Sujet : Anglais - Baccalaureat serie A-C-D Madagascar [sujet 3]

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Years ago, a cigarette commercial asked if you were smoking more, but enjoying it less. That describes the way many of us live today. We are doing more, but enjoying it less. And when that doesn’t work, we compound the problem. In our frantic search for satisfaction, we try stuffing still more into our days, never realizing that we are taking the wrong approach. The truth is simple; so simple it is hard to believe. Satisfaction lies with less, not with more. Yet, we pursue the myth that this thing, or that activity, will somehow provide the satisfaction we so desperately seek.
Arthur Lindman, in his devastating book, “The Harried Leisure Class,” described the futility of pursuing more. His research focused on what people did with their leisure time. He found that as income rose, people bought more things to occupy their leisure time. But, ironically, the more things they bought, the less they valued any of them. Carried to an extreme, he predicted massive boredom in the midst of tremendous variety. That was more than twenty years ago, and his prediction seems more accurate every year.
Lindman of course, is not the first to discover this. The writer of Ecclesiastes expressed the same tought thousands of years ago. It is better, he wrote, to have less and enjoy it more. If you would like to enjoy life more, I challenge you to experiment with me. How could you simply your life? What could you drop? What could you do without? What could you stop pursing? What few things could you concentrate on? The more I learn, the more I realize that fullness of life does not depend on things. The more I give up, the more I seem to gain. But words will never convince you. You must try it for yourself.
Dr Merril Douglass
A. Reading comprehension
I. Choose the best meaning:
1. We compound the problem means:
a. we avoid the problem.
b. we try to find a solution to the problem.
c. we make the problem worse.
d. we ignore the problem.
2. In our frantic search for satisfaction implies that:
a. we are calm in our search for satisfaction.
b. we are confident in our search for satisfaction.
c. we are very worried and rushed in our search for satisfaction.
d. we are blind in our search for satisfaction.
II. Choose a title for the text:
a. Leisure time.
b. frantic search for satisfaction.
c. Simplify your life.
d. You must try it.
III. True, False or ING? Justify:
1. The less you have, the more you are satisfied.
2. When you have a lot of things, you fail to see their values.
IV. Complete the following sentence using information from the text:
If we want to gain the most of life, we should try to -----.
V. What do you think the best way to have full satisfaction in life?
B. Language test
GRAMMAR IN USE
Fill in the blanks with the appropriate grammatical items:
There was a serious automobile accident on Highway 13 between Windfield and Branille. The driver of (1) Demgo crashed (2) a lamppost. He (3) driving 90 km per hour. The driver and passenger were returning (4). Both of (5) were drunk. The driver is (6) serious condition in a hospital with severe chest (7) head injuries. The passenger escaped (8) minor injuries. Remember our daily warning: DON’T DRINK AND DRIVE.
INDIRECT TEST OF SPEAKING
I. Match the sentences in column A with those in column B:
A
B
1. How’s everything, Sally?
2. Shall I fix the gate for you?
3. I think the best way to get satisfaction is to try to be happy with what you have.
4. We’re going to the pool this afternoon. Can you join us?
a. I disagree with you. The way I see it, you have to have a lot of things to be happy.
b. Yes, please. If you don’t mind.
c. Sure. I’d love to.
d. Pretty good. How are your kids?
e. I’m planning to return after tomorrow

II. Complete the following conversation:
Ken: What’s the matter with you, Steve?
Steve: Well, I don’t understand my parents. They always tell me to do this and to do that. I’ve had enough of it all. ---- (1) ----
Ken: If I were you, I’d talk to a relative, and explain the problem to him or her. Relatives can often help with problems like that one.
Steve: ---- (2) ----. I’ll do that.
Ken: By the way, are you free this evening?
Steve: ---- (3) ----.
Ken: So, how about of going to a restaurant for dinner? I don’t want to eat at home.
Steve: ---- (4) ---- I haven’t eaten in a restaurant for a long time.
Ken: ---- (5) ----?
Steve: How about 6 p.m.? Is that OK with you?
Ken: ---- (6) ----.
Steve: OK. See you at six, then. I’ll pick you up at your house.
C. Writing
Teachers play an important role in education. Write about “ your good and your bad” teachers. (About 120 words).

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