Mock exam paper A P1 Higher Level
PRE-JUNIOR CERTIFICATE EXAMINATION, 2011
ENGLISH - HIGHER LEVEL - PAPER 1
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
YOU MUST ATTEMPT ALL 4 SECTIONS
ON THIS PAPER
IT IS SUGGESTED THAT YOU SPEND ABOUT
HALF AN HOUR ON EACH OF SECTIONS
1, 3, 4, AND ABOUT ONE HOUR ON
SECTION 1: READING 
Read carefully the following passage and then answer the questions that follow.
Adapted from I’m a Stranger Here Myself by Bill Bryson, the author outlines why he is reluctant to dine out very often.
Going to a restaurant is generally a discouraging experience for me because I always manage somehow to antagonize the waitress. This, of course, is something you never want to do because waitresses are among the relatively small group of people who have the opportunity to sabotage items that you will shortly be putting into your mouth.
My particular problem is being unable to take in all the food options that are presented to me. If you order, say, a salad, the waitress reels off sixteen dressings, and I am not quick enough to take in that many concepts at once.
"Can you run those past me again?" I say with a simpleton smile of the sort that I hope will inspire compassion.
So the waitress sighs lightly and rolls her eyes a trifle, the way you would if you had to recite
sixteen salad dressings over and over all day long for a succession of halfwits, and reels off the list again. This time I listen with the greatest gravity and attentiveness, nodding at each, and then unfailingly I choose one that she didn't mention.
"We don't do Thousand Island," she says flatly.
I can't possibly ask her to recite the list again, so I ask for the only one I can remember, which I am able to remember only because it sounded so awful - Gruyere and goat's milk vinaigrette or something. Lately I have hit on the expedient of saying: "I'll have whichever one is pink and doesn't smell like the bottom of a gym bag." ...