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Candidate No.

Subject Code

EN-B2

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Reading

Level B2

45 minutes

25 marks

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INSTRUCTIONS TO CANDIDATES

Complete the boxes in the top left-hand corner of this page. Write all your answers in this test booklet. Try to solve all questions. Write clearly. Write all answers with a blue or black pen. No dictionary may be used.

INFORMATION FOR CANDIDATES

This test contains two parts. The marks for each part are shown in brackets. The Consortium will not be responsible for any additional information given by the invigilator.

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Reading Part 1 (12.~ marks)

Below is an online forum about digital journalism but some words are missing from the text. Please find the right one for each blank space (A-K). There are more words than you need.

There is an example

already done for you.

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Question: My son is graduating with a degree in journalism this spring and

attending a

Journalism School in September. I have been urging him to learn as much as possible about journalism

for the Web because I feel print is becoming less and less popular with B differences between Web journalism and traditional print journalism?

. What are the

Answer: My view is that school is best used to learn things like clarity of expression, intellectual

humility and how not to get cheated C

. Good journalists know

something

about real

subjects: culture, economics, science, politics, and foreign affairs. Whether you write articles for the

Web or for the printed paper, whether you blog or produce videos, the things D reporting, good writing and good thinking.

are

good

Question: I was wondering why there isn't more local news focus on the E

of

your

magazine. I for one would like to see more of the local headlines on the main page as oppose to having to click on the link to get to them.

Answer: You're talking to the right guy, the F person who thinks there's something unnatural about driving to the supermarket. Local news is my favorite kind. You're right that there isn't the same emphasis on local headlines on the main Web page that there is, say, on the front page of the newspaper. On the Web, where there's only one front page, the readership is far more national and international. People using our Web site visited more than half a billion pages in March. About 15

percent of those pages were visited by people in the G

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Question: I'm curious about the long-term goals of your magazine, H

 

increased

emphasis on video content.

Media and technology are changing the ways

its in which the

news

is

delivered and consumed. What do journalists today need I different from the past?

or

be

able

to

do

that

is

Answer: Things are changing so fast that it's hard to know where to start. For us, these changes

appeared on J

in the mid-1990's

when we started our Web edition. We had to find a

way to move fast. We (and others in our business) also created a new class of journalist, a "continuous

news" reporter whose job it is to push the reporting forward aggressively for the Web. So sometimes one reporter writes several versions ofa story. In other cases, two reporters work on different versions.

Editors now K decide which approach works better in a particular case.

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kind of
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wiUbe
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however
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main page­
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by statistics
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have to
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that count ­
12.
never
13.
the horizon ­
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Reading

Part 2 (1.2.5 marks)

Read the report below about a 'Wildlife Weekend' in India. Finish the sentences below on the basis

of the

information you get from the report.

There is an example already done for you.

'Wildlife Weekend' is designed for travellers wishing to see a tiger in India's beautiful Kanha

National Park in the shortest possible time

So this is what happens. You check in at Heathrow in London at 6.30pm on Friday. The flight is eight and a half hours so in theory you can get a full night's sleep but, of course, you don't. Because of the four-hour time difference, you arrive into the heat of India around mid-morning and spend an hour or so in a traffic jam travelling the one kilometre to the beautiful Hotel Leela. The next morning you are woken at 4.30 to drive to the airport to fly to Nagpur, where an old minibus collects you for the six-hour drive to Kanha. Nobody has warned you that it will be six hours, nor that there is no meal or toilet stops. Eventually we arrive at the Kanha Royal Tiger Resort about four in the afternoon and after a delicious lunch we are told to hop into jeeps for our first drive in the wild. Kanha National Park is simply gorgeous - cool woods sorrounded by meadows with flocks of deer, magnificent trees and bright lakes. Periodically the guide stops the jeep to point out fresh tiger footprints, though we don't see them on the first day. In the evening, after dinner, the hotel manager gives us a lecture about tigers and how we must all lobby the government in order to save them. Kanha attracts plenty of local visitors too. It was made a national park in 1953 and has had great success in saving the swamp deer, whose numbers were down to 66 in 1970 and are now up to 350 and rising. But tigers are harder to save because each male needs 40 sq km of territory. Enough tiger talk - it is time to see one in the flesh. We are woken at dawn the next day in order to be at the park gate when it opens at 6 am. The park is brilliantly managed: jeeps are the only vehicles allowed in and each has to carry an official guide who identifies all the animals and birds while also enforcing the park rules - no driving off-road and no getting out of the vehicle. All the guides are given different routes so you feel as if you have the park to yourself. That first hour of driving through the cool dawn with mists still rising is extremely beautiful - later, by 11 o'clock, the temperature will be in the 40s. We are looking around happily enough, me trying to look at birds, others taking photographs of monkeys. I finally see a tiger, or think I do. But he is so cleverly hidden I can't be certain until he sits up and forms a good clear silhouette. My first tiger! But this, the guide says later, was not a tiger show. Huh? I couldn't understand the difference till the next morning when we had a proper unforgettable tiger experience. This is when you get out of your jeep and onto the back of an elephant. It is a wonderfully comfortable ride. I wished we could have done all our Indian travelling by elephant. And suddenly you hear a deep snoring sound and find yourself literally face to face with a tiger. It is lying in a rock cave, slightly uphill of the elephant so it is at your eye level, and it stares at you with an expression of contempt.

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The elephant swings in a circle so you can take photographs from every angle, and then walks back down through the bamboo to the waiting jeep. It is such a strange experience - on one hand, very artificial and touristy with a queue of other people waiting for their tum, but somehow perfectly natural mice you are on the elephant - it feels as.if you have become part of the jungle. Why doesn't the tiger resent the elephant? Why doesn't the elephant fear the tiger? The Hindu explanation is that tigers and elephants are both gods and therefore treat each other with respect.

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  • 1. After the plane has landed tourt" :-, ..

  • 2. You get up very early next morning because.'

  • 3. The journey is uncomfortable because .

  • 4. The National Park appears on their

" day in India.

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  • 5. Tourists are asked

by the hotel manager.

  • 6. The local p~o.ple .

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  • 7. Walking ....

in the park.

  • 8. You don't see many tourists because .~

  • 9. For a real tiger show you have to .

10. Elephants ..

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