Unit 3 diversity, freedom, opportunity

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I. Speak on the following:

  1. The basic American values.

  2. The nature and origins of American diversity.

II. Answer the questions:

  1. Which term describing the American character do you find more precise: individualism or freedom?

  1. What is self-reliance?

  1. What is Americans' attitude toward those who receive financial support?

  2. Why is it believed that everyone has a chance to succeed in the USA? Do you share this belief?

  1. How is equality of opportunity understood in the USA?

III. Explain the meaning of the following words and expressions
and use them in sentences of your own:

national identity, basic values, to overthrow, expressly, to stand on one's own two feet, aspect, peer, to be in the mainstream, charity, plight, hereditary

IV. Give synonyms and Russian equivalents of the following
words and expressions:

eventually, enthusiastic, enormous, profound, to eliminate, to acquire, apt

V. Paraphrase or explain the following:

  1. ... accepting diversity was the only practical choice, even if some people were not enthusiastic about it.

  2. In order to achieve these benefits, however, there were prices to be paid...

  3. ... they (historic decisions) created a climate of freedom where the emphasis was on the individual.

  4. In the "old country,"' their place in life was determined largely by the social class into which they were born.

  5. ... equality of condition is the fundamental fact from which all others seem to be derived.

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