Advanced Reading/Use of English Part 2

New English word? Translate any word using double click.


This gap-fill exercise is also a very good example of an Argumentative Composition.

For questions 1 – 10, read the text below and think of the word that best fits each gap. Use only one word in each gap. 

In the exam there are 6 questions. In this text there are 10. You should try to finish this exercise in 12 minutes. Use this timer to help you.


The trouble with prisons is that (1)   _______  what some politicians say, they don’t turn out good citizens. On the other (2)______ there is always a balance to be struck (3)________ what is good for society and what is a good feeling for society. It is common enough for people of sound mind and left-wing tendencies (4)________ openly admit that revenge is sweet and realise the fact that the kid who broke (5)______ your car and stole the radio is now languishing in jail. Unfortunately, that same kid is (6)_______ only being punished but is also learning how to steal better. 

Use this notebook to write your provisional answers:

NOTEPAD: Your ideas


(7)_______ he’s much older he’ll be committing more serious crimes more frequently. This pattern (8)_______ crime is being repeated all over the world especially where young offenders mix freely with hardened criminals. There is no easy solution. (9)_______ by preventing juvenile offenders from being sent to adult prisons is there any hope of reversing the trend. In the (10)______ way it is vital to remember that the harder we punish the harder the offenders become.