Unit 3: Adventure and The Hero’s Journey
Before You Read
Discuss the following questions with a partner or in a group.
- What do you know about political parties in the US?
- What are the political parties in your country, if your country has them?
- How do people decide which party to support or follow?
- Do people always support a party 100% of the time?
- Should political parties exist?
- What does right / left mean in politics? What ideas do they represent in the US? In your country?
- If you could make your own political party, what would be some ideas you would want to focus on in your party?
- Skim the next reading. What do you think is the author’s purpose of the text: to inform, entertain, or to persuade? How will that affect the way you take notes on the reading?
For this exercise, find the word in the paragraph given. Use the synonyms and definition to help.
- P2: cut (v) ______________________________________________________________
- P3: injured by cutting (v) ________________________________________________
- P3: fingers and toes (n) _________________________________________________
- P4: in a clear way (adv) _________________________________________________
- P4: cover widely (v) ____________________________________________________
- P5: argument between two groups (n) ___________________________________
- P5: write (v) ___________________________________________________________
- P5: a record of someone’s death, usually in a newspaper (n) _______________
- P6: fight (n) ____________________________________________________________
- P6: reduce the strength, water down (v) _________________________________
- P6: support (v) (two answers) ___________________________________________
- P7: single number (n) __________________________________________________
- P8: list of people to vote for (n) ________________________________________
- P8: less than occasional (adj) ___________________________________________
- P8: old, obsolete (adj) __________________________________________________
- P9: problem, dilemma (n) _______________________________________________
There are some interesting phrases in this article. Find or guess the meaning of the words in bold.
- Tired from their journeys, many travelers took him up on the seemingly friendly offer.
- The tea party had their chance to offer a viable long-term political alternative to voters on the right. But the wheels of that movement have fallen off this year.
- In June, John Aziz wrote in The Week that Dave Brat’s win over Eric Cantor in Virginia was not a victory for the tea party; it was a “death rattle.”
- …most conservative eyes shifted to Mississippi to see how the main event of the tea party/Republican establishment feud would pan out a couple of weeks ago.
- When conservatives in Mississippi, and many other places, cast their votes in November’s general election, they’ll likely feel uncomfortably stretched when backing a Republican
candidate they don’t fully endorse.
- …we do need more choices than the sporadic maverick third party presidential candidate.
Go to the following link for the reading: https://noogatoday.6amcity.com/procrustean-beds-and-the-problem-with-a-two-party-political-system/
Then come back to answer the questions below.
Answer the following questions according to the article.
- What does the author mention is one of the biggest problems of having a two-party system?
- What do we know about the “tea party” from this article?
- What happened to the remaining tea party members and supporters?
- What does it mean when the author says that Kristen Day “sacrifices her ideological extremities”?
- According to the author, who do people in the US usually vote for?
CEFR Level: CEF Level B2