COMPREHENSION Read the whole text carefully before answering the following questions. 1. Where does the scene take place? (country, precise location) Can you guess the name of the place?(15-20 words) 2. Sum up the situation in the passage from line 1 to line 55 (" ..my first American sunshine").(10-15 words). 3. "The note was gone before I saw it missing" (l. 2-3) implies: (Copy the correct answer) a)the narrator had not put money in his passport. b)the dollar note fell down on the floor. c)the officer was corrupt and had taken the money. 4. Focus on the questioning (from l. 4: "Then came the catechism.." down to l. 39: ".. .sir"?). a)Quote two sentences that show the narrator already knew what he was going to be asked. b)Quote two questions that were not expected. c)"He read my latest name" (l. 18):what does "latest" imply? (Copy the correct answer) c1)the narrator was travelling under a false identity. c2)the narrator had an old-fashioned name. c3)the officer found it difficult to read the narrator's name. d)(ll. 27-37) What does the officer want to make sure of?(15-20 words) e)Why is the narrator asked to read?(10-15 words)5. What does the narrator say about himself in the first part of the text (ll. 1-37) (name, country, city of origin, reason for coming)?(30 words)6. What does the sentence "She's in my dreams" (l. 23) seem to imply? Copy the correct answer. a)He does not really care about his wife anymore. b)He misses his wife a lot. c)He is not married. 7. How does the narrator feel while reading? What do we learn about his real family?(20-30 words)8. a)Pick out one sentence showing the narrator believes in the American Dream. b)Show that the narrator's answers make him a perfect immigrant.(30 words)9. What does"Slán leat"(l. 53) reveal?(20 words)
10. Rephrase "Speakee American, bub?" (l. 53) in standard English. 11. TRUE or FALSE? Justify your answer with one quotation from the text. Theman the narrator meets takes advantage of newcomers. Seuls les candidats de la série L répondront aux questions 12. 13 et 14. Read the whole text again. 12. In your own words explain in what way the three characters are dishonest. Include elements from the text in your answer.(50-60 words)13. Explain in your own words: "I was a clean sheet".(15-20 words) 14. Traduction: Translate into French from line 62 down to line 64:"He must have been good, this lad, to be allowed on the island, right under the portico. l studied him closely, the movie suit, the hat, the hidden accent. l handed him my cardboard suitcase. It was empty." EXPRESSION Les candidats de la série S choisiront de traiter l'UN des deux sujets au choix (200 mots). Les candidats de la série L devront obligatoirement traiter les DEUX sujets (300 mots au total, soit environ 150 mots pour chaque sujet). Sujet 1.Imagine what happened to the narrator before the beginning of the text. You may choose to include dialogues. Sujet 2.Is it possible to start a new life all over again? Can you really live without your past? Give examples.
1I handed my passport and papers to the Immigration Bureau officer. He opened the passportand found the ten-dollar note I'd left in its centre. The note was gone beforel saw it missing. I'd taken it from the wheezy anarchist; its loss didn't sting. Thencame the catechism, the questions l couldn't get wrong. 5-What is your name? -HenryDrake. -Whereare you from? -London. -Whyhave you come to the United States? 10-Opportunity. Sofar, so easy. Buthe stopped. He looked at me. -Whereare you travelling from, sir? he asked me. Itwasn't one of the questions. 15-London, I said. Heseemed to be staring at the word as l spoke it. -youare a born Englishman, sir? " Heread my latest name. -MisterDrake? 20-Yes. -HenryDrake. -Yes. -Andwhere is Missis Drake, sir? -She'sin my dreams. 25-So you're travelling alone, sir, is that right? You are an unmarried man. -That'sright. -Andhow do you intend supporting yourself, sir? Wewere back on track. -Byworking very hard. 30-Yes, and how, sir? -I'ma salesman. -Andyour speciality? Ishrugged. -Everything,and anything. 35-Alright. And do you have sufficient funds to sustain you until you commence selling everything? -Ido. Hehanded me a sheet of paper. -Couldyou read this for me, sir? 40-We, the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union- Andas l strolled through the literacy test, I could feel Victor, my brother, beside me, hisleg pressed against mine in the school desk, and Miss O'Shea at my shoulder,
myteacher and wife, the mother of the daughter l suddenly missed, her wet fingers onmy cheek. 45-and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establishthis Constitution of- Hetook the paper from my fingers. He picked up a rubber stamp and brought it downon top of a card. l read the stamp: ADMITTED. -Welcometo America, he said. 50It was America, not just the U.S.A. America was bigger than the states, bigger than theworld. America was everything possible. Hehanded me the passport and registration card, then held them back. 1 -Butyou'd want to work on your accent, sir.Slán leat . Thatshook me, but only until l climbed the last few steps and walked out into my 55first American sunshine. Andanother accent hit me. -SpeakeeAmerican, bub? -Fuckoff. -Thatanswers my question, l guess, said the shark. 60He was there to hijack the new Americans milling around and past me, train tickets pinnedto their lapels, registration cards held in their teeth, their hands busy with casesand bags. He must have been good, this lad, to be allowed on the island, right underthe portico. l studied him closely, the movie suit, the hat, the hidden accent. I handedhim my cardboard suitcase. It was empty. l didn't look back but l heard him 65weigh its hollowness and lob it into the water. I took out my passport, to send it the sameway. Then I changed my mind. I turned back. -Hey,I said. -Want to buy a passport? Heput his hands in his pockets and pulled out forty or fifty passports. -yourturn to fuck off, bub, he said. 70I waved, turned and skimmed the passport onto the river. I watched it gather water and sink. I was a clean sheet. It was the 16th of March, 1924, two years since I'd sailed out of Dublin. Roddy Doyle, "Oh, Play That Thing", 2004
1 Slán leat :goodbye(Irish)