The Big News

The Big News


Andrew Lacoste came home with a bunch of flowers and a big smile on his face.  His wife Juliette knew he had big news, but didn’t know if it was good or bad.  He had called Juliette in the morning and told her to make sure all the children were together when he got home. He had big news and wanted everyone to hear it at the same time, even the baby.

Their oldest daughter Diane stopped playing piano and their oldest son Pierre left football practice early. Michel, 8 years old, hoped the big news was about a new pet.  He wanted a dog.  The baby Zoe just wanted to go to sleep. 

Andrew came home with a dozen roses and an apple pie.  “Guess what! I got a raise and we are all moving to the USA for one year.”


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Episode 1

Reading skill

Answer the following question

How many children do Andrew and Juliette have?

Answer the following question (one or several answers possible)

Why was Andrew Lacoste happy?

 He was going to America.
 He had good news.
 He received a salary increase.

Listening skill

Choose the right answer

Where do the Lacostes live?


Choose the right answer

Why was Juliette unsure whether to cheer or cry?

 She did not know whether she really wanted to go to the USA
 She was nervous about leaving Paris
 Both of the above
 Neither of the above


Choose the right answer

What is a piano?

 A card game
 A musical instrument
 A type of dog
 None of the above

Choose the right answer

Andrew comes home with “big” news. Does this mean the news is:



Attention, in the following questions you must give all the answers grammatically possible, regardless of the sense of the episode.

Choose the right answer (one or several answers possible)

Andrew made his family ... to him.

 be attentive
 being attentive

Complete the following sentence

Complete the following sentence with the right words.

Everyone said it was great news and Juliette said she was delighted by this idea.

Choose the right answer (one or several answers possible)

They ... live in Paris anymore.


Complete the following sentence

Complete the following sentence with the proper subjunctive.

If Andrew's family happy about leaving Paris, Andrew would be satisfied.

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