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Mock exam paper B Higher Level Marking Scheme








Paper 1

Section 1 Reading 40 Marks

The reading passage presents an extract from Frank McCourt’s book Angela’s Ashes which offers the candidate plenty of scope for engagement.

  1. What impression do you get of the writer’s attitude to his childhood growing up in Limerick? (10)

Candidates can answer on any of the issues the author identifies e.g.

  • Poverty
  • Alcoholic father
  • Holy mother
  • Priests
  • Miserable Irish childhood

Expect candidates to refer to a number of examples of difficulties the author encounters. Candidates should refer to the text in support of their answer.

Marking: imp ex 10

  1. Comment on the writer’s use of descriptive writing. Pick out three descriptions that appealed to you and say why you liked them. . (15)

Candidates are expected to outline the key elements of the author’s style of writing and explain why these elements of style impressed the candidate. The candidate might consider:

  • The author’s use of humorous language
  • The author’s descriptive power
  • The author’s narrative style
  • The use of allegory and personal experience
  • The use of exaggeration to highlight a point
  • The author’s self-deprecation etc.

Expect the candidate to identify clearly two aspects of the author’s style and to explain how this style impressed the candidate. Candidates may make a number of points, well expressed, or a global response well supported from the text.

3. Angela’s Ashes became a bestseller. What, on the evidence of this extract, is the appeal of such a novel?


Candidates are expected to reinforce their opinion by referring and quoting from the extract :

  • Extreme circumstances of his story- poverty, loquacious alcoholic father etc
  • Story accounts for his survival
  • Beginning of the novel
  • Outstanding humour and compassion
  • Exceptional skill as a storyteller
  • Miserable Irish childhood provides a number of great anecdotes.

Expect candidates to giv...

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