Town vs. country - PAU C.Valenciana inglés 2006

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Town vs. countryTo those outside Britain —and many inside it— the fury that exploded last week over foxhunting, the House of Commons voted to ban, doesn't make much sense. The new law, which starting July 2006 will make it a crime to hunt wild mammals with dogs, is supported by 70% of Britons —including more than half of those living in the countryside. But some 10,000 passionate pro-hunting demonstrators came to London to denounce what they declare is an arrogant government violating their human rights as part of a cynical stratagem by Prime Minister Tony Blair to pacify left-wing MPs who are angry at him over the Iraq war. Most of the protesters were peaceful, but a few flying bottles and smoke bombs triggered bloody clashes with police protecting the House of Commons. Five men, including a polo-playing friend of Princes’ William and Harry, managed to evade security by pretending they were building contractors and rushed into the chamber during the debate —the first such invasion since 1947.
Britons love animals, but the protesters are right when they point out the illogic of the ban. Foxes will still have to be killed as agricultural pests, just by snares and shooting instead of by baying hounds pursued by red-coated riders. Other forms of hunting and fishing will remain legal. A government report estimates that 6,000 to 8,000 full- and part-time jobs depend on hunts, which involve about 1.2 million people, 50,000 horses and 70,000 dogs each year. In the rest of Europe, hunting foxes remains resolutely uncontroversial.
J.F.O. McAllister
Time, September 27, 2004



I. Answer the following questions using your own words but taking into account the information in the text.
a. What is the main objective of the law?
b. Why did pro-hunting supporters demonstrate?

II. Are the following statements true (T) or false (F)? Identify the part of the text that supports
your answer by copying the exact words on the answer sheet.
a. Fox-hunting will be prohibited.
b. Princes William and Harry took an active part in the demonstration.
c. Fox-hunting provides jobs to more than 8,000 families.

III. Find a synonym for each of the four words below from these six options:
ban crime angry bloody protesters pests
a. demonstrators: protesters
b. offence: crime
c. prohibit: ban
d. annoyed: angry

    IV. Choose a, b, or c, in each question below. Only one choice is correct
    1. 10,000 demonstrators…
    a) denounced the government for violating their human rights.
    b) denounced the government for allowing fox-hunting.
    c) denounced the government for living in the countryside.
    2. Tony Blair …
    a) was angry when he visited Iraq.
    b) tried to improve his relationship with other MPs.
    c) is a pacifist.
    3. Foxes are considered…
    a) helpful for agriculture.
    b) harmful for agriculture.
    c) illegal.


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