Correction Anglais LV2 - Bac L 2015 Liban

Correction Anglais LV2 - Bac L 2015 Liban

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1. Focus on the main character.

a) What is her country of origin?

The main character is from China. 

b) During what period of her life did she move to the U.S.? Support your answer with a quotation.

The main character moved to America when she was still a child. She says that her first photo was taken "the year [she] came to America. [She] was eleven." (l.27-28) 

c) What was her “talent”?

She talks about her talent for learning new things at school. 

d) What did she have to struggle with?

She struggled with having to learn a new language when she moved to America. 

e) Who did she emigrate with?

She emigrated to America with her mother. 

2. a) Among the following adjectives, choose the ones that best describe her:

determined – ambitious – hesitant – strong-willed – soft – versatile

determined, strong-willed, versatile, ambitious 

b) Pick out four expressions to support your choice.

"pulled forward by the force of my decisions" (l10-11),"I made a decision that changed the trajectory of the rest of my life" (l.13), "everything that I was taught there, I could learn" (l.2), "And all the while I have longed for that which I could not have" (l.11-12) 

c) Focus on lines 7-10. “There is a Chinese saying […] blown”.

Explain the meaning of this Chinese saying in your own words.

This Chinese saying means that weak-willed people let life and outside events decide for themselves while determined people are strong enough to achieve the life they want in spite of outside circumstances.

3. Focus on lines 14-23.

a) Describe the little girl’s activity.

a. The little girl is sitting "quietly" with her "eyes shut" (l.15) in a bridal shop. 

b) Will her situation be different for her when she is older?

At the moment the little girl is resting but the narrator tells us that when she is older "she will spend her days and weekends" (l.20) unrelentingly working. 

4. Does the narrator have many photographs of herself as a little child? Why or why not?

The narrator has no photos of herself as a little child, because her family was too poor to afford a camera. 

5. a) What did she do with her first photograph from school? Answer in your own words.

a. She tore it to pieces at some point in the past but kept the pieces in an envelope. 

b) What does this reveal about herself then? (30 words).

This reveals how ambivalent she felt about her younger self, as if she wanted to forget who she had been by destroying the photo but could not bring herself to throw the pieces away. 

6. Which grammatical tense is mostly used in the passage? What does it reveal about the little girl’s future life?

The grammatical tense which is predominantly used in this passage is the future (4 instances) which reflects the narrator's opinion that the little girl's future is predetermined, certain to unfold as she sees it.


7. List the bases of the American Dream as Adams defined it.

According to Adams, the American Dream is based on the vision of a "better, deeper, richer life" for everyone and the belief that people can achieve a happier life. 

8. According to him, which element of modern life momentarily changed the philosophy of the American Dream?

The author believes that "overexpansion and out-of-control speculation" (l.12-13) perverted the definition of the American dream, transforming it into the belief that only the richest, most privileged should achieve a richer life. 



9. Document B, lines 10-11: “With this…daily life.” Identify the elements in Document A which relate to this quotation.

Document B mentions that "with [the American Dream] has gone the hope bettering of the physical conditions of living, of lessening the toil and anxieties of daily life." In Document A, the narrator talks about these same hopes when she reflects upon her daughter's future and evokes "playing at friends' houses" and "swimming lessons" (l.21) as well as "summers at the beach" (l.21-22). All these are examples of a life free of anxiety and toil.

10. Document B, lines 7-9: “a chance to rise in the economic scale […], a chance to develop our capacities to the full, unhampered by unjust restrictions of caste or custom.” How does this illustrate the narrator’s decision in Document A? (30 words).

This passage in document B opposes an individual's freedom to strive for their dreams and achieving the life they want and the « unjust restrictions » imposed by tradition or restrictive social norms, which is how it reflects the narrator's decision in document A.



Sujet 1

Would you be ready to settle in an English-speaking country for your job? Why or why not? (250 words +/- 10 words)

Settling in an English-speaking country for professional reasons is an important decisions, even though jobs rarely last a lifetime anymore and settling for awhile doesn't mean never coming back home. There are obvious difficulties but all in all, I think that if I had the opportunity, I would definitely be ready to do it. 

Not only would it be an exciting opportunity to travel and discover a new country, it would also be a personal challenge. Even if I know that things might be harder in the beginning, being a multicultural foreigner in an English-speaking country would ultimately be an asset on the job-market. And, assuming that I eventually decide to come back to my native country, a foreign experience would be a great bonus on my résumé. 

As a French person living in an English-speaking country, I would probably meet lots of new people and experience daily life abroad instead of just practicing English in a classroom. 

And because settling in a foreign country is not just a matter of language, but also of culture, traditions and history, I am sure that I would gain a new perspective on life and widen my horizons. 

The only thing I would be really concerned about would be leaving my family behind for an extended period of time. I am sure that I would miss them very much after awhile. It is one thing to go abroad for holidays, but another entirely to think about settling in a foreign country, perhaps even raise a family there. 

Sujet 2

You have moved to an English-speaking country and you settled in. Write an article about your experiences and hopes for the future. (250 words, +/- 10 words)

Settling in, easier said than done.

No one can deny that New-Zealand, Aotearoa in Maori, is a beautiful country, young and vibrant and exciting and all those attractive adjectives that they used in the brochures from the Immigration Office. And I am not saying that I regret my life-changing decision to emigrate. No, this little French Frog is very happy to be starting a new life in the Southern hemisphere. 

But emigrating is not so easy. First you have to get past all the administrative paperwork and visa trouble. Which seems to take forever. And then there is the 24h journey there and the feeling of being jet-lagged which stays with you for the first crazy few days when you are trying to organize your new life. There is so much to do! Introducing yourself at work, remembering what day it is and when you are supposed to be meeting the real-estate agent, spending hours on the phone to sort out social security and registration numbers... 

One thing that is not a myth about New-Zealanders, or Kiwis as they call themselves, however, is that they are very welcoming and friendly. Particularly at work, everyone has been very kind to me. 

Now my hope for the future is that I can socialize more outside of the office, go for drinks every now and then or be invited for a barbecue at the weekend, this sort of quiet unassuming thing which truly shows that you are integrating in your new home. It's all in the little things, really. 


Is talent necessarily a key to success? Discuss. (300 words, +/- 10 words)

Talent, defined by the innate ability to master a specific skill or skillset faster than the average population, is usually automatically associated with success. After all, if you're talented at something, you are bound to become the best at what you do and people are bound to admire you for it, therefore ensuring that you always have customers or fans, right ? 

Well, actually, the answer to that question largely depends on your definition of success. If by that you mean the generic fantasy of a wealthy professional person, for instance, then the only talents which are a key to success are those which are valued in the professional world, such as for instance, a talent for closing deals, networking, teaching or marketing. A talent for singing would be useless in this case.

However, if by success you mean self-fulfillment or the development of one's capacities to the full, then two things change : first, success becomes self-measured, and the individual, not society, or tradition, becomes the only judge of success. And second, the range of talents which are likely to lead to success is much wider.

Regardless, talent is, I believe, only one of the keys to success. A good starting point maybe, but certainly not the only factor influencing success. Outside circumstances may will interfere with people's choices and either help them or hinder them . For instance, traditional expectations and norms implicitly decide which talents are acceptable or not. Individuals are only encouraged through positive feedback to pursue the right kind of talent. Despite the advances of feminism, for instance, it is doubtful whether a boy with a knack for knitting or a girl with a talent for mechanics would be encouraged to develop their skills. 

As a conclusion, with the right attitude, talent can be considered a favorable starting point to success, not a direct path. 

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