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									                   MOCK EXAMINATION (2000-2001)
                           FORM SEVEN
                       LIBERAL STUDIES II
                     HUMAN RELATIONSHIPS
                        (with marking scheme)
Total marks: 100                                              Time allowed: 2.5 hours



   Notes for candidates:
   1. This paper consists of Section 1 and Section 2. Section 1 carries 75% of the
      module marks, and Section 2 carries 25%.
   2. Section 1 consists of three questions, all of which are to be answered.
      Section 2 consists of four questions, of which candidates may attempt any
      one.
   3. Each question is worth 25 marks: 18 marks are allocated for content and 7
      marks for effective communication.
   4. The maximum content marks are indicated in brackets at the end of each
      question and sub-question. They are a guide to the length of answer
      required, which may vary from one to several paragraphs.
   5. Candidates are reminded that this subject emphasizes the ability to present
      and support points of view in a clear, concise and logical manner, rather than
      the ability to recite facts.
Section 1
Answer ALL the questions in this section.
1. a) Read the following extract from a local newspaper article dated 14.10.2000:
                          Women call in experts to hunt for mate
          More career women are seeking help from matchmaking agencies even though
          the ratio of men to women is on the rise.
          “In the past, 70 per cent of our customers were men; now 70 per cent are
          women. Half of these are professional ladies aged between 27 to 35,” said Ms
          Siu, a marriage service manager.



    How would you explain for the above phenomenon that more career women are
    seeking help from matchmaking agencies?                         (9 marks)


    b)
         In accordance with the statistics released by the Caritas, from December 1997 to
         August 1998, the organization had received 930 telephone calls seeking for
         hotline counselling services on extra-marital affairs. Over 70% of the cases had
         children at the age of 6 to 12 years old.

    If parents are involved in extra-marital affairs, what are the possible impacts on the
    children at the above age range?                                            (9 marks)


  2. Read the following extract from the SCMP dated 10 November, 1999 and answer
   the questions below.



                       Third of Students ‘Sex Abuse Victims’

    More than one-third of university students have encountered verbal or physical
    sexual abuse while growing up, a survey has found.

    The research conducted by the Chinese University of Hong Kong surveyed a total
    of 2,147 students in all seven local universities.

    The cases ranged from verbal abuse and being exposed to pornography to actual
    physical sexual abuse.

    Professor Tang So-kum of the Chinese University’s department of psychology
    noted that the average age of child sexual abuse victims was 12.

    Only 17 percent of the abusers were strangers, but nearly 40 percent were
    friends, 12.3 percent relatives, 7.5 percent fathers and 5.8 percent mothers of the
    victims.

    Professor Tang said what worried her most was that only 40 percent of victims
    reported their abuse.

    “It is worrying because matters relating to sex are still a taboo in Chinese
    society. Added to this, the victims find there is no use in disclosing the
    experience. Most victims just kept the abuse to themselves.”



a) How would you respond to the survey result? How would the traumatic experience
   of sexual abuse affect the development of the victims? Explain your answer.
                                                                            ( 3+6 marks)
b) Why do the victims think that ‘there is no use in disclosing the experience’ and just
   ‘kept the abuse to themselves’? With regard to the difficulties behind, suggest some
   possible solutions to deal with the problem.                        (5+4 marks)


3. a) Read the following extract from a newspaper article date 16.1.2001:

  Two pairs of homosexuals have successfully made use of a loophole of the law in
  Ontario Canada to get married in a church. Their wedding ceremony was conducted
  by a priest. If the Canadian government recognizes their marriage and grants them
  marriage certificates, then they will be the first batch of lawful homosexual couples in
  the world.

  Do you agree that homosexual marriage should be legalized in Hong Kong?         Explain
  your answer.                                                                  ( 9 marks)
b) The following is a table showing people’s opinions on social discrimination against
   the minority groups in Hong Kong:

   Types of minority groups     Percentage (%)
   Homosexuals                  54.6
   Prostitutes                  54.3
   Ex-mental patients           53.3
   New immigrants               42.8
   Social Security recipients   27.4
   Unemployed people            14.0
   Single-parent families       13.4

 Do you think the above order of discrimination against different minority groups
 reflects the reality in Hong Kong? What can be done to solve the problem of
 discrimination against the new immigrants in Hong Kong?           ( 3+6 marks)
Section 2
Answer ONE question from this section.
 4. a) The following is the extract of an article written by a student called Eva Yuen in a
       local newspaper dated 16-11-2000.


