Jolly Matriculation Board

General Certificate of Education

 

Christmas Studies

(Ordinary Level)

25th December: 12.00 - 3.00

 

 

  

The following equipment should be brought into the examination room:

a) Dictionary
b) Glass of Sherry
c) 2 Mince Pies

Cigars are optional

All questions carry equal marks, but credit will be given for cheating.

 

Scripts for assessment should be returned to the examiner by the Twelfth Day of Christmas.
No fees, no failures, certificates to all candidates.

161 Ordinary

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1. RELIGIOUS KNOWLEDGE

Who might have used this ticket?

Briefly tell their story.

 

2. MATHS

The Earth is 8,000 miles in diameter. Calculate how many two metre lengths of tinsel you would need to wrap up the world for Christmas.

Who would you give it to?

 

3a. ENGLISH LANGUAGE

Imagine that you are writing the Queen's Christmas Broadcast.

Complete the following sentences:

a) "My husband and I, in this season of joy ..."

b) "As we gather with our families ..."

c) "Today we join with the people of the Commonwealth ..."

 

3b. ENGLISH LITERATURE

Comprehension exercise: In "A Christmas Carol" Charles Dickens wrote:

The cellar door flew open with a booming sound, and then he heard the noise much louder on the floors below; then coming up the stairs; then coming straight towards his door. "It's humbug still!" said Scrooge.

a) If you had a cellar, what would you store in it?
b) A humbug is a type of sweet. Name three more types of sweets you might eat at Christmas.

 

4. PHYSICAL EDUCATION

"While shepherds watched their flocks by night."

Who provided the floodlights for this occasion?

Explain why flock-watching is not recognised by the Olympic Committee as a competitive sport.

 

5. DOMESTIC SCIENCE

(Answer either (a) or (b))

Study this diagram.

(a) List 10 different festive dishes that you might prepare from selected cuts of reindeer.

(b) Explain the method by which you would prepare "Stir-fry Reindeer Chunks with Beansprouts" in your new wok.

 

6. HISTORY

"Herod was a bit of a wally."

How far is this a fair summing up of ancient Roman Imperialism?

 

7. CHEMISTRY

C2H5OH (alcohol) + O2 = Falling Off Pavements

Explain.

 

8. WOODWORK

Joseph the Carpenter was a busy man.

Explain why Dutch Elm disease did not have any effect on his trade.

 

9. ART AND DESIGN

(Answer either (a) or (b))

(a) Account for the ideological controversies surrounding Epstein's "Madonna and Child" (1958)

(b) Trace and colour in this masterpiece with your new felt-tip pens or crayons.

 

10. PHYSICS

Explain why stars twinkle. How might a knowledge of the Doppler Effect add to our understanding of the Three Kings' arrival at Herod's Court?

 

11. BIOLOGY

Make notes on the following:-

(a) Virgin births.

(b) Cattle in the nursery - a health hazard?

(c) Myrrh

 

12. COMMERCE

Study this diagram.

Draw out and complete this cheque for a withdrawal of 19.85. Explain how you would cash it for chocolate money at the Cocoa Bank.

 

13. NEEDLEWORK

Did the Virgin Mary do needlework at school?

How does this question help us to understand why the baby Jesus was wrapped in "swaddling clothes" as opposed to

(a) lambswool layette

(b) smocked Christening robe

(c) wrapping paper

 

14: CAREERS

Study the diagram provided.

Explain why Santa's helpers need a good sense of direction and are required to take this Christmas maze test.

 

15. POLITICAL STUDIES

Karl Marx wrote that "religion is the opiate of the people", but he still knew how to have a good time a Christmas.

Justify.

 

16. MEDIA STUDIES

Imagine you are a newspaper reporter. Retell the Christmas story as

(a) a tabloid newspaper article (e.g. The Sun)
(b) a broadsheet newspaper article (e.g. Daily Telegraph, The Times)

 

17. SOCIOLOGY

Why do you think that reports of Joseph "blacking Mary's eye" when she announced her pregnancy were omitted from the present day Bible? Discuss the stigma of virgin Birth in the context of unmarried motherhood, accusations of adultery and child benefit fraud..

 

18. ANIMAL HUSBANDRY

Could the ox and ass have contracted BSE from hay and straw contaminated with human blood from the birth?

Mary rode the donkey while heavily pregnant. What is the maximum loading for an unshod donkey?

 

19. MIDWIFERY

Answer either (a) or (b)

a) Which of Joseph's carpenter's skills would have been useful at the birth?

b) Explain, with diagrams, how to perform an emergency caesarian section.

 

20. MODERN ECONOMICS

Explain why America would have been the country of choice for a modern day miracle birth. Include references to its well-developed medical services, TV stations, legal profession and corporate sponsorship of the event.

 

21. COMPUTER STUDIES

Either

Write a program to determine Santa's optimum route for delivering gifts to all eligible households within 24 hours

Or

Demonstrate how to buy Christmas presents for your entire family from an online store e.g. Amazon

 

 

 (With thanks to Vince Earl for providing this item from his collection of Xerox-humour)

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