5 Written questions
5 Matching questions
- walk away
- a describes a situation or event in which people are hurt or killed.
violent religious extremists.
- b causing or having a very sharp feeling of sadness.
The photograph awakens poignant memories of happier days.
It is especially poignant that he died on the day before the wedding.
The poem has a haunting poignancy.
Eg: The poignant fruits of a prison courtyard.
On South Africa's Robben Island, famous for its jail, volunteers are harvesting vines planted in a garden once tended by its most famous inmate, Nelson Mandela.
Over the years many people have been accused of trying to cash in on the Mandela brand but the participants in this scheme see it as a way of cherishing his memory.
- c ACCIDENT.
to escape an accident without being badly hurt
She overturned the car, but walked away from it without a scratch.
The southwest Iranian city of Ahvaz walked away with the unfortunate distinction of having the highest measured level of airborne particles smaller than 10 micrometers.
- d the quality of being very large and special or beautiful.
the silent grandeur of the desert.
the grandeur of Wagner's music.
Hilton Worldwide is selling the Waldorf Astoria hotel in New York City to a Chinese company for $1.95 billion. The buyer -- Anbang Insurance Group -- will pay one of highest prices ever for a U.S. hotel. Hilton Worldwide says it will use the money from the sale to buy other hotels in the United States. As part of the deal, Hilton will continue to operate the Waldorf Astoria for the next 100 years.
The Chinese buyer has said it will invest in remodeling the famous property on Park Avenue to bring it back to its "historical grandeur."
- e supporting the use of force in political relationships rather than discussion or other more peaceful solutions.
The president is hawkish on foreign policy.
eg:Mr. Fortier says it will be difficult to defeat her. He says other Democrats surely will challenge her. And he says they probably will try to make the argument from the left - the more liberal side of the party. He also says she may be criticized for being too hawkish about foreign policy.
5 Multiple choice questions
- a room used for a special or official purpose, or a group of people who form (part of) a parliament.
Meetings of the council are held in the council chamber.
a torture chamber.
There are two chambers in the British parliament - the House of Commons is the lower chamber, and the House of Lords is the upper chamber.
eg:The former commissioner says even the threat of new rules is bad for the investments needed to support innovation on the Internet. Some Republican members of Congress and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce are in agreement with Mr. Furchtgott-Roth. The Chamber of Commerce speaks for many major businesses.
The issue will likely be fought over by regulators, the courts and Congress.
- burnt and black.
- a gun with a long barrel, used in the past.
eg:Historian Harlow Giles Unger wrote a biography of John Quincy Adams - "Quinzy" incidentally is how the family pronounced it. The historian tells this story about Abigail Adams and her son in 1775 in Massachusetts during the Revolutionary War.
"When her first-born son John, John Quincy, was seven, they heard the cannon fire in the distance and they went up to the top of the hill behind their farm house and could look across Boston Harbor and see the Battle of Bunker Hill. And she took her boy by the hand and they went back down to the house and she started melting down the family pewter, with John Quincy helping her, and making musket balls for the American revolutionary troops."
- (a) refusal to allow something to be done.
The Ministry of Defence has the power of veto over all British arms exports.
In theory the British government could use its veto to block this proposal.
The Senate voted to override the President's veto of the proposed measures.
mainly UK Mum has put a veto on our watching television for more than two hours an evening.
eg:The bill passed in both the House of Representatives and the Senate. This left President Adams with a difficult decision. Should he sign it into law? Or should he veto it?
If he signed the bill, it would show he believed that the Constitution allowed protective duties. That decision would create even more opposition to him in the South. If he vetoed it, then he would lose support in the West and Northeast. Adams signed the bill. But he made clear that Congress was fully responsible for it.
- avoiding risks and uncertainties; careful.
[+ to infinitive] It's always prudent to read a contract properly before signing it.
eg:Mr. Xi told Mr. Abe that China hopes Japan will continue the path of peaceful development and accept what he called prudent military and security policies. China's Xinhua news agency reported his comment.
eg:And that was probably the right position from the standpoint of prudence, political prudence or maybe diplomatic prudence. But it was the wrong position from the standpoint of where the American people were politically at that time.
5 True/False questions
rear admiral → (n.) the act of judging the value, condition, or importance of something.
Some Ukrainians still do not trust government officials. The man still controlling the estate is commandant Denis Tarahkotelyk. He refuses to surrender the property over to the government.
He says two conditions must be met. First, the officials would need to take inventory, meaning recording details of everything on the grounds. Second is the appraisal, knowing what everything is worth. That way, he says, if something goes missing they will know who is responsible.
turbulence → a state of confusion without any order.
The era was characterized by political and cultural turbulence.
There are signs of turbulence ahead for the economy.
eg:Of course, if the ruling party and government's governance deteriorates, or if they make major policy mistakes, no one can guarantee that a revolution will not break out. Besides, even if a nationwide upheaval can be avoided, fierce social turbulence might still arise locally. If the ruling party fails to cope with these outbursts, they could snowball into a revolution.
the gift of the gab → demanding that people totally obey and refusing to allow them freedom to act as they wish.adj. enforcing strict obedience to authority.
an authoritarian regime/government/ruler.
His manner is extremely authoritarian.
Human Rights Watch has warned that Turkey is becoming more authoritarian. The group says the rule of law is slowly breaking down under Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. And it accuses him of launching a campaign against opponents and media freedom.
insurgency → a doctor who is specially trained to perform medical operations
pessimistic → a sum of money paid regularly by the government or a private company to a person who does not work any more because they are too old or they have become ill
They find it hard to live on their state pension.
He won't be able to draw (= receive) his pension until he's 65.