The fault in our Stars. John Green

The story

Comprehension- time allowed 45 minutes

Augustus Waters has just died and Hazel Grace is grieving.

It was unbearable the whole thing. Every second worse than the last. I just kept thinking about calling him, wondering what would happen, if anyone would answer. In the last weeks ,we’d been reduced to spending our time in recollection but that was not nothing. The pleasure of remembering had been taken from me, because there was no longer anyone to remember with. It felt like losing your co-rememberer meant losing the memory itself, as if the things we’d done were less real and important than they had been hours before.

When you go into the ER, one of the first things they ask you to do is to rate your pain on a scale from one to ten and from there they decide what drugs to use and how quickly to use them. I had been asked this question hundreds of times over the years, and I remembered once early on when I couldn’t get my breath and it felt like my chest was on fire, flames licking the inside of my ribs fighting for a way to burn out of my body, my parents took me to the ER.A nurse asked me about the pain and I couldn’t even speak but I held up nine fingers.

I held up a nine because I was saving my ten. And here it was, the great and terrible ten. Slamming me again and again as I lay still and alone in my bed staring at the ceiling.

Finally I did call him. His phone went five times and then it went to voicemail. “You’ve reached the voicemail of Augustus Waters,” he said, the clarion voice I’d fallen for. “Leave a message”. The air on the line was so eerie. I just wanted to go back to that place where I could talk to him.

ER-Emergency room at the hospital.



  1. Who has just died? (1 mark)
  2. Who is remembering Augustus in this text? (1 mark)
  3. What is an ER? (1 mark)
  4. How does the speaker describe the pain she is experiencing and why? (2 marks)
  5. What does “spending our time in recollection” mean? (2 marks)
  6. Why do you think that the speaker feels that the things they had remembered they had done were less real or less important than they had been hours before? (2 marks)
  7. Why do you think the speaker describers her pain as a ten? ( 3 marks)
  8. How would you describe the speaker? Give evidence from the text.(4 marks)
  9. Why do you think the speaker called the phone? (3 marks)
  10. Why do you think the air on the line felt “eerie”? (2 marks)
  11. If Hazel-Grace was to leave a message what do you think she would say? Use the text to support your answer.(4 marks)

25 marks total


Writing task

45 minutes

Choose ONE of the following titles and write an essay about it.

1.Imagine you are Augustus Waters younger sister. Write a eulogy for Augustus Waters describing your childhood adventures.


2.Imagine Augustus Waters had left a eulogy written about his life and his relationship with Hazel Grace. Write the content of the eulogy.