Page 1 – Proposition de corrigé d’un sujet d’expression du BAC STG 2007, par les élèves brillants de TSTG2 !!

Page 2 – Broadways grammar

Page 3 – Corrigé Dillon

Page 4 – Money : dissertation topics

Page 5 - Ruth Rendell, The Fever Tree and other stories

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Proposition de corrigé d’un sujet d’expression du BAC STG 2007, par les élèves brillants de TSTG2 !!

 

1)

« I want more freedom! » the daughter, Mary, said.

«What do you mean?  » her mother asked.

« I’m fed up with always seeing you beside me, I just want to go to school alone or with my friends », Mary replied.

« But I do it to protect you; I don’t want you to be abducted », her mother answered..

« How did you go to school when you were a child?  », Mary inquired.

« Things are different today/ Times have changed, now there are many risks and it can be dangerous to stay alone or go to school alone. » she whispered.

 

 

2)

“Mum, I have a question for you” her daughter, Mary, said.

“Yes, what is it? her mother asked.

“Can I go to school alone tomorrow?” asked Mary.

“I disagree with your proposition, because I think that you are too young to go to school alone.” Mary’s mother replied.

“But my friends want to bring me to school” she argued.

“The streets are dangerous today/ nowadays/in our days and I don’t want parents to see me as a bad mother.”

“You can put the blame on me, but I think I’m old enough and responsible  to go to school alone” Mary added.

“It’s the last time we’ll talk about this. I forbid you to go alone as I think it’s too risky” said her mother sternly.

“I approve of your decision because you are my mother and I love you”

 

3)

“Mum, I’m fed up going to school with you!” said the writer’s ten-year-old daughter, Mary.

“It’s out of the question for you to go without me. You’re too young to go alone!” she replied angrily.

“But don’t you remember that you told me that you took the Tube home from school across London from the age of five, so I can do that too!” she said.

“You don’t know what you’re saying! Times have changed. Today there are laws which oblige parents to supervise their children” she said seriously.

 

4)

“I’m fed up! I want to come home alone  with my friend after school”, Mary said.

“No, you can’t, because you are too young and it’s too dangerous”, the writer said

“Trust me, I’m responsible and I won’t speak to people in the street” said Mary.

“Yes, I know; but the street is very dangerous”, said the writer.

“But it’s not fair, Mum. My friend goes home alone and her parents trust her” Mary added.

“The answer is no for the moment; we’ll see when you are older” said the writer.

 

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CHAPTER 12 à 14 Les modaux

EX. 1.   Aux de modalité +BV

1.       You should treat

2.       Young teachers must look

3.       you shouldn’t mention it.

4.       Young teachers mustn’t sound

5.       You needn’t be

6.       who wouldn’t speak

7.       He would stare

8.       We can talk

9.       He couldn’t say

10.    You may leave

 

EX. 2

1.       Visitors aren’t allowd to enter/ are barred from entering.

2.       Only a few privileged visitors are allowed to enter

3.       They refuse to let us in.

4.       They have to leave now.

5.       They are unable to find a solution to the conflict.

 

EX. 3.

1.         A series of strikes will take place..

2.       We have to be careful…

3.       They don’t have to wait…

4.       They are unable to stop us

5.       Visitors are forbidden to enter

 

EX. 4.

1.       She may have…

2.       She may not know that..

3.       He must be trying to figure .

4.       She must have noticed…. She can’t have forgotten…

 

 

EX. 5.

1.       he might have invented… but I couldn’t  think why.

2.       He should be here by now.

3.       He might be thinking of that too.

 

EX. 6.   (would +BV ; had + PP)

1         would

2        had

3        had

4        would (+ BV have !!)

5        would

6        would    would   

 

EX. 7.

   1 a)  might stay

      b)  might have changed

      c)  I still might tell him

  2  a)  might like

      b) who she might be having an affair with ?

  3) a) we should go

      b) we should have helped her..

4 a)  I should have rung to

   b) I couldn’t help laughing

 

 

 

EX. 8.

1.       We have to go now. You didn’t have to come.

2.       I’ll have to remember. I should have gone with them.

3.       They mustn’t be far away.

4.       I couldn’t hear what they were saying.

5.       She can’t have forgotten who you are.

 

EX. 9.

1.       You should have told me before.

2.        She can’t have said that.

3.       Julian can’t be working.

4.       She must be too tired to go out.

5.       You should be sleeping.

6.       She may have forgotten our appointment. 

 

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Number your answers and answer your questions in the right order

1)    Who and what are the characters mentioned?

