Vocabulary In Context - Taxi To The Dark Side


About Taxi to the Dark Side:

Taxi to the Dark Side is a 2007 documentary film which focuses on the murder of an Afghan taxi driver named Dilawar, beaten to death by American soldiers while being held in extrajudicial detention at the Bagram Air Base.

Taxi to the Dark Side examines the USA's policy on torture and interrogation in general, specifically the CIA's use of torture and their research into sensory deprivation. The film includes opposition to the use of torture from its political and military opponents, as well as the defense of such methods; attempts by Congress to uphold the standards of the Geneva Convention forbidding torture.

The film is said to be the first to contain images taken within Bagram Air Base.

(Source: summarized from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taxi_to_the_Dark_Side)

Reprinted with permission from wikipedia.org


Video © Jigsaw Productions


Task 1

Watch the video and answer the following questions about the meaning of specific Words and phrases in context:

Task 2

Match the following words with their synonyms/ definitions.

Task 3

Fill in the blanks in the following sentences by using the words provided in the box below. Use the appropriate form of the words to make your choice grammatically correct.

interrogate suspected suspect
designated work on work out afflicted
sustain crude rough up In the wake of
Engage in        Engage to

Task 4

Vocabulary Extension:
  1. Check a dictionary and find examples of the words above in different sentences. Try replacing a word with its synonym and decide if they are interchangeable in different circumstances.

  2. Construct your own sentences using the words above; this can help you memorize the words even better.
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