UNIT 3 – WANTED!
MYTHS & HEROES – How do gangsters question the American Dream?
PLACES & FORMS OF POWER – What form of power do they embody?
3- Watch the Simpson’s Episode and answer the questions. Correction
1- Why is everyone wearing green in Springfield? It’s Saint Patrick’s day. Green is the national colour of Ireland and St Patrick.
Saint Patrick’s Day is a cultural and religious celebration occurring annually on 17 March, the death date of the most commonly-recognised patron saint of Ireland, Saint Patrick.
3- Which stereotypes are associated with Irish people? they are drunk all the time /they are drunkards / like beer / they plant bombs / attack shops to fight for their independence ( IRA) / they start fights / are violent
4- According to the News Channel, what happened in Springfield? According to the journalist, an innocent kid was forced to get drunk / people are so drunk (bourré), alcohol is a national threat. (menace)
5- Does the creator of the Simpsons have a positive or negative opinion of TV News Channel? Justify. He criticizes TV channels because they are not reliable / unreliable (pas fiable) and exaggerate facts, they tell lies (disent des mensonges), they don’t tell the truth. (ne disent pas la vérité)
7- What is the penalty for drinking alcohol according to the old document? If you drink alcohol, you will be catapulted away from Springfield.
8 – What does Duff’s CEO decide to do? Is he successful? He decides to sell alcohol-free beer / a beer without alcohol. It’s a parody of diet sodas > sugar-free sodas like Diet Coke. He fails / is not successful.
9 – What has Moe’s pub been turned into? What actually happens inside? It has been turned into a pet shop. In fact / Actually it’s a speakeasy / a secret bar.
11- 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 arresting bootleggers. He is a prohibition agent, he works for the government.
(In history they were called G(overnment) men / FBI agents)
13- How much is the pint at Moe’s pub now? It costs $ 45 > very expensive
14- How does Marge react? Is it what Homer expected? She is surpised by Homer’s clever idea/ she didn’t expect Homer to have a smart idea / Homer expected her to be angry. Her reaction is unexpected. (inattendue)
16- What is Homer’s next move? He runs out of alcohol so he decides to make his own alcohol in his basement or garage.
19- What does Homer do to help Wiggum get his job back? He surrenders. ( se rendre)
20- What is Marge’s argument against Prohibition? She argues that Prohibition is against people’s freedom.
21- Do you think this episode is true to real historical events? Justify with elements from the episode. On one hand, (d’un côté) it’s exaggerated / far-fetched (tiré par les cheveux)/ fiction because the characters (personnages) are yellow and their voices are funny so it’s a cartoon. The catapult is a parody of a medieval torturing method (parodie d’une méthode de torture du Moyen Age) and hiding alcohol in bowling balls is impossible. But on the other hand / Yet (pourtant / néanmoins) prohibition, bootleggers and speakeasies did exist (on bel et bien existé in the US at some point in history and the arguments in favour and against were the same. (les mêmes).
Complete the text with the missing words:
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.