Mock exam paper C Foundation Level

PRE- JUNIOR CERTIFICATE EXAMINATION, 2013

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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]

The following is the opening from Simon Cowell’s autobiography, “I don’t mean to be rude, but…”

I don’t mean to be rude, but ... since the birth of Pop Idol and the X Factor, and their explosive success, both here and in America, people have expected nothing less of me. You see, I have become famous for being rude. At first, I was ‘the record executive’, but in no time I became ‘the nasty judge’, or ‘the brutal one’. Well, in my mind, I’m the honest one. That’s all. On X Factor, I only ever say what I am thinking at the time. That’s the only way I can describe what I’m doing. My statements are genuine. Nothing is rehearsed. When a woman walks in to audition, I might think,‘God, she’s ugly.’ And this, as luck would have it, is the one show on television where I can actually say to someone, “God, you’re ugly.” To me, it’s not being rude. It’s being honest. And it’s being myself.

Giving the X Factor contestants a reality check is part of the entertainment. Without it,the show wouldn’t be half as much fun, either for me or the viewers. But there’s a more serious side to my honesty. Currently, the record business is harder to break into than ever before. Labels are less willing to invest money in a new artist unless they have something really special. That’s why I prefer to tell it like it really is. We set out to make a show that honestly reflects the music business. And trust me, the record industry is not particularly nice.

Having seen me on television, you are probably already familiar with my personality...

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