Le sujet d’anglais LV1 pour la série L est tombé !
I. Compréhension – Expression
1. The narrator (l.1) “attended an Ivy League college » « after high school”. So he’s approximately 18 or 19 according to the average age people attend college in the US. He says he was then (l.7-8) “the only that year’s token poor kid, imported from a small New Hampshire mill town”: he comes from an economically modest family living in a small town of a small northern state.
a. In October 1958, he was admitted in Ivy League College.
b. In December 1959, he escaped from school and returned home.
c. During the Christmas holidays of 1958, he stayed at his family’s place working as a salesman in a clothing store.
d. In January 1959, he leaves his mother’s house to live his dream.
e. At the end of 1959, he is married and lives in central Florida.
3. The narrator, who comes from a poor family, was (l.5) “rewarded” for his very good results in high school
(l.5-6) “with an academic scholarship as fat as the starting quarterback’s at a Midwestern state university”.
4. a) When he was at college, he felt cowed because he was with “elegant, brutal” (l. 7) students who made their way to that college not only for their skills but because most of them were the sons of successmen of the profession. He was also frustrated because he was placed alone in a dormitory while the others had special treatments and were in fraternity houses with roommates.
b) He decided to leave school because it was too much for him to bear. (l. 9)
c) His family and the people he knew were shocked and disappointed with his decision. They thought he had lost a lifetime opportunity to study in such a college and that he humiliated himself coming back home after running away from college.
5. a) In the narrator’s childhood, his father abandoned his mother and her three children to runaway with another woman.
b) As the eldest child, his family expected him to succeed in his studies and bring the family in a socially comfortable position.
6. The narrator had finally had enough of his mother crying of regret everyday and of people’s behaviour around him. He decided to leave his home-town to accomplish his dream and not to live according to what others expected of him.
Subject 1. One year later, the narrator goes back home and has to confront his family. Imagine the conversation.
– La réaction de sa mère et ses frère et soeur (stupéfaction, émotions, etc)
– Les questions de sa famille (ce qu’il a fait, ce qu’il est devenu, etc)
– La réaction du narrateur (satisfait de ce qu’il a accompli, satisfait de ne pas être resté dans sa ville natale, explique les raisons de son départ, etc)
Subject 2. “…now I can start to dream my own dreams, not everyone else’s.” To what extent is it important to fulfil one’s dreams?
– Possibilité d’expliciter qu’on entend par rêves
– Expliquer pourquoi il est important de réaliser ses rêves
– Expliquer les conséquences de toujours avoir des rêves et de vouloir absolument les réaliser (instabilité, rejet social, limites financières, etc)
– Donner des exemples
II. Proposition de traduction
Par une nuit enneigée de décembre, seul dans ma chambre (ils n’avaient pas jugé convenable pour moi d’avoir un camarade de chambre, ou peut être qu’aucun profil ne correspondait au mien), je mis mes vêtements et quelques livres dans un sac de toile, attendu que la plupart des lumières du campus soit éteintes, traversé discrètement le couloir, passé l’entrée principale et descendu la colline en laissant derrière moi les dortoirs en briques du XVIIIe siècle et les salles de classe avant de me retrouver devant le grand boulevard, où les grandes résidences étudiantes néoclassiques se succédaient sous des ormes anciens.