Read the two texts below.
Write an essay summarising and evaluating the key points from both texts.
Use your own words throughout as far as possible, and include your own ideas in your answer.
Write your answer in 240–280 words in an appropriate style.
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The Commercialisation of Sport
Nobody could seriously dispute that the most significant development in sport in recent decades has revolved around one thing and one thing only: money. In a whole range of sports, it is money that talks and money that leads the way. From the TV rights to the replica kits bought by fans, commercial considerations are at the forefront of most developments in sport. However, something vital has been lost in the process: the spirit of sport. It is just another business now, and what made it special—the emotional connection between players and fans, and the simple joy of watching a game—has gone. In short, sport has lost its soul.[/one_half]
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Sport in the Modern World
Sport is not separate from everything else in life and so it is inevitable that it will be affected by progress, not frozen in time. We live in a world of globalisation and technology and these are bound to have an impact on sport. Traditionalists bemoan the commercialisation of sport but it has brought huge benefits. Fans can watch live coverage of more or less any game, wherever they are in the world. Professional players get paid the kind of salaries that reflect their status and ability on a national and international level. And a whole range of sports attract a wider audience than they could ever have expected in the past.[/one_half_last]
Write an answer to one of the questions 2–5 in this part.
Write your answer in 280–320 words in an appropriate style.
You recently bought a well-known person’s autobiography from an online bookseller. You have read the book and decided to write a review of it for the bookseller’s website. In your review, you should give a brief description of the book, summarise your opinions of it, and say whether or not you would recommend it to other readers.
Write your review.
An English-language magazine has asked readers to send in letters describing the biggest change that they would like to see in the place where they live. You decide to write a letter saying what change you would most like to see, explaining why you would like this change to happen and describing the advantages of the change.
Write your letter. You do not need to use any postal addresses.
An English-language magazine has asked readers to send in articles about the importance of music. You decide to write an article in which you describe the importance of music in your life and in the lives of other people.
Write your article.
Write an answer to one of the following two questions based on one of the titles below.
(a) Sue Monk Kidd: The Secret Life of Bees
A well-known magazine has asked its readers to write in with suggestions of books with a historical backdrop to include in a piece called ‘Recommended Reads.’ You decide to write in and explain why you think The Secret Life of Bees has a particularly vivid historical backdrop.
Write your letter.
(b) Harold Pinter: The Birthday Party
A literary magazine is planning a series of articles about the use of mystery and suspense in popular plays. You decide to submit an article about The Birthday Party. You should say how Pinter uses mystery and suspense in the play, and how effective you think his use of them is.
Write your article.