Correction Anglais LV1 - Bac L 2017 Pondichéry

Correction Anglais LV1 - Bac L 2017 Pondichéry

Notre professeur a rédigé pour vous le corrigé d'Anglais LV1 du Bac L de Pondichéry 2017. Ce corrigé est valable pour les LVO et LVA.
Voir le sujet d'Anglais LV1

Ce sujet d'Anglais abordait le thème des mythes et héros au travers des personnages emblématiques de Bonnie et Clyde vus sous l'angle de la fiction et de la biographie. Pas de choix possible pour les sujets d'expression écrite, mais deux mini-sujets, un d'imagination, l'autre d'analyse.

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Correction Anglais LV1 - Bac L 2017 Pondichéry

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Ce sujet abordait le thème des mythes et héros au travers des personnages emblématiques de Bonnie et Clyde vus sous l'angle de la fiction et de la biographie. Les questions de compréhension permettaient de bien baliser la lecture du texte pour comprendre le point de vue du narrateur et éviter les contresens. Pas de choix possible pour les sujets d'expression écrite, mais deux mini-sujets, un d'imagination, l'autre d'analyse. Dans les deux cas bien s'appuyer sur les repérages fait dans les questions de compréhension pour réutiliser au maximum les indices et notions soulevés dans les textes.



1) a. The narrator's name is Dell and at the time when the story takes place he is 11.

 b. The story takes place in the USA in 1955.

c. The narrator and his parents live in a town called Biloxi, in the state of Mississippi

2) a. The narrator's father liked this place because it was close to where he had grown up as well as near the Gulf of Mexico, which he also liked.

b. Previously, the narrator's father worked in Great Falls.

c. The narrator's father works on a “base” (l.2) and we know that he has seen real “bullet holes” (l.40) on “airplanes” (l.40), he is probably a soldier of the US Airforce, or at least a member of the military.

3) a. The 'Trixy' is a cinema where father and son go on Saturdays.

b. They stay there for hours, from 10 am to 4 pm.

c. 'Everything' refers to all the different types of movies shown on Saturdays: short films, cartoons, news, Laurel and Hardy shows etc.

4) a. Bonnie and Clyde were criminals who robbed banks.

b. They were shot by the police on a road in Louisiana in the 1930's

c. They were approximately twenty when they died.

5) When he sees the car with the Bonnie and Clyde sign, Dell's father is skeptical. He believes that it is a lie.

6) When they come out of the cinema, the narrator tells us that they can barely see because of the contrast between the dark cinema room and the outside. We also learn that they feel slightly sick and that they do not know what to say after spending so long watching films.


7) The biographer shows that Bonnie and Clyde's lives weren't as romantic as people usually think by putting things into perspective and saying that they were not very competent, sometimes careless and that they actually lived a hard and dangerous life.

8) There are several reasons why Bonnie and Clyde's lives were romanticized after their deaths. First, they committed a whole series of crimes. Some photos showing them with guns were also found. Finally, they died in a dramatic way and at a very young age.


9) In document A, we see that whoever is using the car to make money is counting on people's fascination for Bonnie and Clyde's deaths, and it is working. People are attracted by the vehicle, over twenty years after the robber's deaths, which shows the power of their legends.


10) According to the text, the narrator and his father did not go to the “Trixy” to please the boy, but rather depending on the father's schedule, if “there was something he wanted to see“ or if he “had nothing else to do”.

11) In that sentence, the author implies that even if someone told them the truth about the fake car, it wouldn't stop people from paying to inspect it. People only believe what they want to believe and it is a well-known fact that myth is stronger than the truth.



1. Document A, lines 43-45: “But when we'd stood on the sidewalk, looking up at the car for a few minutes, he said, ‘Would you become a bank robber, Dell? It'd be exciting. Wouldn't that surprise your mother?’”

Imagine the rest of the conversation between the father and his son. (150 words)

'Would you become a bank robber Dell? It'd be exciting. Wouldn't that surprise your mother?'

I laughed at what my father had just said. 'Yes, Dad, it sure would. For three seconds. And then she would yell at me for being such a silly boy and getting such strange ideas.'

'Yes, ' he insisted, 'But if you were a bank robber, you would be rich and you would have a gun and no one would tell you what to do. Not even your mother.'

'And I would be forced to run all the time, and hide from the police and I could never go home to see you and Mom,' I said with a sad smile. But I didn't say what I truly thought. That it was really my father who would like to be a bank robber and escape from his life and not have to listen to my mother anymore.

'You're a good kid, Dell. You're a good kid.” My father said with a sigh, ruffling my hair.


2. In your opinion, why are outlaws so often portrayed as iconic figures in works of fiction? Support your answer with examples. (150 words)

In works of fiction, it is true that outlaws are often portrayed as iconic figures, and I believe that there are several reasons for it.

First, we have all dreamt of escaping the rules of society at least once in our lives. Outlaws do just that and decide to follow their own rules. Something in us admires their freedom which is why we tend to romanticize them. Think of Bonnie and Clyde or Al Capone for instance.

In addition, being an outlaw often involves hiding from the police, escaping ambushes or fighting to save your life and these are the exciting ingredients of good stories, such as the adventures of Robin Hood. 

Finally, outlaws usually fight for a cause. They rebel against a society that they believe is unfair and they have the courage to follow their hearts. A good example is Spartacus, a gladiator who fought against slavery in Ancient Rome. In fighting for a cause, he became more than himself, a symbol of courage and justice, and people need symbols in their lives.


3. Document B, lines 14-15:“The myth-making machine began to work its transformative magic.” Explain how the “myth-making machine” turns real-life individuals into iconic figures and their lives into myths. (150 words)

The “myth-making machine” is a collective process through which real-life individuals are turned into iconic figures and their lives forged into myths. How does it work? How do you go from being Norma Jeane Baker to Marilyn Monroe? How does a lawyer and political activist in South Africa become so famous that songs and films are dedicated to him and that his name alone evokes the struggle of a nation against apartheid?

The reasons are mysterious but the process is easy enough. You need a good story, preferably with modest beginning and a rise to success or power, punctuated with memorable images and difficult episodes. There are numerous examples like Michael Jackson and his moonwalk move, Martin Luther King's speech 'I have a dream' or Mandela's years in jail. 

Finally, an early and preferably brutal death is often required to start the process. Growing old is not for icons. Better to die young, a perfect symbol of your cause than to grow old like everybody else.

And that is how icons are made.

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