Avanzado 1 – Reading exercise.

If you missed the class when we did a little reading test, here you have the exercise. Now you can do it on your own, at home, if you wish to.

Read about the film State of Play. Choose from the options below the word or expression that best fits each gap.

State of Play is a 2009 political thriller. It is a film adaptation of the six-part British television serial of the same name, which was first broadcast on BBC One in 2003. The 1_______ of the six-hour serial was condensed to fit a two-hour movie format, with the location changed to Washington, D.C. The film was directed by Kevin Macdonald from a screenplay written by Matthew Michael Carnahan.

The film tells of a journalist’s research into the suspicious 2________ of a Congressman‘s mistress. Russell Crowe plays the journalist and Ben Affleck plays the Congressman. The supporting cast includes Rachel McAdams and Helen Mirren. The director said State of Play explores the subject of privatization of American Homeland Security and to a minor extent journalistic independence, 3________ the relationship between politicians and the press. It was released in North America on April 17th, 2009.

The story begins one night, when a thief escaping through Washington D.C. is shot by a man carrying a briefcase. A pizza delivery man who 4________ the incident is also shot by the killer and is 5________ in a coma.

The following morning, a young woman is killed by an underground train in an apparent suicide. Republican congressman Stephen Collins is worried when he hears the news, 6________ the woman was Sonia Baker, a lead researcher on his staff.

Based on 178 reviews collected by Rotten Tomatoes, State Of Play currently has an 84%  rating from critics, with an average score of 6.9 out of 10. Philip Kemp from Total Film said “It’s not as exceptional as its source but the change mostly enhance rather than harm the story”. 7________ Roger Ebert of The Chicago Sun Times, “There are many other surprises in the film, which fooled me a couple of times, and maintains a certain degree of credibility for a thriller”.

ACCORDING TO          AS                    AS WELL AS              CAUSE                  DEATH              DEAD                  HISTORY                      LEFT                            PLOT                PROVOKED                SUCH AS             WHILE               WITNESSES

1____________________  2______________________   3_______________________                                  

4____________________  5______________________   6_______________________

7____________________

 

KEY

1-plot

2-death

3-as well as

4-witnesses

5-left

6-as

7-According to

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