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Consignes générales: si non respectées -10 sur le total de 100 1. What do you know about the narrator : occupation, country of origin and sex? The narrator’s a Jamaican female teacher (a woman, a teacher) 3PTS 2. In what country does the scene take place? The scene takes place in England 2PTS 3. (lines 1-2)’I understand this is the place at which I should present myself for a position in that particular profession’ a- in this passage, ‘the place’ is not described in detail. What could the underlined words refer to? This place could be a school office or a job centre. 4PTS b- Explain what the narrator has come there for. She has come to apply for a job as a teacher. 4 PTS 4. (Line 7). I handed her the two letters of recommendation… . Who does the underlined pronoun refer to? Suggest what the character’s status or job may be. It refers to the other women who may be a secretary or headmistress. 2 + 4 5.. What does the narrator expect the other character to do with the letters? The narrator expects her to take them and read them through. 3 + 3 6. What does the nartator feel these letters prove? . She feels these letters prove she is a competent and fully qualified teacher. 6 Questions 7 and 8. Focus on lines 8 to 37. She politely held out ……………reached for the letters. 7. There are three stages in the way the other character deals with the letters. Describe what these stages are. She takes / holds them but she can’t be bothered to read them. Eventually, she wants the narrator to take them back. 3 + 3 + 3 8. Pick out two quotations from the text which show how this character justifies such an attitude.
•Line 31:’You’re not qualified to teach in this country.’ •Line 25: ‘Well, I’m afraid you can’t teach here.’ •Line 30: ‘The letters don’t matter’. 3 + 3 •Line 30-31: ‘You can’t teach in this country.’ •Line 33-34:’It doesn’t matter that you were a teacher…..not be allowed to teach here’.
9. Focus on the passage from line 30 to the end of the text . Are the following statements true or false? Justify each answer with a quotation from the text. a) This character is impressed by the narrator’s professional experience. False ( line 30. Line 33. Line 34) 3 b) This character is helpful towards the narrator. false. . 1.39 - 1.41 – L 47-48 - L51 3 c) This character is insulting about the narrator’s mastery of the English language. True Lines 50-51 `You do speak English?' (Have you not understood. It’s quite simple) 3 10. Line44. ‘Her face now in its normal repose... In what way have her face and attitude change throughout the whole scene? Use elements from the whole text to justify your answer. (40 words, quotations not included)
Although she was being polite, smiling and welcoming at he beginning( L.2 ‘warm smile’, L4 ‘sweetly’ L8 ‘politely’), she became abrupt, interrupting several times (L13 , 19 et 30)and even laughed mockingly(L11 ‘a little laugh’). She smiled again in an obviously insincere and hypocritical way. (L13 ‘taking up a smile once more) She then even became aggressive, ‘shaking the letters at (the narrator) and almost shouting’. In the end she openly laughed at her, (L40 ‘giggled. The untimely chortle’). Finally she tried to ignore her and she became dismissive/ severe. (L48 ‘Goodbye,’ she said pointing a finger at the door.) 3 X 4 (don t 3 pour la correction de la langue) 11. What do these changes reveal about this character’s true feeling? (30. words) They reveal she has been faking smiles all along since her natural expression is far more severe and less genial; Only at the very end does she stop pretending. She is condescending throughout the scene. (We suspect she is prejudiced against people of colour. Bonus 3.points) 3 X 3 12. Using the following quotations,analyse the changes in the narrator’s state of mind and show the different stages the narrator has gone through. (30 words) line 6 My own smile was causing me some pain behind the ears... line 36 My hand shook... ~ ' lines 53-54 my legs were too weak under me. line 55 ‘I will come back again...’ , At first she feels slightly uneasy, as she is aware her own smile is forced. Later on she is upset by the other woman’s unexpected hostility and contempt. Then she is so shocked that she is unable to do anything. Eventually, though, she pulls herself togetherand asserts that she will not be put off so easily. 4 X 3 13. Translate into French from line 27 to one 30: ‘If you would read the letters,’ ... she did not let me finish. ‘If you would read the letters’ ,I said, “Si vous voulez bien lire ces lettres”, dis-je
(Si vous lisez/ lisiez = acceptable) 2
‘one will tell you about the three years of training as a teacher I received in Jamaica
“l’une d’elles vous renseignera sur les trois années de formation à l’enseignement que j’ai reçues à la Jamaïque
while the other letter is concerned alors que l’autre a trait à(concerne) 2 with the position I held as a teacher at – ‘
mes fonctions d’enseignante à…” 2
She did not let me finish. Elle ne me laissa pas terminer. 2 11. EXPRESSION sur 100. Utiliser la grille d’évaluation téléchargeable sur : http://www.ac-versailles.fr/pedagogi/anglais/lyc/bac.htm ou http://cms.ac- martinique.fr/anglais/file/grille_bac.pdf Choose subject 1(a+b) or subject 2. 1. a) Some time- later the two characters in the text meet again. The narrator has become “qualified to teach in this country” and decides to go and see the same person again. Write their conversation. (150 words) b) Should French diplomas be valid everywhere in Europe? (150 words). 2. How can overcoming obstacles at school or at work make someone stronger? Illustrate your point with one or two examples. (300 words)