Novel Question 2017


  1. Describe at least one challenge faced by a character or individual in the written text. Explain how this challenge helped you to understand the character or individual.


A challenge faced by the character Ricky Baker in Barry Crump’s novel Wild Pork and Watercress is after Ricky’s aunt Bella dies and Ricky and Uncle Hec were hiding in the bush. This challenge helped me understand that Ricky was a persevering, independent young man who and was able to exceeded his own expectations survive numerous several life-threatening situations in the bush such as helping uncle Hec, hunting for food, keeping hidden from searchers and getting over the physical challenges of being a ‘fat Maori boy’.


Posted by Tracey Hames

Teacher of English at Mount Aspiring College, Wanaka, New Zealand.

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