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    TouchingtheVoidJoeSimpson

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    Unit1OutlineInthisunityouwillstudytwomoderntextsandonethatwillrequireyoutoexploreaculturedifferent

    fromyourown.Onthisexampaper,thewordmodernmeansanytextthatwaswrittenafter1945.

    WhenyoustudyyourtextsforUnit1,youwilllookatthreedifferentareas:

    Ideas,themesandissues

    Characterisation

    Settings

    Butoneveryimportantareayoumustneverforgetistothinkabouthowthewriteruseslanguageand

    structuretobuildtheirtext.

    Unit1theExam

    ThekeyinformationabouttheUnit1isasfollows:

    Youwillhave1hour30minutestocompletethetasks.

    Twosectionstocomplete.

    SectionAonyourmoderntext.

    SectionBonyourtextfromothercultures.

    Unit1ExploringModernTexts:WhatdoIneedtoknow?

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    Unit1TheAssessmentObjectivesAssessmentObjectivesarethethingsthatyourteacherandtheexaminerwantyoutobeabletodowhen

    youwriteyouranswersontheUnit1exam.

    YoucanseetheAssessmentObjectivesforUnit1inthetablebelow

    ASSESSMENT

    OBJECTIVEWHATISITASKINGFOR? INSTUDENTSPEAK

    AO1

    Respondcriticallyand

    imaginatively;selectand

    evaluaterelevanttextualdetail

    toillustrateandsupport

    interpretations

    Comeupwithyourown

    ideasaboutthetexts.

    Useandcommenton

    quotationstosupportyour

    ideas.

    AO2

    Explainhowlanguage,structure

    andformcontributetowriters

    presentationofideas,themes

    andsettings.

    Writeaboutfeaturesof

    languageandstructurethat

    youthinkareeffective.

    Explainhowtheuseof

    languagelinkstotheideas

    thatthewriteristryingto

    exploreinthetext.

    AO4

    Relatetextstotheirsocial,

    culturalandhistoricalcontexts;

    explainhowtextshavebeen

    influentialandsignificanttoself

    andotherreadersindifferent

    contextsandatdifferenttimes.

    Sayhowthetexthasbeen

    influencedbythetimein

    whichitwaswritten.

    Explainhowtextshavehad

    aninfluenceontheirreaders.

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    AnnotatingyourcopyofTouchingtheVoid

    I was lying in my sleeping bag, staring at the

    light filtering through the red and green fabric

    of the dome tent. Simon was snoring loudly,

    occasionally twitching in his dream world.

    We could have been anywhere. There is a

    peculiar anonymity about being in tents.

    Once the zip is locked and the outside world

    barred from site, all sense of location

    disappears. Scotland, the French Alps, the

    Karakoram, it was always the same. The

    sound of rustling, fabric flapping in the wind,

    or of rainfall, the feel of hard lumps under the

    ground sheet, the smell of rancid socks and

    sweat these are universals, as comforting

    as the warmth of the down sleeping bag.

    Emphasis on colour

    contrast to setting of

    snow covered mountain.

    Annotatingmeansmakingnotesonabook,playorpoem.Thisisaveryimportantskillbecauseyouonlyhavelimitedspaceandyouneedwhateveryouwritetobeclearandconveythemostmeaninginthesmallestnumberofwords.Also,youhavetorememberthatyoumaymakeanannotationinSeptemberwhichyoudontthenlookatagainuntilDecember!So,makingtherightkindsofannotationsisveryimportant.Ifyourteacher

    willallowyoutoannotateyourtext,youshoulddoitliketheexamplebelow.

    Shows that the place

    is disorientating. They

    have no sense of place

    here.

    Shows the sense of

    isolation that they

    feel. This place is

    somewhere they have

    no connections or

    anything to relate to.

    Emphasis on colour

    contrast to setting of

    snow covered mountain.

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    PlotOverview

    TouchingtheVoidtellsthepowerfulstoryoftwoclimbersJoeSimpsonandSimonYatesandtheir

    expeditiontoclimbthedauntingwestfaceoftheSiulaGrandeinthePeruvianAndes.Thestoryfollows

    themenastheyattemptthisdaringfeatforthefirsttime;nootherclimbershaveeverendeavouredto

    climbtheSiulaGrande.Amongsttheirfellowmountaineers,ifthemenweresuccessful,thiswouldbe

    consideredamassiveachievement.

