Sunday 18 March 2018

LC ENGLISH 2: Few surprises for students in 'perfect' exam

Leaving Cert students look over their English paper
Leaving Cert students look over their English paper

Cormac Murphy

English Paper 2 proved a hit with Leaving Cert students, with few surprises to knock them off their stride.

Words like ‘perfect’ and ‘very nice’ were used by pupils from St Mary’s secondary school in Baldoyle, Dublin 13 as they left their exam hall.

And Nobel laureate Seamus Heaney came up for the second day in a row.

The only surprise was that he appeared in the unseen poetry rather than the prescribed poetry section.

“It was a lot easier than what I thought it would be. I really like ‘How Many Miles to Babylon’, by Jennifer Johnston and ‘I’m Not Scared’, by Gabriele Salvatores,” said Zoe Johnston (18), who sat the ordinary level exam.

“It was just an easier paper than I thought it was going to be. It was a lot easier than the mock anyway.”

Zoe was well prepared for Heaney.

“Seamus Heaney came up as well, which made it a lot easier too. I expected that because he passed away recently,” she told the Herald.

Her friend, Shannon Lowndes (18), was equally happy.

“It was grand.  I only went over it [Seamus Heaney] before I came in.”

The higher level paper was ‘perfect’ for Kellie Lynch.

“I studied everything that came up. It was just perfect. I studied the poems by Emily Dickinson and she came up in the paper, so I was very happy with that,” she said, joking that she will be hoping for 100pc.

Michaela Moriarty (18) was also very pleased.

“I liked it. I was very happy with the questions that came up for the comparative and the single test which we had ‘Pride and Prejudice’ for. I hope I did well on them. We prepared enough for them,” she said.

The same novels and comparatives are studied for the higher and ordinary level papers.

The students said there was so much writing to do, including four essays.

In the prescribed poetry section, Sylvia Plath, Emily Dickinson, WB Yeats and Philip Larkin were featured.

Next up today is Geography and Mathematics.

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