How to be a critical reader
How to be a critical reader

This free course is available to start right now. Review the full course description and key learning outcomes and create an account and enrol if you want a free statement of participation.

Free course

How to be a critical reader

1.9.2 Author and type of text (2)

Activity 9 Part 2

Task 2

How would you describe the author’s attitude to his students? Choose one answer from the list below.

a. 

(a) sad


b. 

(b) amused


c. 

(c) critical


The correct answer is c.

Answer

The author is clearly (c) critical.

Task 3

At the end of the original text there is a statement which reads:

This essay reflects the opinion of the author and not necessarily the opinion of The Pennsylvania State University.

Why do you think this statement was written? Write some ideas in the box below.

You can type text here, but this facility requires a free OU account. Sign in or register.
Interactive feature not available in single page view (see it in standard view).

Answer

The writer’s views are controversial and could upset people. A university wanting to attract students would distance itself from such reactionary views.

Comment

By answering many of the questions in this session you have probably been able to develop a clear understanding of Text 3 and to make decisions about its reliability and appropriateness.

L185_1

Take your learning further

Making the decision to study can be a big step, which is why you'll want a trusted University. The Open University has 50 years’ experience delivering flexible learning and 170,000 students are studying with us right now. Take a look at all Open University courses.

If you are new to university level study, find out more about the types of qualifications we offer, including our entry level Access courses and Certificates.

Not ready for University study then browse over 900 free courses on OpenLearn and sign up to our newsletter to hear about new free courses as they are released.

Every year, thousands of students decide to study with The Open University. With over 120 qualifications, we’ve got the right course for you.

Request an Open University prospectus