Vocabulary - less common and idiomatic expressions for IELTS, CAE, CPE (TOEFL)
1 - Criminals commit the following crimes. Put them into categories of "heinous" / "grave" / "petty"
- arson (an arsonist lights fires / sets buildings on fire)
- theft (thieves steal things from other people)
- robbery (robbers steal from banks / rob banks)
- mugging (muggers physically attack people in order to steal)
- joyriding (the perpetrator steals a car just for fun, then leaves it)
- rape (a rapist forces the victim to have sex)
- embezzlement (an embezzler steals money from a company that they work for)
- kidnapping (a kidnapper kidnaps a person and usually asks for a ransom)
- shoplifting (a shoplifter steals from a shop - (s)he shoplifts)
- pickpocketing (a pickpocket pickpockets people's pockets)
- blackmail (a blackmailer threatens to reveal secret information about someone unless paid)
- tax evasion (a tax evader doesn't pay taxes)
2 - Are muggings a common occurance in your home town / city?
3 - Have you or any of your friends had your pocket picked?
4 - Were someone to kidnap your friend, would you be willing to pay an arm and a leg in ransom?
5 - If you could go joyriding and knew you would get away with it, which type of car would you joyride?
6 - Who is someone you wish you could blackmail?
7 - Do you know happen to know anyone who dodges taxes?
8 - Do the police need to crack down on embezzlement or company tax evasion?
9 - Do you think police should be given more powers so as to to cut crime rates?
10 - What kind of prison sentence would be harsh for a blackmailer? What about a lenient sentence?
11 - What crimes is community service used to act as a punishment for in your country?
12 - Should juvenile delinquents be treated differently to adult offenders?