Michael Dillon (= guv)  - a witness;  she = his girlfriend/wife;

A little red-haired man = meter reader = gas man a terrorist

Two young men = terrorists = killers

Professeur Robertson ; owner of the house, Dillon’s friend?

Chief inspector = policeman

The driver

The police

 

2)     Which character, if any, has a pet = ( domestic animal)

 

None of them does/ No character has a pet.  as though”= as IF

3)    Where and when does the scene take place?

       The scene takes place in a taxi,   first  outside, then in Professor Robertson’s  flat, in a house, in

        Gloucester Rd., in   Hampstead, (in London)  (2 elements)

       The scene takes place just after 5 p.m.

4)    What or who do the following words refer to?

 they (l.2) the police ; them (l.2) IRA terrorists;   They (l.3)the police ;  it (l.4) people saying that they’re afraid/refusing to testify;  him (l.4) chief inspector; you (l.4) Dillon

it (l.28);the gun    it (l.29)telling the chief inspector that he doesn’t want to testify.

5)    Has the main character decided to testify or not?

He’s decided not to testify.

6)    Using your own words, explain whether or not the decision was easy to make and how he’s been feeling since he made it. 

The decision was very difficult to make because

7)    Say whether the following statements are true or false. Justify by quoting from the text.

a.     “She” wanted to stay with Dillon.

b.      he” wouldn’t let her.

c.     “She” didn’t mind what he would decide to do.

d.      she  is confident that he won’t change his mind.

e.       he” arrived   on time to answer the phone.

f.       he” is pleased that he has more time to give his final answer.

8)    Pick out a phrase showing that what he said to the police would change the image he had of himself.  

9)    The little red-haired man.

a) Say  whether the following sentences are right or wrong and justify by quoting from the text.

      1)  The red-haired man knew Dillon.

      2) Dillon trusted him.

b) In the text what shows that:

     1) the man knew that Dillon was to come to the flat?    

     2) the arrival of the youths been planned beforehand?

    10) In the narrator’s description of the two men at the end of the text, what element is the

most important? What does it reveal? What other sentence suggests it? What is their role? 

 

 

 

 

 

Number your answers and answer your questions in the right order

1)    Who and what are the characters mentioned?

2)     Which character, if any, has a pet = ( domestic animal)?

3)    Where and when does the scene take place?

4)    What or who do the following words refer to?

 they (l.2) ; them (l.2);   They (l.3);  it (l.4);  him (l.4); you (l.4)

it (l.28);   it (l.29)

5)    Has the main character decided to testify or not?

6)    Using your own words, explain whether or not the decision was easy to make and how he’s been feeling since he made it. 

7)    Say whether the following statements are true or false. Justify by quoting from the text.

a)    “She” wanted to stay with Dillon.

b)     he” wouldn’t let her.

c)     “She” didn’t mind what he would decide to do.

d)     she  is confident that he won’t change his mind.

e)       he” arrived   on time to answer the phone.

f)      he” is pleased that he has more time to give his final answer.

8)    Pick out a phrase showing that what he said to the police would change the image he had of himself.  

9)    The little red-haired man.

a) Say  whether the following sentences are right or wrong and justify by quoting from the text.

      1)  The red-haired man knew Dillon.

      2) Dillon trusted him.

b) In the text what shows that:

     1) the man knew that Dillon was to come to the flat?    

     2) the arrival of the youths been planned beforehand?

    10) In the narrator’s description of the two men at the end of the text, what element is the

most important? What does it reveal? What other sentence suggests it? What is their role? 

 

 

Answers

    

1)    Who and what are the characters mentioned?

Michael Dillon (= guv)  - a witness;  she = his girlfriend/wife;

A little red-haired man = meter reader = gas man a terrorist

Two young men = terrorists = killers

Professeur Robertson ; owner of the house, Dillon’s friend?

Chief inspector = policeman

The driver

The police

 

2)     Which character, if any, has a pet? = ( domestic animal)

 

None of them does/ No character has a pet.  as though”= as IF

3)    Where and when does the scene take place?

       The scene takes place in a taxi,   first  outside, then inside  Professor Robertson’s  flat, in a house, in

        Gloucester Rd., in   Hampstead, (in London)  (2 elements)

       The scene takes place just after 5 p.m.

4)    What or who do the following words refer to?

 they (l.2) : the police ; them (l.2): IRA terrorists;   They (l.3) :the police ;  it (l.4): people saying that they’re afraid/refusing to testify;  him (l.4) :chief inspector; you (l.4) :Dillon

it (l.28):the gun    it (l.29) : telling the chief inspector that he doesn’t want to testify.

5)    Has the main character decided to testify or not?

He’s decided not to testify.

