Russians and Americans Open New Pipeline

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1. If you decisively weaken something you:
a. make it less powerful with a certain firmness.
b. by accident cause it to strengthen.
c. create a problem without knowing.

2. If you set a quota on something you:
a. you place no restrictions on it.
b. you decide on a limited amount of it.
c. you make laws that forbid its usage.

3. A consortium consists of a group of organizations that strongly oppose one another.
true false

4. In the phrase " decisively weakens Moscow's grip on Central Asia's oil reserves", grip means:
a. control
b. dislike
c. opinion

5. Russia has no involvement in this known consortium.
true false

6. At least as large as is another way of saying:
a. smaller than.
b. of similar proportions.
c. probably larger than.

7. To be keen is to be:
a. resentful. 
b. eager.
c. lazy.

8. In this text the open sea refers to:
a. waters having access to the vast oceans
b. the problems the seas pose.
c. the shape of the Black sea.

9. Russia will most likely gain from these turn of events.
true false

10. The United States has encouraged routes that avoid Russia.
true false

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