeeper in Felka utca to ask about  a Szabo family Szabo (chapter 12, page 37)
  • met with a man named Mr Szabo who lived on the third floor of the flat in Felka utca (chapter 12, page 37, 38)
  • met with Mrs Fischer who lived on the fourth floor of the flat in Felka utca - learnt about a man named Janos Szabo. Janos’s wife and daughter died in an explosion in a Gergely utca cellar shop (chapter 12, page 40, 41)
  • discovered that he shared the same name with his doppelganger, Janos Szabo. “Janos Szabo” was the Hungarian name for “John Taylor” (chapter 15, page 46)
  • visited Mrs Fischer for the second time. she told John that John looked exactly like Janos. She also told John that Janos’s wife and daughter were called Andrea and Kati. (chapter 15, page 46, 47)
  • went to the Public Records Office - discovered that John and Janos were born on 23 October (chapter 15, page 48)

Paragraph 5 - Conclusion:
In a nutshell, John’s determination had not only helped him uncover the mysteries of his doppelganger but had also saved Andrea and Kati from a terrible accident that might cost their lives. 

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Anonymous said...

What about Percubaan for JPS PPPA??
Will come out Novel Form 1?
And the literature (Poem) for PPPA also form 3 only?? Thank for helping !!

Hope teacher can reply me as fast as possible because exam is coming 1/8.........

Anonymous said...

how about how i met myself ?? interesting event?

Anonymous said...

The essay answer has to be that long?

Teacher Nuha said...

I know it's quite long but according to a Senior Teacher who hosted an English Workshop in my district, students must give a detailed answer. I'm just sharing. If you feel that it's too long, you may omit any parts which you feel irrelevant.

Teacher Nuha said...

Plus, starting this year, the marks will be 12 marks. Last year it was 10 marks, and a 10-mark answer was written in one full page :)

~MissM~ said...

Do you mind if we exchange the Trial Paper 2012? I have Melaka ones. Thanks..

Gen2Merah said...

alhamdulillah.. saya amat tertarik dengan paparan dan perkongsian ilmu yang bermanfaat di sini..

terima kasih banyak2 cikgu Nuha... Insya Allah saya akan jadikan blog ini sebagai rujukan setiap masa untuk saya belajar English dengan lebih berkesan..

Terima kasih banyak2 cikgu..

Anonymous said...

Teacher, in exam i wrote all the point exactly same as the note you given but i only get 8 marks?
It is still lack of point? But i wrote until very detail and same as your note d.......

*PS: i gave 3 reason

Anonymous said...

Do u have spotted questions for pmr?hope u share

Teacher Nuha said...

Dear ~Miss M~, you may download the PMR trial papers from this website:

Gen2Merah, thanks for the motivating comments :)

Dear Anonymous August 24, 2012 1:05 PM,
Some of the points above need to be elaborated. For example, if John met Mrs Kovacs, what are the information that he gets from her. What questions does he ask the housekeepers. One more thing, if students' answer contains lots of grammatical errors, they cannot get full marks.

Dear Anonymous August 27, 2012 9:43 PM,
I'm sorry, I don't have any. It's better to make preparation for all topics.

Anonymous said...

salam teacher nak tanya..kalau nak cakap/tulis yg kita dah sampai kat sesuatu tempat yg kita nak pergi mana satu yg betul ek?...safely arrived atau safely reached?...please comment teacher Nuha..

Teacher Nuha said...


According to the Oxford dictionary 6th edition (year 2000):

arrive means: to get to a place, especially at the end of a journey.

reach means: to arrive at the place that you have been travelling to.

From the above explanation, arrive means reach.

For example:
I have safely arrived home. / I have arrived home safely.
I have safely reached home. / I have reached home safely.

Hope the explanation helps.

Steven said...

Thank you teacher. Your notes are comprehensive and detailed. Do you have similar notes for Form 5 Step by Wicked Step?

Teacher Nuha said...

I'm so sorry Steven. I don't have any notes for form 5 as I don't teach the upper forms.

Anonymous said...

is there any chance to get an a for english if i do revision a day before pmr?

Teacher Nuha said...

Well, studying at the last minute is not a good and healthy habit. Students can get panicky thinking that there are lots to study for the exam. However, miracles can happen.

For guided writing, focus on the format for each type of essay - report, article, informal letters.

For literature (novel), you can study one theme. I blogged about this topic yesterday. Go to:

For poem, there are no other ways but to study all poems. However, stress more on the form 3 poems.

All the best!

Anonymous said...

Thank you very very much. You did a wonderful job. Hope that you keep up your fine work! Many people will appreciate your efforts.

Anonymous said...

Will it be F3 or other form literature?

Teacher Nuha said...

You're welcome. Thanks for the motivating comments :)

Anonymous said...

teacher what will be the answer for this question;
"based on the novel, write about an incident in which the character(s) showed courage"

Anonymous said...

does a question that asks to describe the settings in a novel ever appear in pmr?

Teacher Nuha said...

Dear Anonymous November 19, 2012 at 8:35 PM, please refer to this link:

Dear Anonymous February 14, 2013 at 12:15 PM, I can't remember but I think it came out once.

Anonymous said...

i think when we discuss any literary works, we should use present tense right? it's called "literary present"... unless if we talk about the author....

Anonymous said...

can you write about courage character..

Bryan said...

Teacher but in the question they say only 50 words how

Teacher Nuha said...

Bryan, I'm not sure how the novel section is marked in PT3. Based on my experience as a PMR examiner, the best response should be around 1 1/2 pages of the exam booklet.

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