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

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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) sad


(b) amused


(c) critical

The correct answer is c.


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.

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


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.

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