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Unit 14. Text I The Idiocy of Urban Life. Pre-reading Question. Where do you prefer to live, in the city or in the country?. Structural Analysis. Part I (paragraphs 1-2):

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Unit 14

Unit 14

Text I

The Idiocy of Urban Life


Pre reading question

Pre-reading Question

  • Where do you prefer to live, in the city or in the country?


Structural analysis

Structural Analysis

  • Part I (paragraphs 1-2):

    introduction, where the author presents the thesis of his argument: aggressively individualistic and atomized urban life today goes against both eh purpose of the city and the human nature, and thus is foolish.


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  • Part II (paragraphs 3-9):

    the author provides evidences for the idiocy of urban life.

  • Part III (paragraph 10):

    the author reiterates his point.


Paraphrase 1

Paraphrase 1

  • Urban life, during the hours when reign, is urbane.

    Rats make city life orderly and courteous when they dominate the city deep at night.


Paraphrase 2

Paraphrase 2

  • City dwellers take the city with them to the country, for they will not live without its pamperings.

    City dwellers create all kinds of city vogues in the country, for they will not live without these fashionable things.


Paraphrase 3

Paraphrase 3

  • These windows are a scandal because they endanger the lives of office workers in case of fire.

    These windows are disgraceful because they put the lives of office workers in danger if a fire should occur.


Paraphrase 4

Paraphrase 4

  • … no true sense of the rhythms of the seasons is to be had from a lawn in the backyard and a few spindly trees struggling to survive.

    … a lawn in the backyard and a few spindle-shaped trees struggling for life are not enough to give the dweller any true sense of the season changes.


More exercises

More Exercises

  • His manner was , though not particularly friendly.

  • He threw a arm round my shoulder.

  • The older musicians the new, rock-influenced music.

  • I was quite deceived by her of sorrow.


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More Exercises

  • His manner was civil, though not particularly friendly.

  • He threw a arm round my shoulder.

  • The older musicians the new, rock-influenced music.

  • I was quite deceived by her of sorrow.


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More Exercises

  • His manner was civil, though not particularly friendly.

  • He threw areassuring arm round my shoulder.

  • The older musicians the new, rock-influenced music.

  • I was quite deceived by her of sorrow.


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More Exercises

  • His manner was civil, though not particularly friendly.

  • He threw areassuring arm round my shoulder.

  • The older musicians disdain the new, rock-influenced music.

  • I was quite deceived by her of sorrow.


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More Exercises

  • His manner was civil, though not particularly friendly.

  • He threw areassuring arm round my shoulder.

  • The older musicians disdain the new, rock-influenced music.

  • I was quite deceived by her simulation of sorrow.


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  • She’s much too and proper to go into a pub.

  • A gunman killed ten people in a frenzy today in that city.

  • She hit him so hard that he across the room.

  • We all for shelter when the storm began.


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More Exercises

  • She’s much too prim and proper to go into a pub.

  • A gunman killed ten people in a frenzy today in that city.

  • She hit him so hard that he across the room.

  • We all for shelter when the storm began.


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  • She’s much too prim and proper to go into a pub.

  • A gunman killed ten people in a murderous frenzy today in that city.

  • She hit him so hard that he across the room.

  • We all for shelter when the storm began.


More exercises8

More Exercises

  • She’s much too prim and proper to go into a pub.

  • A gunman killed ten people in a murderous frenzy today in that city.

  • She hit him so hard that he reeled across the room.

  • We all for shelter when the storm began.


More exercises9

More Exercises

  • She’s much too prim and proper to go into a pub.

  • A gunman killed ten people in a murderous frenzy today in that city.

  • She hit him so hard that he reeled across the room.

  • We all scurried for shelter when the storm began.


Dictation

Dictation

  • In one sense, we can trace all the problems of the American city back to a single starting point: we Americans don’t like our cities very much. That is, on the face of it, absurd. After all, more than three-fourths of us now live in cities, and more are flocking to them every year.


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  • We are told that the problems of our cities are receiving more attention in Washington, and scholarship has discovered a whole new field in urban studies.


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  • Nonetheless, it is historically true: in the American psychology, the city has been a basically suspect institution, filled with the corruption of Europe, totally lacking that sense of spaciousness and innocence of the frontier and the rural landscape.


The end

The end!


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