CSEC English A Sample Best Short Story- 2010

Question 5:        

It was the middle of the mathematics class.  Mrs Taylor  our teacher suddenly collapsed  and sprawled  unconscious  on  the  floor.     It  was terrifying.

Write a story which includes these words.


This story is based on Question 5 above.


I had never been to a funeral before, as at the age of six my parents thought death was too difficult a topic for me to grasp. I‟ve heard of them though, dark, long trails of cloth glided along the bodies of weeping women who covered their red eyes with black netted hats. Then, they have a big party; I know this for myself because I stayed home when my grandpapi died when I was four. I was told to stay in my room, but the sound of the steelpan floated through my window. My granpapi was a pan teacher you see, and from then, I associated death with black clothes and party. What was sad about a party?


It was in the middle of the Mathematics class. Mrs Taylor our teacher suddenly collapsed and sprawled unconscious on the floor. It was terrifying. The chalk she held in her hand scraped against the chalkboard making her incorrectly tell us that 2+3=1. We sat there. None of us, being the naïve kindergarteners we were, understood this dire situation. Mrs Taylor‟s pretty hair lay knotted around her pretty face and blood seeped through her pretty pants.


“Mrs Taylor! Mrs Taylor!” we finally cried.

She did not move. She never slept during our scheduled naptime, so why would she sleep now.

The blood continued to run, as Corey, the oldest boy in our class ran to his mother, the Principal. Madam Collins ran into our class, but stopped abruptly at the door.

“Oh dear me,” she whispered.

She pulled her cell phone from her pocket and called the police.

After, she called Mr Taylor.

“Mr Taylor,” Madam Collins said in her most professional voice, “Mrs Taylor has collapsed. I believe there is something wrong with the baby.”

I had never seen a man cry either. Mr Taylor worked in the high school division of my school and he ran faster than the Olympians to my classroom.

“Maria! Maria!” he cried.

She was somewhat awakened by the shout, but she shook violently as spasms overtook her body. I think she shouted “help me,” in Spanish, before she went back to sleep.

The ambulance drove through the gate and Mr Taylor took Mrs Taylor outside even before the ambulance parked. He shouted and screamed when they denied him entry and he drove with Madam Collins to the hospital.

Ms Lassie, the school nurse, came into our classroom and told us that Mrs Taylor would be okay. She gave us lollipops – the ones you get when you fell down the stairs, and she read „The Cat in the Hat‟ to us.

Mrs Taylor didn’t come back the next day, or the day after. They continued to give us lollipops. Five days after the accident they told us that Mrs Taylor was not coming back to school. That God had taken her to dance on the streets of gold. We laughed because we all knew that Mrs Taylor couldn‟t dance and we wondered why God would make such a bad decision.


Two days after, they told our parents to dress us in black and send us to school. Mama didn’t want to let me, but I begged and pleaded. We hardly got to wear our own clothes to school.

I wore my long black dress to school that day. In the afternoon, we walked to a big bus and went to St Mary‟s Church. There were women in black walking through the aisles crying. Mr Taylor sat in the back whispering to himself.

“Do you see that big box?” Madam Collins asked, “Do not go by it.”

When she turned her back, we ran to the box and saw Mrs Taylor lying in it. We instantly became one of the weeping persons.

I’ve yet to understand the party of a funeral, but I’m positive my family didn’t like my grandpapi.




Written by Zoie Hamilton of Washington Archibald High School (St Kitts and Nevis)

Section D of the English A 2018 Exam

(Suggested time:  45 minutes)  
You MUST answer this question.  
Your answer should be approximately 250 to 300 words in length.  
You MUST write in Standard English.  

Write your answer on the RULED PAGES provided, pages 20-21.  You are expected to write within the word limit.  

In your answer you will be assessed on the  

(a) clarity, organization and development of your argument 
(c) correctness of grammar, sentences, paragraphs, vocabulary, spelling and punctuation.   

5.  You are a member of a school board that is considering reforms.  One of the suggestions is that all schools should make provisions for students who have disabilities of any kind. 

