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2011. M.12

Coimisiún na Scrúduithe Stáit State Examinations Commission LEAVING CERTIFICATE EXAMINATION, 2011

English - Higher Level - Paper 2
Total Marks: 200
Thursday, 9th June – Afternoon, 2.00 – 5.20

Candidates must attempt the following: ONE question from SECTION I – The Single Text  ONE question from SECTION II – The Comparative Study  ONE question on 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 (Hamlet) or in SECTION II, The Comparative Study (Hamlet, The Tempest).

INDEX OF SINGLE TEXTS
Wuthering Heights A Doll’s House A Whistle in the Dark Hamlet The Grapes of Wrath  Page 2  Page 2  Page 3  Page 3  Page 3

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SECTION I THE SINGLE TEXT (60 marks)
Candidates must answer one question from this section (A – E). A WUTHERING HEIGHTS – Emily Brontë (i) “Catherine Earnshaw is a character readers can both like and dislike.” Discuss this statement, supporting your answer with suitable reference to Wuthering Heights. OR (ii) “Brontë makes effective use of two contrasting worlds, Wuthering Heights and Thrushcross Grange.” Write a response to this statement, supporting your answer with suitable reference to Wuthering Heights.

B

A DOLL’S HOUSE – Henrik Ibsen (i) “Nora is a character who earns our respect but not our affection.” Discuss this view, supporting your answer with suitable reference to A Doll’s House. OR (ii) “Ibsen’s play, A Doll’s House, can be viewed as an exploration of power within relationships.” Discuss this statement with suitable reference to the text.

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C

A WHISTLE IN THE DARK – Tom Murphy (i) “Many characters in A Whistle in the Dark see brutality and violence as an expression of honour and heroism.” Discuss this view, supporting your answer by reference to at least two characters in the text. OR (ii) “In A Whistle in the Dark, Michael Carney is a pathetic character caught between conflicting forces.” Write a response to this statement, supporting your answer with suitable reference to the text.

D

HAMLET – William Shakespeare (i) “Revenge and justice are finely balanced themes in the play, Hamlet.” Discuss this statement, supporting your answer with suitable reference to the text. OR (ii) “Claudius can be seen as both a heartless villain and a character with some redeeming qualities in the play, Hamlet.” Discuss both aspects of this statement, supporting your answer with suitable reference to the text.

E

THE GRAPES OF WRATH – John Steinbeck (i) “Steinbeck uses Jim Casy as an effective spokesman for some of his beliefs and ideas in The Grapes of Wrath.” Discuss this statement. Support your answer with suitable reference to the text. OR (ii) “Readers encounter graphic moments of human misery contrasted with glimpses of hope in The Grapes of Wrath.” Do you agree with this view? Support your answer with suitable reference to the text.

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SECTION II THE COMPARATIVE STUDY (70 marks)
Candidates must answer one question from either A – Theme or Issue or B – The Cultural Context. In your answer you may not use the text you have answered on in SECTION I – The Single Text. N.B. The questions use the word text to refer to all the different kinds of texts available for study on this course, i.e. novel, play, short story, autobiography, biography, travel writing, and film. The questions use the word reader to include viewers of films and theatre audiences. A THEME OR ISSUE 1. “A reader’s view of a theme or issue can be either changed or reinforced through interaction with texts.” Compare the extent to which your understanding of a theme or issue was changed or reinforced through your interaction with at least two texts on your comparative course. (70) OR 2. “The study of a theme or issue can offer a reader valuable lessons and insights.” (a) Identify and discuss at least one...
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