Mock exam paper B Foundation Level

PRE- JUNIOR CERTIFICATE EXAMINATION, 2012

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ENGLISH – FOUNDATION LEVEL

360 marks

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Time: 2 hours 30 minutes

YOU MUST ANSWER SECTIONS 1, 2, AND 3

YOU MUST ANSWER SECTIONS 1, 2, AND 3

YOU MUST ALSO ANSWER ANY THREE OF

SECTIONS 4, 5, 6, AND 7

YOU MUST ALSO ANSWER ANY THREE OF

SECTIONS 4, 5, 6, AND 7

SPEND A LITTLE OVER 20 MINUTES

ON EACH SECTION

SPEND A LITTLE OVER 20 MINUTES

ON EACH SECTION

SECTION 1: READING [60]

Read this piece, and then answer the questions.

How our wolves were ushered into wildlife history

MICHAEL VINEY----------------Irish Times 7/11/2011

Ireland's last wolves?: the animals probably died out here by 1786. Illustration: Michael Viney

NOTHER LIFE: THE ONE WOLF in my life trotted out of nowhere one evening in west Greenland, drawn by the fragrance of curry drifting up the frozen fjord. It paused just metres away, among the rocks around our tents, and regarded us through calm, golden eyes. The three of us sat in freeze-frame, spoons halfway to our mouths, not at all in alarm but in an odd mix of wonderment and surreally familiar response. The wolf was beautiful, a lean and silvery Alsatian, yet “Here fella!” seemed unlikely to work.

One of us moved (David Cabot, reaching for the film camera) and the animal fled. It loped up the shore of the fjord, with one look back, and went off to harass a little band of musk oxen distant across the valley. Defending their calves, they drove it off with lowered horns. It dwindled as a grey dot between the snow banks, a lone wolf hungry in the High Arctic wilderness.

But you’d never know, with wolves. One day in the 1740s, a man set out from Roonith, just up the coast from where I live, in Co Mayo, on a long, hard walk inland through the Sheeffry Mountains to Drummin and Aughagower. Nearing the mountains, at Cregganbaun, he met an acquaintance and, thinking danger was past (I can’t imagine why), gave him his dagger, only to be killed by a wolf farther on in Doolough Valley. This one, or another, was killed near Louisburgh in 1745, becoming one of the many “last ...

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