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As with all speaking tasks, your response should be intelligible, should demonstrate effective use of grammar and vocabulary, and should be well developed and coherent. This task is scored using the Integrated Speaking Rubrics (see Appendix A). WRITING SECTION Writing Practice Set 1 35. What is important to understand from the lecture is that in discussing whether the memoirs of the Chevalier de Seingalt are accurate, the professor disagrees with the points made in the reading, namely that because the Chevalier borrowed money, he could not have been rich; that there is no way the Chevalier could have accurately recorded conversations with Voltaire so many years after they occurred; and that instead of escaping from prison, the Chevalier purchased his freedom by giving his jailers a bribe.
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TOEFL iBT ® Quick Prep 26 ANSWERS In your response, you should convey the reasons presented by the professor for why the Chevalier’s memoir is accurate. A high-scoring response will include the following points made by the professor that cast doubt on the points made in the reading: This task is scored using the Integrated Writing Rubrics (see Appendix A). A response that receives a score of 5 clearly conveys all three of the main points in the table using accurate sentence structure and vocabulary. Point made in the reading Counterpoint made in the lecture In the memoir, the Chevalier claims that he was wealthy while living in Switzerland, but since the Chevalier is known to have borrowed money there, he cannot have been very rich. The Chevalier’s wealth was in the form of property that had to be sold in order to generate cash. So he wasn’t poor; he just had to borrow money for a few days while he waited for his property to be sold. The memoir claims to recount accurate conversations between the Chevalier and the famous writer Voltaire; this cannot be true, since it was written so many years after the conversations occurred. Each night after the conversations took place, the Chevalier wrote down everything he could remember from them. Witnesses confirm that when writing his memoir years later, the Chevalier regularly consulted these notes. The memoir states that the Chevalier escaped from a Venetian prison by making a hole in the ceiling and climbing through the roof; this is unlikely, since the Chevalier could have asked politically well-connected friends to offer his jailers a bribe to free him. Other prisoners who had even more powerful political connections were never able to bribe their way to freedom, so the Chevalier probably couldn’t either. Also, prison records indicate that soon after the Chevalier’s escape, the ceiling of his room in the prison had to be repaired.
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TOEFL iBT ® Quick Prep 27 APPENDIX TOEFL iBT ® Speaking Scoring Rubric–Independent Tasks Score General Description Delivery Language Use Topic Development 4 The response fulfills the demands of the task, with at most minor lapses in completeness. It is highly intelligible and exhibits sustained, coherent discourse. A response at this level is characterized
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