Advanced Vocabulary for IELTS 7.0 – 8.0 – 9.0: THE WORLD OF POLITICS – Practice Exercises and Answer Key (Part 2)
THE WORLD OF POLITICS (Part 2)
Choose a verb from the box to fit in each gap. Use each verb once only. You may need to change the tense/form.
|adopt shift hold extend question
pledge turn run spin polarise
call defeat nominate withdraw ratify
reject hold veto suffer pursue
- He _________ from the presidential race for personal reasons and appealed for privacy.
- The treaty was formally ____________ this afternoon and will pass into law once signed by the President later tonight.
- They ___________ a candidate for the vacant leadership position and he was elected unopposed.
- Since forming a government three months ago, the party has been accused of ___________ an extremely liberal agenda.
- She has confirmed that she will _________ for political office again in the September by-election.
- Max Dalton has confirmed that he fully intends to be the leader of the party next March when the election is due to be _____________ .
- The motion ___________ a comprehensive defeat in the lower house.
- The Prime Minister refused to be drawn on whether the recent press leak would make him ___________ the loyalty of some of the members of cabinet.
- No matter what way the Prime Minister’s press office choses to try to ___________ this, it looks very bad indeed. This will be a damage-limitation exercise at best.
- The government ____________ to reform the voting system if re-elected.
- A snap election has been _________ for the 25th June.
- A referendum will be on the __________ 30th May to settle the issue once and for all.
- Fewer people ___________ out at the polls to vote in this election than ever before.
- Public opinion has __________ seismically in the wake of these new revelations about the Prime Minister’s private life.
- The motion was narrowly ___________ in what will be a major embarrassment for the Prime Minister who had proposed it in the first place.
- He ___________ his term of office by another five years.
- The debate is becoming ___________ and there appears to be little in the way of middle ground between the two sides.
- The government has the power to ___________ this proposal at the next meeting of the UN Security Council should it deem it necessary to do so.
- The opposition party has been accused of ____________ dirty tactics in an effort to boost its popularity by launching a very personal attack on the Prime Minister.
- The electorate has emphatically _____________ the outgoing government and clearly thinks there is a need for urgent change.
Match each word in Column A with its strongest collocate in Column B.
|Column A||Answer||Column B|
Use the answers to (E) above to fill the gaps in the sentences below. You will not need to use all the answers.
- The Prime Minister looks set to announce a(n) ________ in response to the resignation of the Finance Minister.
- There is no doubt that the _________ in this presidential race is James Dott, but Wallis Graham is a potential
- The latest ___________ puts the two parties neck and neck with a(n) the most likely outcome.
- He has been granted _________ and so will not face prosecution.
- The government was returned to office in a(n) ____________ as expected.
Use the words from the box below to complete the gaps in sentences 1 – 20.
|gambit apathy raucous booth bureaucratic
spin disaffected rhetoric old boys’
swing ovation bipartisan whistle-stop
lame appetite incumbent catalyst
budget partisan gerrymandering unanimous
- Her clever opening __________ gave her the edge in the presidential race.
- His election may prove a(n) __________ for real and meaningful change.
- The candidates embarked on a(n) __________ tour of the southern states.
- This election looks set to be decided by a handful of __________ voters.
- His __________ doctors were hard at work this morning trying to put a positive slant on the latest opinion poll figures.
- He is just the breath of fresh air that needed to be injected into this political system which has been for far too long dominated by members of the elite __________ club.
- He is looking more and more like the __________ -duck candidate of this presidential election and cuts a sorry figure on the campaign trial – he will surely pull out of the race before long.
- The polling __________ s are set to open one hour earlier than normal at 7 a.m.
- Voter __________ is the real talking point of this election; politicians on both sides of the political divide have failed to engage the electorate.
- He claims to retain the __________ support of the cabinet despite the fact that the murmurings of discontent are growing louder.
- The party’s only hope of success is for it to attract __________ voters.
- The investigation confirmed that the boundary changes were tantamount to __________ .
- This looks set to be the most eagerly anticipated __________ in living memory with speculation rife that a significant tax cut is on the cards for low-income earners.
- The civil service in this country is very __________ in nature and there is a needless amount of paperwork necessary to get even the simplest of things done.
- He received a standing __________ after making his final speech to the house.
- The __________ president faces a huge challenge in translating his campaign __________ into action.
- This is the first genuinely __________ government to be formed since the war; the house stands united in the face of the daunting task that lies ahead in trying to rebuild the nation’s crumbling economy following a triple-dip recession.
- A __________ crowd gathered in support of the candidate and he was greeted with a rousing reception as he made his way to the stage.
- __________ laughter broke out in the audience as the unpopular leader made his speech; the extent of the mocking and level of disrespect was frankly disturbing.
- There is a growing __________ for change amongst the electorate.
- cabinet reshuffle
- front runner/dark horse
- exit poll/hung parliament
- diplomatic immunity
- landslide victory
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