Corrigé Anglais LV1 - Bac L Pondichéry 2016

Corrigé Anglais LV1 - Bac L Pondichéry 2016

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Dans ce corrigé, vous trouverez toutes les réponses rédigées aux questions posées sur les deux textes, ainsi que les deux sujets d'expression écrite.

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Corrigé Anglais LV1 - Bac L Pondichéry 2016

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TEXT A: Ken Follett, Fall of Giants

1. Where and when is the scene set (country + year)?

The scene is set in England in 1917.



a. What were the living conditions of most of the women Ethel knew? Pick out 6 words or groups of words to justify your answer.

Living conditions for the women that Ethel knew were difficult and very poor. This can be seen through the use of words such as;

  • dirt-poor (Line 2)
  • tough, hard-working (Line 2)
  • Underfed (Line 6)
  • Overworked (Line 6)
  • living in hovels (Line 6)
  • dressed in rags (Line 6)


b. Does men’s vision of ‘the division of labor in families’ (line 3) correspond to reality? Explain in your own words. (+/- 30 words)

Men’s idea of the division in labour in families did not correspond to reality because women were working like the men, but also having to look after the home and the family. (32 words)


c. Consequently, what is Ethel’s opinion concerning votes for women? Explain in your own words and justify with one quote from the text.

Ethel’s opinion is that, in reality, women had even more right to vote than men. This can be seen in the text when Follet writes;

“In Ethel's view one of those women had more right to vote than any ten men.” (Lines 7-8)


3. Explain the narrator’s choice of the words ‘fairy tale’ (line 3).

The narrator uses the word ‘fairy tale’ as this implies an ideal and fictitious world, rather than the harsh reality of the situation.


4. What does the sentence “As a little girl she had asked: ‘What will it be like in heaven?’” (lines 10-11) mean in context?

The line “As a little girl she had asked: ‘What will it be like in heaven?’”, in this context means what will it be like in an ideal world, where everyone is equal.


5. What fears have persuaded the government to allow a debate in Parliament on women's suffrage?

The fear that women will start actively campaigning again, by chaining themselves to public buildings and the fear that the fuss created will cause people to think the government had stopped prioritising the First World War, have convinced the government to debate on women’s Suffrage.



a. What are the War Cabinet politicians’ positions about the vote for women? Copy out and complete the grid: tick the correct box for each politician.

Name For Neutral Against
Lloyd George   X  
Earl Curzon     X
Arthur Henderson      
Bonar Law      


b. In view of these positions, how has the government decided to organise the vote in Parliament?

Due to these positions the government has allowed a free vote, in which voters can vote as they please.


c. So what must Ethel do now?

As a result of the free vote decision, Ethel has to do a lot of campaigning to convince the voters to vote for the cause.


7.  Is the result of the debate in Parliament likely to give Ethel the right to vote? Justify your answer.

The result of the debate will not give Ethel the right to vote as she will not meet the required age. This is seen in the text; 

“So the parliamentary committee recommended giving the vote only to women over thirty who are householders or the wives of householders. Which means I'm too young.” (Lines 20-22)


TEXT B: Douglas Kennedy, The Pursuit of Happiness

8. Explain the situation (identify the characters, how they are related and what they are talking about).

The characters are a women and her parents and they are arguing about the young woman’s decision to move to New York and become a writer for Life. They are also discussing her decision not to marry a man named Horace, that the parents approve of.


9. What arguments does the narrator use to try to convince her parents? Find four arguments.

The narrator uses the following arguments to try and convince her parents;

A trainee position in Life is a very sought after and prestigious offer. 

Life magazine is a reputable company, unlike newspapers like Confidential

Her brother is in New York, so she won’t be unaccompanied

She is 22 years old and her father has no control over her anymore.


10. ‘Your destiny!’ my father said, with cruel irony. ‘You actually think you have a destiny!’ (lines 34-35) What do these lines show about the father’s view of women’s place in society?

Lines 34-35 show us that the young woman’s father doesn’t believe that women have a particular place in society as they have no destiny to fulfil. They are simply an object in the fulfilment of a man’s destiny; in this case, Horace.



11. Using elements from both texts, show to what extent the two female protagonists are feminists and how this could change their lives for the better. (50 words maximum)

Both women are feminists as they wish to be as active in society and in control of their lives as men. Ethel through campaigning for equal rights between men and women concerning the vote and the narrator of text b, through making her own decisions and life choices.  (48 words)




A politician delivers a speech in favour of women’s rights. Write the speech. (+/- 150 words)

I would Like to talk to you today about women’s rights. 

It is completely unacceptable that in the 21st century, there is still a difference in fundamental rights based on gender. Throughout the 20th century many advances were made on this subject, but there is still work to be done. 

Let’s look at salaries. If we take the leading global economies, we can still see a difference in amount of money men and women are paid for doing the same job. If the job description and the outcome of the work is the same, then the people doing the work should all be paid the same. It is ridiculous and out-dated to think otherwise. Furthermore, to justify a pay difference by saying that employing women is riskier due to the fact that they may take time off for their families, is sexist and illogical. Should women be penalised for bringing up the next generation of politicians, businesspeople and entrepreneurs? I think the answer is obvious. (165 words)



‘We’ve got some campaigning work to do.’ (line 38) How can each and every one of us make the world a better place? (+/- 250 words)

We can all act to make the world a better place. It doesn’t have to be through large amounts of campaigning or protesting but it can also be through small regular actions. 

Let us take for example, the environment. The major actors such as green peace campaign regularly to improve the environment and make people aware of climate change, but everyone can help out by simply changing their behaviour. Recycling and reusing can reduce damaging waste for example. Similarly, taking a short shower, rather than a bath, can help reduce water consumption and walking/cycling or taking public transport, as opposed to a car, can help reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Furthermore, changing the way we eat can make the world a better place. Eating local, seasonal foods reduces the carbon footprint of our food and can help support a local economy. 

On a social level, we can all take action to make the world a better place also. Getting involved in local initiatives to build bonds between the people living in the same community can help reduce social problems such as racism and fear and can also help to raise awareness of the growing problems of the isolation of vulnerable members of the community such as the elderly or disabled people.  

In conclusion, I would say that easy and small changes to our behaviour can have a big impact on the world. These changes cost us very little in terms of time, money and effort and can have very positive long-term consequences on our health and our way of life.  (259 word)

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