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1 16 June 2014 NSWTEGL401 Apply Critical and Evaluative Language and Learning Skills Aids to be supplied by college: Exam booklets Time allowed - Two hours plus Ten minutes reading time 8 Pages in this Question Booklet TOTAL MARKS AVAILABLE = 80 Marks ALL Questions to be attempted Instructions to students: Mobile phones are to be turned off and removed from your person. You cannot access a mobile phone during this examination. ALL questions are to be answered in the supplied examination booklets. This question booklet must be returned at the end of the examination. The examination contains two parts: Part 1: Critical Evaluation - 60 marks Read the text on pages 3-4 (enlarged version pages 5-7) and answer the questions from page 2 in your answer booklet. Part 2: Sustained Response -20 marks Answer the Sustained Response task from page 8 in your answer booklet. Aids permitted where indicated: Standard Dictionaries Bilingual Dictionaries Technical Dictionaries Programmable Calculators Non-programmable Calculators No Yes No No No

2 - 2 - PART 1: CRITICAL EVALUATION (60 Marks) Read the text on pages 3-4 (an enlarged version is provided on pages 5-7). Answer the following questions in your answer booklet. You must provide evidence from the text to support your response to each question. 1. Identify the type of text and context of each text including its audience and purpose. (10 Marks) 2. Discuss the tone of the text and the appropriateness of the tone for its context. (10 Marks) 3. Identify and analyse the level of language used in the text and evaluate its appropriateness for its context. (10Marks) 4. a) Analyse the use of graphics in the text. (5 Marks) b) Assess the effectiveness of these graphics for the text s context (5Marks) 5. Identify two (2) other techniques used in the text. (20 Marks) Analyse and evaluate the appropriateness of these two (2) techniques for the text s context including content, purpose and audience. End of Part 1

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4 - 4 - Source: Kirkman, A 2005, Take one egg, Good Weekend Magazine (Melbourne), 5 March, pp

5 - 5 - First Person Enlarged version of Text 1: Take one egg Born by IVF surrogacy, Alice Kirkman says the issue is not how you get here, but to be or not to be. I VE BEEN AROUND FOR 14 YEARS. I m in Year 9 at high school. I play netball and tennis, and throw the shot put and discus or throw the discus and put the shot. I play the drums, bass guitar and guitar, and am learning to sing. I m the drummer in a band named Black Tartan. Mostly, I live on my computer and the internet. That piece of technology is the best thing that ever happened! And, oh yeah: I was the first in Australia to be born by IVF surrogacy. To make me, mix: 1 father s good idea 1 mother s egg 1 sperm donor s sperm Stir then place in 1 aunt, wait 8 months, then serve warm. No it s not another cooking show. It s just the story of my conception and birth. This recipe cooked up six parents for me: Mum and Dad, my aunt, Linda, and her husband, and the sperm donor and his wife. I m still the only one who s been conceived and born this way in Victoria. So is being conceived in a different way and so well endowed with parents wrong or inhumane? There are many sides to that argument. But, as the product of this endeavour, I think it was humane and the right thing for Mum and Dad to do. I guess people have heard about quite a few donor-insemination kids saying how horrible being born through donor insemination was, and that no one should have to go through the living hell that is being conceived differently. (I haven t heard anything from kids born by surrogacy.) If you think this story is going to be another one of those, think again, because if I were given a choice, I d choose life without knowing my sperm donor over total non-existence. Call me strange and schmaltzy, but life is precious no matter how it is made, and the only father that really matters is the one who brings you up, which in my case is Sev. Dad (Sev) is the guy who had the idea to have me in this way in the first place. Since they were kids, Mum and Dad had always wanted children. But when Mum was 30, she had to have a hysterectomy, and Dad had a very low sperm count: zero. He didn t have a single sperm. You can t get lower than that! As you know it s very difficult to have a child when you and your husband/wife/girlfriend/boyfriend/life partner are infertile. But my parents managed to overcome that difficulty and here I am. Do I feel like something that s been manufactured? No, I don t. All I feel is that my parents couldn t make their own bundle of expense (aka bundle of joy), so they got scientists to do it for them. The genetics matter less than the relationships when it comes to mum, dad and child. Being born by donor insemination (DI) and IVF surrogacy causes much less trauma than being adopted, I think.

