Mock exam paper D - P1 Ordinary Level

PRE – LEAVING CERTIFICATE EXAMINATION, 2014

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

Generation Emigration

I left Ireland in the summer of 2010, on one of the more traditional routes, a ferry to Wales. After 18 months of fruitless job searching and having more ambition than standing in the notorious dole queue, I felt a great sense of relief as that ferry left Rosslare harbour.

Disillusioned is the word I would use to express what my view of Ireland has become in these recent years. Some people on these pages, and some of my friends included, would appeal for a more optimistic view of Ireland’s plight. But my personal experiences made me at first angry, and later cynical about Ireland’s ability to recover.

I am not the first generation of my family to tread the emigration trail, as my great-great grandfather left his home in the mid 1800s to join the British army and a chance at a better life. Whether he found it or not I’m not sure, all I do know is that he settled in Liverpool to become part of that city’s vibrant and enduring Irish community.

Generations on, my father relocated to Ireland from Liverpool to bring the Flanag...

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