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TESTS: Oral exam Sek I: MEDIA

This is an exam for students who have to do their final exam at the end of Sek. I. This exam is supposed be set to two students.

Worksheet for Student 1


Assignments
Carefully read your text and make up your mind whether you agree with the author's view or not. Then take a close look at your picture so that you can describe it to someone else.
Later your partner and you will interview each other with the help of the following questions.
You begin by asking question No 1. Your partner will answer it and then ask you his/her question No. 1 (you have different worksheets!). Ideally this should lead to a discussion of each pair of questions. So do not answer just "yes" or "no", as this would make it difficult for your partner to respond.
Feel free to ask your partner to clarify his/her point if you do not find the answers satisfactory.

Your interview questions (you begin the interview)
1. What is your text about? Do you think it characterises today's TV correctly?
2. Do you remember one of the first books you ever read? Tell me about it.
3. What would you prefer: to read a book or to watch the film the book is based on? Can you give examples?
4. Do you think that it is a good idea to have free TV financed by advertising and having to attract as many viewers as possible?
5. Do you use the Internet? What for?
6. Do you prefer being taught by a teacher in a traditional classroom or would you rather study on your own using a computer?
7. Briefly describe the picture on your worksheet to give your partner a first impression of what it shows. He/she will do the same. Then ask each other more detailed questions to find out the general ideas behind your pictures.


Your text
A teacher complains that her pupils do not read any more:
"... Mom and Dad come home, microwave dinner and still have to take care of the kids. Sure, they can read. But do they? No - they turn on cable television or rent a videotape.
I recently met with a teen-age student's mother. To distract her younger daughter, she told her; 'Go play your Dinosaur book.' Will the child learn to read from a taped 'book' that reads to her? Will she learn anything about the joys and wonders of reading?
I bet not. Today's students can watch a movie in class without losing interest, but reading is boring. It requires an attention span that many of them don't have. It doesn't come with visual effects, and this generation has never developed the imagination to make it exciting.
Source: Eleven, Ausgabe A. Cornelsen, Berlin 1994, p. 57.

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Worksheet for Student 2

Assignments
Carefully read your text and make up your mind whether you agree with the author's view or not. Then take a close fook at your picture so that you can describe it to someone else. Later your partner and you will interview each other with the help of the following questions.
Your partner begins by asking question No 1. You will answer it and then ask him/her your question No. 1 (you have different worksheets!). Ideally this should lead to a discussion of each pair of questions. So do not answer just "yes" or "no", as this would make it difficult for your partner to respond.


Feel free to ask your partner to clarify his/her point if you do not find the answers satisfactory.

Your interview questions (your partner begins the interview)

1 . What is your text about? Do you think the author is right?
2. Do you remember being read to? What was it?
3. Have you ever read an 'unputdownable' book or seen a film several times?
4. What do you think about the statement: 'The more TV channels the better'?
5. Have you ever heard of or perhaps even been in an Internet chatroom? Do you think they are a good idea?
6. What are the advantages of learning by yourself from a media machine?
7. Briefly describe the picture on your worksheet to give your partner a first impression of what it shows. He/she will do the same. Then ask each other more detailed questions to find out the general ideas behind your pictures.


Your text
Last week I was at a friend's house watching a show with his son. The villain was making a time bomb out of four sticks of dynamite and an alarm clock. The bomber was meticulous in assembling the pieces, and the young man said, "Hmm. So that's how it's done."
"What do you mean?" I asked him.
"I never knew how to make a time bomb before. It's a snap."
" Why would you want to make a bomb?"
"To blow up a safe. Last night I saw a program about a bank, and they showed how you could break into it through the roof. But they couldn't get the safe open. I'll bet you with this bomb they could have done it."
"Didn't the bank have a night watchman?"
"Yeah, but they demonstrated how you could knock him out with one karate blow to the throat. You see, you take the palm of your hand and you go chop like this.
"Never mind," I said.
"Of course, if you don't want to use karate, there's a weapon now with two sticks and a piece of wire, and you throw it around the guy's neck and squeeze, and it's 'Good-bye, Charley."
'Where did you see that?"
"On some police show. This guy was really crazy. He killed about six people before they got him."
"Do you learn anything from television except how to commit a crime?"
"I saw a girl shooting up heroin two days ago but it turned me off".
"That's nice."


Annotations
villain - criminal
meticulous - careful
a snap - very easy blow - (Schlag)
palm - (Handfläche)
it turned me off - I didn't like it


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