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MessageSujet: Compréhension de texte   Dim 15 Avr - 6:43

Bonjour
Pourriez vous m'aider s'il vous plaît?


Oliver Twist is an orphan and is poor. He now lives in the workhouse with other boys. They are not given enough food and it is Oliver’s lot to ask for more gruel that evening.

The gruel disappeared; the boys whispered each other, and winked at Oliver; while his next neighbours nudged him. Child as he was, he was desperate with hunger, and reckless with misery. He rose from the table; and advancing to the master, basin and spoon in hand, said: somewhat alarmed at his own temerity:

'Please, sir, I want some more.'

The master was a fat, healthy man; but he turned very pale. He gazed in stupefied astonishment on the small rebel for some seconds, and then clung for support to the copper. The assistants were paralysed with wonder; the boys with fear.

'What!' said the master at length, in a faint voice.

'Please, sir,' replied Oliver, 'I want some more.'

The master aimed a blow at Oliver's head with the ladle; pinioned him in his arm; and shrieked aloud for the beadle.

The board were sitting in solemn conclave, when Mr. Bumble rushed into the room in great excitement, and addressing the gentleman in the high chair, said,

'Mr. Limbkins, I beg your pardon, sir! Oliver Twist has asked for more!'

There was a general start. Horror was depicted on every countenance.

'For MORE!' said Mr. Limbkins. 'Compose yourself, Bumble, and answer me distinctly. Do I understand that he asked for more, after he had eaten the supper allotted by the dietary?'

'He did, sir,' replied Bumble.

'That boy will be hung,' said the gentleman in the white waistcoat. 'I know that boy will be hung.'

Nobody controverted the prophetic gentleman's opinion. An animated discussion took place. Oliver was ordered into instant confinement; and a bill was next morning pasted on the outside of the gate, offering a reward of five pounds to anybody who would take Oliver Twist off the hands of the parish. In other words, five pounds and Oliver Twist were offered to any man or woman who wanted an apprentice to any trade, business, or calling.


1) What is the nature of the text? Who is the narrator?
The text is an extract of novel "Oliver Twist" write by Charles Dickens.

2) Find the English for the following words : murmurer, faire un clin d’oeil, pousser du coude, regarder fixement.
murmurer = to whisper "whispered".
faire un clin d'oeil = to wink at "winked at".
pousser du coude = nudged.
regarder fixement = to gaze "gazed".


3) Who are the characters present? Name them when possible.
The characters present are : Oliver Twist, others orphans, the master (M Limbkins), M Bumble and the board.

4) When does the scene take place? Give the two locations where the events are happening.
The scene takes place in the workhouse.

5) Sum up the passage in some 40 words.

First part from the beginning to line 10.
6) Give the two reasons why Oliver asked for some more food. Quote to justify your answer.
Because he hadn't enough food.

7) Describe the boy’s movements and imagine his feelings when he is about to speak? Quote to justify your answer.

8 ) Why is the master a particularly unpleasant character and why is he comical? Quote to justify your answer.

9) Describe how Dickens builds the suspense at the end of this first part, from line 6 to line 10.

Je sais que c'est assez long Embarassed mais si quelqu'un aurait le temps de m'aider ce serait vraiment très gentil. Very Happy


Merci d'avance. Embarassed
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MessageSujet: Re: Compréhension de texte   Dim 15 Avr - 11:46

Bonjour, Sandra.

1) What is the nature of the text? Who is the narrator?
The text is an extract of novel "Oliver Twist" write by Charles Dickens.
The text is an excerpt from the novel "Oliver Twist", and is narrated by its author Charles Dickens.

2) Find the English for the following words : murmurer, faire un clin d’oeil, pousser du coude, regarder fixement.
murmurer = to whisper
faire un clin d'oeil = to wink at
pousser du coude = to nudge
regarder fixement = to gaze

3) Who are the characters present? Name them when possible.
The characters present are : Oliver Twist, other orphans, the master (Mr Bumble), the assistants, Mr Limbkins, and the board.

4) When does the scene take place? Give the two locations where the events are happening.
The scene takes place in the evening. The events take place in the workhouse and in the boardroom.

5) Sum up the passage in some 40 words.
Oliver Twist is a poor orphan boy who lives in a workhouse with other poor orphan boys. The children are supervised by their master whose name is Bumble. They're allotted only a small amount of food which still leaves them quite hungry. Oliver is the only boy who has the courage to ask for more food, which shocks Bumble and the board members. As a result of his request, the board decides to sell Oliver to anyone willing to buy him.

First part from the beginning to line 10.
6) Give the two reasons why Oliver asked for some more food. Quote to justify your answer.
Oliver asked for more food because the orphans weren't given enough food and they chose him to ask for more. "He was desperate with hunger". "It is Oliver’s lot to ask for more gruel that evening".

7) Describe the boy’s movements and imagine his feelings when he is about to speak? Quote to justify your answer.
First he gets up. Then he walks over to the master. In spite of his fear, he asks for more food. "He rose from the table; and advancing to the master, basin and spoon in hand, said: somewhat alarmed at his own temerity: 'Please, sir, I want some more.'"

8 ) Why is the master a particularly unpleasant character and why is he comical? Quote to justify your answer.
The master has no sympathy for the hungry orphans and hits Oliver for asking for more food. "The master aimed a blow at Oliver's head with the ladle; pinioned him in his arm; and shrieked aloud for the beadle".

9) Describe how Dickens builds the suspense at the end of this first part, from line 6 to line 10.
Dickens builds suspense by showing the boys whispering to each other, then nudging Oliver to ask for more food. Oliver is hesitant, but his hunger makes him timidly approach the master.
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MessageSujet: Re: Compréhension de texte   Mar 17 Avr - 11:51

Thank you for your help.

sunny
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MessageSujet: Re: Compréhension de texte   Mar 17 Avr - 15:18

You're welcome, Sandra. Good luck.
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