    JoeandSimonovercomesignificantobstaclesonthefirstfewdaysoftheirexpedition,including

    snowstormsanddangerousterrain,toarriveatthesummitondaythreeoftheirtrip.Whenthemen

    standatthesummittheyareeffectivelyfourmilesabovesealevel;anincredibleachievement.

    However,asthemenattempttheirdescentdownthedangerousNorthRidge,disasterstrikesthe

    mountaineerswhenJoefallsandbreakshisleg.InanattempttorescueSimpsonusingacomplicated

    ropemanoeuvre,YatesinadvertentlylowersSimpsonoffacliff.Inordertosavehimselffromnear

    certaindeath,Yatesisforcedtocuttheropejoiningthemtogether.

    Simpsonwakestofindhimselfonasmallledge.HeassumesrightlythatYateswillthinkheisdead.In

    turn,Simpsonmustfindhisownwaybacktosafetyandproceedstocrawl,walkandstrugglebacktothe

    basecamp.

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    NarrativeRevisionQuestions

    1. WhatisthelocationfortheactionofTouchingtheVoid?

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    2. WhyisclimbingSiulaGrandesuchanimportantchallengeforthetwomen?

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    3. Howmanydaysdoesittakethementoreachthesummit?

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    4. Exactlyhowfarabovesealevelisthesummitofthemountain?

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    5. SiulaGrandeformspartofwhichmountainrange?

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    6. Whatisthenameoftheridgethatthemenattempttheirdescentfrom?

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    7. WhatarethebonesthatJoebreakswhenheinjureshimself?______________________________________________________________________________________

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    8. WheredoesSimonspendthenightfollowinghisseparationfromJoe?

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    9. WhenJoewakesup,whatdoesheassumeSimonwillthinkabouthim?

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    10. HowdoesJoegetasensethatheisontherighttrackwhenheheadsbacktocamp?

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    11. WhydoesSimonbecomeangrywhenhereturnstoBaseCamp?

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    12. Inthefinalchapter,describeJoesfeelingstowardsSimon.

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    GettingintoTouchingtheVoid

    Tohelpyoufindyourwayintothenovel,usetheInternettodosomeresearchonthetopicsintheboxesbelow.Recordyourfindings.

    TheAuthorJoeSimpson

    TheSettingSiulaGrande

    TheRealLifeCharacters

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    TouchingtheVoid:Engagingwiththenovelsideas

    Asyouprobablyalreadyknow,TouchingtheVoidisanovelaboutanadventurethatgoesseriouslywrong.Tohelpyoubegintoempathisewiththecharactersandtheirsituation,completethetasksbelow.

    Brainstormeverythingyouknowaboutthestorysofarthinkaboutwhat

    happens,whoisinit,whenandwhereitisset

    Withyourpartner,discussanadventurethatyouhaveundertakenwherewasit?Whathappened?Whatwerethe

    risksinvolved?

    Thinkaboutatimewhenyouhavefacedadversity,explaintoafriendhowyou

    reactedhowdidyoucope?

    Whatmakesagoodadventurestory?Makealistofthekeyfeaturesandexplainwhyeachoneisimportant.

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    KeepingTrack:ChapterbyChapter

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    Chapter1:BeneaththeMountainLakes TheopeningchapterofthenoveliskeytoourunderstandingofwhySimonandJoedecidetoclimb

    themountaininthefirstplace.Thevividdescriptionsofthemountaingivethereaderaclearsenseof

    theiramazementatthisnaturalwonder.

    Inthespacebelow,drawyourimpressionofthemountainasitisdescribedandlabelitwith

    quotationstoshowhowyoucametoseethemountaininthisway.

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    Chapter1:BeneaththeMountainLakes(EnlargetoA3)

    Intheearlypartsofthetext,Joedescribeseachoftheprevioussummitattemptsandtheproblems

    associatedwiththem.Heismakingusasthereaderawareofthesefailedattemptsinordertobuild

    tensioninanticipationoftheirclimb.

    Completethetablebelowidentifyingtheproblemsthatarosewitheachoftheattemptstoclimbto

    thesummit.Inthefinalcolumnexplainhowthishelpstobuildtension.

    Attempt Problems Howistensioncreated?

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    Chapter1:BeneaththeMountainLakesGettingtoknow

    thecharacters(EnlargetoA3)

    IntheopeningchapterwelearnalotaboutJoeandSimon.Workinpairstocompletethevenn

    diagrambelowtoshowtheirsimilaritiesanddifferences.Addquotationstothecharttosupportyour

    ideas.

