(A) against further invasion of his privacy. (B) to avoid further invasion of his privacy. (C) prevention of further invasion of his privacy. (D) protecting from further invasion of his privacy.

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ICAS English Practice Questions Paper I © EAA 2

Everyone is a critic—mostly unpaid. I am paid. Reviewing is my career. My income is

dependent upon the tools of my trade: words, wit and wisdom. Film reviews are my

specialty, followed closely by biographies.

I find my work immensely satisfying but feel reviewers, generally, are misunderstood—

maligned even. The very nature of our work is criticism, positive and negative. Often

the negative criticisms are the ones by which a reviewer is mostly remembered! While

seasoned reviewers tend to have a formula ensuring objectivity and impartiality, barbed

comments—those single, indulgent departures from the formula, enticing litigation—sell.

A few recent ‘one-liners’ spring to mind (authors shall remain anonymous).

The plot thickened; pity the characters weren’t there to see it happen.

An unwelcome departure from the writer’s previous ventures into mediocrity.

‘Shambolic’ is a word too infrequently applied to films of this style.

This was Benson’s debut as a playwright. Described in advertising as a satirical work, the tragedy unfolded scene by scene.

At times like these I draw inspiration from my friends and family; the book provided none.

It [the movie plot] lumbered along, collapsed, and writhed on the ground while the main characters watched.

These are the comments which gain reviewers that barbarous reputation. Single lines embedded in lengthy well-constructed reviews. The tantalising snippets that are remembered—that come back to bite!

Spare a thought next time you ponder a review. The literary critic has performed

a community service, providing a considered opinion about entertainment

offerings (burnt or otherwise), possibly saving you time and money in the process. If

occasionally you meet a razor sharp comment, enjoy it, but recognise it as a stylistic

departure!

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Clarence House

The weather next morning was dull, but at least it was dry and warm, and Tranmere’s narrow streets were packed with sauntering holidaymakers. Dylan set out again for Clarence House. This time, however, he

‘Odd,’ he muttered to himself.

Or was it? Perhaps the man he had seen yesterday had departed and this was great-uncle Marcus’s guarantee (4) .

The sound of an approaching car interrupted Dylan’s thoughts—and at the same time answered a few questions. (5) , he recognised it immediately as the one parked outside Clarence House

yesterday. As it slowed and came to a halt, Dylan recognised the man at the wheel.

4. (A) against further invasion of his privacy. (B) to avoid further invasion of his privacy. (C) prevention of further invasion of his privacy. (D) protecting from further invasion of his privacy.

5. (A) Meanwhile a car swept past him (B) Since the car tore down the road (C) Just then a car clearing the bend (D) For as the car came round the corner

found the enormous gates closed. And not only closed, but secured with lock and chain.

For questions 4 and 5 choose the best option to complete the passage.

1. What does the word ‘maligned’ mean?

(A) abused (B) rejected (C) disgraced (D) misrepresented

2. The writer’s use of the term ‘community service’ is intended to be

(A) caustic. (B) flippant. (C) derisive. (D) defamatory.

3. Which statement about reviewers’ comments would the writer most likely agree with? (A) Comments that are highly scathing would be rejected by readers.

(B) Reviewers rely too much on sensationalism to attract attention.

(C) Experience gives reviewers the confidence to be more colourful in their comments.

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Clarence House

The weather next morning was dull, but at least it was dry and warm, and Tranmere’s narrow streets were packed with sauntering holidaymakers. Dylan set out again for Clarence House. This time, however, he

‘Odd,’ he muttered to himself.

Or was it? Perhaps the man he had seen yesterday had departed and this was great-uncle Marcus’s guarantee (4) .

The sound of an approaching car interrupted Dylan’s thoughts—and at the same time answered a few questions. (5) , he recognised it immediately as the one parked outside Clarence House

yesterday. As it slowed and came to a halt, Dylan recognised the man at the wheel.

4. (A) against further invasion of his privacy. (B) to avoid further invasion of his privacy. (C) prevention of further invasion of his privacy. (D) protecting from further invasion of his privacy.

5. (A) Meanwhile a car swept past him (B) Since the car tore down the road (C) Just then a car clearing the bend (D) For as the car came round the corner

found the enormous gates closed. And not only closed, but secured with lock and chain.

For questions 4 and 5 choose the best option to complete the passage.

1. What does the word ‘maligned’ mean?

(A) abused (B) rejected (C) disgraced (D) misrepresented

2. The writer’s use of the term ‘community service’ is intended to be

(A) caustic. (B) flippant. (C) derisive. (D) defamatory.

3. Which statement about reviewers’ comments would the writer most likely agree with? (A) Comments that are highly scathing would be rejected by readers.

(B) Reviewers rely too much on sensationalism to attract attention.

(C) Experience gives reviewers the confidence to be more colourful in their comments.

(D) Although reviewers strive to be objective, personal feelings sometimes get in the way.

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1 D Interpret the meaning of a word in a persuasive text: maligned VOC Easy

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3 C Evaluate a persuasive text to identify a statement the writer would agree with TC Medium

4 A Identify the prepositional phrase to best complete a sentence SYN Medium/Hard

5 D Identify the correct clause to complete a sentence VOC Medium/Hard

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