6)    Using your own words, explain whether or not the decision was easy to make and how he’s been feeling since he made it. 

The decision was very difficult to make because, on the one hand testifying is dangerous because the IRA may retaliate, and on the other hand since he made the decision net to testify he feels as though he has lost his self-esteem

7)    Say whether the following statements are true or false. Justify by quoting from the text.

a.    She” wanted to stay with Dillon.         T (l. 19) “I could wait tin the other room.”

b.     he” wouldn’t let her.               T (l. 16-18)    “I’d rather be alone when I tell him.”         

c.     “She” didn’t mind what he would decide to do. F. (l.4 + L;23) “You won’t let him persuade him, will you?

d.     she  is confident that he won’t change his mind. F. (l.4 + L;23) “You won’t let him persuade him, will you?

e.       he” arrived   on time to answer the phone.     F (l. 31-32) “As he went into the hall it(the phone) stopped.”   

f.      he” is pleased that he has more time to give his final answer.   F (l. 33)  He did not want to wait.”

8)    Pick out a phrase showing that what he said to the police would change the image he had of himself.  

(13-15) “ The moment he told them he was afraid, he would lose forever ()some secret sense of his own worth”

9)    The little red-haired man.

a) Say  whether the following sentences are right or wrong and justify by quoting from the text.

      1)  The red-haired man knew Dillon.   F. (l.47) “Are you Professor Robertson?”

      2) Dillon trusted him.      T (l.40) “Yes, go ahead.”

b) In the text what shows that:

     1) The man knew that Dillon was to come to the flat?      “I’m just looking after the house”, but the red-haired man has his name on the list: “You’re Mr. Dillon? (l.42+45)

     2) The arrival of the youths been planned beforehand?  After Dillon had been identified, the man whistled and two men entered. (l.47)

    10) In the narrator’s description of the two men at the end of the text, what element is the

most important? What does it reveal? What other sentence suggests it? What is their role? 

“This time” is opposed to the other time when Dillon had witnessed the IRA men and can denounce them. As they are terrorists and bearing guns, they will kill him so he will no longer be a threat to them.

 

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 Do you think money can buy happiness ?

 

Intro 1 : For centuries man has used money to satisfy his physical needs. Today we live in a consumer society where money has become a priority, if not the priority. However we may wonder whether nowadays money can really buy happiness. Firstly I’ll show that money is necessary in order to live decently and having a chance of being happy, next I’ll point out what money can’t buy and, last but not least, I’ll Give my opinion about this topic.

or

Intro 2 : A proverb says : "money can't buy happiness". However, as we live in the consumer society in which money has become a major issue, we may wonder if that saying is still true nowadays.

 

(As the saying goes :"………………."  = comme le dit le proverbe)

 

I)                  Money is necessary to survive and to live a decent life. It is essential to buy the bare necessities : food, shelter, medical care. ( avoid  homelessness)

Money enables people to have a more comfortable life : the more money you earn, the more comfortable your life can be. If you earn a lot of money you can afford sports, leisure, or anything else that makes your life more pleasurable.

 

II)              However /  nevertheless, there are things money can't buy : true feelings, such as love and friendship. (You never know if people love you for your money or for you personality)(stars are a very good example of this : many  rich people divorce or have nervous breakdowns)

 

Conclusion : Money can only buy material goods. It is often said that money can only contribute to happiness. Some people even say money is the root of all evil.

 

 

Some people say money is the root of all evil. To what extent do you agree with them ?

 

Intro : Some people say money is the root of all evil. We may wonder to what extent these people are right. Firstly

I)                  Some people would do anything to be rich because they are greedy or because they can't live on little money. Some people are even willing  to kill in order to get money and they often end up in prison. Others try to get rich by marrying into money.

Globalization and capitalism: we tend to give a greater place to money than to people's welfare and feelings.

 

II)               However /  nevertheless we can’t do/survive without money  which is necessary to survive and to live a decent life. It is essential to buy the bare necessities : food, shelter, medical care. ( avoid homelessness).

 If you earn a lot of money you can afford sports, leisure, anything that makes your life more pleasurable. However money can also bring out the best in some people and enable them to help others (Billanthropy) (Bill Gate’s charitable actions)/ Bono?

 

Conclusion : Money can be the root of all evil if people are too ambitious or if they only swear by money

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Page 5 - Ruth Rendell, The Fever Tree and other stories

 

 

 

Before she reached the head of the stairs she heard a violent crash as of something heavy yet brittle(1) hurled against a wall. There was a cry from below, footsteps running. May got to the stairs in time to see a slight figure rush across the hall and slam the front door behind him. The car started up. In his wake (2) he had left a thin trail of blood. May followed the blood trail into the drawing room. June stood by her desk which had been torn open and all its contents scattered onto the table. She was trembling, tearful and laughing with shaky hysteria, pointing to the shards (3) of cut glass that lay everywhere.

