Saturday, 3 October 2009

An Exercise to Practice - Advanced or Proficiency

Follow the Link to get the Economist's obituary of Omar Bongo.

Above there is a crossword. Beware. It is not easy.

Here are five comprehension questions to answer:

What is the writer’s attitude to Mr Bongo? What words illustrate this?

Mr Bongo says ‘corruption is not an African word’. What does he mean by this?

Why was France so willing to allow the success of Mr Bongo?

What is your opinion regarding these quasi-colonial relationships between powers and developing nations? Explain your answer.

Were there any positive aspects to Mr Bongo’s reign? Why do I describe it as a reign and not term of office or tenure?


1. (5,4,3) Second in Command?

5. (4,8) Very difficult, Hard work

9. A minder for the baby

10. The amount of oil held in potentia by a company or country in the ground

11. practical, fast or handy

15. Adj - loud, audacious, uncivilised?

17. Verb - understand or grab?

18. adjective - terse and satorial. Sarcastic?

19. Verb- to move around in an untroubled air like royalty


2. Verb - to meet and associate with rich and powerful people

3. Adj - Annoyed and surprised by an accusation

4. Verb in the infinitive - to corrupt, cheat or steal

6. An African cereal crop

7. A two word phrase (5,4) that means priority

8. A lover of France

12. to confuse and baffle

13. Surface paneling, often made of stone

14. An African hardwood

16. Overly favouring one's family, usually by giving jobs to them

18. A Baby's bed

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