Wednesday 13 December 2017

Leaving Cert 2012: No battle with Alexander the Great for Classical Studies students

Katherine Donnelly

Katherine Donnelly

LEAVING Certificate Classical Studies Higher Level candidates hoping to do battle with Alexander the Great today were sorely disappointed.

The Greek legend is one of four set topics on the syllabus and there is usually a question about one of his battles, but not this year.

Jim O’Dea of the ASTI and Rathdown School, Glenageary, Co Dublin said students would have been expecting a battle and so would have been caught out.

In Greek Drama, Mr O’Dea said a question asking candidates to discuss the use of irony in Oedipus was a bit unusual.

He felt that some candidates would not have understood what irony was, and so it could have been a difficult question.

There was also what he described as a difficult question on Poseidon in the Ancient Epics section, but given the wide choice, students could have avoided it, he said.

Mr O’Dea also pointed to a slightly awkward question on primitive society, which he felt could have been phrased better.

Three of only 141 pupils entered for Latin in this year’s exam were pupils of Mr O’Dea. He said there was nothing particularly unusual about the higher level paper in although he felt the question on mosaics was hard.

* Don’t miss tomorrow’s print edition of the Irish Independent for exclusive in-depth analysis of today’s Leaving Cert and Junior Cert papers

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