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2 FIRST TEXT/QUESTIONS 1–17 Answer questions 1–17 by referring to the newspaper article about travel guide books on page 3. Indicate your answers on the separate answer sheet.
For questions 1–17, answer by choosing from the list (A–G) on the right below. Some of the choices may be required more than once. Note: When more than one answer is required, these may be given in any order.
Of which series of books are the following stated? The tone of one of its guides is too serious. One of its guides has been greatly improved. Its guides give ratings to places. The market for its guides is expanding. Its guides adopt a new approach to design. One of its guides is generally considered a classic. Some of its guides are written by new writers. Its guides convey a sense of the pleasures of travelling. There are not many guides in this series. Its guides are accused of having an undesirable effect. Its guides are particularly good for people who have never been to the area before. The quality of writing in its guides is higher than in any of the others. Important facts are missing from all of its guides. It includes the guide which best describes the atmosphere of the Caribbean. 1 ........... 2 ........... 3 ........... 4 ........... 5 ........... 6 ........... 7 ........... B 8 ........... C 9 ........... D 10 ........... 11 ........... E Michelin Trade and Travel Cadogan Rough Guide A Lonely Planet
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Remember to put your answers on the separate answer sheet.
have this problem with guide books. I read too many hurriedly (usually on a plane) and then forget them and my debt to them. When I’m travelling, I soon learn which to reach for first (perhaps the safest indicator of which is best). But a few countries later I have forgotten perhaps not which I chose, but almost certainly why. Good ones are the kick-start for the experience, rather than the experience itself. So, drawing up a shortlist of the best guide book series seemed a touch high-handed – especially when you add the vagaries of the series to the equation, for even the best produces its share of hopeless volumes. What turned it into the confident work of minutes rather than days of agonising was a simple and, once I had thought of it, obvious test. All that was necessary was to imagine I was going somewhere I knew absolutely nothing about and ask myself what guide books I would look at first. The efficacy of this ploy was such that, when I asked a few other people to do the same, it came as no surprise to find that we were in almost total agreement. The first two were the easiest. Without any question my first stop would be the Lonely Planet and the Rough Guide series. I couldn’t, and wouldn’t, choose between them in advance. There is more between titles within the series than there is between the series themselves. If both covered my destinations (as they usually do), I would want them both in my hand luggage. Both are practical and tell you the things you really want to know (such as where to get a good cheap meal, and the bus to your next destination). Both started with the young backpacker in mind, and both are now broadening their target readership to include the more affluent 30plus reader. The Rough Guides, perhaps the more even of the two series, tend to be stronger on Europe and the cultural background, and the more obsessed with what is now termed political correctness (yet they rarely have anything to do with politics).
Mark Ottaway looks at the best travel guide books available
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