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18. Answer the questions.

1. What is the matter with Tom Creedon?

2. Did his parents try to put an end to all his sufferings?

3. What`s the moralists’ point of view?

4. How does Tom`s father explain his attitude to the problem?

5. What does a chief cardiac technician say about his work?

6. Which consequences are today`s medics scared of?

7. Why does the author feel deep guilt about her daughter?

8. Can the author`s problem be easily solved?

9. What is your own attitude to the problem?

19. The text contains quite a few words whose pronunciation could pose difficulty. Transcribe the following words to avoid possible mispronunciation and miscommunication in future.

handicapped; ultimate; drudgery; anguish; horrendous; to resuscitate; manslaughter; consequences; musings; autistic; psychotic; hallucinations; decent.

Language Focus

20. Match the words into collocations.

1

moral

a

the woodwork

2

to resuscitate

b

of consequences

3

ultimate

c

arrest

4

to strife officiously

d

to cardiac arrest

5

mentally

e

language

6

to launch

f

of life

7

the sentence

g

medic

8

to be up to ears

h

cost

9

to emerge from

i

fate

10

the most telling

j

hallucinations

11

decent

k

cardiac technician

12

to profess

l

manslaughter

13

chief

m

a patient

14

to pack up

n

agonising

15

to banish

o

standards

16

horrendous

p

to preserve life

17

emotive

q

a legal bid

18

travesty

r

handicapped

19

to be summoned

s

in moral dogma

20

convicted of

t

sympathy

21

double

u

point

22

to be scared

v

of existence

23

cardiac

w

equipment

21. Explain the meaning of the following word combinations in English and make up your own sentences with them.

1. euthanasia

18. a beeper

2. a severely handicapped child

19. to be summoned to

3. to put an end to their baby's suffering

20. brain-damaged, autistic, mentally handicapped and psychotic

4. to be up to our ears in moral dogma

21. to strive officiously to preserve life

5. moral agonising

22. to be sued

6. the ultimate fate

23. a spin-off

7. to be born severely brain-damaged

24. to prolong the suffering of a patient

8. to launch a legal bid

25. to be scared of the consequences

9. to re-emerge from the woodwork

26. to find himself convicted of manslaughter

10. the most telling point

27. selflessly

11. condemn smb. for

28. blighted

12. put down

29. to resuscitate the patient

13. emotive language

30. to banish the hallucinations

14. drudgery and anguish

31. quality of life

15. horrendous

32. travesty of life

16. professing sympathy

33. decent medic

17. a chief cardiac technician

34. to release from the sentence of existence

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