Censorship
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by Sadinaz Madar-St Clair
| 8 Questions
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(Part A) Which statement best identifies the central idea of the text? (RI.1.2)
All forms of censorship identified in the articles are violations of human rights and
have no benefits.
The censorship discussed in the article is only employed when necessary and for
the benefit of the public.
the benefit of the public.
c. The article presents a complicated debate, in which censoring content is
neither clearly right or wrong.
It would be great to live in a world where information didn’t need to be censored, but that’s simply impossible.
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Part B: Which detail best supports the answer to Part A? (RI.1.1)
“Censorship is an extremely controversial issue, and each country usually has its own reasons for passing these laws.” (Paragraph 2)
“Governments can censor anything.” (Paragraph 2)
“A government wants to protect its citizens” (Paragraph 3)
“Censorship does have some benefits.” (Paragraph 11)
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How does the author develop the idea that governments can censor anything? (RI.1.2)
The author discusses pros and cons to censorship
The author gives reasons why a government would restrict speech.
The author gives her opinion about government censorship
The author gives examples supporting why censorship is wrong
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Which detail from the passage supports the idea that censorship has benefits? (RI.1.1)
“However, there are a few core reasons why a government would want to restrict communication.” (Paragraph 2)
“Inspectors from the party monitored journalists, writers, and artists to ensure they said nothing negative about the party or the Soviet Union itself.” (Paragraph 7)
“Censorship does have some benefits.” (Paragraph 11)
“For example, while the United States cannot censor hate speech because it is protected as “free speech” under the First Amendment, it can censor threatening language that could provoke violence.” (Paragraph 3).
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PART A: Which of the following types of censorship are most similar in their purpose?
Select three answers. (RI.1.3)
Religious Censorship
Moral Censorship
Corporate Censorship
Political Censorship
Military Censorship
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PART B: What is the connection between the types of censorship that were identified in
Part A? (RI.1.3)
Their primary purpose is to protect the people they serve.
Their primary purpose is to maintain individual freedoms.
Their primary purpose is to guard against enemy nations.
Their primary purpose is to preserve the ruling organization.
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How does the author make distinctions between the types of censorship that are
beneficial and the types of censorship that are oppressive? (RI.1.3)
The author explicitly states when a specific type of censorship is oppressive.
The author explicitly states when she thinks a specific type of censorship is
beneficial.
The author gives specific examples that show how a group or individual
was impacted by censorship.
The author lists types of censorship and gives her opinion about each type.
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Which statement best illustrates an objective summary of the text? (RI.1.2)
Censorship is a means of restricting communication and can be used by
the government for many reasons. Censorship may be used to protect
citizens, restrict opposing ideas or ideologies, or protect personal
interests. There are both benefits and downsides to a government using
censorship.
Censorship is a means of restricting communication and can be used by the
government for many reasons. Censorship may be used to protect citizens,
restrict opposing ideas or ideologies, or protect personal interests. Although
some of those reasons limit individuals’ free speech, it does more good than
harm since it protects citizens. There are both benefits and downsides to a
government using censorship.
Censorship is a means of restricting communication and can be used by the
government for many reasons. Censorship may be used to protect citizens,
restrict opposing ideas or ideologies, or protect personal interests. There are both
benefits and downsides to government using censorship and should only be used
in certain circumstances on a case by case basis.
Censorship is a means of restricting communication and can be used by the
government for many reasons. There are many types of censorship including
moral, military, political, religious, and corporate censorship. Moral and military
censorship protect citizens. Political and religious censorship oppress citizens.
Corporate censorship tries to protect corporations. There are both benefits and
downsides to a government using censorship.
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