English Vocabulary Exercises for B2 – Protest

1. Match 1-7 with a-g.

1) shout

2) hold up

3) go on

4) listen to

5) hold

6) sign

7) demonstrate against

a a demonstration

b a petition

c speeches

d a rally

e inequality

f slogans

g placards

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1) f   2) g   3) a   4) c   5) d   6) b   7) e

2. Listen to a conversation between Ewan and Emily. Which of the things below do they mention?

famine      globalisation      global warming      homelessness

immigration      unemployment

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global warming, globalisation, homelessness, unemployment


See exercise 3.

3. Listen again. Are the sentences true (T) or false (F)?

1) Emily is going on a rally this weekend.

2) Ewan signed a petition against climate change.

3) Emily went on a march against a new shopping centre.

4) Ewan doesn’t think protesting will make politicians do anything.

5) Emily thinks companies might act more responsibly if people stop buying their products.

6) Emily thinks that protesting against something is useful.

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1) F   2) F   3) F   4) T   5) T   6) T


Emily Hi, Ewan!

Ewan Hi, Emily. What are you doing this weekend?

Emily I’m going to a meeting. The students’ organisation that I’m in is holding it.

Ewan And what’s it about?

Emily Quite a few things. We’re planning to organise a protest march about the lack of job opportunities and working conditions for young people.

Ewan It sounds interesting, but isn’t it a bit of a waste of time?

Emily What do you mean?

Ewan Well, don’t get me wrong, Emily. I mean, I walked through the streets of London against climate change, but afterwards I just thought, what difference does it make? The people in power don’t listen to us.

Emily I don’t agree at all! Protest does work! We collected over 10,000 signatures about the council’s plans to build a shopping centre on the park, and they changed it.

Ewan OK, maybe it works at local level, but I don’t think a few thousand young people protesting is going to make the government change its economic policies. And anyway, the world is interconnected today and it’s multinational companies, not the government, who often make the important decisions that affect people’s jobs, and they won’t listen to you.

Emily They might listen if we get people to stop buying their products.

Ewan Perhaps, but how many people do you think will do that?

Emily So what should we do? Just watch people lose their jobs and their homes and then end up on the streets? It’s difficult, I agree, but I think we have to show our disagreement with things we think are wrong! And it’s good that the people in power know that we are watching them!

4. Match the words below with the situations.

corruption      disease      global warming      homelessness

terrorism      unemployment

1) We interviewed Tom, who had been living on the streets for a year. ________

2) All Americans will remember 11 September 2001, when two planes crashed into the World Trade Center. ________

3) Ebola, which is a virus, has killed thousands of people in West Africa. ________

4) A politician from New York, who accepted money from companies in return for changing policies to benefit them, has been sent to prison. ________

5) brother, Jack, who has got a degree, still hasn’t been able to find a job. ________

6) The weather in the Caribbean, where there have been extremely strong hurricanes, has been the worst on record. ________

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1) homelessness   2) terrorism   3) disease   4 corruption

5) unemployment   6 global warming

5. Complete the sentences with the nouns below.

censorship      famine      gender inequality      immigration

nuclear weapons      racism

1) Banning controversial books is an example of ________

2) The British population has increased because of ________ and 12% of UK residents were born outside the country.

3) Although there is less ________ today, African Americans still find it more difficult to find jobs than white Americans.

4) Considering how much food we throw away in developed countries, it’s a crime that ________ continues to affect a large part of the world’s population.

5) More and more countries have ________, and that makes the world more dangerous, not safer.

6) Although ________ has been tackled in places like universities, there is discrimination against women in many places.

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1) censorship   2) immigration   3) racism   4) famine

5) nuclear weapons   6) gender inequality

6. Complete the text with the correct form of the verbs below.

campaign      organise      send      stand      support      vote

I’ve decided to 1) _________ on behalf of an independent candidate for next year’s elections for President. I don’t 2) _________ the policies of either candidate from the two main parties although in the past I have 3) _________ for both parties. I think it’s very brave to 4) _________ for election when you don’t have a big party to help you, and that’s why I’m helping to 5) _________ meetings and rallies so people can hear what our candidate has to say. I’m also 6) _________ emails to the media to invite them to meet him. It’s going to be hard work, but if we don’t try, nothing will change!

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1) campaign   2) support   3) voted   4) stand

5) organise   6) sending

Extra exercises

1. Complete the text with suitable verbs about protesting.

Human rights organisations joined together last weekend to hold a 1 r_______ in support of refugees. The demonstration also gave people the chance to 2 p_______ against the government’s lack of action in the current migrant crisis. People made placards to 3 h_______ up during the march and were encouraged to 4 s_______ slogans, such as: ‘Say it proud. Say it clear. Refugees are welcome here.’ A meeting was held at the end of the march where participants could 5 l_______ to speeches by leading activists. The total number of protesters is still unconfirmed, but around 90,000 people said on Facebook that they 6 w_______ on the march.

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1) rally   2) protest   3) hold   4) shout   5) listen   6) went

2. Complete the sentences with the words below.

censorship      corruption      disease      famine

globalisation      homelessness

1) Ebola is a very contagious ____________ which can spread rapidly from one place to another.

2) _________ is the best thing that has ever happened to large multinational companies.

3) The government has recently been involved in a number of scandals involving fraud and ____________

4) One of the most common approaches to ____________ is to try to put those affected into shelters.

5) A lack of rain has caused a drought, which will in turn lead to widespread ____________ in the area.

6) Social networking sites are often prohibited in countries where there is ____________ of the media.

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1) disease   2) Globalisation   3) corruption

4) homelessness   5) famine   6) censorship

3. Match the verbs in A with the words in B to make protest collocations. Then complete the sentences.

   campaign      sign      stand      support      vote      write

   a campaign      against nuclear power      a petition

       in elections      outside the building      to the council

1) Are you allowed to ____________ yet, or do you have to wait until your next birthday?

2) When friends and I ____________, we tend to get very involved in it.

3) Why don’t you ____________ if you don’t agree that the local library should be closed?

4) The protesters are going to ____________ until the director comes out to speak to them.

5) Ecology groups often ____________, because they say it harms the environment.

6) This morning, I was asked to ____________ against the proposed new school timetable.

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1) vote in elections   2) support a campaign

3) write to the council   4) stand outside the building

5) campaign against nuclear power   6) sign a petition