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UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE INTERNATIONAL EXAMINATIONS General Certificate of Education Ordinary Level ENGLISH LANGUAGE 1115/02, 1120/02 1123/02 May/June 2004 1 hour 30 minutes Paper 2 INSERT READ THESE INSTRUCTIONS FIRST This insert contains the passage for comprehension. This document consists of 3 printed pages and 1 blank page. SP (NH) S62475/3 © UCLES 2004 [Turn over 2 The passage describes how the writer, Mark, achieves his ambition of buying an elephant and setting out on a journey with her, along with his companions, Aditya and Salim. 1 ‘Am I right in assuming that you want to buy an elephant?’ A voice from India shouted down the telephone to me in Hong Kong. It was my friend Aditya. Even through the hiss and crackle of the telephone, I could detect the disbelief in his voice about my strange wish. ‘Yes, that’s right,’ I replied. ‘You must be mad,’ he said. ‘But I’ll see what I can do.’ Within a few days I was in India at Aditya’s house. There, waiting for me, was an acquaintance of his, Salim, who had a deep knowledge of wildlife and, more importantly, was an expert on elephants. ‘Orissa, the old kingdom of Kalinga,’ Salim said, studying the map, ‘is where you should go to buy an elephant, and to begin your journey. For centuries the rulers there reckoned part of their wealth in elephants.’ So next morning we set off. By coincidence the director of the zoo in Orissa was on our flight. But he gave us depressing news. He knew of no elephants for sale in Orissa. When we touched down, my gloomy mood deepened. It was monsoon time and an oppressive heat hung in the air. We checked into our hotel and followed the porter to our rooms. Before we could get inside, the porter suddenly asked us if we wanted to buy an elephant. I didn’t ask him how on earth he knew that. Aditya whispered to me ‘Don’t forget the zoo director is staying here too. News travels fast in

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