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LFSC001 Name: _____________________English & Communication Skills (Part 1)RevisionStudent ID: _________________Total Mark: _____/ 70 = _____%Reading I(34 marks)
The Internet: A Driving Force for Change? 
by Carolyn HerdThe Boston Herald, 23 September 2006
1234Computers may never offer a perfect system for work andcommunications. Yet, in spite of the
bugs
that need to be worked out, there isno question that computers now
shape
the pattern of our activities. Almosteveryone has felt the
tremors
of change as the Internet has revolutionizedthe way we do things: from the way we run our daily errands to the way werelate to other human beings.With the Internet, we can now get to information, products, and friendsmore quickly. With a few clicks of the mouse, we can do research on specificsubjects that might have taken hours or days in a library. With onlineshopping, we can purchase what we need more quickly and efficiently; wecan now deal with retailers over the Internet instead of waiting in lines atshopping malls. With e-mail, we can maintain friendships as well as createnew ones, without ever sitting down to write or post a letter. The Internet now
binds
more people around the world together through their common interests.For example, many people participate in Internet “chats.” These are informaldiscussions in which people type their questions and answers to each other on the computer. There is very little delay in the “conversation.” And unlikespoken conversations, “chats” can involve hundreds of people – all of whomare interested in the topic being discussed. Some Internet discussions lead tomore than typing. According to a Rutgers University study, more than 1 millionpeople have had online correspondences that have led to face-to-facerelationships. The Internet has
literally 
created a new kind of social life.But not everyone feels the Internet is improving our lives. The Web is
messy 
in that it cannot always provide clear directions on how to get wherewe want to go. The
hyperlinks
that exist among different Web sites oftensend people on a trip to nowhere or somewhere totally unexpected. The Webis not an organized database; rather it is
a brier patch
, where people can getstuck or lost.Online shopping is an example of this mess. Although shopping fromhome is appealing, e-commerce is not always as convenient as one mightthink. Sometimes it takes a long time to order on the Internet. People canwaste time or get confused filling out information on all the different screens toplace an order. In fact, anywhere from 33 to 75 per cent (depending on whosestatistics you use) of people who shop online drop out before even placing
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567their order.Most importantly, many people are concerned about privacy issues.They are reluctant to put their personal information on the Web. Filling ininformation such as one’s name, address, phone number, and credit cardinformation can
shake the confidence
of an online shopper. Some even fear that there is a
conspiracy
among businesses to use consumer informationfor their own benefit.Perhaps even more troubling is the belief that as people spend moretime surfing the Web, they are becoming socially isolated. A recent surveyindicated that 16 per cent of Internet users spend less time with family andfriends. The amount of time a husband or wife spends on the Web isfrequently cited as cause for a divorce. Many young people say that their closest friends are those they have corresponded with on the Internet, that is,their closest friends are people they have never met.Whether the Internet will continue to be a driving force for change isstill unknown; and whether the effects of the Internet on our lives will be morepositive or negative is still debatable.
Question 2 Vocabulary (10 marks)Using the context they appear in, match the boldfaced words and phrasesin the background reading with their definitions below. Write the word or phrase next to its definition.
1._____________________an agreement to perform an illegal or wrongfulact together 2._____________________shaking or trembling3._____________________defects or difficulties in a system4._____________________give form to5._____________________without exaggeration6._____________________In a state of disorder 7._____________________joins; ties8._____________________make (someone feel insecure)9._____________________thorny, prickly mass of woody plants
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10._____________________direct connections to Internet locations odocuments
Question 3 Identifying the Main Idea (8 marks)
1.
What is the topic of Reading I? ______________________________________________________________ 2.What is the main idea of Reading I? ______________________________________________________________ 3.There are two sides (arguments) to the topic; the positive and the negativeeffects of the Internet.
a.
List three positive effects of the Internet: ________________________________________________________  ________________________________________________________  ________________________________________________________  ________________________________________________________  ________________________________________________________ 
 b.
List three negative effects of the Internet: ________________________________________________________  ________________________________________________________  ________________________________________________________  ________________________________________________________  ________________________________________________________ 
Question 4True and False (10 marks)Read the following statements and decide whether they are True or False.In the space provided, write T if you think the statement is true, and F if youthink it is false.
1.Computers now shape the pattern of our activities.__
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