Mock exam paper C - P1 Ordinary Level

PRE – LEAVING CERTIFICATE EXAMINATION, 2013

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

Diary of a Tsunami Survivor

Though it's been three months since the tsunami, people are still terrified of the sea. They are convinced another wave could hit at any time since the sea has become rougher since the disaster.

Children think it's a bad omen, despite their elders' reassurances. There have been other odd changes. Near my work in Matara, a giant crack has opened in the ground next to my friend's house, and she fears her home could be swallowed up. University geologists are investigating. Another friend says a lake near his home in Galle used to be brown and muddy and full of rubbish - but now it's a perfect blue, and at night you can see the reflection of the moon. People are coming from all around to see it, and there are new types of fish living there.

Since the tsunami, people have been really paranoid about any changes in their environment, and ready to believe anything they read in the newspapers. But the story of the lake shows the event was not all about damage. It's changed some things for the better.

The hot, dry weather of...

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