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Have you read a book or seen a film that has a central character whose life is affected by an event or decision they make early in the story.
What did you learn about the person's character? Did the book or film help you to understand how the person was affected by this event or decision?
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Write your review for the magazine readers. (220-260 words)
Read Anja's answer to this question below. Try correcting the piece of writing yourself first: use the marking codes to think about what might be wrong (or what's good) about the piece of work. Then when you're ready, click the green buttons in the text for our feedback.
To the '60s and back again
One of the most intriguing books I have read recently is "11/22/63" by Stephen King, published only a few years ago. Not being especially T
The story is set both in the present and the 1960s with the main character Jake Epping setting out to prevent the assassination of JFK. Jake Epping is an ordinary English teacher at a high school in Maine, divorced, no kids. As a time traveller he is determined to honor the pledge he made to his dying friend to stop Lee Harvey Oswald from shooting the 35th president.
Not only does Jake's initial and rather spontaneous decision to step back in time reflect traits of his character, but it also influences the unfolding action fundamentally. WO
In conclusion, I think the book paints quite a positive and heroic picture of its protagonist. While I do not feel uncomfortable with this approach, I deem the ending rather exaggerated in terms of Epping's altruism.
This is a very good answer Anja. You've given a summary of the person's character and the impact on him of the decision to save JFK.
The review is written in an appropriate format and in an engaging style that would hold the reader's attention throughout.
It's clearly organised. Starting with an introduction to the book, two main body paragraphs and a well-crafted conclusion bringing the review to a close. Good use of cohesive devices to link your ideas and sentences together.
Finally, you have used language flexibly and shown your ability to describe simple and complex ideas clearly. I have made a couple of stylistic comments, which I think helps a couple of sentences flow a little better, but these are subjective rather than corrections.
/\ Word(s) missing
- Omit word
PE Poorly expressed
SS Sentence Structure
T Tip (Not wrong but a suggestion)
WF Wrong form
WO Word order
WT Wrong tense
WW Wrong word