social injustice

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 23 June, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 23 June, 2011, 12:00am

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Reading comprehension

1 Which of the following is not true about Qian Mingqi?

a. He bombed three Linchuan government buildings within 27 minutes on the morning of May 26.

b. He owned a five-storey house that was demolished by the local authorities in 2002 to make way for the construction of a highway that was never built.

c. He was the father of three children.

d. He was a widower.

2 Qian's neighbour says he was not surprised that Qian was able to make bombs, because ...

a. he designed and built refrigerated coffins.

b. he had bombed other places before.

c. he was locked up in a psychiatric asylum for about a month.

d. he wrote big-character anti-government slogans.

3. According to Chen Dan, what had the authorities done to Qian besides demolishing his house?

a. destroyed his car

b. killed his wife

c. ruined his coffin business

d. beat him up and threw him into a psychiatric asylum

Think about

1 The mainland has earned praise for its economic development, but this has sometimes come at the cost of innocent people like Qian. Discuss what can be done to find a balance between development and protecting citizens' rights.

2 What do you think of the behaviour of Qian? Was he a victim of a corrupt government or a terrorist?

3 Knocking down old buildings is an unavoidable process in urban development. Is money the best way to compensate owners of old buildings? Do you have other suggestions?

Vocabulary

1 The redevelopment of the area has been held back for years because of disputes over ................... for owners of old buildings.

2 The guerillas were widely condemned for using innocent ....................... as human shields.

3 It is against the law to post .......................... in public areas, because it is considered disrespectful to the nation's leaders.

Answers:

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

Vocabulary: 1. compensation, 2. civilians, 3. anti-government slogans