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The Loch Ness Monster Sources Questions

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Section A The Loch Ness Monster 1. The writer of the article describes the area where Loch Ness is situated as very beautiful. The writer, obviously, is trying to make people come to Loch Ness. By making it sound pretty, it will attract more people. People may not come just to see the monster, they may be looking for other qualities such as scenery, so the writer produces those temptations to visit Loch Ness, here. The writer says the castle is 'picturesquely situated in the Scottish Highlands'. This creates the picture in your head already of a great location. The writer says that Loch Ness is the largest freshwater lake in Scotland. Another reason to go. It's the largest, there's none other like it, the same with the Castle, being the largest again, that's another reason to visit the loch. The writer gives some historical information. The writer says that Loch Ness was formed 'some 300 to 400 million years ago'. The thought of this to people thinking of coming to see something so old, will attract them more. The writer personifies the lake, saying it's a 'moody lake, subject to quick change. One moment it is placid, the next it is abruptly beset by wind and wave'. ...read more.


that a specially set up bureau has said there's definitely something there. It's all very well with people sighting, but they could be lying. This is the first absolutely reliable source. The writer takes the opportunity to go on to give even more solid evidence, telling the reader about an underwater photo taken by LNIB, showing 'what appears to be the hind quarter, flipper and portion of a tail, of a large aquatic animal'. Before the reader can fully take this in, the writer also says that in October 1987, there was a sonar sweep of the loch. Nessie did not surface, but several 'large targets were recorded, which could not be explained'. For one thing, the introduction of the word several, for the first time gives the possibility of there being more than one Nessie. This sudden new information grips the reader to read on. It then says that these 'large targets' could not be explained. This contrast between certainty and uncertainty has the reader pondering on what they know, and what they could know; what cold be true, what might be true. After this, the writer gives a full description, based on all the sightings, of Nessie. Giving the description shows again that there definitely is something there, otherwise what is the writer describing. ...read more.


This is a link as well. Things like those are not talked about throughout the other paragraphs, and having this link brings the reader 'back to reality', when reading; out of all the thoughts of the loch', and back to thinking whether they'd go or not. The last paragraph is different from the rest of the article because of a few things. For one it is the first time the writer gives his or her opinion. Listening to someone else's opinion is interesting, and may influence yours. All the other paragraphs, talking about the evidence of the presence of Nessie, are in the past. The final one shunts you right back up to the present, suddenly, to hear the writer's opinion. This paragraph is much livelier, and has exclamation marks, and is rather like talking to the writer yourself. The final paragraph is an effective ending for the article. To give an opinion, when the reader has been making up their own throughout the reading, is an effective way to settle the readers mind from all the evidence pouring in. The last line, '...and hope for a glimpse of Scotland's best-known legend of the loch!' is an excellent ending. I think this because it's very encouraging for someone to go, and it makes the writer sound excited about wanting to go there, which will in turn influence the reader to go with the same excitement. ...read more.

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