CXC English A exam: Past paper type short story questions 3

Here are more CXC past paper type short story questions.

Here are the directions that are normally placed at the start of section three, the short story writing section:


(Suggested time: 45 minutes)

Answer one question in this section.

Your answer in this section should be approximately 400 to 450 words in length.

You MUST write in Standard English. However, dialect may be used in conversation.


The foreman of the jury stood up. "What is your verdict? Guilty or not guilty?" asked the judge. A hushed silence fell over the courtroom.

Write a story in which this scene plays an important part.

35 marks


Write a story entitled, "He who laughs last, laughs best."

35 marks


Write a story which develops from the first sentence: "I've never felt so proud of anyone in my whole life,"said Mr. Sam, looking fondly at his son.

35 marks


Sanjay stood in his tracks in the middle of the forest. He was sure he heard something. Then it came back. The sound of a breaking branch above him. He looked up and saw, to his surprise, a man in a parachute trapped in the branches of the cedar tree. Continue the story.

35 marks


Makela looked out of her window at the object drifting out to sea. Slowly it became waterlogged and sank. She finally got up, drew the curtains and went to bed. Tell the story that leads up to this point.

35 marks


"You really can't tell a book by its cover. Mohan turned out to be a real friend". Write a story that ends with these words.

(35 marks)

This is really good. I would like to see some more CXC past paper type short story questions please.


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