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Chapter 2

Individual Freedoms: Freedom of Expression


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Appendix A

Individual Freedom Scenarios

1. To protest new governmental policies, a citizen has decided not to salute the national flag during an official ceremony.

2. A city government has put up a religious display in front of the city hall. The display represents the beliefs of the majority religion in the community. Members of minority religious groups are upset.

3. A citizen writes a polite letter to the local newspaper criticizing a new law passed by the local government. The editor of the newspaper is trying to decide if the letter should be published or not.

4. A bus driver swears at someone crossing the street.

5. A citizen walks down a residential street around midnight, after most citizens have gone to sleep. He is carrying a radio with the volume turned up very loud.

6. A university professor wants to give a public lecture on a new, unpopular theory based on her research.

7. High school students publish a controversial article in a school newspaper about the private life of a teacher. The newspaper is distributed to all students in the school.

8. An office worker violates his company's dress code by not wearing a tie and jacket to work.

9. A group of university students wear yellow armbands to school every Friday to protest the university's admissions policies.

10. A very unpopular group holds a picnic in a city park. Some citizens are unhappy about this.

11. A government worker leaks secret information to a local television news station.

12. A group of university students, with non-traditional beliefs, wants to form an official school club that will meet on campus the first Wednesday of every month.

13. A controversial artist wants to display his art at the local library.

14. A citizen writes an untrue story and submits it to a newspaper for publication.

15. Five groups of parents do not want their children to read a book that is on an official school reading list created by teachers.

16. A 22-year-old wants to join a non-traditional religious group that has just entered the community.

17. A popular group of musicians has just released a new song. The lyrics support violence and hatred of minority groups.

18. A new television show includes bad language and violence.

19. An activist enters a library that has rules against talking and making noise. He begins to give a political speech in a loud voice.

20. A tobacco company wants to advertise its cigarettes during a children's television show.

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Appendix B

Glossary of important terms

activist: a person who works actively for a cause or movement      back

armband: piece of cloth that is wrapped around the arm       back

controversial: causing disagreement       back

display: a presentation       back

dress code: rules about the clothes that people can and cannot wear       back

leak: to tell or make known information that should be secret       back

lyrics: words of a song       back

policies: plans, rules (singular form is policy)       back

protest: to express disagreement; to complain about
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residential street: street where people live in houses or apartments       back

salute: to use one's hand or arm to recognize something such as a national flag or important person
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swear: to use impolite words       back

violate: to disobey; to disregard       back

yell: to say something very loudly; to shout       back

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