Swift’s biography

mercredi 30 décembre 2015
par MmesS

Watch this video and complete the worksheet.

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- GET READY

1. Read the following definition :

Whigs and Tories are members of two political parties in England, particularly during the 18th century. The Whigs became the Liberal Party in the 19th century and the Tories became the Conservative Party.

2. Match each degree/diploma with its French equivalent. Use a dictionary if need be.

Bachelor’s degree ● ● Doctorat Doctor’s degree ● ● Licence Master’s degree ● ● Maîtrise

3 . Visit the following website : [2] and in “Search Images”, write “obituary”. Watch the cartoons and answer the following question : what is an “obituary” ?

• a published notice of a death, sometimes with a short biography of the person who died ; • a published report on a writer’s works ; • a book of extracts from a writer’s literary works.

-  DETAILED COMPREHENSION

Watch the video and answer the following questions :

1. Fill in Swift’s identity card :

First name : Surname : Date of birth : Date of death : Nationality : information about his father : Information about his mother : The place where he was educated (former and current names) :

2. Circle the correct answer for each question :

How old was Swift when he got his Bachelor’s degree ? 17 18 19

How old was Swift when he returned to England ? 19 20 21

3. Circle the correct proposals :

•Swift worked for the diplomat Sir William Temple as his personal adviser/secretary/personal assistant/consultant.

•In 1694, Swift started his political/poetical/religious life.

4. True or False ? Justify.

• In his new life, Swift was surrounded by many people and became rich. • His new life lasted for long years.

5. Answer the questions :

When did he return to Church ? Where ?

6. Complete :

In ____, he received his Doctor’s of Divinity degree from __________ College.

7. Circle the correct proposal :

In those years, he became increasingly socially/politically/poetically active.

8. Put the sentences into the right order :

1. anonymously 2. he travelled from Dublin 3. Over the next ten years, 4. to London 5. and began publishing 6. frequently 7. political pamphlets. The right order is : __ / __ / __ / __ / __ / __ / __.

9. Complete with the names of two countries :

When Queen Ann died and George I became King, Swift left __________ for _________.

10. Concerning Swift’s literary works :

• He used satire : how is it defined ? • What do the three dates correspond to : 1727, 1729 and 1731 ?

11. What was Swift’s favourite literary weapon ?

12. Use the following words to make a sentence to explain how Swift’s fortune was used after he died :

hospital – 1757 – the mentally ill – psychiatric hospital – still exists.

13. Pick out the expression used to describe Swift :

“the _________ of __________ __________”.

14. How can Swift’s influence be noticed nowadays



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