Mock exam paper A P2 Higher Level

PRE-JUNIOR CERTIFICATE EXAMINATION, 2011

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ENGLISH - HIGHER LEVEL - PAPER 2

180 marks

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Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes

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EACH SECTION CARRIES 60 MARKS.

SPEND ABOUT 45 MINUTES ON EACH SECTION.

SECTION 1: DRAMA [60]

Answer QUESTION ONE and QUESTION TWO

QUESTION ONE (30)

Answer either (A) or (B).

  1. SHAKESPEAREAN DRAMA

The following extract (in edited form) is taken from Macbeth by William Shakespeare. Read the extract carefully and then answer the questions which follow.

macbeth bloody hands.jpg

Background to this extract:

In this scene, Macbeth –who has become King after assassinating the previous ruler, Duncan - is having a feast for his new subjects. Unknown to anyone, even his wife, he has also just had Banquo, his best friend, murdered to prevent him fathering a line of kings as was predicted. As the feast gets underway, Banquo’s ghost comes to silently accuse Macbeth of his murder.

The GHOST OF BANQUO enters, and sits in MACBETH's place

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MACBETH

[On seeing the ghost, who appears bloody]

Which of you have done this?

Lords

What, my good lord?

MACBETH

Thou canst not say I did it: never shake
Thy gory locks at me.

ROSS

Gentlemen, rise: his highness is not well.

LADY MACBETH

Sit, worthy friends: my lord is often thus,
And hath been from his youth: pray you, keep seat;
The fit is momentary; upon a thought
He will again be well: if much you note him,
You shall offend him and extend his passion:
Feed, and regard him not. Are you a man?

MACBETH

Ay, and a bold one, that dare look on that
Which might appal the devil.

LADY MACBETH

O proper stuff!
This is the very painting of your fear:
This is the air-drawn dagger which, you said,
Led you to Duncan. O, these flaws and starts,
Impostors to true fear, would well become
A woman's story at a winter's fire,
Authorized by her grandam. Shame itself!
Why do you make such faces? When all'...

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