Mock exam paper B - P1 Ordinary Level

PRE – LEAVING CERTIFICATE EXAMINATION, 2012

English – Ordinary Level – Paper 1

Total Marks: 200

Time: 2 hours, 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 HERO IN SOCIETY.
  • 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.

TEXT 1

The Story of Adam Mayblum, a Survivor at the World Trade Center

Took off my tee shirt and ripped it into 3 pieces. Soaked it in water. Gave 2 pieces to my friends. Tied my piece around my face to act as an air filter. And we all started moving to the staircase. One of my dearest friends said that he was staying until the police or firemen came to get him. fires and sparks.

The ceiling had collapsed in the men’s bathroom. 78 is the main junction to switch to the upper floors. I expected to see more people. There were some 50 to 60 more.

I recall seeing Harry, my head trader, doing the same several yards behind me. I am only 35. I have known him for over 14 years. I headed into the stairwell with 2 friends. We were moving down very orderly in Stair Case A. very slowly. No panic.

On the phones, 1 out of 20 dial attempts got through. I knew I could not reach my wife so I called my parents. I told them what happened and that we were all okay and on the way down

I called my friend Angel in San Francisco. I knew he would be watching. He was amazed I...

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