FOR JOURNALISTS & WRITERS
Instructions to candidates:
allowed: Three hours (plus an extra ten minutes’ reading time at the start – do
not write anything during this time)
Answer Question 1, which is compulsory, and then any FOUR of the remaining
questions carry equal marks. Marks for each question are shown in [ ]
command of English grammar is essential for a journalist. Define or give
examples of the following TEN terms:
following TEN sentences contain two grammatical errors each. Correct them.
going to like this exam because it’s easy.
go to their house for dinner.
After hiding in the sellar for 24 hours police discovered the children.
Arsenal is certainly up for the final which kicks off at 3p.m. on Saturday
are more dedicated to equality than the Opposition groups which have firm
was in pain so he took to many pills and drunk far to much.
hope you can advise me on a problem worrying my husband and me.
chief protagonist of devaluation said the £ would soon appreciate in value.
consensus of opinion was that floodwater would completely surround the
and every one of the pupils gained a temporary respite from examinations. [2
Answer both questions.
following review appeared in a British newspaper. Newsom is a singer songwriter
who plays the
Rewrite the following review in a maximum of 75 words, employing your skill in
accuracy, brevity and clarity.
ROCK AND JAZZ JOANNA NEWSOM DRAG CITY
impervious to the demands of the music industry, Joanna Newsom has taken more
than five years to follow Have One on Me, the triple album which cemented her
position as one of altpops most uncompromising (and opinion dividing) artists.
As if intent on flaunting her shackle-free individualism, the Californian spent
two of those years finessing the overdubs – harp obviously, but massed
harmonies, woodwind and strings too – that gives Divers its incredible textural
lushness and Complexity.
the album may be, but good luck in deciphering what unites its 11 sprawling
tangential songs. This is Newsom, after all, a notoriously illusive (and
connectivity of generations and locations, the inevitability of loss, hubris,
candour, and concealment courses through the songs such as Time, As a Symptom,
Goose Eggs and the title track Divers is just as disparate taking in piano
balladry, Scottish jigs and courtly waltzes.
it takes time and requires patience. Both will be richly rewarded. 
Question 3 continues overleaf
Write a two-paragraph summary of the following story in a maximum of 100 words.
who take the IVF fertility treatment are much more likely to develop ovarian
cancer than those who do not, according to a study, the results of which are
due to be revealed today. More than
British women who have had the treatment were involved in the survey which has
been carried out by a London teaching hospital. Some scientists believe that
the danger comes from the process of stimulating the ovaries to produce
multiple eggs instead of one. The take up of IVF treatment has increased
greatly in recent years as career women have put off their decision to have children.
Taylor of Ovarian Cancer Action urged caution in acting on the information
while saying that the relative increase was significant, the absolute risk of
getting cancer was low. Stuart Lavery, consultant gynaecologist and honorary
senior lecturer in reproduction medicine at Imperial College
said that while IVF remained an inefficient process, new findings of
mitochondrial assessment could offer additional opportunities helping patients
to get pregnant quicker. 
following words have two meanings. Give both.
the plural forms of the following words:
Formula [2 each]
are given the following facts to provide a story that must be told in a maximum
of 100 words:
Britain is to receive a £5billion investment from China to revive its major
Beneficiaries are likely to be iron, steel, railways, power stations and
America warns Britain that it may be jeopardising its special relationship with
British Labour Party says the plans do not include guidelines on minimum wage
Government says the deal is a massive boost to East-West political relationships
Britain insists part of the deal is that China stops dumping cheap steel on the
Chinese will attend a state banquet at Buckingham Palace
Prince Charles boycotts banquet in protest at China’s civil rights record
of Commons approves deal with substantial majority
Cameron hails the deal as a triumph for British industry and jobs 
Explain the following literary terms:
Soliloquy [2 each]
Reviewers on The Times Literary Supplement and other leading journals have been
banned from using over-used words. Give alternative words or short phrases you
would use instead of the following:
Smorgasbord of ideas
be perfectly honest
j) Back burner [2 each]