A new and extreme tourist attraction………has just exploded………..(just explode) on to the scene in
Iceland: Volcano Walking. It would appear, according to Trip Advisor, that
this is one trip that cannot be missed, despite the extortionate cost.
The idea of making Thrihnukagigur volcano accessible was the brainchild
of Ami B. Stefansson, a doctor in Reykjavik and a lifelong cave enthusiast.
He ……………Has been studying …………………..(study) caves in Iceland since 1954 and some would argue
that there is no-one who has more experience. Thrihnukagigur has always
been special to Stefansson ever since he was the first to descend down to
the crater base in 1974. Like most people who experience it, he was utterly
spellbound by its uniqueness and beauty and made it his mission to
protect and preserve this stunning natural phenomenon. Unlike others
who may have only seen the profit that could be made from walking into
the mouth of a volcano, Stefansson ………believes…………(believe) that the primary focus was
to treat such a grand natural wonder with the utmost respect, to protect
and defend it. The first ‘volcano tourists’ entered the volcano in 2005 and
it has since been labelled as one of the most unique tourist attractions in
Volcano walkers ………are taken……….(take)to the mouth of the crater from where they
are lowered in a basket into the depths of the earth. People once thought
that volcanoes were portals to Hell and associated with death and destruction
and yet the entrance to the crater is awe-inspiring and almost
ethereal. The vastness of it can feel overwhelming; it is the size of a cathedral
and the Statue of Liberty could easily fit into the shaft. After 6
minutes and 120 metres, visitors arrive at the crater base. The ground
space is the size of three full-sized basketball courts placed next to each.
Practice Paper: Text A (pt2)
At the bottom there is a reverent hush. People whisper in respect to the
sleeping giant who has lain dormant for 4,000 years. The subterranean
walls are scorched with colours from a divine palette: magenta red, vibrant
purple, burnt orange, vivid green and honey yellow. The colour intensifies
in certain places where 4000 years ago the magma was pushed
out with brutal force. This is Mother Nature’s secret place, her private art
studio where visitors feel like trespassers. The protruding rock faces show
a tapestry of patterns and formations that have been moulded by heat,
pressure and time. Floodlights illuminate the walls and draw attention to
the beauty humans were never intended to see. A light rain weeps from
the porous rock above and covers the crater sides with a shine that makes
it sparkle. The scorch marks………can be seen……..(can see) close up – at one point in time
these rock faces were glowing red with fiery heat. This giant, although
sleeping, is still dangerous: an 80-metre drop into the void is disguised by
a collection of rocks close to where visitors stand.
If I hadn’t visited Mary last week, I would have missed her party
If I could help Sue, I will surely do so
You need to study more if you want to pass the exam Why don’t you go to the doctor if you are not feeling well?
Suppose you had the chance of moving abroad, would you do so?
Jack can lend you the money as long as you give it back to him
I wish I was taller. I would love to work as a model.
I wish you stop smoking. It’s bad for your health.
Re-read the descriptions of:
(a) The volcano in paragraph 3, beginning, “Volcano
(b) The crater in paragraph 4 , beginning, “At the
Select four powerful words or phrases from each paragraph.
Your choices should include imagery. Explain
how each word or phrase selected is used effectively
Write about 100 to 150 words
Explain the meaning of the words in bold. Use synonyms to explain them.
(a) “whisper”: In this paragraph the imagery “whisper” is trying to show the tourists’ reaction to the volcano , because of its size. Also they admire this natural resourse that has more than 4,000 years. The importance of this imagery is to help the reader to feel what the narrator is trying to express.
“scorched”: This word is used to describe the volcanos. This is a sight imagery because it is describing the volcano and its colours.
“brutal force”: Referees to the power the volcano has, this is an tactile imagery.
“Floodlights illuminate the walls”: Floodlight is a word that means power of light. This is a sight imagery.
“Tapestry of patterns”: It suggests that many different colors the volcano has.
“moulded ” This word is connected to an artistic meaning, it makes reference to a decorative moulding.
“sparkle”: This word makes reference to light and fire. This is sight imagery.
“glowing red ”: linked to sight imagery. Connected to the the power of fire’s light.
extortionate: To obtain something from someone by using force or threats.
spellbound: Hold the complete attention of someone.
Unlike: Different from.
“contrary to you, I’m a good dancer”
awe-inspiring: great respect or admiration
“Her knowledge of computers is quite admirable”
overwhelming: Very great or very large.
“This view is formidable”
dormant: normal physical functions suspended or slowed down for a priod of time.
soul-enriching: deep and careful thought about your feelings, especially in relation to a moral problem or decision.
fulfillment of soul
The two main characters from ‘Face’ and ‘More than just the decease’ have a noticeable thing in common, they both have something that makes them feel uncomfortable in front of other people. They have to deal with nosy people staring at them because of their differences.They try to be who they are instead of caring about what people think about them. They both have to struggle to maintain their confidence and not to become a prune or nosy person. Although in the past they themselves have been narrow minded, this doesn’t easy the pain they feel when they are discriminated. If they hadn’t been so judged by people, they would have not suffered so much.