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The Simpsons – Homer vs. the Eighteenth AmendmentScreen Shot 2015-01-02 at 14.41.48

1- Anticipate!

  • Look at the title and images, what do you expect?

We’re going to watch an episode of the Simpsons because it deals with prohibition / bootleggers. > way to smuggle alcohol illegally / hide bottles

Myths & Heroes >

What’s a hero?

How does Prohibition illustrate the dark of the American Dream?

  • Do you think it’s possible for a country to ban alcohol?

Yes, laws can be drafted / enforced to ban alcohol / to prevent people from drinking.

Prohibition = In America from 1919 – 1930.

But in fact people kept drinking and buying alcohol thanks to the mafia / gangsters and illegal trafficking.

What do you think the Eighteenth Amendment is?

Official document / law that prohibited alcohol in the US in 1919 – 1920

buy = acheter / sell = vendre

to draft: écrire un loi / to enforce: appliquer

to keep +Ving: continuer à

thanks to : grâce à

2- Try to explain the following words:

Prohibition (n) – the action / when alcohol is banned / forbidden // Period of time in American History

Dry (adj) # wet –

a speakeasy : (n)illegal bar during Prohibition

3- Watch the Simpson’s Episode and answer the questions.

1- Why is everyone wearing green in Springfield?

St Patrick’s day / green = national colour of Ireland

2- What does Bart want at the parade?

He wants to buy a plastic horn / vuvuzela

3- Which stereotypes are associated with Irish people?

  • violence / drinking / drunk writers / red/ginger-haired people /
  • Irish Republican Army > terrorist group during the Irish Civil War

3*- According to the News Channel, what happened in Springfield?

An innocent child got drunk / whole city is mad > exaggerated / they over-reacted /their vision is far-fetched (tirée par les cheveux)

4- Does the creator of the Simpsons have a positive or negative opinion of TV News Channel? Justify. Screen Shot 2015-01-02 at 14.14.18

The creator has a negative opinion because for him journalist / Tv presenters / Tv channels are biased (biaisés / orientés)/ subjective / unreliable (pas fiables) / distort reality (déforment la réalité)

5- Following Bart’s behaviour, what solution is asked for? Who demands it? Screen Shot 2015-01-02 at 14.14.42

Prohibition is demanded by dry / stuck-up housewives (coincées)

6- What is the penalty for drinking alcohol according to the old document?

If you drink, you get catapulted.

7- What does Duff’s CEO decide to do? Is he successful?

He wants to create Duff Zero ( parody of Diet / Coke Zero ) alcohol-free (sans alcool)beer / he fails / he doesn’t succeed (il ne réussit pas)

8- What has Moe’s pub been turned into? What actually happens inside? Screen Shot 2015-01-02 at 14.18.27

It has been turned into (transformé en) a pet shop / speakeasy

9- How do they get the alcohol?

They bribe the police (payer des pots de vin)

10- What is Mr Banner in charge of? What does he look like compared to ordinary police officers? Who does he work for?

He is in charge of enforcing prohibition / looks like (ressemble à )sheriff / more professional / dedicated (investi) > caricature of 1920S prohibition agents / as Eliot Ness / for the Mayor

11- How do Homer and Bart get organized?

They steal (volent) barrels (tonneaux) from the dump (décharge) / then they hide (cacher) it in bowling balls / they send (envoyer) it to Moe

12- How much is the pint at Moe’s pub now?

$ 45 > very expensive # cheap ( coûteux # peu cher)

13- How does Marge react? Is it what Homer expected?

Her reaction is unexpected (inattendue) / it’s the first time Homer has a good idea / they’re going to make a lot of money / profit

14- What is Homer’s new nickname? Beer Baron

15- What is Homer’s next move? Creates his own laboratory / makes his own alcohol (fabrique son propre alcool)

16- How does Liza react?

She disagrees / it’s illegal

17- What happens to his equipment? What explanation does he give Marge?

It explodes / he says it’s because of beans / he farts*

18- What does Homer do to help Wiggum get his job back?

He surrenders (se rend)

19- What is Marge’s argument against Prohibition?

Against the people’s freedom to drink

20- Do you think this episode is true to real historical events? Justify with elements from the episode.

Alcohol was forbidden but there wasn’t any catapult > Middle Ages / According to the Simpsons creator > Prohibition is archaic / old-fashioned

‘Beer barons’ really existed as mafia lords / mobsters.

There were speakeasies but they couldn’t be turned into pet shops.

You couldn’t hide alcohol in bowling balls / it was destroyed.

epitomized by (illustré par) – created by (créé par)- is set in (se passe dans tel décor) – consists of

– parodies (est une parodie de)- a satirical depiction of (description satirique de)

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HW – Questions 1 – 9 on Brief History of American by M. Moore

Brief History of America

The Simpsons is an American adult animated sitcom ………created by ……………. Matt Groening for the Fox Broadcasting Company. The series is a satirical depiction of a middle class American lifestyle …epitomized by the Simpson family, which …consists of Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa, and Maggie. The show …is set in the fictional town of Springfield and …parodies American culture, society, television, and many aspects of the human condition.


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