The Garden of Evening Mists is included in the Irish Cert examination paper

The Garden of Evening MistsTan Twan Eng was in good company for the first exam of this year’s Junior Cert. Sherlock Holmes, Benedict Cumberbatch, Shakespeare and Caitlin Moran were just a few who featured in this year’s exams in both the ordinary and higher level papers.

Many students reported a preference for the modern drama question, which was considered easier to understand even though it contained two production questions, one more than usual.

The Unseen Poem questions were based on A Boy’s Head by Miroslav Holub, a poem about the boundlessness of the imagination. It proved difficult for weaker higher level students, according to teachers.

The Unseen Fiction section featured an extract from The Garden of Evening Mists by Tan Twan Eng, with the question: “What do you learn about human nature from your reading of the above extract?”

To see the full report from the Irish Times please click here.