Consumer Activism Gapfill Quiz

level: upper-intermediate

You can do this quiz online or print it on paper. It tests vocabulary and comprehension of one or more topics covered in EnglishClub's series of readings on The Environment.

An extract showing paragraphs 206 and 207 from On Care for our Common Home, an encyclical written in 2015 by Pope Francis whose 184-page letter covers environmental and social issues such as habitat loss, climate change and consumer activism.

A change in lifestyle could bring healthy pressure to bear on those who wield political, economic and social power. This is what consumer movements accomplish by 1. a) promoting b) boycotting c) producing certain products. They prove successful in changing the way businesses operate, forcing them to 2. a) consider b) enlarge c) preserve their environmental footprint and their patterns of production. When 3. a) social b) physical c) mental pressure affects their earnings, 4. a) consumers b) activists c) businesses have to find ways to produce differently. This shows us the great need for a sense of social 5. a) acceptance b) status c) responsibility on the part of consumers. Purchasing is always a moral – and not simply economic – act. Today, in a word, the issue of environmental degradation challenges us to examine our 6. a) lifeblood b) lifestyle c) life force .

The Earth Charter asked us to leave behind a period of 7. a) self-destruction b) self-abuse c) self-awareness and make a new start, but we have not as yet developed a universal 8. a) awareness b) basic income c) health-care system needed to achieve this. Here, I would echo that courageous challenge: "As never before in history, common destiny beckons us to seek a new beginning… Let ours be a time remembered for the awakening of a new reverence for life, the firm resolve to 9. a) increase consumption b) achieve sustainability c) destroy habitats , the quickening of the struggle for justice and peace, and the joyful 10. a) degradation b) extinction c) celebration of life."

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Full text: On Care for our Common Home

Contributor: Matt Errey. Matt is the author of several books including 1000 Phrasal Verbs in Context and Common English Idioms for learners, and Matt's ESL Games and Quizzes for teachers.