Mock exam paper A - P2 Ordinary Level Marking Scheme

PRE LEAVING CERTIFICATE EXAMINATION, 2011

MARKING SCHEME

ENGLISH

ORDINARY

SECTION I

THE SINGLE TEXT (60 MARKS)

Candidates must answer on ONE text (A – I).

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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)

This is her first visit to Simon’s House. She meets Heather (Simon’s sister) and her

wheelchair-bound Grandfather…accepts hospitality…refuses to take a seat…asks Simon to pay her college fees for four years…he agrees…atmosphere formal even hostile etc.

Combined Criteria P + C = 6 L + M= 4

(b) Select one scene or moment in the novel that made you feel particularly

sympathetic towards Benny. Briefly describe the scene, and explain your response

to it. (10)

Candidates will select and describe their chosen scene i.e. disappointment at not

receiving her birthday outfit… when she learns of Jack’s philandering in Wales…his

affair with Nan…his betrayal of Benny…he r father’s death…being plagued by Sean

Walsh etc.

Combined Criteria P + C = 6 L + M= 4

(c) “Jack Foley is a very selfish character.” Do you agree or disagree with this

statement? Give reasons for your answer. (10)

Candidates are free to take a view. Evidence of selfishness is seen in his rejection of

father’s wishes re law…cheating on Benny… pleasure-seeking life etc… or, very normal upper-middle class spoiled young man…etc. Strength of case will depend on evidence provided.

Combined Criteria P + C = 6 L + M= 4

2. Answer ONE of the following: [each pat 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.

Friendship: Benny and Eve: Mother Francis and Eve: Benny and Jack despite his

betrayal: among the circle etc.

Women’s Rights: Eve asserts her rights to go to college: Eve works for independence:

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