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

Choose the right answer

When Andrew called Juliette in the morning, did he :

 Shout loudly to her
 Speak to her on the telephone
 Send her an email

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Why did Andrew want all his children to be at home?

 He wanted to share his news with them
 He was bringing them flowers and an apple pie
 He had a new puppy for Michel
 He wanted to be at home with his family

Listening skill

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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

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What did Juliette say when she heard the news?

 America, here we come
 I have never lived in America
 I don’t know whether to cheer or to cry


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How many roses did Andrew bring home?


Answer the following question

Find a word in the text that means “bouquet”.


Attention, dans les questions suivantes vous devez donner toutes les réponses grammaticalement possibles, sans tenir compte du sens de l'épisode.

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Form adjectives and complete the following sentence.


The big news was interest and Juliette was excit about going to the USA.

Translate the following sentence

Andrew vient d'arriver, puisque toute la famille l'attendait.

 Andrew just arrived, as all the family waited for him.
 Andrew has just arrived, as all the family waited for him.
 Andrew has just arrived, as all the family was waiting for him.

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Complete the following sentence with the singular or plural verb form.


The big news to be announced and all the people to be asked about the family's departure.

Choose the right answer (one or several answers possible)

Andrew made his family ... to him.

 be attentive
 being attentive

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