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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Groups 201-204 Homework: Do you want to be famous?

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Essay: Respond to the following questions--
When you imagine your future, do you sometimes think about what it would be like to become famous? Fame has its advantages, but on the other hand, fame isn't always easy to cope with. For you personally, what might be some of the pluses and minuses of fame?
This time, write in your own voice, replying directly to the questioner: "I think that...."

You may quote other people, including celebrities, journalists, commentators, and so on, but if you do, please please please give the name of the person you are quoting, put "quotation marks" around exact quotes, and tell us where you got the quotation. Do not copy answers from Internet homework sites and give them to me as your own work.

Example: 
Johnny Depp told interviewer Larry King, "... There are moments in a man's life when you just kind of want to feel somewhat normal."(1)
[at bottom of essay: --------------------------------------------------------------------------------]

(1) Daily Mail, http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-2052397/Johnny-Depp-reveals-feels-uncomfortable-public-eye.html

Write 200-250 words, using something like the following plan.

1. title
2. introduction: how did you get interested in this topic, or why?
3. list the advantages of fame and give reasons/examples
4. list the disadvantages of fame and give reasons/examples
5. draw a conclusion (give your opinion or a balanced summary of the topic).

Bring your essay to our next class. Together we'll consider the advantages and disadvantages of being famous.


Exercise adapted from Olga Afanasyeva, Virginia Evans, Victoria Kopylova, Practice Exam Papers for the Russian State Exam, 2010 Revised Edition, Moscow: Express Publishing/Prosveshchenie Publishers.

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