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NOTE IMPORTANTE:
Vous traiterez le sujet en respectant l’ordre des questions et en faisant apparaître la
numérotation. Le nombre de mots indiqué constitue une exigence minimale. En l’absence
d’indication du nombre de mots, vous répondrez brièvement à la question posée (20/30 mots
maximum).Les citations seront limitées aux éléments pertinents et précédées de la mention de la
ligne. (L. …)

COMPREHENSION
 GENERAL COMPREHENSION
1. The scene takes place in South Africa . How can we know ? (2 quotes)
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2. Where is the action set ?
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3. When does it take place ? Try to be as precise as possible since you have seen the movie and
have now a certain knowledge of the historical period. You can quote the text as well.
(30 words)
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4. List all the l characters present in the scene .
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5. Say in what way they are connected to each other.
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 DETAILED COMPREHENSION
6. Focus on the lines from 1 to 31 . What does this scene reveal about the cultural heritage and
traditions of South Africa? Explain by giving 3 details.
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7. Say who or what the following pronouns or nouns refer to in the text .
 “it ” (L.8) :
 “ shining light ” (L.15) :
 “us” (L.32) :
 “yours” (L.39) :
 “Robben island” (L.52) :
 “Invictus”:
 “we” (L.61) :
 “Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrika” (L.67) :

8. In what way is Madela’s job similar to Pienaar’s ? Answer in your own words and give 2
quotations.
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9. What is the atmosphere like during the conversation ? Justify by quoting from the text.
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10. Is Pienaar appreciated by the President ? Justify by quoting from the text.
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11. Read again from line 35 to line 70 , and explain in your words what Mandela is trying to make
Pienaar see with his memories of his prison days . What did he have in mind? What did he
expect Pienaar to do ? Justify your answers by quoting the text. (30 words)
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12. Choose from the following list the 3 adjectives that best apply to the characters. Justify your
choice by quoting from the text.
SUPPORTTIVE - HEARTLESS – CARING (attentionné) - UNCONQUERED – BOSSY = AUTHORITATIVE – GENEROUS – RACIST – EAGER (impatient/
enthousiaste) - DETERMINED- GIFTED (doué)
ILL-MANNERED – LOVING – INSPIRING-

ADJECTIVES

QUOTES

INDIFFERENT – ADMIRATIVE –IMPRESSED – RESENTFUL (amer /plein de ressentiment) – IMPATIENT – CONCERNED – AMAZED (stupéfait) –
AMBITIOUS – COMMITTED ( convaincu/ engage) -THOUGHTFUL (pensif)

ADJECTIVES

QUOTES

13. Say if the President has achieved his aim. What impact does “this master lesson on leadership “ have on
Pienaar ? How does he feel when he leaves the President’s office ? Explain by quoting from the text .
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14. Focus on the last part of the scene . To what extent can one say that this scene is a turning-point
(tournant) in the movie ? Explain in your own words and give 2 quotations. (40 words)

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MEETING WITH THE PRESIDENT , INVICTUS (2009) / Adapted from the movie script
1 Mandela leaps up from behind his desk, crosses the room to meet Pienaar.

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Francois, what an honor. I’m so excited.

They shake hands.

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Thank you for coming all this way to see me.
Yes, sir. No problem. Thank you for inviting me.
Tell me. How’s your ankle?
My ankle?
I was told you’d hurt it. Has it healed?

Pienaar relaxes, visibly. This is small talk he can handle. This is Mandela’s gift.

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The truth is, sir, you never play at a hundred percent, no matter what.
Yes ... yes. In sports, and in life. Come. Sit. Please. (indicating a chair)
Take this one. Looking into the light hurts my eyes.

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A knock at the door, and Mrs. BRITS the old Afrikaner tea lady enters, carrying a tea tray.
14 Mandela stands again, immediately.

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Ah, Mrs. Brits -- you are a shining light in my day.
Yes sir.

Eyes twinkling, Mrs. Brits puts the tea tray down on the coffee table in front of them.
The finest china, cookies on a plate.

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Mrs. Brits, this is Francois Pienaar. He’s the captain of the Springboks.

20 Mandela clearly expects Pienaar to shake hands with Mrs. Brits. Pienaar holds out his hand
(Afrikaans greeting) - Aangename kennis, Mevrou Brits. -- gently shakes hers.

- Ek ook, Meneer.
(to Mandela)

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Shall I pour, sir?
No thank you, I think I’d like to.

26 Mrs. Brits leaves. Mandela does not sit until the door closes behind her. Pienaar only sits after he does.
Mandela’s manners would not be out of place in Victorian England.

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How do you take your tea, Francois?
Milk and sugar, please.

30 Mandela pours tea for both of them. Pienaar realizes that here he is, with the President pouring him a cup of
tea.

-The English have given us many things, including rugby, but afternoon tea is one of the
greatest.
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Mandela hands Pienaar the tea cup.

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Thank you, sir.

Mandela looks Pienaar in the eye.

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You have a very difficult job.
I do?
Captain of the Springboks. A very difficult job.
Not compared to yours, sir.
Ah, but then nobody is trying to tear my head off while I’m doing mine.
It is not so difficult to get people to do their best. And I imagine that anybody who
plays for their country does their best, almost automatically.
Or they wouldn’t be chosen in the first place.
Yes. But to get people to be better than that? Better than they think they can be?
Now, that is difficult, I find.
Yes sir, it is.
How do we do that? By example? To an extent. But there is more to it than that ...

(searching for the right word) ... inspiration, perhaps.
49 Pienaar is engrossed. This is a master lesson on leadership, from a master.

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How do we inspire ourselves to greatness, when nothing less will do? How do
we inspire everyone around us? Sometimes, I think, by using the work of others.
On Robben Island, when things were very hard, I found inspiration in a poem.
- A poem?
- A Victorian poem. Just words. But they helped me to stand when all I wanted was to
lie down .
55 (suddenly dismissive) But you didn’t come all this way to hear an old man talk about things
that make no sense.
No! They make a lot of sense, sir. On the day of a big match, say a test, in the bus on the
way to the
stadium, nobody talks.
- Yes ... yes. Everybody is preparing.
- When I think we’re ready, I have the bus driver put on a song I’ve chosen; a theme
song. One we all know. We listen together and ... it helps.
- Yes! I remember when I was a guest at the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona. The
whole stadium welcomed me with a song. At the time the future -- our future -seemed very bleak. But to hear that song, in voices from all over our planet ... it made
me very proud to be South African. It helped me to come home and do better. It
allowed me to expect more of myself.
- May I ask what the song was, sir?
- Well, it was Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrika. A very inspiring song.
68 Mandela looks into Pienaar’s eyes.

We need inspiration, Francois. Because, in order to build our nation, we all need to exceed
our
own expectations.
71 Something passes between them. Whatever it is has a profound impact on Pienaar.

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Yes, sir. We probably do.

Pienaar walks away from the President’s offices, still processing his meeting with Mandela. He
seems a little stunned and mystified. Something profound just happened -- but he’s not quite sure what.
75 When Pienaar steps outside and sees all of Pretoria -- all of South Africa -- stretching away below him, he
pauses.
78 He looks at his country in a new way.