Mock exam paper B - P1 Higher Level

PRE – LEAVING CERTIFICATE EXAMINATION, 2012

English – Higher Level – Paper I

Total Marks: 200 Marks

TIME: 2 hours and 50 minutes

  • This paper is divided into two sections,

Section I COMPREHENDING and Section II COMPOSING.

  • The paper contains three texts on the general theme of THE VIOLENT WORLD.
  • Candidates should familiarise themselves with each of the texts before beginning

their answers.

  • Both sections of this paper (COMPREHENDING and COMPOSING) must be

attempted.

  • Each section carries 100 marks.

SECTION I – COMPREHENDING

  • Two Questions, A and B, follow each text.
  • Candidates must answer a Question A on one text and a Question B on a different

text. Candidates must answer only one Question A and only one Question B.

  • N.B. Candidates may NOT answer a Question A and a Question B on the same

text.

SECTION II – COMPOSING

  • Candidates must write on one of the compositions 1 – 7.

SECTION 1

COMPREHENDING (100 MARKS)

TEXT 1

Jodi Picoult is the author of eighteen novels. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband and three children. In this interview, Picoult discusses many aspects of her latest novel, Nineteen Minutes, and discusses how she finds the ideas to fuel her prolific writing.

What drew you to the subject of a school shooting for the premise of a novel?

As a mom of three, I've seen my own children struggle with fitting in and being bullied. It was listening to their experiences, and my own frustrations, that led me to consider the topic.

How did you go about conducting research for Nineteen Minutes? Given the heart wrenching and emotional topic of the book, in what ways was the research process more challenging than for your previous novels?

This book was VERY hard to research. I actually began through my long time legal research helper, who had a colleague that had worked in the FBI and put me in touch with the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office -- the people who investigated the Columbine shootings. The next co...

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