Editing Skills - Word Choice - Answer Sheet


Level: Advanced
Topic: General
Grammar Topic: General
Type: Lesson Plans
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Published: 1st Sep 2007

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Choose the most appropriate word for the introduction of this 




The 1) medium of writing, from 2) ancient times to today, has been used as a powerful 

means to divulge the writer’s aim, to 3) influence people’s ideology, to give a 4) moral 

lesson, and for many other reasons.    The power of the pen, if used skilfully, can arouse 

revolutionary ideals, love and hatred.    It can 5) raise people to heights and throw them 

into the limelight or, on the other hand, throw them into misery and dishonour by 

stripping them of all their fame. 


A good, modern, and recent example could be Storace, the president of The Italian 

region of Lazio and member of Alleanza Nazionale, who tried to ban all 6)  historical 

textbooks written by Marxists from Italian high-schools, as he thought that the ideas in 

these books could corrupt and influence the younger generation’s understanding of the 

7) contemporary history of Italy. 


Similarly, many of the 8)  ancient writers had a specific aim and purpose, and show a 

strong bias in their works.  Thus my task in writing this essay will be, firstly to 

understand myself what the aims of two Augustan writers were; Caesar and Livy, in the 

De Bello Gallico, for the former; and in the Ab Urbe Condita, for the 9)  latter.  

Secondly, I will try to give an overview of these aims. 



 This is taken, with permission and a lot of gratitude, from a composition by a former student. 

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