                         Adult smokers bad influence on youth
          I am writing in response to the article called “Social factors cause young
          to smoke”, which appeared in Young Post.
          I am shocked by the fact that almost 90 per cent of the students knew that
          smoking was hazardous to their health and yet so many of them still
          smoked.
          The report found that if there was one or more family members who
          smoked, it was highly likely that the next generation would also smoke.

   Recently, it has been found that the problem of smoking among teenagers is getting
   more and more serious, especially among the F.3 girls, with a 12 % increase
   compared with 5 years before. To what extent do you think the problem is related to
   the reason that one or more of their family members smoke? Explain your answer.
                                                                          ( 8 marks)


   b) Read the following extract from an article in a recent local newspaper:
                             Call to tackle youth drug abuse
          In Hong Kong, drug abuse seems to be on the increase especially within
          the last few months.
          As rave parties are becoming more and more popular, the issue has
          become a serious social problem.
          At these parties, people can obtain drugs easily from pushers who haunt
          these gatherings of young people. Many teenagers go to these parties in
          search of fun and fall victims to the peddlers who are out to make a fast
          buck.

  The phenomenon of going to rave parties and abusing drugs like Ecstasy, Katemin is
  getting more serious among teenagers nowadays. What are the three most important
  factors leading to this problem? Suggest two effective ways of tackling the problem.
  Explain your answer.                                                    ( 6+4 marks)



5. a) Read the following extract from an article from SCMP dated January 14, 2000.
Then answer the questions below.


                               Middle-aged suicides soar

                                  SALLY FISHER in Tokyo


    Every day, 32 Japanese men commit suicide, an occurrence that has reached a
    record high among middle-aged men, leaving their children to cope with a range
    of problems.

    According to Ashinaga Ikueikai, a charity that helps such children, money worries
    and social stigma are problems that add to the emotional stress.

    Some children feel so ashamed they cannot discuss it with others.
    An Ashinaga Ikueikai spokesman says suicides among the broad range of men
    aged between 25 and 59 accounted for almost half of last year's record total,
    which topped 30,000.

    And the suicide rate in the middle-aged group from 40-plus has risen sharply.

    He says that before 1998 it was rare for a father with dependent children to take
    his life, but since then 'the figure has increased rapidly'.

    The proportion of children left fatherless from suicide is four times that of fathers
    who die in car accidents.

    'Suicide is contagious. When it is reported it confuses people and some think they
    have no choice but to die,' says psychiatrist Kenshiro Ohara of Hamamatsu
    University School of Medicine.

    It is common for men who kill themselves to have been unemployed or trying to
    juggle heavy debts as well as being overworked.

    Bankruptcy is most commonly cited as the cause for a working man's suicide, with
    work problems just behind.
    Others choose to die when they discover that they have no life outside work.

    Others become depressed when sidelined in their careers.

a) Explain for the sharp increase in suicide cases among the middle-aged men in Japan.
   Do you think a similar situation happens in Hong Kong too? Explain your answer.
                                                                          ( 7+3 marks)
b) In November 2000, the following suicide case was reported:

    An 18-year-old F.5 student committed suicide in his family by burning carbon at
    home. He left a letter stating that he was dissatisfied with the confiscation of his
    mobile phone by the school.

