“England is not exactly like I pictured it”, p. 46
Le sujet de bac qui figure dans le manuel a été préparé pour les classes littéraires.
Compréhension : 70 points + expression : 70 points = 140 points, ramenés à 14 points.
Traduction : 60 points, ramenés à 6 points.
On trouvera plus loin une adaptation des questions pour les classes de ES-S (p. 96) et les sections technologiques
Corrigé de l’épreuve simulée de Bac ssection L
1. The text can be divided into three parts. Specify them and give a title for each. 8 points
Possible titles for the three parts:
– ll. 1-10: Conversation on the phone between a mother in the USA and her daughter in Britain.
– ll. 11-25: What Britain represents for Americans.
– ll. 26-47: The discovery of Britain by theAmerican mother.
2. Where exactly does the scene take place? Where does each of these characters live: the narrator, Mrs
Lovell? 8 points
The scene takes place in London: “Mom, you’re coming to London” (l. 10) indicates that the narrator lives
in London. The person called Mom by the narrator most probably lives in the USA, which explains the
narrator’s reflection about the relationship betweenAmericans and Great Britain in the second part of the
Mrs Lovell is a neighbour of Mom’s in America (Mrs Lovell at the church, l. 4).
3. Pick out all the place names associated with: 9 points
a. the USA: New Jersey (l. 21), Nebraska (l. 22), Florida, Pennsylvania, Texas, Minnesota (l. 24), the lower
East Side (l. 42).
b. the British Isles: England (l. 6), Britain (l. 11), Glasgow (l.14), Ireland (l. 14), Chiswick (l. 15), London
(l. 19), Brent Cross (l. 29).
Katmandu (l. 10) is located neither in Britain nor in America: it is the capital of Nepal. It is mentioned
as an example of a place where the mother would be more disoriented than in London.
4. What three points is “Mom” enquiring about? Why? 7 points
Mom wonders if the British have cars (But they don’t have carslike we do, do they?, l. 1), modern toilets
(And what about the toilets?, l. 4) and edible food (Should I bring some with me?, l. 8). A certain Mrs Lovell
that she meets at church, told her about Great Britain, mentioning problems that the British had concerning
these three points.
5. When did Mrs Lovell stay in London? What effect does it have on her view of England? 4 points
Mrs Lovell stayedin Great Britain during the Second World War, that’s why what she says about the country
does not correspond to the present situation.
6. What or who do the underlined words stand for? Justify by quoting from the text. 7 points
a. “But they (= the British) don’t have cars like we do” (l. 1) (the speaker is Mom, who is American).
b. “for many of us (= Americans)” (l. 11) (the speaker is thenarrator, who is an American living in London).
c. “they come here” (l. 15) (the narrator is speaking of typical American students, a group to which she
does not belong).
d. “That (= the fruit shortage) was during the war” (l. 33) (There’s no longer a fruit shortage, l. 32).
e. “We (= British people and residents) are no longer restricted to root vegetables” (l. 34) (in Great Britain,
l. 33).f. “They’re (= the two handsome young men) not Puerto Rican” (l. 39).
g. “we (= you and I) are in London” (l. 41) (I had taken my mother to Brent Cross, l. 29).
7. Why is Britain “both foreign and familiar” to Americans? Why do some Americans settle there?
(30 words) 7 points
What is foreign is cooking (l. 13), medieval ruins (l. 21), old castles (l. 22).
What is familiar is language (l. 12),ideas about literature and culture (l. 12), place names (l. 15).
Some Americans want to settle in England because of the common language and culture, because its past is
visible and because their roots are there; others have settled in England just because they didn’t want to go
on living in America.
8. Which of these adjectives apply to the mother: anxious, obstinate, pleasant, prejudiced?...
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