Highlight Correct Summary – This is an item type that integrates listening and reading skills, and requires test takers to understand, analyze and combine information from a recording, and then identify the most accurate summary of the recording.
PTE Listening: Highlight Correct Summary
You will hear a recording. Choose the paragraph that best relates to the recording.
[A]. In 1994, South African photojournalist Kevin Carter won a Pulitzer for his photo of a vulture lurking nearby as a starving Sudanese child lay hunched over on the ground. The prize though brought him more misery than happiness. He was criticized from all sides, especially by the press. In one editorial, he was likened to a vulture for taking the photo rather than helping the child. Suffering from depression and the effects of long drug use and made miserable by the criticism he received, Carter committed suicide in the same year that he received the Pulitzer Prize. [B]. In 1994, after newspapers called him a “vulture” for exploiting the misery of a starving child, South African photojournalist Kevin Carter was an emotional wreck. Afflicted by depression and the effects of drug use, Carter was in no shape to handle the criticism. In July of the same year, he committed suicide by hooking a garden hose up to the exhaust pipe of his truck and snaking the hose through the passenger seat window. Inhaling the fumes, Carter died of carbon monoxide poisoning.
TRANSCRIPT (Only for reference, it will not be given in actual PTE Academic Test)
Kevin Carter (1960-1994) was an award-winning photojournalist from South Africa, whose image of a starving Sudanese toddler stalked by a vulture won him a Pulitzer Prize in 1994. Click here to read full transcript
But prestigious as the Pulitzer is, it did not bring Carter much happiness. What it did bring was a lot of controversy and a host of personal accusations. Some of Carter’s colleagues claimed that Carter had broken the photojournalist’s cardinal rule of recording the moment as it happens by setting up the shot for maximum shock value. However, it was newspapers from around the world that really took him to task. An editorial in the St. Petersburg (Florida) Times said in print what many others were thinking: “The man adjusting his lens to take just the right frame of her suffering might just as well be a predator, another vulture on the scene.” Carter, who had suffered for years from depression and whose drug use had been increasing in the early nineties, went into an emotional tailspin following the uproar over his Pulitzer award. On July 27, 1994, Carter committed suicide by running a garden hose from the exhaust pipe of his red Nissan truck into the passenger side window, and he died from carbon monoxide poisoning.
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