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Themes for Cheat

Cheat is written by Allan Baillie. There are two main themes for the story.

First of all, we must be judgemental. We might not jump into conclusion too soon and it caused misunderstanding. For example, Lynne is one of the characters who is judgemental. After she read about the book writeen by William Bradburie in the library, she was filled with anger. She said that Geoff is cheating in the short story competition even though she has never read Geoff’s story before. The second theme is creative writing is not always original. A creative idea or innovation like is not always original because we will take idea and inspiration from different resources to make improvement. For instance, Lynne emphasised the importance of originality in the writing. When she realised that Geoff is not cheating, she was wondering whether she had read any story related to the sheepdog in flood.


The Swiss Family Robinson

Minor Character:

Mrs Robinson

  • She is the mother of the children
  • She is a brave woman because she is not afraid of challenges and problems faced.
  • She takes the initiative to make her family comfortable and happy in the unexpected circumstances
  • She takes care of the household chores.
  • She looks after the crops and animals.
  • She is smart because she is able to make bread out of manioc roots.
  • She cares and concerns of her family.
  • She is observant because she reminds her husband the danger of having rope ladder at the tree house.

The Swiss Family Robinson

Main Characters:

Mr. Robinson

  • Mr Robinson is the father of the children
  • He has good sense, practical knowledge.
  • He also understands human nature.
  • He tells the family that they must rely on each other under the unforeseeable circumstances.
  • He has a lot of information on the plants and animals in the ocean and the jungle.
  • He can identify a viable place for his family to stay.
  • He gives a lot of encouragement to his family so that they are able to survive on the island.
  • He fosters his son lots of good habits such as be independent, be resourceful and be respectful.
  • He is able to train his family to be civilised on the island that has no rules and regulations governed.

Cheat! Moral Values


Cheat! Themes

  1. competitiveness
  2. honesty
  3. creativity and self-confidence
  4. keeping anger in oneself
  5. presumptuous and taking situations for granted
  6. keeping faith with friends


Synopsis: –


  • About two schoolchildren and their attitude to peer achievements and relationships.
  • The short story competition is won by Geoff and he wins the Holmes-Watkins Medal.
  • Lynne’s story is placed second and she feels disappointed.
  • She learns to accept her failure and decides to let go.
  • Then, she comes across a short story of write William Bradburie.
  • Geoff’s story of a circus elephant’s escapade in the park is similar to Bradburie’s story.
  • Immediately, Lynne assumes that Geoff has cheated and did not write his own story.
  • She is in dilemma as to whether and how she should expose Geoff.
  • The consequences may be too drastic for Geoff.
  • During the class discussion on careers, lynne holds back exposing Geoff but later she inadvertently mentions the name Bradburie and notices Geoff’s reaction.
  • A few minutes later, she is called into Headmaster Velo’s office and Geoff is ther too with the Holmes-Watkins Medal.
  • Mr Velos explains that Geoff feels he might have taken his story from Bradburie’s collection.
  • So, he decides to reverse the results and Lynne wins the prize.
  • But, Lynne is unhappy with the way the situation has turned out.
  • She begins to have doubts about her own story.


Section A – Directed Writing
1. Article
2. Letter
3. Speech
4. Report
5. Dialogue

Section B – Continuous Writing
1. Descriptive
2. Narrative
3. Creative
4. Imaginative
5. Reflective
6. Argumentative
7. Persuasive
8. Factual
9. Expository

SPM English 1119 Past Year Papers – Part 4


  • How do you think the media has ┬áinfluenced you and your family?
  • Some people think the legal age for driving should be increased from 17 to 19. What do you think?
  • Describe how you spend a free day when the weather was very bad.
  • Large families make happy families.
  • Write a story of an old man returning to his home he left many years ago.


  • My Hero
  • If you were able to choose a time in history that you could visit, which time would it be and why?
  • Life in Malaysia in the new millennium.
  • Things that I like about my life.
  • “More land should be used for agriculture than for industry.” Do you agree or disagree? Give reasons to support your opinion.


  • My Dream Car
  • Education – what it means to me.
  • The computer – is it really an advantage?
  • The day I lost my temper.
  • Memories


  • Describe a day at school when you were very unhappy
  • Parents do not spend enough time with children nowadays. What is your opinion?
  • Write a letter to penfriend describing some interesting places in your village, town or home state.
  • Write a story beginning with “I could tell by his face that he was angry…”
  • Being young.


  • Imagine you were moving to a new house. Describe the last day in your old house.
  • Describe the scene at a crowded bus or railway station.
  • Write a story with the following title “A Narrow Escape.”
  • Do you think games are an important part of school life?
  • Water

SPM English 1119 Past Year Papers – Part 3


  • Describe an enjoyable weekend you have experienced.
  • Write a story ending with “If only I had been more careful, that wouldn’t have happened.
  • What changes would you like to see in your life in the next ten years?
  • How can television help students in their studies?
  • Food


  • Describe the biggest challenge in your life.
  • Write a story with the title “An Unexpected Visitor”.
  • How to keep oneself healthy.
  • If you were given a chance to be anybody, who would you want to be and why?
  • Music


  • Describe a festival celebrated in your area.
  • Write a story ending with “…We had never laughed so much in our lives.”
  • My ideal school.
  • How can we help promote tourism in Malaysia?
  • Clothes


  • A day I wished had never happened.
  • You have been given a chance to visit a country of your choice. Which country would you choose and why?
  • An invention you cannot live without.
  • Write a story that ends with “If only I had listened to his / her advice.”
  • Friends.


  • Describe a favourite teacher who had a great influence on you.
  • Write a story beginning with “Is it really you? Where have you been all these days?”
  • Good results in school do not guarantee success in the future. What is your opinion?
  • How I can help to make the world a better place to live in.
  • Colours


SPM English 1119 Past Year Papers – Part 2


  • Describe an unforgettable incident that you saw on your way home from school.
  • School children should not have long holidays. Do you agree?
  • My favourite day of the week.
  • Write a story that ends with “We said our goodbyes and went our separate ways.”
  • Beauty.


  • Write about a person who has succeeded in life.
  • Examinations – good or bad?
  • My perfect future husband or wife.
  • Write a story ending with “…Now I realise the value of a true friend.”
  • Star


  • Describe an embarrassing experience in your life.
  • “Teenagers today are only interested in entertainment.” Do you agree?
  • My early years
  • Write a story beginning with “Kim was nervous when the door opened…”
  • Tomorrow