Mock exam paper C P1 Higher Level

PRE-JUNIOR CERTIFICATE EXAMINATION, 2013

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ENGLISH - HIGHER LEVEL - PAPER 1

180 marks

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Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes

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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 2

SECTION 1: READING [40]

Read carefully the following passage and then answer the questions that follow.

An extract from Liam O Flaherty’s well known book on the Irish famine entitled ‘Famine’

In spite of the previous year’s blight and the scarcity of food, the quantity of potatoes planted that spring was even greater than usual. Now the crop showed signs of being a bumper one. The spring had been severe. There had been frost and snow even in the first part of April. But June brought a heat that was almost tropical. Under the urge of this heat, the potato plants grew to an enormous size and their luxuriant foliage, dotted with beautiful white and pink blossoms, made Black Valley look like a flower garden. The people began to hope that their hardships were nearly over and that God would again bless their labour. 

On St. John’s Eve, they made bonfires in accordance with the ancient custom. Then they took coals from the fires and carried them around the boundaries of their gardens, to ward off evil from the earth’s fruit. Next morning, they went out and plucked a few stalks in each garden. Lo! the seed had increased abundantly. There was wild rejoicing everywhere. Old Kilmartin was exalted. 

‘What did I say?’ he shouted, as he spilt a small kish of the new potatoes on the kitchen floor. ‘God doesn’t send hunger for long. He sends it to remind us of our sins. But when we repent he sends riches. The earth is rich. God has blessed our earth.’ 

At noon, on the feast of St. John, they sat down to a meal that was for them a real feast. Mary had got a few young onions from the plot at the back of the house. She chopped them up a...

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