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PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 19 April, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 19 April, 2011, 12:00am


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Reading comprehension

Answer the following questions

1 What event triggered Faouzi Zaghbib to take part in the rally?

a. His close friends were hurt by the army.

b. He received an online invitation.

c. The government used force on the protestors.

d. He received a message saying he could make a lot of money if the old regime was overthrown.

2 According to Zaghbib, what are non-governmental organisations using Facebook for?

a. To spread anti-government messages.

b. To raise money for redevelopment projects.

c. To keep Tunisians in the loop about politcal changes.

d. To organise other large-scale protests.

3 According to Effat El-Shooky, why did the military council set up a Facebook page?

a. To monitor all Facebook accounts in Egypt.

b. To vent their anger.

c. To keep in touch with the public.

d. To show how modernised the military council is.

4 El-Shooky said Facebook would continue to serve as a platform for people to ...

a. exchange views on how to bring about changes.

b. play games.

c. kill time.

d. stalk other people.

Think about

1 What may happen to society if social media is misused?

2 Apart from the use of social media, where are the other reasons leading to the fall of the old regimes?

3 Is internet censorship in mainland China justified?


1 He was having a bad day, and so he ................. his anger on his students.

2 My dad likes to say the only ..................... to success is hard work.

3 More than 400 people took part in the anti-government ........................ yesterday.


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

Vocabulary: 1. vented, 2. gateway, 3. rally