Read the extract and answer the following questions.


My first day at school was a memorable event in my life. I had no idea what school would be like, but I was excited about the prospect of learning. My father was a man who believed in education, and he wanted me to be educated as well. He sent me to a local school, where I would learn to read and write.

I remember walking to school with my cousin, who was also starting school that day. We were both filled with anticipation and curiosity. When we arrived at the school, we were greeted by the teachers, who welcomed us warmly. They showed us to our classroom, and we took our seats.

The first thing that struck me about the classroom was the blackboard at the front of the room. I had never seen anything like it before. The teacher explained that this was where she would write the lessons for the day. I was fascinated by the blackboard and the chalk that the teacher used to write on it.

As the days went on, I began to learn the basics of reading and writing. I was eager to learn and quickly picked up on the lessons. I was proud of my progress and wanted to share my newfound knowledge with my family and friends

(Nelson Mandela - Long Walk to Freedom)

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Question (i)

 What can be inferred about the role of education in Nelson Mandela's community based on the extract?


Answer as written by the student:

Based on the extract, it can be inferred that education was valued and seen as a means to personal growth and development in Mandela's community.

Step-by-Step explanation:

  • Mandela's father believed in education and sent Mandela to school.
  •  Mandela was eager to learn and share his knowledge with family and friends.
  •  Therefore, we can infer that education played a significant role in Mandela's community, promoting 🌱 personal growth and development.

Question (ii) 

Which emotion best describes Nelson Mandela's feelings towards his progress in learning during his early days at school?

  • a) Overwhelmed
  • b) Satisfied
  • c) Proud
  • d) Indifferent


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