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Doublespeak Quiz 1

1. administrative detention

"Administrative detention" is a euphemism for imprisonment

a. without legal process

b. without detention

c. without force

2. black operation

"Black operations" are secretly carried out by

a. criminal gangs

b. governments

c. terrorists

3. disappear

Many university students were "disappeared" because they

a. formed anti-government groups

b. were very busy studying

c. failed their exams

4. doublespeak

Who would you most expect to use doublespeak?

a. actors

b. criminals

c. politicians

5. ethnic cleansing

People who carry out "ethnic cleansing" are

a. victims

b. murderers

c. cleaners

6. forced labour

We buy products made with "forced labour" because they're

a. of very good quality

b. of very poor quality

c. often much cheaper

7. friendly fire

A soldier who's killed by friendly fire is shot or bombed

a. on purpose

b. accidentally

c. as punishment

8. neutralize

If you've been neutralized, your family will have to pay for

a. your medical treatment

b. your legal expenses

c. your funeral

9. re-educate

People being "re-educated" are often sent to

a. special schools

b. special prisons

c. special classes

10. untruth

"His statement included several untruths" means he

a. told a number of lies

b. didn't know the truth

c. didn't know he was lying

NB: you can also print this quiz on paper.

1. administrative detention - "Administrative detention" is a euphemism for imprisonment: a) without legal process b) without detention c) without force

2. black operation - "Black operations" are secretly carried out by: a) criminal gangs b) governments c) terrorists

3. disappear - Many university students were "disappeared" because they: a) formed anti-government groups b) were very busy studying c) failed their exams

4. doublespeak - Who would you most expect to use doublespeak?: a) actors b) criminals c) politicians

5. ethnic cleansing - People who carry out "ethnic cleansing" are: a) victims b) murderers c) cleaners

6. forced labour - We buy products made with "forced labour" because they're: a) of very good quality b) of very poor quality c) often much cheaper

7. friendly fire - A soldier who's killed by friendly fire is shot or bombed: a) on purpose b) accidentally c) as punishment

8. neutralize - If you've been neutralized, your family will have to pay for: a) your medical treatment b) your legal expenses c) your funeral

9. re-educate - People being "re-educated" are often sent to: a) special schools b) special prisons c) special classes

10. untruth - "His statement included several untruths" means he: a) told a number of lies b) didn't know the truth c) didn't know he was lying

Contributor: Matt Errey