To what extent do you agree that the confiscation of his mobile phone is the main reason
for his suicide? Explain your answer.                                      ( 8 marks)




6. Read the following extract from a newspaper article and then answer the questions
below:


    In China, couples who choose to have a second child now face punitive taxes greater
   than three year’s combined salary. In most areas this will be a massive
   disincentive, but far less traumatic than forced abortion, and less open to
   accusations of human rights violations.
   The Government has achieved its target of keeping the population below 1.3 billion,
   but at a high social cost. With a ratio of 88 females to 100 males, some 90 million
   bachelors will fail to find a bride by the year 2000. Such stark facts should bring a
   reassessment of traditional attitudes claiming that “one crippled boy is worth 10
   healthy girls.”
    a) What is the social cost brought by the one-child policy to the Chinese society?
       What kinds of problems may be resulted from this policy?             ( 10 marks)
    b) Do you think being an only-child is much better than having siblings in the
        family? Explain your answer.                                        ( 8 marks)


7. a) The following table shows the major events leading to conflicts between adolescents
and their parents:
   Events for conflict        Frequently (%) Sometimes (%)
   Academic studies           7.1                19.9
   Choice of career           3.4                13.7
   Making friends             3.1                14.5
   Dating, love and choosing 5.0                 13.4
   future partner
   Time management            12.3               32.1
   Entertainment              12.4               28.4
   Use of money               9.1                24.1
   Living habit               13.4               35.5
   Use of resources in living 7.4                22.0.
   environment

 Do you agree that ‘living habit’, ‘entertainment’ and ‘time management’ are the three
 most important events leading to parent-child conflict? Explain your answer.
                                                                           ( 9 marks)
 b) Read the following article from a local newspaper dated 19.10.2000:


                      Teenagers pay high price to look good
      Appearance is important for youngsters and many go to extreme lengths to
      look good. Extreme dieting and plastic surgery are not uncommon and can
      cause more harm than good.
      Teenagers who starve themselves also have a lower resistance to diseases.
      They may even suffer from anorexia and die.
      Many teens pay huge amounts of money for cosmetic surgery. They want to
      improve their appearance artificially, but there are no guarantees. In some
      cases, they look even worse.

  Why do teenagers pay such a high price to look good?    Explain your answer.
                                                                     ( 9 marks)


                                    End of Paper
                   MOCK EXAMINATION (2000-2001)
                          FORM SEVEN
                       LIBERAL STUDIES II
                     HUMAN RELATIONSHIPS
                       MARKING SCHEME

Total marks: 100                                             Time allowed: 2.5 hours


Section 1.
1. a) Explanation for the phenomenon that more career women are seeking help from
   matchmaking agencies.                                                 9-point scale


  b) The possible impacts on the children at the above age range if their parents are
  involved in extra-marital affairs.                                         9-point scale


2. a) Students’ response to the survey result.                              3-point scale
      The impacts of sexual abuse on the development of the victims.        6-point scale


    b)The reasons that the victims think that ‘there is no use in disclosing the experience’
    and just ‘kept the abuse to themselves’.                                 5-point scale
      Suggestions on some possible solutions to deal with the problem. 4-point scale


3. a) Explanations on whether homosexual marriage should be legalized in Hong
      Kong.                                                               9-point scale


   b) Whether students think the above order of discrimination against different minority
   groups reflects the reality in Hong Kong.                               3-point scale
      Solutions for the problem of discrimination against the new immigrants in Hong
      Kong.                                                                6-point scale


  Section 2
  4. a) Explanation on how far the problem is related to the reason that one or more of
  their family members smoke.                                                 8-point scale


      b) The three most important factors leading to this problem.           6-point scale
        Suggestions on two effective ways of tackling the problem.            4-point scale


   5. a) Explanations for the sharp increase in suicide cases among the middle-aged men
in Japan.                                                                  7-point scale


     Whether students think a similar situation happens in Hong Kong too.
                                                                             3-point scale
   b) The extent that students agree that the confiscation of his mobile phone is the main
reason for his suicide.                                                     8-point scale


6. a) The social cost brought by the one-child policy to the Chinese society.
                                                                        10-point scale
     b)Whether students think being an only-child is much better than having siblings in
   the family.                                                         8-point scale


7. a) Explanations on whether ‘living habit’, ‘entertainment’ and ‘time management’ are
   the three most important events leading to parent-child conflict. 9-point scale


    b) The reasons why teenagers pay such a high price to look good.    9-point scale.


                                   End of paper

								
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