human rights

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 11 November, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 11 November, 2010, 12:00am

Reading comprehension

Answer the following questions

1 Which is not one of the ways the dissidents say they have been harassed?

a. phone services cut

b. torture

c. house arrest

2 How did the police say Liu Xia's invitation list had helped them?

a. It gave the names of who they should monitor.

b. It showed them what she wanted as a gift.

c. It told them who she wanted at the ceremony.

3 According to Xiangfeng Yang, Liu should refuse the prize because ...

a. he can't get it anyway.

b. he needs to show he is not being used by the West.

c. the government is angry.

4 Why is Beijing angry about Liu's victory?

a. It wanted to win the science award.

b. It feels the West is interfering in its state and legal affairs.

c. It thought someone else should have been given the award.

5 How did the police respond when Qi said he wanted to go to the ceremony?

a. They beat him up.

b. They kept him prisoner at a hostel outside Beijing.

c. They told him not to bother to get a passport because he would not be going.

Think about

1 What motive could the West have for giving Liu the prize?

2 What are human rights, and are they important in a modern society? Who decides what a right is?

3 Which would give Liu the most political face, to accept the prize or to decline it?

4 Did Liu deserve the Nobel Peace Prize?


1 Jill relished being in the ... as it gave her a chance to show her skills.

2 Jim was so sick the doctor ordered he be given ... care to get him over the worst of his fever.

3 The moment Mei Mei saw her terrible test results, she knew she would feel the ... from her parents.

4 Dogs are known for their ... to their masters.


Reading comprehension: 1. b, 2. a, 3. b, 4. b, 5. c

Vocabulary: 1. spotlight, 2. around the clock, 3. repercussions, 4. devotion