The Watergate Scandal


Grammar — Advanced Level
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Watergate was a major political scandal that occurred in the United States in the 1970s, following a break-in at the Democratic National Committee headquarters at the Watergate office complex in Washington, D.C. in 1972 and President Richard Nixon’s administration’s attempted cover-up of its involvement.

When Nixon was campaigning to become president, he and his close aides ordered investigations of activist groups and political figures, using the FBI, CIA, and IRS. He and his administration performed illegal activities, such as bugging the offices of political opponents.

Facing impeachment, Nixon resigned the presidency on August 9, 1974.
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  1. Nixon's opponents had   profound mistrust of him stemming from before the Watergate Scandal

  2. Based on his behavior, Nixon did not demonstrate   strong understanding of the law

  3. His supporters did   good work until this point in his campaign

  4. After the Watergate scandal, Nixon faced   harsh criticism from his followers

  5. US citizens wanted   honest president in office


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  1. Nixon's successor, Gerald Ford, pardoned him. Do you think this was a right decision, or should Nixon have been tried for his actions instead?

  2. Do you know any other president of a nation that had to resign because of a scandal? What happened?


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      • a person who supports strong actions (such as public protests) to help make changes in politics or society
      • an illegal entry into a home, building, car, etc.
      • (bugged) to put a hidden microphone in a room, telephone, etc., in order to secretly hear what people are saying
      • attempt to hide embarrassing or scandalous information
      • severe, cruel
      • (resigned) to give up a job or position in a formal way
      • an action or conduct that is morally or legally wrong


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