Reading for the matura exam 2020

Reading for the matura exam in Polish is an integral part of the exam. This year it will be certainly more difficult as it will be joined by students who have completed nearly a year of distance learning.

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The list of readings, the knowledge of which is important at the matura exam, consists of compulsory and supplementary readings selected by the teacher. All the works belong to Polish and world classics. They are also works of contemporary literature.

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The reading list also includes works that students learned in primary school, but knowledge about them will also be useful during the final exams. These are i.a. trains and songs by Jan Kochanowski, fairy tales by Ignacy Krasicki, "Dziady part. II", "Pan Tadeusz" by Adam Mickiewicz and "Balladyna" by Juliusz Słowacki.

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1. Basic reading for the matura exam

  • Bible, excerpts: Genesis, The Book of Job;
  • Jan Parandowski, Mythology, part And Greece (myths not discussed in primary school);
  • Homer, Iliad (excerpts);
  • Sophocles, Antigone;
  • Theotokos;
  • Master Polycarp's Conversation with Death (excerpts);
  • Song of Roland (excerpts);
  • Jan Kochanowski, selected songs, including: Song IX of Fr. I, Song V by Fr. II;
  • selected poems: Mikołaj Sęp-Szarzyński, Jan Andrzej Morsztyn;
  • Jan Chrysostom Pasek, Memoirs (excerpts);
  • William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet;
  • Molière, Miser;
  • Ignacy Krasicki, Hymn to the love of the motherland, selected satires;
  • Adam Mickiewicz, Ode to youth, selected ballads, selected poems;
  • Juliusz Słowacki, selected poems;
  • Cyprian Kamil Norwid, selected poems;
  • Bolesław Prus, From the legends of ancient Egypt;
  • Eliza Orzeszkowa, Gloria victis;
  • Henryk Sienkiewicz, Flood;
  • selected poems: Kazimierz Przerwa-Tetmajer, Leopold Staff;
  • Władysław Stanisław Reymont, Peasants (Volume I - Autumn);
  • selected poems by the following poets: Julian Tuwim, Jan Lechoń, Maria Pawlikowska-Jasnorzewska, Kazimiera Iłłakowiczówna, Julian Przyboś, Krzysztof Kamil Baczyński, Tadeusz Gajcy;
  • Tadeusz Borowski, Please go to gas; People who walked;
  • selected poems from the following poets: Stanisław Baliński, selected poems from the emigration period, Kazimierz Wierzyński, selected poems from the emigration period, Czesław Miłosz, including selected poems from the volume Salvation, Wisława Szymborska, Zbigniew Herbert, including selected poems from the volume A report from a besieged city, Marcin Świetlicki;
  • Sławomir Mrożek, Tango;
  • Marek Nowakowski, Martial law report (selected story); *Mountain
  • "Edek" (from volume Prairie law *);
  • Jacek Dukaj, Cathedral (from volume In the land of the unbelievers);
  • Olga Tokarczuk, Professor Andrews in Warsaw (from volume He plays many drums);
  • post-war literary song - selected works by Jacek Kaczmarski and Agnieszka Osiecka.

The 2020/2021 school year is unique in many ways. Due to the pandemic, learning takes place remotely, which requires a lot of self-discipline from students, also in terms of reading. Their list for the matura exam is quite extensive, but it can be reduced by some items. There are plans to remove a few topics from the core curriculum.

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