Mock exam paper E - Paper 2

PRE – LEAVING CERTIFICATE EXAMINATION, 2015

English – Higher Level – Paper 2

Total Marks: 200

Candidates must attempt the following:-

  • ONE question from SECTION I – The Single Text
  • ONE question from SECTION II – The Comparative Study
  • ONE question from the Unseen Poem from SECTION III – Poetry
  • ONE question on Prescribed Poetry from SECTION III - Poetry

N.B. candidates must answer on Shakespearean Drama. They may do so in SECTION I, the Single text (Othello) OR in SECTION II, The Comparative Study (Othello, King Lear)

INDEX OF SINGLE TEXTS

Pride and Prejudice - Page 2

The Great Gatsby - Page 2

Never Let Me Go - Page 3

All My Sons - Page 3

Othello - Page 3

SECTION I

THE SINGLE TEXT (60 MARKS)

Candidates must answer one question from this section (A - E)

A PRIDE AND PREJUDICE – Jane Austen

(i) “Elizabeth Bennett is one of Austen’s most likeable heroines, for both her faults as well as her strengths as a character.”

Write a response to this statement, supporting your views by reference to the text.

OR

(ii) “Gender roles play an important part in the theme of love and marriage in Pride and Prejudice.”

Outline how gender roles affect the themes of love and marriage in Pride and Prejudice, supporting your answer with the aid of suitable reference to the text.

B THE GREAT GATSBY – F. Scott Fitzgerald

(i) “It is Nick who introduces us to Gatsby and who describes him as being ‘great’. The reader needs to be aware that Nick may be an unreliable narrator.”

Discuss this statement and outline the reasons why you believe Nick is (or is not) a reliable narrator.

OR

(ii) “The American Dream is what drives the characters in Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, and as a theme it is woven tightly throughout the story.”

Do you agree or disagree with this? Support your answer with references to the text.

C NEVER LET ME GO – Kazuo Ishiguro

(i) “Kathy, as a narrator, is not always likeable or sympathetic.”

Discuss this statement with suitable reference to the text.

OR

(ii) “As a title, Never Let Me Go is appropriat...

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