Monday, 10 December 2012

Junior Cert. Higher Level Exam Questions. 2013

Junior Cert. Higher Level.(Past exam Questions up to 2012)
Always underline exactly what you are being asked in every question.
Section 1: Reading.
-What impression of the writer do you get/ sense of place?
-Aspects of style, autobiographical?
-Does the writer enjoy being a writer?
-Text relevant to modern reader?
-Passage entertaining?
-Good story teller/writer?
-Attractive images?
-Optimistic/pessimistic viewpoint?
Section 2: Composition.
-Personal writing.
-Discursive writing.
-Descriptive writing.
-Short story writing.
-Diary entries.
-Newspaper article.
-A Short story that includes a line or inspired by a picture.
-Composition inspired by a picture/illustration.
-Describe an experience.
-Reflective essay.
Section 3: Functional Writing.
- Talk.
- Letter (Formal/Informal).
- Letter to Editor.
- Pen pal.    
- Letter regarding text you have studied.
- Report.
- Instructions.
-Prospectus article.
- Safety Guidelines.
- Review/blurb of book/DVD.
- Pep Talk.
- Interview.
- Speech.
- Debate.
-Report of a sports event.
-Nomination for a favourite band.
-Newspaper/magazine article.

Media Studies.

-         Target Audience.
-         Radio v television.
-         Watershed.
-         Message.
-         Write article.
-          Write text of advertisement. (Radio, Print)
-         Voice-over.
-         Most effective advertisement.
-         Text for brochure.
-         Article for magazine.
-         Visual images.
-         Discuss differences between advertisements; which most effective?
-         Elements of advert which contribute to impact.
-         Product placement, advantages, disadvantages.
-         Various features of a magazine.
-         Functions of an editor.
-         Write an editorial.
-         Write editorial.
-         “Spoof”/ parody of a genuine advert.
-         Influence of designer brands.
-         Local v National radio.
-         Use of various media to promote something.
-         Compare to advertisements as to their effectiveness
-         Typical features of a review. How would a review influence you?
     -     Radio, television, billboards, leaflets, pamphlets, flyers,
           posters, mobile, texts, magazines, newspapers, internet.
     -    Criteria for newsworthiness e.g. timing, significance, proximity, prominence, human interest, etc.
     -     Advantages and disadvantages of various forms of media e.g. Newspapers, radio, television, internet, etc.  

Paper 2.
Section 1.
-         Set play in contemporary society.
-         Stage, props, lighting, costumes, facial expressions, sound, music.
-         Gestures of actors.
-         Tone of voice.
-         Dialogue from the point of view of a character.
-         Member of the audience.
-         Diary entry from the perspective of a character.
-         Directions a director may give to certain characters e.g. costumes, gestures, facial expressions, voice, movements on stage, etc.
-         Which character would you audition for?
-         Personal impression of a character.
-         Challenges for a director.
-         Diary entry from a character’s perspective.
-         Identify elements that make the extract powerful/entertaining.


-         Dialogue.
-         Relationship between characters.
-         Dramatic scene/ creation of tension/ how would you convey this tension as a director?
-         Themes.
-         Impression of character/ character profile.
-         Costume, setting, facial expression, props.
-         Mood, atmosphere.
-         Lighting, stage directions, music, sound.
-         Main characters, relationships.
-         Setting/ world of characters.
-         Character that experiences good/bad luck.
-         Character; winner/loser?
-         Love, death, conflict, harmony.
-         Write an introduction to play.
-         Main idea/ message.
-         Favourite character.
-         Recommend the play?
-         Character: winner/loser.
-         Character Profile.
-         Opening scene/ information conveyed/capturing the audiences attention.
-         Ending of play, impact on reader, were issues resolved?
-         Hero/heroine of play.
-         Is the play serious or light-hearted? Which had the greater impact on you?
-         Obstacles/challenges facing a character; what you leaned about the character based on how he/she dealt with them.

Section 2.

- Images.
- Main point/ message.
- Features of poem; language, structure, mood, tone.
- Like/dislike poem.
- Title.
- Well written?
- Poem in your own words.
- Read more of featured poet?
- Use of language
- Setting of poem.
-Is the scene captured well? How is this done?
-Happy/sad poem?
-Impression of a character in the poem.
-How a character is affected by the experience described in the poem.
- War.
- Poem with personal meaning/impressed you?
- Peace.
- People.
- Powerful imagery.
- Favourite poet/ Poet’s work that impressed you. Explain why.
- Two poems with similar theme.
- Foreign lands. Different cultures.
- Vivid images of a person/Place/time. How is this communicated?
-“Wonder filled” “Whoosh of the imagination”.
- Interesting title.
- Wishes/thoughts.
- Invite a poet to your school.
- Time/place.
- Youth/old age.
- Love.
- Images.
- Sound effects, musical qualities- enrich the poem? Why would you read it aloud?
-Why would your class enjoy a particular poem? How would you read it to make it more interesting? E.g. props, visuals, costumes, visuals, etc.
-Important issue? Insights into this issue?
-A poem relevant to the 21st century.
-Brings a person/place/thing vividly to life. What words/phrases are the most effective in bring this person/place/thing to life?
-Interesting language used to convey powerful thoughts and feelings. What made the language interesting?
     Section 3.
Unseen. Q1
- Relationships.
- Would you like to read this novel?
- The way the extract is written.
- Diary entry.
- Skill of writer.
- Exaggeration.
-Describe a character.
-Can you relate to a character?
- Novel relevant to teenagers?
-Continue a conversation between two characters.
-Impression of a character.
-Would you like to live in the setting described in the text?
-What was your impression of the dialogue/humour or ending of the extract?


- Character who rebels.
- Character who changes.
- Mood/atmosphere.
- Conflict/difficulties.
- A character that impacts on another.
- Funny/tragic scene.
- Interesting theme.
- Favourite section.
- Happy/sad scene.
- Loving/unloving relationship.
- Writer’s style.
- Recommend to others?
- Character who impressed you/ like to be/liked/disliked.
- Setting/time/place. Or is it different from now?
- Opening/end of novel.
- Conflict between good v evil.
- Element of surprise.
- Characterisation.
-Moving moment from novel, how was it made moving?
-Unexpected development, did it add to your enjoyment of novel?
-Rate a novel; consider plot, atmosphere, relevance to your age group, insights gained, language etc.
-Is the novel relevant to today?

Remember to explain all your answers with reference to the texts either on the paper or that you have studied.

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