Recent General Task 1 question (full written response) May 2011 exam

An online student of mine recently told me they saw the following question on the Task 1 portion of their General exam:

An annual event was recently held in your area.  Write a letter to the organizers of this event congratulating them on a successful production.

In your letter, include:

-the details of the event

-what you most liked about the event

-a polite criticism of something you thought could be improved

Dear Sir or Madam,

I am writing to congratulate you on your recent performance of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night this past Saturday at the Mickelson Theatre of the Arts in Brisbane.  Here in Brisbane, we look forward to your annual displays of the world’s most celebrated writer.  It was a magnificent show, and I am sure everyone in the audience was as mesmerized as I was.

Let me start by saying your choice to cast Alice Piper for the lead role was very fitting.  I personally found her performance particularly astonishing and was the highlight of the evening for me.  Victor Kempler’s interpretation of the character Sebastian made for good accompaniment, however I have to say that I feel an older actor would have probably been more suitable.  This is only a minor imperfection, though, and one that paled in comparison to the event’s strengths.

Congratulations on your fantastic effort!  You have left Brisbane waiting with enthusiasm for your return next year.

Bravo!

Ryan

Ryan’s note:

  • Alice Piper, Victor Kempler and the Mickelson Theatre of the Arts are people and places created by me

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2 Responses to Recent General Task 1 question (full written response) May 2011 exam

  1. lucrecia says:

    hi ryan, thanks for the post,
    i m just confused a little about the last sentence,
    “left brisbane waiting in vain for your return next year,”
    isn’t waiting in vain means waiting for nothing, waiting without purpose or hope.
    thanks for your reply!

    • Ryan says:

      Hi lucrecia,

      Thanks for pointing that out. I think my original meaning was more ‘they want to see the show again soon, but will have to wait in vain as it is an annual event’ but my wording became misleading. Anyway, I’ve changed it to something a little more fitting.

      Thanks for calling me on the error. Good luck,
      Ryan

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