liberal studies

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 12 April, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 12 April, 2011, 12:00am


Reading comprehension

Answer the following questions

1 What inspired Zhou Jinhua to call his exhibition Destiny with the theme of forced demolitions on the mainland?

a. He suffered setbacks on his road to becoming an artist.

b. The death of his close friends.

c. The demolition of his house in Sichuan.

d. A similar exhibition he went to.

2 What does a Zhou painting of miniature people standing next to gigantic piles of garbage and ants imply?

a. Human rights on the mainland are more insignificant than garbage and ants.

b. The mainland's hygiene is very bad.

c. People on the mainland are short.

d. Art has little influence on people.

3 According to Zhou, what will happen if there is no respect in society?

a. There will be large-scale protests demanding respect.

b. There will be no modernisation on the mainland.

c. There will be chaos in the mainland's political system.

d. There will be instability in society, which will be harmful for economic development in the long run.

4 According to So Wai-man, not giving careful consideration to what buildings are actually needed is ...

a. causing instability in society.

b. slowing down modernisation.

c. causing a high social cost.

d. leading to a waste of resources.

Think about

1 When, if ever, is forced demolition justified?

2 Does forced demolition violate human rights? Why?

3 What other harm, apart from economic hardship, does forced demolition cause?


1 It is very hard to ................ the depth of this well.

2 The death of his friend ...................... him to be a doctor.

3 After a lot of hard work, they ............... the goals successfully.


Reading comprehension: 1. c, 2. a, 3. d, 4. d

Vocabulary: 1. gauge, 2. inspired, 3. accomplished