    JoeSimon

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    Chapter1:BeneaththeMountainLakesExtensionActivities

    1. ImaginethatyouareJoeorSimon,writealetterfromthebasecamptoyourfamilyexplainingthe

    sceneatSiulaGrande.

    2. ImaginethatyouareaTVproducerwhoisaccompanyingJoeandSimonontheirtripworkwith

    otherstudentstoscriptandperformanewsbroadcastatthebeginningoftheirexpedition.

    3. Basedontheinformationinthischapter,produceaguideforclimbersentitledPreparingtoClimb

    SiulaGrande.Yourguideshouldbeinformativeandappropriateforyouraudience.

    TouchingtheVoid:TheCharacters

    1. CompletethecharacterprofilesJoeSimpson,SimonYates&RichardHawkings.

    2. Useadjectivestodescribethem.

    3. Addquotationstosupportyourideas.

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    CharacterProfileJoeSimpson(EnlargetoA3)WhoisJoeSimpson?

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    WhatisJoesroleinthenovel?

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    HowdoesthewritercreateJoescharacter?

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    CharacterProfileSimonYates(EnlargetoA3)WhoisSimonYates?

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    WhatisSimonsroleinthenovel?

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    HowdoesthewritercreateSimonscharacter?

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    CharacterProfileRichardHawkings(EnlargetoA3)WhoisRichardHawkings?

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    WhatisRichardssroleinthenovel?

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    HowdoesthewritercreateRichardscharacter?

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    CharacterExtensionTaskKeepingTrack:JoeandSimonsRelationshipConsidertherelationshipbetweenJoeandSimonandhowitdevelopsandchangesthroughthenovel.Copyandcompletethetablebelowtoshowthechanges.

    Chapter Whatisthesame? Whatisdifferent?

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    CharacterExtensionTasks

    1. Whichofthetwocharactersdoyoumostrelatetoandwhy?

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    2. WhatarethekeydifferencesbetweenSimonandJoe,andhowdoesthisgeneratetensionand

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    3. Thinkaboutthenovelasawhole.Howdotheinteractionsofthecharactershelptodevelopthe

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    4. Whatdotheperiodsoftimewhenthecharactersarealonerevealabouttheirpersonalities?______________________________________________________________________________________

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    KeepingTrack:Setting(EnlargetoA3)

    Oneofthekeycharactersofthenovelis,inasense,thesettingofthenovel.Itistheunforgiving

    natureofthesettingthatcausesJoeandSimontoendupintheprecarioussituationattheheartofthe

    novel.Completethetablebelowtoshowthelocation,eventsandtheirimportanceineachchapter

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    KeepingTrack:SpecificSettingsUsingthespecifickeysettingslistedbelow,completethetablestoshowtheirsignificanceinthenovel.

    Siula Grande Base Camp

    The North Ridge

    The Summit Joes Crevasse

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    SpecificSettings:SiulaGrande

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    SpecificSettings:BaseCamp

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    TouchingtheVoid:SettingExtensionQuestions

    1. WhydoyouthinkthatthePeruvianAndesisaneffectivesettingforanovelaboutsurvivalanddespair?

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    spacessurroundinghim.Howandwhyisthiseffective?

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    TouchingtheVoid:Themes

    Therearefivekeythemesthatyouneedtounderstand.However,towardstheendofthissection,

    somemorecomplexthemesareexplored.Togiveyourselftheopportunitytoachievethehighergrades,

    youwillwanttomakesurethatyouthinkaboutthemandhowtheyrelatetootherideasinthenovel.

    Thekeythemesofthenovelareshownbelow.Inthespacesprovided,trytoexplainwhatyouthink

    eachonereferstointhenovel.

    THEME EXPLANATION

    Adventure

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    ThemesinTouchingtheVoidAdventure(EnlargetoA3)Usethisworksheettocollectquotationsaboutthethemeexploredinthecentralbox.

    Adventure

    Oneof the centralmotivationsfor Simon and Joe appears tobe their determination toconquer one of the mosttreacherous mountains in theworld.Thisisamountain,afterall, that no othermountaineerhas endeavoured to climb.Simpson uses this idea toexplore the theme ofadventure throughout thenovel. When tragedy strikesand Joe is left alone, strandedand injured, it brings the ideaofadventureclearlyintofocus:were the two men tooambitious? Were they stupidtoattemptsuchanendeavour?Oristheresomethingfarmorefundamental that drivesmansdetermination to tacklenatureschallenges?

