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issue that didn=t really provoke a lot of discussion in the
last presidential election was the death penalty. The reason was a simple one:
both the Democrats and the Republicans, along with 75% of the American public,
are absolutely in favour of it. Clinton, who supposedly represents the less
right-wing of the two main parties, had trouble in demonstrating his support
for capital punishment. This, it seems, was part of a well-planned strategy to
capture the all important Amiddle-ground@ in American politics. And yet, in its
enthusiasm for the death penalty, the United States remains strangely out of
sync with other western democracies. The nations that practise capital
punishment are those that many Americans would consider Aprimitive@ or even Abarbaric@. They include China, Iran, Iraq, Malaysia,
Saudi Arabia and the former Soviet Union. Even South Africa, for decades the
most hated country in the world, has abolished the death penalty. This
decision came shortly after the ending of the apartheid.
then, the Americans=
determination to maintain the death penalty? For us, Europeans this is
something that remains incomprehensible.
the text and answer the following questions.
Find in the text words with the same or similar meaning to: (2 points)
who are in the middle of the two main political parties, without being
absolutely in favour of either of them:
does not follow the general tendency:
Answer the following questions without copying from the text. (1.5 points)
What is the Americans= opinion about the death penalty?
Is this opinion shared by many other countries? Which ones?
What do we know about the author of this text?
Join these sentences, making conditionals. (2 points)
The death penalty did not provoke a lot of discussion in the last presidential election. Both parties were in favour.
followed a well-planned strategy. He captured the all-important Amiddle ground@ in American politics.
nations practise capital punishment. They are considered Aprimitive@
or even Abarbaric@.
South Africa abolished the death penalty after ending the apartheid. Otherwise, it would still be much hated.
Change the following sentences into the passive. (1.5 points)
South Africa has abolished the death penalty.
supposedly represents the less right-wing of the two main parties.
had to capture the all-important Amiddle
ground@ in American politics.
Composition (80 words). Choose one of the following topics.
Death penalty. Can it be justified in some cases?
Can you tell the argument of any film you have seen about death penalty, or life