I  threw the decanter (4) at him. I hit him and it cut his head and he ran.”

May went up to her. “Are you all right?”

“He didn’t touch me. He pointed that gun at me when I came in, but I didn’t care. 1 couldn’t bear to see him searching my desk, getting at all my private things. Wasn’t 1 brave? He didn’t get away with anything but a few bits of silver.  I hit him and he heard you coming and he panicked. Wasn’t I brave, May?”

But May wasn’t listening. She was reading the letter which lay open and exposed on top of the papers the burglar had pulled out of the desk. Walter’s bold (5) handwriting leapt at her, weakened though it was, enfeebled by his last illness. “My darling love, It is only a moment since you walked out of the ward (6), but nevertheless I must write to you. 1 can’t resist an impulse to write now and tell you how happy you have made me in all the years we have been together. If the worst comes to the worst, my darling, and I don’t survive the operation, I want you to know you are the only woman I have ever loved...”

“I wouldn’t have thought I’d have had the courage,” said June, “but perhaps the gun wasn’t loaded. He was only a boy. Would you call the   police, please, May?”

“Yes,” said May. She picked up the gun.

The police arrived within fifteen minutes. They brought a doctor with them, but June was already dead, shot through the heart at close range.

“We’ll get him, Miss Thrace, don’t you worry,” said the inspector.  “It was a pity you touched the gun, though. Did it without thinking, I suppose.”

“It was the shock,” said May. “I’ve never had a shock like that, not since I was a girl”

                                                                                                       Ruth Rendell, The Fever Tree and other stories.

 

1. brittle: fragile.                                                4. decanter: carafe.

2. in his wake: (ici) sur son passage.                 5. bold: assuré.

3. shards: éclats.                                                 6. ward: (ici) chambre d'hôpital.

 

Before she reached the head of the stairs she heard a violent crash as of something heavy yet brittle(1) hurled against a wall. There was a cry from below, footsteps running. May got to the stairs in time to see a slight figure rush across the hall and slam the front door behind him. The car started up. In his wake (2) he had left a thin trail of blood. May followed the blood trail into the drawing room. June stood by her desk which had been torn open and all its contents scattered onto the table. She was trembling, tearful and laughing with shaky hysteria, pointing to the shards (3) of cut glass that lay everywhere.

I  threw the decanter (4) at him. I hit him and it cut his head and he ran.”

May went up to her. “Are you all right?”

“He didn’t touch me. He pointed that gun at me when I came in, but I didn’t care. 1 couldn’t bear to see him searching my desk, getting at all my private things. Wasn’t 1 brave? He didn’t get away with anything but a few bits of silver.  I hit him and he heard you coming and he panicked. Wasn’t I brave, May?”

But May wasn’t listening. She was reading the letter which lay open and exposed on top of the papers the burglar had pulled out of the desk. Walter’s bold (5) handwriting leapt at her, weakened though it was, enfeebled by his last illness. “My darling love, It is only a moment since you walked out of the ward (6), but nevertheless I must write to you. 1 can’t resist an impulse to write now and tell you how happy you have made me in all the years we have been together. If the worst comes to the worst, my darling, and I don’t survive the operation, I want you to know you are the only woman I have ever loved...”

“I wouldn’t have thought I’d have had the courage,” said June, “but perhaps the gun wasn’t loaded. He was only a boy. Would you call the   police, please, May?”

“Yes,” said May. She picked up the gun.

The police arrived within fifteen minutes. They brought a doctor with them, but June was already dead, shot through the heart at close range.

“We’ll get him, Miss Thrace, don’t you worry,” said the inspector.  “It was a pity you touched the gun, though. Did it without thinking, I suppose.”

“It was the shock,” said May. “I’ve never had a shock like that, not since I was a girl”

                                                                                                       Ruth Rendell, The Fever Tree and other stories.

1. brittle: fragile.                                                4. decanter: carafe.

2. in his wake: (ici) sur son passage.                         5. bold: assuré.

3. shards: éclats.                                                  6. ward: (ici) chambre d'hôpital.

10)            COMPRÉHENSION

1. Who are the characters in this scene?

a). Characters present all the time:

b). Characters present some of the time:

c.) Character only mentioned:

2. Put the following sentences into the right order so as to obtain a summary of the story. Write the corresponding letters in the correct order. Ex. 1 = ?

a. On top of the papers, May saw a letter from Walter.

b. June frightened the burglar away.

c. When May came into June's room, she discovered June's papers lying all over the place.

d. What May read in the letter came as a shock and made her react.

e. June discovered there was a burglar in the house.

f. May saw the burglar run away.

