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Example of an easy literary text

One of the requirements of the new GCSE specifications is the inclusion of literary texts (adapted and or abridged). Here is an example of an accessible little text + exercise, adapted slightly (mainly from passé simple to present tense).

Le petit prince fait un grand voyage et découvre beaucoup de choses sur l’humanité.

La planète suivante est habitée par un buveur. Cette visite est très courte, mais elle plonge le petit prince dans une grande mélancolie:

- Que fais-tu là ? dit-il au buveur, qu'il trouve installé en silence devant une collection de bouteilles de vin vides et une collection de bouteilles pleines.
- Je bois, répond le buveur, d'un air triste.
- Pourquoi bois-tu ? lui demande le petit prince.
- Pour oublier, répond le buveur.
- Pour oublier quoi ? demande le petit prince qui déjà le plaint.
- Pour oublier que j'ai honte*, avoue le buveur en baissant la tête.
- Honte de quoi ? demande le petit prince qui désire l’aider.
- Honte de boire ! répond le buveur qui s'enferme définitivement dans le silence.

Et le petit prince part, perplexe.
Les grandes personnes sont décidément très très bizarres, se dit-il en lui-même durant le voyage.

* avoir honte = to be ashamed

Vrai, faux ou pas mentionné ?

1.         Le petit prince rencontre un adulte qui consomme de l’alcool.
2.         Le petit prince est content de cette visite.
3.         Apparemment l’adulte a trop bu.
4.         Il y a plus de vingt bouteilles devant le buveur.
5.         L’adulte dit qu’il boit pour oublier quelque chose.
6.         L’adulte dit qu’il est fier de sa situation.
7.         Le buveur préfère le vin rouge.
8.         Après un certain temps le buveur arrête de parler.
9.         Le petit prince passe dix minutes avec le buveur.
10.       Le petit prince conclut que les adultes sont étranges.

Traduisez le texte en anglais.


1. V    2. F    3.V    4.PM     5. V    6. F    7. PM    8. V    9.PM    10.V


The following planet is inhabited by a drinker. This visit is very short, but it plunges the little prince into a great melancholy.
“What are you doing there?” he says to the drinker, whom he finds sitting silently in front of a collection empty wine bottles and a collection of full bottles.
“I’m drinking,” replies the drinker, looking sad.
“Why are you drinking?” asks the little, prince.
“To forget,” replies the drinker.
“To forget what?” asks the little prince who already pities him.
“To forget that I am ashamed,” admits the drinker lowering his head.
“Ashamed of what?” asks the little prince who wants to help him.
“Ashamed of drinking!” replies the drinker who retreats into silence for good.
And the little prince departs, perplexed.
Adults are definitely very very weird, he thinks to himself during the journey. 


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