Sunday 24 September 2017

Plenty of choice on well-received paper

Grainne Cunningham

MANY of the heavy hitters in world history appeared on the Leaving Cert higher level history paper yesterday, ensuring it was well received by students.

Daniel O'Connell, Parnell, Hitler and Stalin were all there, as well as a timely question on the last Eucharistic Congress.

Tony Forrestal, of the TUI and The Rosses Community School, Dungloe, Co Donegal, said it was "probably the nicest paper I have seen since the new course started".

He said the wide range of topics would have allowed candidates to show off their knowledge.

Fintan O'Mahony, of the ASTI and Scoil Mhuire, Carrick-on-Suir, Co Tipperary, agreed that most students would have been happy with the topics. He said the question on Parnell was straightforward, and there was a "lovely" question on the use of violence in Ireland during the early 1900s.

Good students would have had no problem with the European section where a question on Prussia and the Revolution of 1848 appeared.

However, Mr O'Mahony felt the ordinary paper held more pitfalls for the less prepared student.

"My first reaction was that it was grand," he said, adding that a closer inspection revealed some obscure figures such as the feminist Isabella Tod and Charlie Chaplin.

"I don't think a lot of students would have gone into that level of detail," he said.

Mr Forrestal said he thought the paper gave students the opportunity to show what they knew and his only niggle was that the photograph of Ghandi was poor quality.

Irish Independent

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