TERMINALES S - BAC BLANC - JANVIER 2011
1. a) Who is the narrator? How is he/she related to Sam?
b) Justify your answer by quoting from the text.
2. Match one element from column A with an element from column B.
1. Sam had a heart-attack a. in '76
2. They had children b. in the late 70's
3. They got married c. in the early eighties
4. Sam found a job abroad d. at the age of fiftty two
5. They moved back to England e. in the summer '99
3. What consequences did Sam's job have on his lifestyle? (30 words)
4. Choose the right answer.
They decided to a) buy a brick house in Richmond.
b) rent a place in Dorset.
c) buy a farmhouse in Devon.
d) rent a flat in Torquay.
Questions 5, 6 and 7. Focus from line 18 to line 29 ("We'd done well ...world sporting fixtures").
5. a) l.19. "There was no immediate hurry for either of us to find a job."
What does it reveal about their standard of living while abroad? (15 words)
b) l.19-20, "Or so we imagined." - What does this mean? (20 words)
6. How do they see the British society on their return to their homeland? (30 words)
7. Find a key sentence showing that it wasn't difficult for their children to adapt to their new environment.
Questions 8 to 12. Focus on line 30 to the end.
8. a) Who was Sam in touch with some time after their return?
b) What did they talk about on the phone?
9. Say who the underlined words refer to. (l.39 to l.42)
I took time to wonder why it never seemed to occur to Sam that Jock was as big a fantasist as he was, particularly as Jock had been trumpeting 'mega-buck sales' down the phone to him for years but had never managed to find the time - or money? - to fly out for a visit. "What did you say?"
10. l. 38. "I lied through my teeth".
What did Sam lie about? Why did he feel the need to lie? (30 words)
11. Did the narrator and Sam share the same vision of Jock Williams? (20 words)
12. What is Sam's state of mind at the end of the passage? (20 words)
13. Translate into French from "The idea was to have ..." line 14 to "...Torquay" line 17.
Choose one of the following subjects.
1. l. 2. "...Hong Kong, Australia and South Africa. They were good times..."
Would you be ready to go and live in faraway countries if it meant getting a better life? (300 words)
2. a) Do "garden fetes, village cricket" and "theme pubs" correspond to your vision of Britain? (150 words)
b) How can you account for young people's attraction to designer clothes? Do you approve of it? (150 words)