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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Convenience and Communication
It is hard for younger generations to imagine now just what communication between people was like a comparatively short time ago. There was no such thing as email and people communicating with each other in the written form did so by sitting down and constructing letters—a time-consuming business requiring consideration of phrasing and tone, not to mention handwriting and spelling. A phone call could only be made at home, at work or by finding a public phone for which you had to have the right money to put into a machine for the duration of your call. Considering all this fuss and bother, it is no wonder that people seized on modern forms of communication when they became available to a mass market.[/one_half]
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Ease and Quality of Communication
There is a huge difference between ease of communication and quality of communication. For example, the value of a great deal of emailing is, to put it mildly, debatable. Half-thoughts transmitted in imprecise language are the norm there, be it in social or more serious contexts. An entire email correspondence stretching over a considerable period of time could be conducted in a matter of minutes over the phone if people were motivated to clarify their thoughts and communicate them directly. Equally, a great deal of phone contact is of a trivial and pointless nature, with people phoning each other just because they can rather than because they have anything meaningful to say.[/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.
An English-language magazine has asked readers to send in articles describing memorable journeys they have made, either because the journey was wonderful or because it was terrible. Write an article giving details of a journey and describing the good or bad reasons why it was memorable.
Write your article.
A website that gives news and information on your local area has asked readers to pretend that they are professional restaurant critics and write reviews of local restaurants. You decide to write a review of a restaurant that you recently went to, giving your views on the place, the food, the service and any other aspects you wish to comment on.
Write your review.
Your class is going to do a project on the history of the place or region where you live. Following a class discussion about how you and your classmates can get the information required for this project, your teacher has asked you to write a report on possible sources of information and methods of doing research. In your report, recommend ways of doing the research, explaining what kind of information each will produce and why this will be important in the project.
Write your report.
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
An international magazine has published a list of The World’s Best 100 Book Titles, and asked readers to comment on the titles included. The Secret Life of Bees is on the list. You decide to write a letter. You should briefly describe the story, explain why the title is significant and say how successfully you think the title conveys what the story is about.
Write your letter.
(b) Harold Pinter: The Birthday Party
You have had a class discussion about the character of Stanley in The Birthday Party and his refusal to conform to society’s expectations. Your teacher has asked you to write an essay giving your opinion on Stanley. In your essay you should describe the ways in which Stanley refuses to conform and explain how this affects the audience’s sympathy towards him.
Write your essay.