Task 1 is based on the text “Announcing the new Built-in Orderly Organized Knowledge device (BOOK)”. First we will outline the text and then give you some points for answering tasks 1A and 1B.
“Announcing the new Built-in Orderly Organized Knowledge device (BOOK)” is an entry article from the website ronnieuggie.com, a site dedicated to the Pontiac High School which covers issues related to homeschooling.
In the article, which is structured as a product review or advert, the writer describes the Built-in Orderly Organized Knowledge device, or in short, the BOOK.
In Task 1A you are required to select the right alternative defining what type of text “Announcing the new Built-in Orderly Organized Knowledge device (BOOK)” is, and to give reasons for your choice.
The correct answer is c) – a satirical text making fun of our technological world. The article is structured in the form of a technological product review or advert, but is, in fact, describing a regular printed book.
The text is satirical because it uses technological language to describe the book, which is an analogue and traditional method of communication.
Task 1B requires you to explain the predominant use of present tense simple in the text and the meaning of the closing line.
The use of present tense simple
The use of present tense simple should be connected to both form and intention.
Given that the satirical text mimics the form of a digital product review article, present tense simple is necessary to give a feeling of authenticity to the form of the text.
The closing line
The article ends with the following closing lines: “The BOOK's appeal seems so certain that thousands of content creators have committed to the platform.” (ll. 29-30)