6 - 6 - Most kids would prefer they were adopted, both because it gives them a mysterious past and because how can I say this? they don t have to think that their father had sexual relations with that woman. In fact, my parents did have to adopt me to make me legally their child, but that s different from being given up for adoption. This is what I think it would feel like to have been given up for adoption: you d feel as though nobody wanted you. Why did your parents give you away? Didn t they like you or something? Weren t you good enough for them? But with me, I knew that both my parents did want me, and that Linda, my aunt, was just helping them. The donor didn t play a big role; that part s no big deal for me. But I m glad I know who it is. Sometimes during chore arguments ( Please empty the dishwasher. I don t want to ask you again. Have you got everything ready for school tomorrow? Where is the coffee table I can t see it because of all your stuff Tote that barge! Lift that bale! ) I wish I was with Linda or anybody else who isn t one of my parents. I d even take John Howard: that shows how desperate I get! But most of the time, Mum and Dad will do. (Although six parents are a good thing, especially at Christmas, birthdays and all the major holidays.) There are times when I m absolutely glad I have not inherited things from Dad; for example, his love of floppy-necked skivvies, and the time when he asked my friend whether we d deliberately got the same pair of glasses. It s a shame I ve inherited some things from Mum, such as an obsessive personality. (My main obsessions are Killing Heidi a great Australian rock band; Harry Potter; radio station Triple J; shoes I have enormous feet; and Pez dispensers I have 76.) I can t remember a time when I didn t know how I was born, although my parents say they didn t tell me about using a sperm donor until I was about two or three. They said something along the lines of: Babies need eggs and seeds to make them grow. Mum had the egg but no nest (were they hoping for Tweety?) but Dad didn t have any of the seeds, called sperm, so a kind man gave him some (Jack and the Bean-stalk springs to mind.) The man was called the donor because, I was told, a donor is someone who gives something. I didn t know who the donor was until I was 11. Mum always said she didn t want me to have to keep a secret, and the donor didn t want anyone else to know who he was. There was always that element of curiosity, kind of like a surprise present at the end of the birthday party, but it didn t really matter who he was, just that he was. And I hoped that he wasn t a Britney Spears or Avril Lavigne fan. When I was 11, the curiosity became like a peanut in an allergy centre. I started thinking about who it could be, and narrowed it down to a list of those I feared it might be, and those I hoped it would be. One night I told Mum that I thought I knew who it was: I m suddenly convinced it s X! I m so sure of this, it will become fixed in my mind. And become part of my identity. (You d never guess I m the spawn of a psychologist.) Mum says I added, So if I m wrong, tell me, or else it will be there forever. (Does it remind you of that bit in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets where the blood is written on the wall: Her body will lie in the chamber FOREVER!!? That s in reference to Ginny Weasley at the mercy of Tom Riddle and the Basilisk. But I will leave you to read the book and watch the movie to work out the ending.) It was 11o clock at night and I was in bed. Mum told me I was right. She said, This is such a momentous occasion, you must get up so we can talk. And I said, I believe the tradition at moments such as these is for hot cocoa. Mum had a whisky and we sat up until after 1am talking about it. Dad was away at the time. Mum (being Mum) wrote it all down, so that s how I know exactly what we said.

7 - 7 - Knowing my donor s identity stopped the curiosity. I was happy about who it was. But nothing really changed except I had one less reason to become a detective or a scriptwriter for The Bill. I can t understand what it must be like for people after adolescence who don t know who their sperm donor is; who don t know the brand of their genetic make-up. (As they say, Maybe she s born with it, maybe it s Maybelline. ) Some people don t know that they re born by DI (donor insemination) until they re adults and are left just feeling bitter. I couldn t imagine not always knowing the whole story. But that s just the nature of my family: we have no significant or even mildly interesting secrets. I can understand parents worries about telling their child, but it s easier to start telling a baby and to keep on telling them as they grow up than to tell a 14 or 15-year-old out of the blue! In my case, the recipe for an (almost) human worked. Maybe it was just another cooking show after all. A show entitled: Two Fat Scientists Extract from Sperm Wars The Rights and Wrongs of Reproduction, edited by Heather Grace Jones and Maggie Kirkman. To be published next week by ABC Books rrp $32.95 End of enlarged version of text for Part 1

8 - 8 - PART 2: SUSTAINED RESPONSE (20 Marks) Instructions: Compose a sustained text in response to the issues raised in the text provided. Write your response in your answer booklet. Task: Write a print news report for an Australian state or national newspaper, such as The Sydney Morning Herald or The Australian, reporting a real or fictitious advance or breakthrough in the medical sciences. The advance could be in any area of medicine such as IVF, stem-cells, surrogacy or treatments for diseases. It may be based on fictional or real scenarios. Your report should be between words in length. END OF EXAMINATION

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