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  • Q1

    Write a review of the film ‘Man of Steel’.

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    Man of Steel by director Zack Snyder is a Hollywood blockbuster released in 2013 that tells a story of one of the most famous superheroes ever: Superman. This movie was filmed as re-launch of the DC Comics franchise, and since it was Christopher Nolan who was the movie's producer, many people expected the Man of Steel to be as intense and prominent as the recent Batman film "The Dark Rises". Unfortunately, the new picture about Superman is exactly what you can await from a Hollywood movie about the immortal invincible flying guy wearing red pants over blue tights. Superman's story starts on his native planet Krypton. His home world is under the threat of destruction because of the politics of its leaders, who want to mine the resources out of the planet's core. the only one who is aware of the upcoming alert is a scientist and Superman's father Jor-El. He imparts something called the Codex (which contains the Kryptoninans' gene pool) into his son's body, and sends him to Earth. The Codex makes Kal-El—or Superman—invincible; he can only be killed with kryptonite: a metal that is not present in the periodic table. After that, Jor-El gets murdered by general Zod. He chases Superman to Earth, and this is the moment when the story ends and the tumult of visual effects starts. Zack Synder can be called a director whose films consist of roughly 70% computer graphics, "Man of Steel' is no exception. You can find all the visual effects you have ever seen in his films. The movie has intense action scenes, supersaturated with amazing graphic effects; it also has many first-class actors starring in it.

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  • Q2

    Write a review of the film ‘Forrest Gump’.

    Marks:10
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    When you watch Forrest Gump starring Tom Hanks as Forrest and Robin Wright as Jenny, you are going to get a lot of laughs and even a few tears. The screenplay for the 1994 movie was written by Eric Roth, based on the novel by Winston Groom. The story follows Forrest through 30 years of trials and sufferings, placing Forrest in pursuit of his one dream—his “most special friend,” Jenny. Forrest Gump won Oscar awards for Best Picture, Best Actor (Hanks), Best Director (Robert Zemeckis), Film Editing, Visual Effects and Adapted Screenplay. The movie was well deserving of these awards since the acting and the visual effects were extraordinary.

    The films' actors success in portraying their characters is a major factor in the film's awards. Tom Hanks and Robin Wright worked well together, just like “peas and carrots." I felt a real connection between the two, finding myself mad at Jenny when she blew Forrest off and in tears when he told her that he was heading to Vietnam. Another performance that stands out is that of Gary Sinise who plays the part of Lieutenant Dan Taylor, whose life is saved by Forrest during the Vietnam War. I thought that Sinise was quite convincing with his emotions throughout the movie, as if he was really a disabled vet who had lost both legs in the war.

    Throughout Forrest Gump the special effects were incredible. Also bringing the movie more credibility was the ability to place Forrest in history making events. These events ranged from Forrest teaching Elvis how to swing his hips to meeting Presidents for various accomplishments. These television clips of Forrest were done with such finesse that they look real. This story, complete with the Oscar winning performances in both acting and special effects is perfect for those in need of a dose of goodness.

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  • Q3

    Write a review of the book ‘Flesh & Blood So Cheap: The Triangle Fire and Its Legacy’.

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    Flesh & Blood So Cheap: The Triangle Fire and Its Legacy is a children’s picture book written by Albert Marrin in 2011. This book was first published on the centenary anniversary of the 1911 fire that erupted in the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory, which is also the subject of this book. This powerful chronicle examines the circumstances surrounding the disaster…Marrin’s message that protecting human dignity is our shared responsibility is vitally raised in this book.

    I liked this book. People who are interested in national disasters and US history as well as immigration will most probably be interested in reading this book.

    Readers can gain knowledge of what it was like to work in New York City in the early 1900s. One of the things that was especially interesting was that there were no safety laws at work. Also, there was a big contrast between the rich and the poor. Some people may not like this book because it is very depressing, but it is an important event in history to remember.

    This book was very well written. It has black and white photos along with descriptions of the photos. These photos give us a better idea of what people's lives were like. This book is suitable for 9-20 year olds.

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  • Q4

    Write a review of the book ‘Starship Troopers’.

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    Starship Troopers is an action science fiction book, written by Robert Heinlein. It was written after the end of the Second World War, when anti-Communist paranoia was reaching a feverish pitch in the USA. This book is very much a product of its time, and is based on an era when the cold war was at its zenith. A number of exciting scenes of battle makes the plot entertaining and thought-provoking.

    Juan “Johnnie” Rico is the protagonist of the story. He wants to be a citizen with full voting rights in the Federation. He thus joins the military, and becomes a mobile infantry fighter. He undergoes rigorous training and becomes a soldier. The irony however is that Johnnie joins the army on an impulse. The girl he likes joins the army, so he does to follow her. He is however not accepted into her branch of the military. The “Bugs” in the meantime attack a Federation planet, and Juan as a foot soldier is fighting a battle because he is ordered to. The reason of the war remains obscure. Friends die, others live, and the fighting goes on. It is basically the story of the transformation of Juan from a young cub to a soldier, officer and a responsible citizen.

    Robert Heinlein is a master of science fiction. He keeps his reader spellbound by narrating the story in first person. This book is one of the author’s most acclaimed novels, which won him the Hugo award, and was made a blockbuster by the film producer Paul Veerhooven. The graphic visualization of the battle scenes and the high-tech weapons used in the interstellar conflict add glamour and action to the plot. The young generation would like this book.

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  • Q5

    Write a review of the book ‘If I Never Forever Endeavor’.

    Marks:10
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    If I Never Forever Endeavor is a children’s picture book written and illustrated by Holly Meade in 2011. The plot of this book is based on what a little bird thinks about itself. Safe inside his cozy nest, a young bird considers whether or not to give his new wings a try. What if he tries and the wings don’t work, and he whirls, nose-dives, and looks foolish? Then again, what if his wings take him swooping and gliding, and flying through a great big wonderful world? He’ll never know if he never endeavours. With the help of her bold, beautiful collage artwork, artist Holly Meade offers a gentle push for hesitant children and even young people to step out, to dare, to try . . . and to achieve great heights. I think this book would help other children to learn that trying new things can be scary, but sometimes when we try, we can find things that make us happy too. And this book will help others know that mistakes are okay and part of learning.

    My favorite part is that the bird tried and learned that she could fly. I also liked that I read this book because it gave me a chance to talk to my mother about making mistakes in childhood and did I like making them. Then I learned they are good and part of learning.

    Young boys and girls might not like it much, but for children who are 3 to 8 years old would like this book because it teaches about trying a new thing and how it's important to overcome your scares so you can learn new things.

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