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Last updated at 13:46 BST, Thursday, 03 April 2014

Scottish independence

A British flag

This flag will change if Scotland votes for independence

We often hear about regions or nations that want to break away from the country that rules them.

In the United Kingdom, people from Scotland are to vote on whether they want to become independent.

Rob and Neil discuss why people fight for independence and why, in some cases, they want to merge with other regions and become one united country.

This week's question:

What year was the American Declaration of Independence made? Was it:

a) 1776

b) 1786

c) 1796

Listen to the programme to find out the answer.

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Vocabulary

independence

(here) freedom from political control by another country

declaration

an official statement saying something is going to happen

campaigning

trying to persuade other people or the government to change something

referendum

a time when everyone in a country can vote on a particular issue

in favour of

supporting an idea

debate

a serious discussion of a subject in which many people take part

divergent views

different opinions

robust

(here) firm and determined

passionate

showing strong beliefs, enthusiasm or emotion

smears

lies that damage someone's reputation

rivalry

competing with each other

commemorated

remembered (a person or event)

self-rule

when people from a country or region choose their own government

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