Leaving Cert. Higher Level. 2013.
(Past questions up to 2013)
. Remember: Keep in mind the language genres: Information, Argument, Persuasion, Narration and the Aesthetic use of language)
. Always keep the marking scheme in mind when answering all questions;Purpose, Coherence, Language, Mechanics.
Always underline exactly what you are being asked in every question.
-There will always be a question asking you to identify elements of the writer’s style/stylistic features that you enjoy, e.g. vivid images, onomatopoeia, tension, humour, etc.
- What makes a piece of writing attractive to you, the reader?
- You may be asked to describe the author or a character from the extract/identify characteristics.
- You may also be asked if the visual imagery of the texts are relevant/ complement the text.
- You may be asked if the writer effectively captures the experience described in the extract.
- There could be a question based on your attitude towards a topic/ theme as expressed in the extract.
- Identify aspects of autobiographical writing, speech writing.
- Identify aspects of text that support writer’s viewpoint/claim.
- Determine a writer’s attitude towards the text’s theme.
- Identify an image/images to illustrate the text.
- Letter (Formal/Informal).
- Diary entries.
- Article for website/magazine. (Persuasive)
- Text for radio presentation/ talk
- Interview and proposal for interview for editor/ general Interview (questions and answers)
Essay. (Section 2)
- Magazine article. (Light-hearted/ entertaining)
- Newspaper/ Magazine feature article.
- Personal/descriptive/discursive essay.
- Narrative (Based on image from text 3)
- Debate, persuasive language.
- Practical guide/advice
- Opinion piece
Single Text. (Section 1)
- Why it was an interesting text.
- Response to a statement.
- Ingredients of a compelling drama.
- Important character/relationship.
- Imagery/ symbolism.
- Insight into setting of text.
- Personal sympathies.
- Personal response to a character.
- Text worth reading?
- Features you enjoyed.
- Does the play create opportunities for a dramatic performance?
- Attitude of a character.
- Importance of love.
- Character earns our sympathy/respect/affection?
- Character earns our admiration/disdain?
- Compelling drama.
- Powerful images.
- Impact of main character.
- Does the text raise questions?
- Discuss a statement
- Know a key character/protagonist well.
- Is there are character caught between two conflicting forces?
- Does the author portray his/her own beliefs/values through his/her protagonists?
- Know a scene inside out
- Setting of text, are there contrasting settings?
- Techniques used to convey a setting.
Support your essay with very close reference to text, know your quotes.
General Vision and view point.
- How a central character portrays the general vision and view point.
- Your understanding of the general vision and view point.
- Is it optimistic/pessimistic? Bright/dark?
- How is it communicated?
- Is it shaped by our attitude to a central character?
- Does our emotional response to the text construct the viewpoint?
Theme or Issue.
-As portrayed through key moments
-How the theme maintains your interest.
-Viewpoint of theme.
-Presentation of theme.
-How theme gives an insight into life.
-Treatment of theme.
-How the texts help us understand a theme/issue.
- Is your view of a theme changed of reinforced after studying a text?
- Does a theme give you a valuable insight/teach you a lesson following its presentation in a text?
Compare all three texts and use key moments. Quote from your texts where applicable.
Section 3. (A)
- Personal response to a poem.
- Mood, feeling of a poem.
- Impression of relationships.
- Phrase/ line which impressed you.
- Impact on reader.
- Emotions of poet.
- Favourite line.
- Highlighting impact it has on reader.
- Your understanding of the title.
- Feelings in poem.
- Impression of person
- Highlight the impact the poem had on you.
Quote and refer to the poem in your answer to support all points you make.
Use your poetic vocabulary.
Poetry, Studied. (B).
- Response to a statement
- Like/not like poetry of a poet.
- Communicate powerful feelings through thought-provoking images.
- Disappointment and cynicism.
- Aspects of poetry dated and irrelevant? Or can students still respond to the poems themes/issues raised?
- Language have enduring appeal?
- Distinctive style. Do you like? Dislike?
- Does the poetry speak to you?
- Response to poet’s poems.
- Language, Imagery.
- Letter to a poet regarding how you feel about his/her poetry.
- Introduce poetry of a poet.
- Feelings poems creates in you.
- Impact of poem on you.
- Writer’s style.
- Agree/disagree with statement given.
- Is poet successful in his/her aim?
- Does language express insights/thoughts of poet?
- Reflective in-sights?
- Layers of meaning?
- Poetry dated or relevant?
Quote and refer to all six poems throughout your answer to support all points you make.