Exercise for Hortatory Exposition



Read the text carefully to answer the questions that follow.

HOMEWORKThe amount of homework give to student needs to be reduced for several reasons. In short, time is limited in many students’ lives. At the same time, other students are showing alarming level of obesity due to sedentary lifestyles. Lastly, family disharmony has increased as a result of stressed parents trying to get their children to do their homework.Firstly, time is limited. Many students don’t arrive home until 6 pm. This is because they have chosen to play sports which require a few hours of training each week or they engage in cultural activities, which are often taught after school. After they arrive home, they have to unpack their bags, do other daily jobs, have a shower and eat dinner. By the time they have finished these necessities, it is 8 pm. If they have homework, then it is too late t start, and whatever is done may be of poor quality. Therefore it is fair to say there is not enough time after school to complete quality homework.

On the other hand, many other young people are recording high levels of obesity because of their sedentary lifestyles. Traditional homework is not an activity that is known to raise the heart rate and so does nothing to improve our physical fitness. We are constantly being told to become healthier. Why sit still at night time when students have been sitting still in the classroom all day? This is not good for their health and contributes to the high levels of obesity seen today.

Finally, homework places huge amounts of stress on already stressed-out families. In many families both parents are working and the last thing they need is to fight with their children at the end of stressful day. By reducing the amount of nightly homework, the family home would be a much more relaxed place, as it should be.

In conclusion, homework should be reduced. We must recognize that students’ time is limited, sedentary work contributes to the high levels of obesity among Australia’s youth and finally homework can cause an increase in family disharmony. The wellbeing of students is far more important than excessive amounts of homework.

Taken from Text Type. A writing guide for students by Ann Townsend. 2006




















Choose the correct answer of the following questions:

1)      What is the purpose of the text?

(A)   to inform the importance of homework

(B)   to analyse and to argue about homework

(C)   to describe homework

(D)   to explain how to do homework

(E)    to amuse the readers of doing homework

2)      What is the type of the text?

(A)   exposition

(B)   explanation

(C)   report

(D)   description

(E)    narrative

3)      The amount of homework give to students … (paragraph 1) is called …

(A)   orientation

(B)   reorientation

(C)   argument

(D)   sequence of events

(E)    statement of position

4)      In which paragraph can you find the arguments?

(A)   paragraph 1,2,3

(B)   paragraph 2,3,4

(C)   paragraph 3,4,5

(D)   paragraph 1,3,5

(E)    paragraph 1,3,4

5)      In conclusion, homework should be reduced (Par. 5) is called …

(A)   argument

(B)   reinforcement of position statement

(C)   statement of position

(D)   sequence of events

(E)    description


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