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A - Comprehension Test 2

Listen to the Webcast and use the information to report back the news story. Follow these questions.

1) What was Tampa Affair about? How does it correspond to the current incident with Papuans?

2)What circumstances will determine the treatment of the illegal immigrants?

3) What distinguishes Papuans from Tampa Affair people?

4) How does Senator Elison justify his canvassing the possibility of forcing back people entering Australia illegally? Why do you think he mentions the people smuggling issues?

5) What actions of Australian Government does the journalist call/ refer to as? “the breach of international law”?

6) How does the senator understand what the international law is/ how does the senator define international law?

7) What are the threats against which the Minister for Customs and Justice is to safeguard country’s borders?

8) What convention related to the issue was signed by Australia? How does the journalist qualify the actions of Australian government( i.e. forcing immigrants back)?

9) What is the first priority for the authorities when spotting a boat of people in the territorial waters? Or what are the authorities primarily charged with?

10) What officials are supposed to determine the measures to be worked out against the border violators?

Text 3.

Britain in hot water over alleged Taliban meetings

At home

1. Find in the WWW the information about the following.

a) What does the word Taliban mean?

In what country does Secret Intelligence Service operate? Why is it sometimes called MI6?

b) Who are the people in the cartoon? What are they doing? What is the implicit message of the depicted scene?

2. Look at the text title and complete the sentences according to their possible occurrence in the text.

Tensions are rising over ...

The row comes as ...

It raises the question ...

One would normally associate it with….

3 a). Form abstract nouns from these verbs:









3 b). Fill in the gaps with the help of expressions above:

  1. The May 1928 Reichstag elections seemed to reflect the economic and political ________of the Weimar Republic.

  2. Barkis rubbed his cheek with his cuff, and then looked at his cuff as if he expected to find some of the bloom upon it; but made no other ___________of the compliment.

  3. ___________from a UK independent school means permanent removal from the school.

  4. The Commission has also described the practical measures which can be taken to bring about the verifiable _________of nuclear weapons and the full safeguarding of militarily usable nuclear material.

  5. A scientist might be personally disappointed and embarrassed if one of his hypotheses was proven wrong, but would not normally suffer professional ___________as a result.

  6. The capacity for ___________varies widely in animals, with some able to regenerate whole limbs and others not, but the capacity is reduced significantly in more complex animals.

  7. It would take a lot of ____________to get him to agree to such an offer.

  8. The meaning of this statement is that God continually speaks to His children, and He does so through His spirit in the form of personal____________, and also through prophets to the world.

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