Lesson 78 - Crime - Reading


Exercise 1

Read and discuss the phrases.

1. Politically correct.
What's the meaning of the phrase 'Politically correct'?
Description of the practice of using speech that conforms to liberal or radical opinion by avoiding language which might cause offence to or disadvantage social minorities.

2. Power corrupts; absolute power corrupts absolutely.
What's the meaning of the phrase 'Power corrupts; absolute power corrupts absolutely'?
The proverbial saying 'power corrupts; absolute power corrupts absolutely' conveys the opinion that, as a person's power increases, their moral sense diminishes.

3. The balance of power
What's the meaning of the phrase 'The Balance of power'?
The distribution of power between nations in such a way that no single state has dominance over the others.

Exercise 2

Answer the questions.

(1) What comes to mind when you hear the word ‘politics’?
(2) Would you like to work in politics?
(3) Is politics important to you?
(4) Do politics really matter?
(5) Should religion and politics mix?
(6) Is the word ‘politics’ a singular or plural noun?
(7) Do office politics exist where you work?
(8) Is a week a long time in politics?
(9) Do you read about the political issues of your country?
(10) Are there any political hot potatoes in your country?

Exercise 3

Answer the questions.

(1) What do you think of politics?
(2) What is the biggest political issue in your country right now?
(3) What do you think of your country’s political system?
(4) What do you think of your country’s politicians?
(5) Is there a relationship between politics and lies?
(6) At a guess, what percentage of politicians are corrupt?
(7) What local political issues are important in your town?
(8) Do you like talking about and having arguments about politics?
(9) If you were a politician, what political issues would you focus on?
(10) What qualities make a good political leader?

Exercise 4

Answer the questions.

• Did you vote in the last election?
• What is the minimum voting age in your country?
• What type of political system does your country have?
• What does an ambassador do?
• Who is the mayor of your city?
• What are the main political parties in your country?
• How do you decide how you will vote?
• How long is the term of elected officials in your country?
• How has your political views changed during your lifetime?
• How can we get more people to vote?
• Is voting an important responsibility of a citizen?
• Do you think too much money is spent on campaigns?
• What is your opinion about actors or actresses who run for a position in politics?

Exercise 5

Look at the picture and answer the questions.