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Anglais LV1 2005 Scientifique Baccalauréat général

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Examen du Secondaire Baccalauréat général. Sujet de Anglais LV1 2005. Retrouvez le corrigé Anglais LV1 2005 sur Bankexam.fr.
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I took the opportunity to study these tourists as Auma and I sat down for lunch in the outdoor café of the New
Stanley Hotel. They were everywhere - Germans, Japanese, British, Americans - taking pictures, hailing
taxis, feeding off (1) street peddlers, many of them dressed in safari suits like extras on movie set. In Hawaii,
when we were still kids, my friends and I had laughed at tourists like these, with their sunburns and their pale,
skinny legs, basking in the glow of our obvious superiority. Here in Africa, though, the tourists didn't seem so
funny. I felt them as an encroachment (2), somehow; I found their innocence vaguely insulting. It occurred to
me that in their utter lack of self-consciousness, they were expressing a freedom that neither Auma nor I
could ever experience, a bedrock (3) confidence in their own parochialism (4), a confidence reserved for those
born into imperial cultures.
Just then I noticed an American family sit down a few tables away from us. Two of the African waiters
immediately sprang into action, both of them smiling from one ear to the other. Since Auma and I hadn't yet
been served, I began to wave at the two waiters who remained standing by the kitchen, thinking they must
have somehow failed to see us. For some time they managed to avoid my glance, but eventually an older man
with sleepy eyes relented and brought us over two menus. His manner was resentful, though, and after several
more minutes he showed no signs of ever coming back. Auma's face began to pinch with anger, and again I
waved to a waiter, who continued in his silence as he wrote down our orders. At this point, the Americans had
already received their food and we still had no place settings (5). I overhead a young girl with a blond ponytail
complain that there wasn't any ketchup. Auma stood up.
“Let's go”
She started heading for the exit, then suddenly turned and walked back to the waiter, who was watching us
with an impassive stare.
“You should be ashamed of yourself,” Auma said to him, her voice shaking. “You
should be ashamed.”
The waiter replied brusquely in Swahili.
“I don't care how many mouths you have to feed, you cannot treat your own people like dogs.
Here…” Auma snapped open her purse and took out a crumpled hundred-shilling note.
“You see!” she shouted. “I can pay for my own damn food.”
She threw the note to the ground, then marches out onto the street.
For several minutes we wandered without apparent direction, until I finally suggested we sit down on a bench
beside the central post office.
“You okay?” I asked her.
She nodded. “That was stupid, throwing away money like that.” She set down her purse beside
her and we watched the traffic pass. “You know, I can't go to a club in any of these hotels if I'm with
another African woman,” she said eventually. “The
(6) will turn us away, thinking we
are prostitutes. The same in any of these big office buildings, If you don't work there, and you are African,
they will stop you until you tell them your business. But if you're with a German friend, then they're all
smiles. `Good evening, miss,' they'll say. `How are you tonight?' Auma shook her head. “That's why
Kenya, no matter what its GNP (7), no matter how many things you can buy here, the rest of Africa laughs.
It's the whore (8) of Africa, Barack […].”
I took the opportunity to study these tourists as Auma and I sat down for lunch in the outdoor café of the New Stanley H
I told Auma she was being too hard on the Kenyan, that the same sort of thing happened in Djakarta or
Mexico City - just an unfortunate matter of economics. But as we started back toward the apartment, I knew
my words had done nothing to soothe her bitterness. I suspected that she was right: not all the tourists in
Nairobi had come for the wildlife. Some came because Kenya, without shame, offered to re-create an age
when the life of whites in foreign lands rested comfortably on the backs of the darker races; an age of
innocence before Kimathi(9) and other angry young men in Soweto or Detroit or the Mekong Delta started to
lash out in street crime and revolution. In Kenya, a white man could still walk through Isak Dinesen (10)'s
home and imagine romance with a mysterious young baroness, or sip gin under the ceiling fans of the Lord
Delamare Hotel and admire portraits of Hemingway smiling after a successful hunt, surrounded by
grim-faced coolies. He could be served by a black man with fear or guilt, marvel at the exchange rate, and
leave a generous tip; and if he felt a touch of indigestion at the sight of leprous beggars outside the hotel, he
could always administer a ready tonic. Black rule has come, after all. This is their country. We're only visitors.
Barack OBAMA,
Dreams for my father
, 2004
fend off
= repousser
= ici, intrusion
= fondamentale
(4) :
= sentiment d'appartenance à une communauté
place settings
= sets de table
= security guard
= prostitute
= a Kenyan executed for terrorism by the British colonial government in 1953.
Isak Dinesen
= pen name of Karen Blixen, author of
Out of Africa
Where is the scene set? Mention the country and two precise places.
Part 1 : line 1 to 32
What did the narrator think of tourists when he was a child ? (20 words)
True or false ? Justify with quotes.
The narrator is not amused by the tourists in Africa.
He finds them arrogant.
He thinks they are aware of being out of place.
How does the attitude of the “young girl with a blond ponytail” (l.21) illustrate what
the narrator thinks of tourists in Africa? (30-40 words)
Do the following adjectives apply to :
The waiters that serve the American family?
I took the opportunity to study these tourists as Auma and I sat down for lunch in the outdoor café of the New Stanley H
The others waiters
Copy the adjectives and write a. or b. for each of them.
Friendly - efficient - unwilling - indifferent - keen - slow
Why does Auma decide to leave the café? (40-50 words)
Part 2 : line 33 to the end
How does the
'attitude echo that of the waiters in the preceding passage? (30-40 words)
Explain why Auma reacts so violently to the way she is treated in Kenya. (30-40 words)
Say who the underlined words refers to :
“You know” (l.37)
“they will stop you” (l.40)
“How are you tonight?” (l.42)
“He could be served” (l.56)
True or false? Justify with an appropriate quote from the text.
Auma felt angry after the narrator had spoken to her.
Most tourists were attracted to Kenya by the opportunity to go on a safari, but not all of them.
Read the passage from line 49 to the end. Choose among the following the reasons why some tourists
came to Kenya and justify by quoting from the text
They regretted the time when Great Britain was an empire.
They enjoyed life in modern country
Black people had always been treated decently in Kenya.
They were fascinated by revolutionary heroes.
Romance in beautiful surrounding was still possible there.
They could be waited upon by black people and nor feel ill-at-ease.
Translate into French from l.4 “In Hawaii,…” to l.7 “ …so
Choose one of the following subjects. (250 words)
Some time later, Auma writes a letter to the narrator in which she refuses his proposal to leave Kenya
and explains why she intends to stay in Africa to fight for what she believes in.
“When you're on holiday in a beautiful, exotic country, you'd better close your eyes to the
poverty of the local people.” Discuss that statement.
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