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English

Epreuve : Anglais - Inde (2005), Polynisie (1999), Japon (1998), Séries: STT STI STL SMS

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Niveau: Secondaire, Lycée
Inde, Avril 99 modifié type épreuve 2005, STT STI STL SMS LUCKY BRAKE Heroes: A driver collapses, and a 10-year-old saves a bus full of schoolkids. Just after lunch on oct. 3, Dawn Little found a message on her office answering-machine. It was from Ken Russell, principal of her kids' school. Call as soon as you can, Russel told her. I want to tell you something good that Larry has done. Little was still unprepared for Russell's report: Larry had singlehandedly stopped a runaway school bus and very possibly saved the lives of 19 children. l've never, never in my life had a surprise like this, she says. It all began at 7:15 a.m. in St. Louis, Missouri, when Little, 30, waved goodbye to her two youngest children - Larry Champagne and his brother Jerrick, 9, both of whom participate in the city's voluntary school-desegregation program. Thirty-five minutes into their 20-mile bus trip, the routine ride suddenly became anything but routine. Driver Ernestine Blackman, 42, who doctors say suffered a major stroke, abruptly fell to the floor. Bus three, with 19 children ages 6 to 11 aboard, went careening1 across three crowded westbound lanes of U.S.

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Inde, Avril 99 modifié type épreuve 2005, STT STI STL SMSLUCKY BRAKE Heroes: A driver collapses, and a 10yearold saves a bus full of schoolkids. Just after lunch on oct. 3, Dawn Little found a message on her office answeringmachine. It was from Ken Russell, principal of her kids' school. "Call as soon as you can," Russel told her. "I want to tell you something good that Larry has done." Little was still unprepared for Russell's report: Larry had singlehandedly stopped a runaway school bus and very p ossibly saved the lives of 19 children. "l've never, never in my life had a surprise like this", she says. It all began at 7:15 a.m. in St. Louis, Missouri, when Little, 30, waved goodbye to her two youngest children  Larry Champagne and his brother Jerrick, 9, both of whom participate in the city's voluntary schooldesegregation program. Thirtyfive minutes into their 20mile bus trip, the routine ride suddenly became anything but routine. Driver Ernestine Blackman, 42, who 1 doctors say suffered a major stroke, abruptly fell to the floor. Bus three, with 19 children ages 6 to 11 aboard, went careening across three crowded westbound lanes of U.S. Highway 40. Some of the kids started sobbing. "I thought we were going to die", 2 says Larry. "The bus started swaying side to side and hit the guardrail twice. That made everyone fall and hit the window. I thought we were going to crash." Not if Larry could help it. Seeing Blackman lying helpless in the stairwell, the intrepid fifth grader sprang from his seat a nd grabbed the steering wheel. "I ran up and just stomped on the brake," says Larry. The bus came to a halt, and Larry called to three of his friends  Angelo McKnight, 11, Angelo's brother Gregory, 9, and Imani Butler, 9  to tend to Blackman. "I needed help from some of the big kids," he says. A truck rearended the bus, but did no real damage. Alerted by a motorist with a cellular phone, ambulances soon arrived. The children were teary but not hysterical. Five who ha d suffered minor injuries were taken to three St. Louis hospitals, and a replacement bus carried the rest to Bellerive school. The lods arrived rattled but extremely grateful. "When we got off, everybody said `Thank you, Larry, for saving our lives'," says Greg ory McKnight. Champagne wasn't in the mood to play hero. "I asked him, `Do you want to talk about what happened?"' says fifthgrade teacher Judy Hetterscheidt, who describes Larry as "a student who wants to do his best" and who's "really well liked" in class. "I 3 want to chill out,"said Larry. Adapted from People, 10/23/95. 1. To careen:tanguer.2. To sway:zigzaguer.3. To chill out: to relax and forgez. COMPREHENSION 1. Chose the right statement and justify with two elements taken from the text. The action takes places in…The U.S.A. Canada Great Britain 2. Who is who? Match the figure corresponding to the character's name with the letter corresponding to his/her role in the text. 1. Larry Champagne A. The hero's mother 2. Jerrick B. The hero's little brother 3. Dawn Little C. The hero's friends 4. Ernestine Blackman D. The hero 5. Angelo Mc Knight ; Gregory Me Knight ; Imani Butler E. The bus driver 6. Ken Russell F. The principal of the school 7. Judy Hetterscheidt G. A teacher 3. Another suitable title for the article can be found among the following:  a Death on the highway c All's well that ends well b Bus driver kidnapped by schoolkids d Children caught in a snowstorm 4. True or false ? Justify by quoting precisely from the text. a.Mrs Little got the news as soon as the accident took place. b.Ken Russell phoned her to complain about Larry. c.The bus driver was unable to stop the bus before collapsing. d.Fortunately at that time there was little traffic on the road. e.Larry was standing at the back of the bus when the driver collapsed.f.Fortunately none of the children was hurt.5. Put the following events (§ 3 and 4) in chronological order (the order in which they happened). a.Larry sprang from his seat e.Larry stomped on the brake b.f.The bus came to a halt Larry grabbed the steering wheel c.The driver fell to the floor g.The bus hit the guardrail d.h.A truck bumped into the bus Larry's friends looked after the driver 6. Complete the following sentences with words taken from the text (one letter = one word).  1. The doctor said: "as the children suffered ________a __________b we didn't have to keep them in hospital for too long".  2.Mrs Me Knight said: "I'm extremely __________c to Larry for saving the children's lives".  3. Mrs Hetterscheidt said: "The __________d to the school usually takes fortyfive minutes unless the highway is __________e." EXPRESSIONLe candidat traitera lesdeux sujets. 1. Imagine the conversation between Ernestine Blackman who is recovering in hospital and Larry Champagne who has come to visit her.(80 words) 2. There are heroes who, unlike Larry, never make the headlines in the newspapers. Give examples and say why they can be admired. (120words)