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ENGLISH HOME LANGUAGE P1 EXEMPLAR 2008

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INSTRUCTIONS AND INFORMATION 1. This question paper consists of THREE sections: * * * 2. SECTION A: Comprehension (30 marks) SECTION B: Summary (10 marks) SECTION C: Language in context (30 marks)

You are advised to allocate your time wisely. Use the following time frames as a guideline: * * * SECTION A: 50 minutes SECTION B: 25 minutes SECTION C: 45 minutes

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Follow the instructions carefully. Answer ALL the questions. Start each section on a NEW page and rule off on completion of EACH section. Leave a line after EACH answer. Write neatly and legibly. Number the answers according to the numbering system used in this question paper. Pay special attention to spelling and grammar.

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SECTION A: COMPREHENSION QUESTION 1: READING FOR MEANING AND UNDERSTANDING Read the passage below and answer the set questions.

TEXT A HOW WOULD YOU LIKE TO R-E-A-D YOUR BOOK? 1. Literary gurus predicted that the new-age mix of Information Technology (IT) would make the book, as we've known it for centuries, obsolete. That was 10 years ago, but it still hasn't happened. Many have tried but, until now, no-one has come up with a suitable electronic replica. Sony's most recent offering, the IT Portable Reader System, however, is probably the closest yet to the real 5 book. Let's check out these e-books from the future, consider the economic and wider trends driving their market integration, and review the impact they'll have on publishing houses, retailers and 'human' readers themselves. What's all the fuss about? 2. It weighs no more than a large cup of coffee. It promises a revolutionary and 10 super-convenient reading experience, and is more compact than its paperback rivals. Plus, it spoils for choice with software that offers 80 titles at any time. It is the latest e-reader-technology and what other hardware manufacturers in IT should have got right, first time, 10 years ago. 'Previous e-books have not been successful,' agrees Michele Matthews, publishing director. 'They don't look good 15 and they force consumers to use software with limitations.' e-Trends ... 3. The world is reading more now than ever before. In South Africa, too, this net is widening. We're bang in the middle of the Information Age. But readers, especially fiction lovers, are creative types who like to cruise bookshelves and 20 make up their own minds about books and their covers. Reading implies participation and, by choosing to do so, the reader agrees to make some effort. 'It is unlikely, then, that readers will be candidates for an easier delivery,' says publicist Laura Boon. 'Digital designers should be aware of how people read. When a sample of readers was asked whether they thought the e-book would 25 make a dinosaur of the paperback, the results were unanimous. All said no, although more than half felt that the two could, and would, co-habit.'

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Say, 10 years from now? 4. So, it's on its way into the neighbourhood - the e-book loaded with options. But in 10 years' time one should still look out for even more hard copy books on 30 even more topics. Boon predicts that publishers will pay more attention to the physicality of their hard copy books, as 'beautiful feel and design' becomes an increasingly unique selling proposition in some categories. Interactive reading will develop as an entirely new genre, but e-books are unlikely to replace the paperback completely. Like mobile telephones and their older landline cousins, 35 they'll live not-so-quietly as neighbours. 'While the e-book market might shave some off the total available wallet,' she says, 'it's unlikely to have all of it.'

[Adapted from an article by Tim Neary in Books and Leisure]

TEXT B TREASURES BENEATH THE DUST 5. There's something homely about a collection of well-thumbed books - even if they are cheap paperbacks with dog-eared pages and coffee-cup stained dust 40 covers. They speak of the long nights that kept a reader enthralled, of a keen index finger poised to turn their pages, of a powerful journey to an imaginary world replete with characters and plots, twists and surprises, love and war. The reading experience is that much richer in the company of a prized antiquarian tome that has engaged generations of readers and passed on from one loving 45 hand to another to find itself in the millennial age with a silent history of its own to tell. New money for old books 6. But old and rare books are not always recognisable to an untrained eye. Most valuable antiquarian books are like rough diamonds. They don't declare themselves in lavish style, with intricate leather binding, beautiful script and 50 hand-painted illustrations on sepia-toned pages. In fact, some books look decidedly dejected, lurking deceptively among common or garden companions in dusty bookshops. Unless you're a collector who knows what you're looking for and knowledgeable enough to assess the book's scarcity, finding a valuable work can be like hunting for the proverbial needle. Which is what makes 55 trawling for antique books such an absorbing interest.

[Adapted from an article by Helen Grange in Books and Leisure]

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