Write the speech you would make to the board, giving your views on the statement.    
                                                                                                                                        (25 marks) 

Section C of the English A Paper 2 2018 Exam

(Suggested time:  45 minutes)  
You MUST answer ONE question from this section.  
Your answer should be approximately 400 to 450 words in length.  
You MUST write in Standard English.  However, dialect may be used in conversation. 
Write your answer on the RULED PAGES provided, pages 13 – 16.  You are expected to write within the word limit.  

In your answer, you will be assessed on how well you  

(a) used the stimulus provided 
(b) developed and organized the content of your writing
(c) used language appropriate to your audience, purpose and content 
(d) used appropriate grammar, sentence structure, paragraphs, vocabulary, spelling  and punctuation.  



3. Write a story based on the picture below.   

                                                                                                                                (25 marks)

4. She held her son close by her side as she walked quickly along the narrow road.  This was the moment.    

Write a story which includes these words. 
(25 marks)   


CSEC English A Section B Question 2 – Sample Business Letter

No 67 Happy View,
St James.


October 12, 2014.


The Manager,
The Fair Trade Commission,
Green Hill,

Dear Sir/Madam,

I write to complain against Best Line Supermarkets from which I purchased a box of cereal on October 10, 2014.  I have two areas of concern: the treatment I received, and the quality of the product. The item was on sale and I paid $8.45 for it.  On arrival home I realized that the product had expired since September.

I returned the package, with the bill, and was directed to speak with the supervisor.  He simply said that it was my duty to check any product I wanted to buy. I went to the manager, explained the issue and expressed my disappointment.  I also requested a refund but he too told me that I should have checked the date before making the purchase.

In addition, he said that their policy is no exchange or refund on sale items.  He promised to speak to his colleague, then he dismissed me and went to the telephone.  I believe this treatment is unjust and would like you to intervene to rectify this matter.

Yours sincerely,
Hadia Rogers

Section B of the 2018 English A Paper 2 Exam

(Suggested time: 35 minutes)
You MUST answer this question.

Write your answer on the RULED PAGES provided, pages 8 and 9.  There may be more space than you need.

2. Study the situation presented below and then answer the question that follows.


You purchased an item from a supermarket.  On arrival home you noticed that the expiry date had passed. You attempted to return the item but you were told that it was on sale and the manager refused to give you a refund or replacement. Write a letter to a consumer protection group or the editor of a newspaper in which you complain about the quality of the product and treatment which you received.

Your answer will be assessed on how well you

 formatted your letter
 selected relevant and complete information
 organized and expressed the information in your letter
 used appropriate grammar, sentence structure, vocabulary, spelling and punctuation.


Your letter MUST be in continuous prose. Make sure to include all the details that would help in highlighting the matter.  Your letter should include:

 Details of the complaint, for example:

– Date and time of purchase
– Cost of the item
– Specific condition of the item
– Response of staff

Total 30 marks 


Summary: Tattoos Model Answer


 Tattoos are permanent markings which have been around from the beginning of civilization.

 They were brought to the Caribbean from Africa, China and India, but the Amerindians wore them even before.
 They were used by people in the Caribbean for religious, ethnic and cultural purposes
 Over the years they came to be personal expressions identified with rebellion and deviance.
 Attitudes have changed towards tattoos and today they have become acceptable as marks of uniqueness and difference.

     (5 marks)  



      From the beginning of civilization tattoos and other body markings have been marks of identification, spiritual protection and decoration. 
       Tattoos are permanent markings which vary greatly and can be personally very revealing.  A tattoo is an instant of your life etched forever on you for the world to see. 
       Tattoos and other body markings were characteristic of the Amerindians of the Caribbean as well as of the Africans, Chinese and Indians who came there.  For all these people they had cultural, spiritual and ethnic significance. 
       Over the centuries tattoos and other body markings have changed back and forth from group significance to individual significance, presenting a daily image of difference and uniqueness.
                                                                                                                                               (20 marks)