Past Paper Questions – The English Teacher
You will have the option of picking from one of two questions on this paper. Each question is worth 40 marks and you should spend about 45 minutes on your chosen question. Only answer one!
Examine the changes in the relationship between
2. ‘Finding out about oneself is the main theme of The English Teacher.’ How far do you agree with this statement?
1. How is Susila presented within the culture and traditions shown in this novel?
2. Show how successfully the theme of love is developed throughout this novel.
2. ‘Narayan uses contrast very effectively in this novel.’ How far do you agree with this statement?
2. ‘This novel is loosely based on the writer’s own experiences.’ How successfully has the writer made the story seem real?
‘We see different qualities in
2. What do you learn about responses to suffering in this novel?
What can we learn from a study of
2. ‘Narayan is very successful at involving the reader in his story.’ Write about two episodes, or situations, to show how far you agree with this statement.
2. Explain the importance of the settings in this novel.
Explain the way in which children affect
2. Choose two episodes in The English Teacher and explain how they make you think more about the power of love.
How is Leela’s headmaster shown to
affect the lives of his own family, his pupils and
‘The English Teacher portrays a happy marriage between Susila and
How does your understanding of the character of
2. ‘This is a story about disappointment.’ With close reference to the novel, show how far you agree with this statement.