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    KeepingTrack:ThemesinTouchingtheVoidAdventure(EnlargetoA3)

    Inthetablebelowisasectionforeachofthechapterswherethethemeofadventureisexplored.

    Foreachchapteryouneedtoidentifyandmakeanoteofthreequotationsthatshowthetheme.

    Inthefinalcolumn,explainhowthequotationsyouhaverecordedshowthetheme.

    THETHEMEOFADVENTURE

    CHAPTER QUOTATIONHOWDOESTHISSHOWTHETHEMEOFADVENTURE?

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    ThemesinTouchingtheVoidTheWilderness(EnlargetoA3)Usethisworksheettocollectquotationsaboutthethemeexploredinthecentralbox.

    TheWilderness

    One of the most hauntingaspects of the novel is theway that the characters, atdifferentpointsinthenovel,are forced to confront theloneliness of theenvironment around them.Indeed, they are not facedwith just the loneliness, butalso the vicious and, attimes, aggressive nature oftheir surroundings. In turn,the wilderness, its powerand brutality are centralideas at the heart of thenovel.

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    KeepingTrack:ThemesinTouchingtheVoidTheWilderness(EnlargetoA3)

    Inthetablebelowisasectionforeachofthechapterswherethethemeofthewildernessis

    explored.

    Foreachchapteryouneedtoidentifyandmakeanoteofthreequotationsthatshowthetheme.

    Inthefinalcolumn,explainhowthequotationsyouhaverecordedshowthetheme.

    THETHEMEOFADVENTURE

    CHAPTER QUOTATIONHOWDOESTHISSHOWTHETHEMEOFWILDERNESS?

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    ThemesinTouchingtheVoidIsolation(EnlargetoA3)Usethisworksheettocollectquotationsaboutthethemeexploredinthecentralbox.

    Isolation

    The characters in the novel

    spend some of their most

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    themountain. As they face

    near certain death, they are

    alone. This is an effective

    way for Simpson to create

    tension because it asks the

    audiencetothinkabouthow

    we might find the strength

    to survive horrific

    circumstances with only

    ourselvesforsupport.

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    KeepingTrack:ThemesinTouchingtheVoidIsolation(EnlargetoA3)

    Inthetablebelowisasectionforeachofthechapterswherethethemeofisolationisexplored.

    Foreachchapteryouneedtoidentifyandmakeanoteofthreequotationsthatshowthetheme.

    Inthefinalcolumn,explainhowthequotationsyouhaverecordedshowthetheme.

    THETHEMEOFADVENTURE

    CHAPTER QUOTATIONHOWDOESTHISSHOWTHETHEMEOFISOLATION?

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    ThemesinTouchingtheVoidRescue&Hope

    Workingroupsoffourtocompilepairsofrevisionworksheetsliketheonesaboveforthethemesof

    RescueandHope.Then,workinpairstoidentifyandmakeanoteofkeyquotationsforboththemes.

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    LanguageinTouchingtheVoid

    Simpsonusesarangeoftechniquesinthetext.

    Someofthemarelistedinthetablebelow.

    Completethetablebelowforeachofthefeatures.

    FEATUREOFLANGUAGE EXAMPLEFROMTHETEXT EFFECT

    Vividdescription

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    SimpsonsUseofLanguageinTouchingtheVoid

    Feature EffectontheReader?

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    Feature EffectontheReader?

    Lookateachofthequotationsbelow.

    Highlightthefeaturesoflanguagethatyoucanfind.

    WriteaparagraphexplainingtheeffectsofSimpsonslanguage.

    Wecouldhavebeenanywhere.

    Itfeelsmenacinglyremoteandexhilaratingatthesametimenohordesofclimbers,nohelicopters,norescuejustusandthe

    mountains.

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    SimpsonsUseofLanguageinTouchingtheVoid

    Feature EffectontheReader?

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    Feature EffectontheReader?

    Hithard.Hitagainthatsit,nowthehammer.Lookatyourfeetnotimetoanswer.Thiswayiswrong.Damn,damn!

    Simonwascomingup,hittinghard,icesplinteringdownbelowhim,hittinghardandstrongheaddown,hitting,hopping,onpast

    meandupwithoutaword.

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    SimpsonsUseofLanguageinTouchingtheVoid

    Feature EffectontheReader?