3. Say in one sentence what happened between the moment when May  picked up the gun and the time when the police arrived (lines 20-21).

4. Say whether the following statements are True or False  and justify your answers by quoting from the text. Indicate the line(s).

a. May didn't know Walter

b. May's attention was focused on the letter.

c. The burglar's gun was loaded.

d. May's act was premeditated.

e. May left her fingerprints on the gun.

5. Choose the right answer (a, b, or c) and write it ex. A = ?:

A. Why did June consider she had been brave?

a. Because she had been able to kill the man.

b. Because she had managed to defend herself.

c. Because she had called the police.

B. What did May discover in the letter?

a. That Walter had never been happy.

b. That Walter loved June and May equally.

c. That Walter had never loved anyone but June.

C. The police are probably going to believe.

        a. That June committed suicide.

        b. That the burglar killed June before running away.

c. That June had a heart attack.

6. Why is the word "shock" (line 25) ambiguous? Answer in about 40 words.

7. Write a paragraph (about 50 words) about Walter, everything we know

and what we can guess about him. Don't forget to refer to the text.

 

For info :

8. Translate into French from "In his wake" (1. 3) down to "lay every

where" (1. 6).

EXPRESSION ÉCRITE :

Choose one of the following subjects. Write about 300 words.

 1. lnvent an end to the passage.

 2. Jealousy: Can one love without being jealous?

 

 

 

11)            COMPRÉHENSION

1. Who are the characters in this scene?

a). Characters present all the time:

The characters who are present all the time are May Thrace and June (who is probably her sister).

b). Characters present some of the time:

The characters who are present some of the time are the burglar ,the “slight figure” (l.2), the police and a doctor and an inspector.

c.) Character only mentioned:

Walter, June’s dead husband or partner of many years is mentioned

2. Put the following sentences into the right order so as to obtain a summary of the story. Write the corresponding letters in the correct order. Ex. 1 = ?

a. On top of the papers, May saw a letter from Walter.

b. June frightened the burglar away.

c. When May came into June's room, she discovered June's papers lying all over the place.

d. What May read in the letter came as a shock and made her react.

e. June discovered there was a burglar in the house.

f. May saw the burglar run away.

    e; b;  f; c; a; d

3. Say in one sentence what happened between the moment when May  picked up the gun and the time when the police arrived (lines 20-21).

May shot her sister in the heart at close range and killed her.

4. Say whether the following statements are True or False  and justify your answers by quoting from the text. Indicate the line(s).

a. May didn't know Walter

False: “Walter’s bold handwriting leapt at her”

b. May's attention was focused on the letter.

True:  But May wasn’t listening. She was reading the letter”

c. The burglar's gun was loaded.

True: “but June was already dead, shot through the heart at close range.”

d. May's act was premeditated.

True: “Yes,” said May. She picked up the gun. “

e. May left her fingerprints on the gun.

True: ““It was a pity you touched the gun, though. Did it without thinking, I suppose.”

 

5. Choose the right answer (a, b, or c) and write it ex. A = ?:

A. Why did June consider she had been brave?

a. Because she had been able to kill the man.

b. Because she had managed to defend herself.

c. Because she had called the police.

B. What did May discover in the letter?

a. That Walter had never been happy.

b. That Walter loved June and May equally.

c. That Walter had never loved anyone but June.

C. The police are probably going to believe.

        a. That June committed suicide.

        b. That the burglar killed June before running away.

c. That June had a heart attack.

6. Why is the word "shock" (line 25) ambiguous? Answer in about 40 words.

The word shock is ambiguous because the police think that May is shocked because her sister has been killed, whereas she is in fact shocked because by reading the letter  she has just discovered that Walter had never loved her, he had only loved June, because in the letter she reads I want you to know you are the only woman I have ever loved...”

 

7. Write a paragraph (about 50 words) about Walter, everything we know

and what we can guess about him. Don't forget to refer to the text.

 

In the text we learn that Walter and June lived happily together for many years (“how happy you have made me in all the years we have been together”) and that he died during or after an operation and a long series of illnesses. .( “If …. I don’t survive the operation”) .

We can guess a lot of things; firstly that June and May started to live together after Walter’s death, that May loved Walter deeply and thought that, even though he had lived with May that he had also loved May before  the time he spent with June. Maybe he met May first and met June throught her and then fell in love with June