Compréhension de l’écrit10 pts
Doc. 1 Robotics: a threat or an opportunity for Mankind?
Doc. 2 “Two Paths toward our Robot Future”
1 Doc. 1. Make a list of the characters
a. who are present.
b. who are mentioned.
2 Doc. 1. Say how these characters are all related.
3 Doc. 1. a. Explain what the main characters are talking about.
b. Say how the conversation illustrates the general atmosphere.
4 Doc. 1. Choosing among the following adjectives, qualify the general atmosphere from line 1 to line 15. Justify with examples.
warm – tense – friendly – congenial – heavy – hostile – relaxed
5 Doc. 1. Line 8: “It’s Gloria and that terrible machine.”
a. Say what the ‘machine’ is used for.
b. Did the two main characters want to buy the ‘machine’ for the same reason at first?
c. Do they both want to keep the ‘machine’?
6 Doc. 1. Contrast their opinions about the advantages and the inconveniences of the ‘machine’. Justify by quoting the text.
Seuls les candidats des séries S, ES et L LVO traiteront la question 7.
7 Doc. 1. Lines 29-30: ‘He just can’t help being faithful and loving and kind.’
What does ‘can’t help’ imply?
Seuls les candidats de la série L LVA traiteront la question 8.
8 Doc. 1. Lines 29-31: “His entire ‘mentality’ has been created for the purpose. […] He’s a machine – made so. That’s more than you can say for humans.”
a. Why is the word ‘mentality’ mentioned?
b. By contrast, how does the character consider human beings?
9 Doc. 2. Mention the benefits of the ‘N.L.S.’ oN-Line System. (line 5)
10 Doc. 2. Answer the following questions. Justify by quoting the text.
a. Is the NLS a precursor of the Internet?
b. Are Shakey and the N.L.S. two different programmes?
c. Why did Bill Duvall abandon the programme related to Shakey?
11 Doc. 2. Lines 17-19: “Bill Duvall,” as Markoff puts it, “would become the first to make the leap from research to replace humans with computers to using computers to augment the human intellect.”
Explain what this quote means.
Seuls les candidats des séries S, ES et L LVO traiteront la question 12.
12 Doc. 2. Lines 25-26: ‘One approach supplants humans with an increasingly powerful blend of computer hardware and software.’
Explain the relationship implied between humans and computers.
Seuls les candidats de la série L LVA traiteront la question 13.
13 Doc. 1. Lines 19-20: ‘It has no soul, and no one knows what it may be thinking.’
What could be contradictory in this quote?
Tous les candidats traiteront la question 14.
14 Doc. 1. et 2. How are the dangers mentioned in document 2 echoed in document 1? (40 words)