PTE Part 1 Item type 7 – Summarise a written text – practice exercise 1

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PTE Part 1 Summarise a written text practice exercise 1PTE Part 1 Summarise a written text practice exercise 1. Read the passage below and summarize it using one sentence. Type your response in the box at the bottom of the screen. You have 10 minutes to finish this task. Your response will be judged on the quality of your writing and on how well your response presents the key points in the passage.

Peter Gabriel was born in 1950, in Surrey, England, and showed early promise in music. In 1967 he formed the band Genesis with some schoolmates and they achieved success in the early 1970s. However, musical differences occurred and Gabriel left to pursue a solo career as a singer and songwriter with his own style.

In 1986, with his seventh solo album, Gabriel won his first Grammy Award for musical excellence, and the accompanying video for the song ‘Sledgehammer’ has also since won awards for its innovative style. Building on his love for and desire to promote world music, Gabriel founded Real World Studios in Wiltshire England in 1986, with an aim to record and thus promote often little-heard artists from around the world.

Peter Gabriel has also been very focussed on the issues of human rights and the environment. In the late 1980s and through the 90s he toured under the Amnesty International banner with other recognised popular artists, such as the Americans Tracy Chapman and Bruce Springsteen, England’s ‘Sting’ and the Senegalese singer Youssou N’Dour. He has also travelled to countries such as Russia to assist in establishing local branches of the environmental organisation Greenpeace, and more recently has been involved with the visual and digital arts, pioneering the blending of music and visuals and motion, and earning recognition from the British Contemporary Arts for his work, as well as continuing to garner accolades for his music.



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Throughout his career, British born musician Peter Gabriel has gained recognition as a member of the band Genesis, as a solo performer, and as a promoter of world music and visual arts; in addition, he is recognised for his human rights contributions and environmental work.

The answer above covers the key and differing aspects of Peter Gabriel’s career.

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