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1. Match each word on the left with the appropriate definition on the right.

1) an arsonist

2) a shop-lifter

3) a mugger

4) an offender

5) a vandal

6) a burglar

7) a murderer

8) a kidnapper

9) a pickpocket

10) an accomplice

11) a drug dealer

12) a spy

13) a terrorist

14) an assassin

15) a hooligan

16) a stowaway

17) a poacher

18) a thief

19) a hijacker

20) a forger

21) a robber

22) a smuggler

23) a traitor

24) a gangster

25) a deserter

26) a bigamist

27) a drug smuggler

28) an embezzler

29) a fraud or con man

30) a racketeer

a) attacks and robs people, often in the street

b) sets fire to property illegally

c) is anyone who breaks the law

d) breaks into houses and other buildings to steal

e) steals from shops while acting as an ordinary customer

f) kills someone

g) pretends or claims to be what he is not

h) deliberately causes damage to property

i) steals things from people’s pockets in crowded places

j) gets secret information from another country

k) buys and sells drugs illegally

l) takes away people by force and demands money for their return

m) helps a criminal in a criminal act

n) steals from his own company

o) uses violence for political reasons

p) causes damage or disturbance in public places

q) hides on a ship or plane to get a free journey

r) takes control of a plane by force and makes the pilot change course

s) murders for political reasons or a reward

t) is someone who steals

u) makes money by dishonest business methods, e.g. by selling worthless goods

v) makes counterfeit (false) money or signatures

w) is a member of a criminal group

x) steals money, etc. by force from people or places

y) marries illegally, being married already

z) is a soldier who runs away from the army

aa) brings goods into a country illegally without paying tax

bb) illegally carries drugs into another country

cc) betrays his or her country to another state

dd) hunts illegally on somebody else’s land

2. Continue the following table with the words from Task 1 where possible. The first few are done for you. Consult the dictionary when necessary.



Criminal Act



to betray



to steal



to murder

/from Just English, Ю.Л. Гуманова, В.А. Королева-МакАри, М.Л. Свешникова, Е.В. Тихомирова/

3. Match the crimes in the box below to the descriptions (1 -10).

arson burglary forgery hijacking mugging pickpocketing

robbery shoplifting smuggling vandalism

  1. I caught him just as he was taking my wallet from my back pocket. ……………..

  2. The gang was arrested while trying to get diamonds and drugs into the country illegally. ……………..

  3. Terrorists ordered the pilot to fly the plane to another country. ……………

  4. The teenagers smashed windows and sprayed graffiti on the walls of the youth centre. ……………..

  5. The thieves held the bank manager at gun-point while they took the cash. ……………..

  6. When he broke the back window to get in, our alarm went off. ……………..

  7. He was found guilty of copying classic paintings and trying to sell them as

originals. ……………..

  1. The gang of youths was arrested for attacking the woman and taking her handbag. ……..

  2. Two young girls were found guilty of taking the item from the supermarket

without paying for it. ……………..

  1. He had set fire to the forest just for fun. ……………..

/from First Certificate: Reading. Patrick McGavigan and John Reeves/

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