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Task 1: sample exam question for an opinion piece

The whole feel of the opinion piece - "Don't Get Me Started On..." - is of someone getting a really important subject off their chest. The idea is that you care so much it is difficult to stop writing. So you need to:

  • pick a topic that annoys you - make sure it is an annoyance or difficulty your readers recognise
  • think of a good number of points to make
  • order your argument, building from the smallest points to the most important
  • start with a big, bold simple statement
  • add reasons to your argument (and exaggerate) as you continue
  • build towards a strong, final punchline

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