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Non-fiction

Non-fiction is factual, which means that it is presented as fact. The majority of the reading material with which we come into contact every day is likely to be non-fiction. What do a take-away menu and a scientific paper have in common? They are both non-fiction. The author's own opinions on the subject often come out in the form of bias, opinion, or emotive language, so the factual nature of what you are reading should always be questioned.

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  1. The author of a non-fiction text...
    Writers of some types of non-fiction, such as news reports, aim for impartiality, but this is not a necessity of every type. Many non-fiction texts are subtly (or not so subtly) biased in favour of the author's opinion on the subject
  2. In deciding who is the intended audience of a particular text, what would you consider?
  3. What is meant by 'layout'?
  4. In which of the following non-fiction texts would presentational devices be most important?
    A menu would be very hard to navigate if it were written in continuous, paragraphed prose. Menus make use of such features as changes in font style and font size, bold print, italics, pictures, headings and subheadings, colour, borders and boxed text
  5. What is meant by 'subtext'?
    'Implicit' means 'implied'. To understand subtext, you need to look beyond the obvious meaning
  6. In comparing two non-fiction texts written on the same subject, what should you be sure to mention?
  7. Which of these words could NOT be used to describe the tone of a text?
    A piece of writing may be useful to you, but 'tone' describes the author's attitude to the subject (i.e. serious, passionate, angry, humorous, dispassionate, etc.)
  8. Which of the following is NOT an example of a non-fiction text?
  9. What would you be looking for if skim reading a text?
  10. The purpose of non-fiction is to...
    Non-fiction can have many purposes: it can inform, entertain, advise, persuade, describe, instruct, or argue, among other things

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