    WhyisSimpsonslanguageuseeffectiveinthisexample?

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    Feature EffectontheReader?

    Wehadasilentagreement.WebothknewthetruthIwasinjuredandunlikelytosurvive.SimoncoulddownaloneIremainedsilent,

    butitwasnolongerforfearoflosingcontrol.

    Iwasstandingonanopenfacewithadropofnearly4000feetbelowmeandfeltveryunnervedbytheexposure.TherewasalonggapofunprotectedropebetweenmeandSimonhisanchorwashisaxesburiedinthesnow,andIknewalltoowellhowuselessthesewould

    beifImadeamistake.

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    TouchingtheVoidExamPreparation

    WhatdoIneedtoknowabouttheUnit1Examination?

    TimeAllowed1hour30minutes

    Howmanyquestions?

    Two:onefromSectionAandonefromSectionB

    TouchingtheVoidisinSectionA

    Howmanymarks?30marks

    AmIallowedmybook? Yesbutitmustbeclearofallannotations

    UnderstandingtheMarkScheme

    TogetaCyoumust

    Focusonthequestion.

    Useeffectivequotationstoproveyourpoints.

    Explaintheeffectsoflanguageonthereader.

    Includearangeofpointsinyouranswer.

    TogetanA*youmust

    Keepthefocusonthequestionallthewayuntiltheendofyouranswer.

    Writewithinsightgettothecoreofwhatthewriteristryingtosay.

    Usequotationanalytically.

    Makeevaluativecommentsonlanguage/structure.

    Suggestdifferentinterpretationsofthetext.

    Otherthingstoremember!

    Rereadthenovelseveraltimesbeforetheexamination.

    Keepthinkingaboutquotationsthatyoucoulduseinyouranswer.

    Tryandthinkofarangeofpointsyoucoulduseinyouranswer.

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    TouchingtheVoidSampleResponse(C)

    Chooseapassagethatisparticularlytense.

    Writeabout:

    whatistenseinthepassage; themethodsthatSimpsonusestocreatetension.

    Annotation

    Lookatthesampleresponsebelow. UsingtheCgradedescriptors,identifywhichofthose

    qualitiesitdemonstrates. Theresponseisonthequestionbelow.

    One of the most tense parts of the book is in Chapter 1, Beneath the Mountain Lakes. At one point Simpson writes It feels menacingly remote and exhilarating at the same timeno helicopters, no rescue just us and the mountains. This is a very effective quotation because it helps to build tension for the reader. The reason why this quotation builds tension is because it gives us the impression that Joe and Simon are alone and abandoned in the Andes. The sentence no helicopters, no rescue is very effective because he repeats the word no which makes us realise that if anything goes wrong that there is no one there to help or save them. This quotation creates tension for the reader because we realise that the two men are alone on the mountains attempting to achieve something that no other mountaineer has ever attempted. We quickly realise that the men are in serious danger.

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    TouchingtheVoidSampleResponse(A*)

    Chooseapassagethatisparticularlytense.

    Writeabout:

    whatistenseinthepassage; themethodsthatSimpsonusestocreatetension.

    Annotation

    Lookatthesampleresponsebelow. UsingtheA*gradedescriptors,identifywhichofthose

    qualitiesitdemonstrates. Theresponseisonthequestionbelow.

    Simpson creates tension in the novel from the first chapter; he evokes the climbers sense of isolation and separation from all that they know. He writes It feels menacingly remote and exhilarating at the same timeno helicopters, no rescue just us and the mountains. It is clear that while the sense of isolation is, in a sense, a threat to them, the threat itself is exciting and a reason to undertake the climb. This is an interesting opposition, almost as if the men find the idea that they are in danger a thrill. This, perhaps, is Simpsons way of exploring the nature of adventure; he suggests to the reader that it is only when we are forced to the extremes of the natural world that we are forced to face the extremes within ourselves. It is, Simpson, appears to suggest the point at which we overcome these extremes that we have truly prevailed over all that life has to offer.

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    TouchingtheVoidPlanningaResponse(EnlargetoA3)

    Usethediagrambelowtoplanyouressayandremembertoinclude:

    Points

    Quotations

    Commentsontheeffectsoflanguage

    Chooseapassagefromthebookthatcreatestension.

    Writeabout:

    whatcreatestensioninthepassage; themethodsthatSimpsonusestocreatetension.

    Introduction

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    Conclusion