Mock exam paper A - P1 Ordinary Level

PRE LEAVING CERTIFICATE EXAMINATION, 2011

English - Ordinary Level - Paper 1

Total Marks 200

DURATION: 3 HOURS 20 MINUTES

Candidates must attempt the following: -

  • ONE question from SECTION I - The Single Text.
  • ONE question from SECTION II - The Comparative Study.
  • THE QUESTIONS on the Unseen Poem from Section III - Poetry.
  • The questions on ONE of the Prescribed Poems from SECTION III - Poetry.

INDEX OF SINGLE TEXTS

Circle of Friends - Page 2

Wuthering Heights - Page 2

A Doll’s House - Page 3

How Many Miles to Babylon - Page 3

The Secret Life of Bees - Page 4

A Whistle in the Dark - Page 4

The Plough and the Stars - Page 5

Hamlet - Page 5

The Grapes of Wrath - Page 6

SECTION I –

THE SINGE TEXT (60 MARKS)

A CIRCLE OF FRIENDS - Maeve Binchy

Answer all of the questions.

1.

(a) Describe what happens when Eve visits Simon Westward to ask for money to help pay for her college fees. (10)

(b) Select one scene or moment in the novel that made you particularly sympathetic towards Benny. Briefly describe the scene, and explain your response to it. (10)

(c) ‘Jack Foley is a very selfish character.’ Do you agree or disagree with this statement? Give reasons for your answer. (10)

2. Answer ONE of the following: [Each part carries 30 marks]

(i) Choose one of the following issues that Circle of Friends made you think about:

- Friendship

- Women’s rights

-Disappointment

Explain how this issue affected one character in the story.

OR

(ii) If you were asked to play the part of one of the characters from Circle of Friends in a new film adaptation of the novel, which character would you choose? Explain your choice by reference to the novel.

OR

(iii) Based on your reading of Circle of Friends, do you think that Maeve Binchy is a good story-teller? Give reasons for you opinion.

B WUTHERING HEIGHTS - Emily Bronte

Answer all of the questions.

1.

(a) Do you like or dislike the character of Nelly Dean, the narrator of most of the story? Explain your ...

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