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Park Ridge State High School








Sample pre assessment task Unit 6


    Analysing and expressing viewpoints in Drama texts.

Task designed by

Deb Pillay


Janelle Dickman (

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Question One: Read the excerpt below and answer the questions that follow
Deb is Saskia’s mum. She is quite obviously the source of Saskia’s smart

mouth. She works as a medical courier, and hates cooking with a passion.

When it comes to Saskia’s quick wit and cutting comebacks, Deb can give

as good as she gets. She treats Saskia as her intellectual equal, and is

not even close to being an embarrassing mother figure. Her dream is to

one day take a four week holiday in South America, and until that time

comes, she’s content to learn Spanish and decorate the house as if it

were located smack bang in the middle of Peru.

1.1. Quote the line that states that Deb does not like cooking.

1.2 When you infer, you make meaning by reading between the lines. How do you know that Deb and Saskia are very similar? Explain why you would say so.

1.3 Explain what is meant by “Deb can give as good as she gets”


Max Hammer started out as Noah’s Internet alias and the hero in his web based

comic “The Very Real and Excellent Adventures of Max Hammer”.

Max is everything Noah wants to be. He’s smart, strong, sensitive,

capable, and respectable. And on the Internet, he’s acquired a reputation

as a highly intimidating cyber marauder - a far cry from his beginnings as

a hand-sketched figure in Noah’s London bedroom.

On the other side of the Pacific, Max enters Saskia’s life as a faceless

geek who steals her music from the Internet, and ends up becoming the

most important person in her life. From the pages of the Max Hammer

comic, Max springs to life - at least he does in Saskia’s imagination. And

when Saskia imagines Max in the flesh, she sees a tall, strong, good-looking,

charming, witty and charismatic guy who accepts her for who she

is. She knows he’s not “real”, that when she and Max walk on the beach

together, it’s not really happening, but that’s how it feels. And that’s all

that matters to Saskia.


2.1 Quote an example of an alliteration.

2.2 Find a word to show high modality

2.3 Why is Max being referred to as a “faceless geek”?

2.4 Explain what is meant when Max Hammer is being described as an “intimidating cyber marauder”

Question Three: Examining Character Viewpoint

Read the excerpt from the Noah and Saskia script and answer the questions that follow

3.1 Explain why do you think that this is a humorous scene? Comment on the tone.

3.2 Why is Saskia wanting to embarrass herself in this way? What is her point of view?

3.3 Provide one example where the stage directions create humour.

3.4 Find an example of a simile and explain the effect

3.5 Quote the line that shows the hyperbole(exaggeration)

Question Four:

What are blogs?

These personal Internet journals have taken the Internet by storm. Frequently updated and written in a personal tone, a blog is a diary or journal where the writer or "blogger" will write her observations on the world or provide links to useful websites. Different bloggers write about different themes, sort of like a newspaper columnist but with no specialised training necessary.
The Birth of Blogs:

The earliest blogs started in the late 1990s as online diaries. Individuals posted information on a daily basis about their lives and opinions. The daily posts were listed in reverse date order, so readers viewed the most recent post first and scrolled through previous posts. The format provided the ongoing thoughts of the writer. As blogs evolved, interactive features were added to create a two-way conversation. Readers took advantage of features that allowed them to leave comments on blog posts and websites to further the dialogue.

Blogs Today:

As the Internet has become more social, blogs have gained in popularity. Today, there are over 100 million blogs with more entering the blogosphere everyday. Blogs have become more than online diaries. In fact, blogging has become an important part of the online and offline worlds with popular bloggers impacting the worlds of politics, business and society with their words.

The Future of Blogs:

It seems inevitable that blogging will become even more powerful in the future with more people and businesses recognizing the power of bloggers as online influencers. Anyone can start a blog thanks to the simple (and often free) tools readily available online. The question will likely become not, "Why should I start a blog?" but rather, "Why shouldn't I start a blog?"

4.1 Write down 5 sentences to summarise what you have understood about blogs.

Question Five: Provide your personal opinions

Why is it dangerous to chat to someone on the Internet that you do not know.

Is it ethical to claim the work of someone else as your own?


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