Coimisiún na Scrúduithe Stáit State Examinations Commission LEAVING CERTIFICATE EXAMINATION, 2005
English - Higher Level - Paper 2
Total Marks: 200
Wednesday, 8 June – Afternoon, 1.30 – 4.50
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, As You Like It) or in SECTION II, The Comparative Study (Hamlet, As You Like It)
INDEX OF SINGLE TEXTS
Wuthering Heights Silas Marner Amongst Women Hamlet As You Like It − Page 2 − Page 2 − Page 2 − Page 3 − Page 3 Page 1 of 8
SECTION I THE SINGLE TEXT (60 marks)
Candidates must answer one question from this section (A – E). A WUTHERING HEIGHTS – Emily Brontë (i) “Heathcliff deserves the sympathy of the reader of Wuthering Heights.” Write a response to this statement, supporting your views by reference to the text. OR (ii) “The novel Wuthering Heights portrays a clash between two worlds represented by Wuthering Heights and Thrushcross Grange.” Discuss this view of the novel, supporting your answer by reference to the text.
SILAS MARNER – George Eliot (i) “The story of Silas Marner has the magic of a fairy-tale, which leaves the reader feeling good about people.” Write a response to this view of the novel, supporting your answer by reference to the text. OR (ii) “Godfrey Cass is not perfect, but, in the eyes of the reader, he is always a better man than his brother, Dunsey.” Write your response to this statement, supporting it by reference to the text.
AMONGST WOMEN – John McGahern (i) “Michael Moran undoubtedly loves his sons, but his love contributes little to their happiness.” Discuss this view of the relationship between Michael Moran and his sons. Support your answer by reference to the text. OR (ii) “Unlike the men, the women in Amongst Women support each other very well.” Discuss this statement confining your attention to the female characters in the novel. Support your answer by reference to the text.
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HAMLET – William Shakespeare (i) In your opinion, what is the appeal of the play, Hamlet, for a twenty-first century audience? Support the points you make by reference to the text. OR (ii) “We admire Hamlet as much for his weaknesses as for his strengths.” Write a response to this view of the character of Hamlet, supporting your points by reference to the text.
AS YOU LIKE IT – William Shakespeare (i) “Rosalind’s attitudes and qualities make her a very attractive character.” Do you agree with the above view? Support your answer by reference to the play. OR (ii) “The play, As You Like It, presents many opportunities for dramatic performance.” Write your response to the above statement, supporting it by reference to the play.
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SECTION II THE COMPARATIVE STUDY (70 marks)
Candidates must answer one question from either A – The General Vision and Viewpoint or B – Literary Genre. 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 author to refer to novelists, playwrights, writers in all genres, and film-directors.
THE GENERAL VISION AND VIEWPOINT “Each text we read presents us with an outlook on life that may be bright or dark, or a combination of brightness and darkness.” In the light of the above statement, compare the general vision and viewpoint in at least two texts you have studied in your comparative course. (70) OR
With reference to one of the texts you have studied in your comparative...
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