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Leaving Cert English (Ordinary) - Past Paper Analysis

A summary of the 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2005 Paper 2 appears below.

There is no summary for Paper 1 because of the broad range of the material. Up to three unseen texts could be examined in the 'Comprehending' section. The ‘Composing’ section consists of seven composition options.

In each case you will have to write in one of the five language categories which you have studied:

  • information
  • argument
  • persuasion
  • narration
  • the aesthetic use of language

All of the options are linked in some way to the texts in the comprehension section.



Paper 2
** Single text

You have to answer a number of short questions on the single text you have studied. Any of the following could be examined:

  • Theme, plot, characters and relationships
  • The world in which the story takes place
  • The author's style of writing
** Comparative study The three modes of comparison for 2006 of which two will appear on the paper are:
  • Theme
  • Social Setting
  • Aspects of story: tension or climax or resolution

The three modes of comparison for 2007 of which two will appear on the paper are:

  • Hero / Heroine / Villain
  • Theme
  • Social Setting
Comparative study 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005
  • Social Setting
  • Hero /Heroine /Villain
  • Relationships
  • Social Setting
  • Theme
  • Hero /Heroine /Villain
  • Aspects of story
  • Theme
  • Relationships
  • Social Setting
Prescribed poem 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005
  • Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin - Swineherd
  • Philip Larkin - The Explosion
  • Emily Dickinson - "Hope" is the thing with feathers
  • W.B. Yeats - An Irish Airman Foresees His Death
  • Fleur Adcock - For Heidi with Blue Hair
  • Eavan Boland - This Moment
  • Seamus Heaney - A Constable Calls
  • Richard Wilbur - The Pardon
  • W.H. Auden -Funeral Blues
  • Carol Ann Duffy -Valentine
  • W.B. Yeats -The Lake Isle of Innisfree
  • Sylvia Plath -The Arrival of the Bee Box
  • Simon Armitage -It ain't what you do it's what it does to you
  • Paula Meehan -Would you jump into my grave as quick?
  • Derek Mahon -After the Titanic
  • William Wordsworth -It is a Beauteous Evening, Calm and Free
  • Patrick Kavanagh -Shancoduff
  • D.H. Lawrence -Piano
  • Michael Longley -Last Requests
  • Denise Levertov -What were they like?

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