PRELIMINARY EXAMINATION II 2020-21 Subject: English Marks:80 Grade:X Time:3 hrs. Part A-40 marks READING(20 marks) 1.Read the passage carefully and answer the questions that follow: 10 The art of academic writing is not easy to master. It is a formal skill, which requires precision and accuracy, and is perfected by continuous and dedicated practice,.Academic writing is the skilful exposition and explanation of an argument, which the writer has carefully researched and developed over a substantial period of time. It is a time-consuming activity and demands patience and perseverance. But the joy of reading and sharing with others , one s succinctly composed piece of argument , is incomparable. Before beginning to write, the writer must ask himself a few questions. Why I am writing? What is it that I intend to share with others?What purpose will my writing serve?Have I read enough about the topic or theme about which I am going to write? If one is hesitant to answer even one of the aforementioned questions, one better not write at all! Because academic writing is a serious activity - it makes one part of a shared community of readers who wish to disseminate and learn from well-argued pieces of writing. The structure of an argumentative essay should take into account introduction (which should be around 10 percent of the entire essay), Body (it should constitute eighty percent of the piece) and the Conclusion (again, ten percent of the essay). The introduction should function as the hook which draws the reader in and holds his attention, the body should include cogent and coherently linked paragraphs and the conclusion should re-state the argument and offer a substantial ending to the piece. Choose the most appropriate option: a.What is the ideal form of an argumentative essay? i. introduction and conclusion essay iii.introcuction, body and conclusion ii.Overview,introduction and rest ten percent of the iv.introcuction, concise essay and conclusion b. Which of the following statements about academic writing is not true? i.One s succinctly composed piece of argument is comparable
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