Exercices - langue anglaise 4, Exercices de Langue Anglaise
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Exercices - langue anglaise 4 "The white wand and other stories". Les principaux thèmes abordés sont les suivants: "The white wand and other stories", compréhension, compétence linguistique, expression écrite.
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Bac ES-S -Session 2000- 1/6

It was contrary to his routine to work alter dinner but tonight he did he felt so much in the vein. Indeed, a sort of exaltation possessed him; the words ran off his pen; it would be foolish to check the creative impulse for the sake of a little extra sleep. On, on. They were right who said the small hours were the time to work. When his housekeeper came in to say good night, he scarcely raisedhis eyes. 5 In the warm, snug little room the silence purred around him like a kettle. He did not even hear the doorbell tilt it had been ringing for some time. A visitor at this hour? His knees trembling, he went to the door, scarcely knowing what he expected to find; so what was his relief, on opening it, to see the doorway filled by the tall figure of a policeman. Without waiting 10 for the man to speak, "Come in, come in, my dear fellow," he exclaimed. He held his hand out, but the policeman did not take it. "You must have been very cold standing out there. I didn't know that it was snowing, though," he added, seeing the snowflakes on the policeman's cape and helmet. "Come in and warm yourself." "Thanks," said the policeman. "I don’t mind if I do." 15 Walter knew enough of the phrases used by men of the policeman's stamp not to mistake this for a grudging acceptance. "This way," he prattled on. "I was writing in my study. By Jove, it is cold, I'll turn the gas on more. Now won't you take your traps off, and make yourself at home?" "I can't stay long," the policeman said, "I've got a job to do, as you know." [...] "But nothing can happen to me as long as you are here," said Walter. "I shall be as safe... as safe 20 as houses. Stay as long as you can, and have a drink." w "I never drink on duty," said the policeman. Still in his cape and helmet, he looked round. "So this is where you work?" he said. "Yes, I was writing when you rang. "Some poor devil's for it1, I expect," the policeman said. 25 "Oh, why?" Walter was hurt by his unfriendly tone, and noticed how hard his gooseberry eyes were. "I'll tell you in a minute," said the policeman, and then the telephone bell rang. Walter excused himself and hurried from the room. "This is the police station," said a voice. "Is that Mr. Streeter'?" 30 Walter said it was. "Well, Mr. Streeter, how is everything at your place? All right, I hope? I’ll tell you why I ask. I’m sorry to say we quite forgot about that little job we were going to do for you. Bad coordination, I’m afraid.° "But, " said Walter, "you did send someone." "No, Mr. Streeter, I’m afraid we didn't." 35 "But there's a policeman here, here in this very house." There was a pause, then his interlocutor said, in a less casual voice: "He can't be one of our chaps. Did you see his number by any chance?" "No." Alter another pause the voice said: 40 "Would you like us to send somebody now?" "Yes, pplease." "All right then, we'll be with you in a jiffy." Walter put back the receiver. What now? he asked himself. Should he barricade the door? Should he run out into the street? Should he try to muse his housekeeper? A policeman of any sort was 45 something to be reckoned with: but a rogue policeman! A lawkeeper turned lawbreaker, roaming about loose2, savaging people! How long would it take the real police to come? What was a jiffy in terms of minutes? While he was debating, the door opened and his guest came in. "No room's private when the street door's once passed," he said. "Had you forgotten I was a policeman?" 50

1 Some poor devil's for it: quelqu'un va y passer 2 to roam about loose: se promener en toute liberté

W. S. , "The white wand and other stories", L. P. HARTLEY (Hamish Hamilton, London1954)

Bac ES-S -Session 2000- 2/6

COMPRÉHENSION

USE FULL SENTENCES FOR EACH OF YOUR ANSWERS.

1 Give the main character's full name. .......................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................

2 What is his job? Justify by giving three elements from the text. (Indicate the lines)

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3 What time of day does the scene take place? Illustrate your answer using three details from the text and indicate the lines.

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c) ...............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................

From l. 1 to l. 29

4 Who is the "visitor"?

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5 Describe the main character's feelings when he hears the door bell ring. Use evidence from the text.

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6 a) How did his feelings change once he realized who the "visitor" was?

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b) Quote from the text to justify your answer.

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7 Choose two adjectives for each character from the following list to describe their behavior: careless / distant / hostile / distrustful / upset / welcoming

Bac ES-S -Session 2000- 3/6

Support your answer with ideas from the text.

a) Walter: ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................

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b) The visitor:

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From 1. 30 to I. 50

8 What does the phone call reveal about the identity of the visitor? Answer in your own words (about 30 words).

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9 What indications can be found in the text to show that the main character is and feels in danger? Answer in your own words (about 30 words).

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COMPETENCE LINGUISTIQUE

1 Who or what do the underlined words refer to?

a) l.1: “… tonight he did” = .............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................

b) l.3: “they were right” = ...............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................

c) l.9: “his knees trembling”= ....................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................

d) l. 16-17: "not to mistake this for a grudging acceptance" = ..................................................................................................................................................................

e) l.41: “would you like us to send somebody”= ..............................................................................................................................................................................................................

Bac ES-S -Session 2000- 4/6

2 Complete the following chart as shown in the example. Adjective Noun Verb

examplesilentsilenceto silence foolish (l. 2)

warm (l. 6)

relief (l. 10)

safe (l. 20)

to hope (l. 32)

3 Put the following sentences into reported speech using the prompts given.

a) line 14 "Come in and warm yourself."

He invited ...........................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................

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b) line 20 "... nothing can happen to me as long as you are here."

He said .....................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................

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c) line 38 "He can't be one of our chaps."

He replied .............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................

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d) line 38 "Did you see his number by any chance?"

He wanted to know .................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................

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e) line 43 "All right then, we'll be with you in a jiffy."

He agreed and added ..........................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................

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f) line 49 "No room's private when the street door's once passed."

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4 Rephrase the following sentences, using the prompts given:

a) It was contrary to his routine to work after dinner.

He was not used to ..................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................

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Bac ES-S -Session 2000- 5/6

b) "Now won't you take your traps off?"

Why ...............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................

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Howabout ..........................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................

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c) The telephone bell rang and Walter hurried from the room.

No sooner ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................

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d) I’m sorry to say we quite forgot about that little job we were going to do for you.

I apologize for ..............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................

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e) Should he barricade the door?

………………………………… he better ..............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................

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f}Should he try to rouse his housekeeper?

………………………………………………..a good idea ...............................................................................................................................................................................................................................

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5 Translate the following sentences:

a) line 12 "You must have been very cold standing out there".

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b) line 34 "But," said Walter "you did send someone".

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c) line 35 "No, Mr. Streeter, I’m afraid we didn't".

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d} line 36 "But there's a policeman here, here in this very house".

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Bac ES-S -Session 2000- 6/6

EXPRESSION ÉCRITE

Choose one of the following subjects. (300 words)

1 Imagine the end of the story.

2 Do you enjoy reading detective stories or do you prefer another type of literature? Explain why.

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