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Sunday 23 September 2018

Students are faced with everything from Stalin to RTE in history exam

Kildare Town Community College students Saoirse Masterson
and Meg Donnelly. Photo: Justin Farrelly.
Kildare Town Community College students Saoirse Masterson and Meg Donnelly. Photo: Justin Farrelly.

History students at Kildare Town Community College breathed a sigh of relief as they handed over their papers to the examiners yesterday.

The test threw up everything from Stalin to the impact of RTE on society in Ireland, and while it was not the easiest of exams, most students felt they had done well.

It was Saoirse Masterson's final exam of her Leaving Cert, and the 17-year-old said she had not been fazed by the amount of writing required for the essay-based paper.

Prepared

"The questions were phrased differently to other years, but I'm relieved to be done," she told the Herald.

"It is kind of bittersweet. I'm used to writing for so long, especially after English Paper Two. I was prepared from the mocks."

Aoife Mason and Vlad Moraru pictured after the History Leaving Cert exam at Kildare Town Community College Co.Kildare. Photo: Justin Farrelly.
Aoife Mason and Vlad Moraru pictured after the History Leaving Cert exam at Kildare Town Community College Co.Kildare. Photo: Justin Farrelly.

Vlad Moraru (17) was also happy with his performance but said he had been surprised with the phrasing of the questions too.

"I predicted most things. The only thing that went wrong for me was the Dictatorship and Democracy section," he said.

"I wasn't expecting to see Stalin and Churchill in the one question."

Aoife Mason (18) was a little disappointed that the material she had studied most didn't appear, but felt she had done all right.

This morning, students face the German exam.

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