First Thing You Should Know:
If working through the self-test has made you think about what you write and the
way you write it then it has served its purpose. It is not supposed to give you a
"quick fix" but to get you thinking.
If you want to learn more about the way people express opinion in their
writing, look at the way it is done in everything you read. If you find reporting verbs or
sentence structures you like then use them in your own writing.
Second Thing You Should Know:
Finally, a confession. All the source texts and the
student texts used in this self-test were made up just for the test. I needed something
short and simple enough to illustrate my points which you could work with easily and
quickly. I hope you don't feel deceived. I certainly don't feel guilty because I think the
texts have done their job.
So don't go to the library looking for books by R.O. Dent or Michel
Souris because you just won't find them!
For Those of You Who Got This Far:
I would like to know what you think about this site and the self-test. Please
take the time to send me email telling me what you think about it. I would like to hear
good and bad comments. Send email now.