Mock exam paper B P1 Higher Level
PRE-JUNIOR CERTIFICATE EXAMINATION, 2012
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.
The following extract is taken from the opening of the novel, Angela’s Ashes.
My father and mother should have stayed in New York where they met and married and where I was born. Instead they returned to Ireland when I was four, my mother Malachy, three, the twins, Oliver and Eugene, barely one, and my sister, Margaret, dead and gone.
When I look back on my childhood I wonder how I survived at all. It was, of course, a miserable childhood: the happy childhood is hardly worth your while. Worse than the ordinary miserable childhood is hardly worth your while. Worse than the ordinary miserable childhood is the miserable Irish childhood, and worse yet is the miserable Irish Catholic childhood.
People everywhere brag and whimper about their woes of their early years, but nothing can compare with the Irish version: the poverty; the shiftless loquacious alcoholic father; the pious defeated mother moaning by the fire; pompous priests; bullying schoolmasters; the English and all the terrible things they did to us for eight hundred long years.
Above all- we were wet.
Out in the Atlantic Ocean great sheets of rain gathered to drift slowly up the River Shannon and settle forever in Limerick. The rain dampened the city from the Feast of the Circumcision to New Year’s Eve. It created a cacophony of hacking coughs, bronchial rattles, asthmatic wheezes, consumptive croaks. It turned noses into fountains, lungs into bacterial sponges. It provoked cures galore; to ease the catarrah you boiled onions in milk blackened with pepper;for th...