1. (       /10%) You will have to read one of these for the teacher, at his choosing.  Do your dictionary research ahead of time! (Consider the exclamation mark to indicate a falling tag, and the question mark a rising one.)

 

A. One of my finest friends is Frank, a former foreign affairs teacher from France who now teaches French. (You college-kids do know where France is, don’t you? …or do you!) All of Frank’s other friends are card-carrying college-graduated Indo-Europeanists. (Some of these fellows happen to be insufferable phonies.) Hmm… the French language has some Indo-European antecedents, doesn’t it? At any rate, we don’t give a tinker’s cuss about that, do we! Now, my friendship with Frank is partly predicated on the fact that he is the one citizen of France in our entire French Department. That means that professionally, he is a French teacher, while from the point of view of his origins and ancestry, he is a French teacher. He is a French French teacher!!

 

B. When someone is extraordinarily insubordinate, he is said to be “in insubordination”. Similarly, when he makes an unnecessary (but not unwelcome) and genuinely appreciative remark to a friend, that is, when he compliments him, his tone is “complimentary”. (Notice that this is not meant to imply anything about the depth of the compliment-bearer’s intentions, nor indeed about this hypothetical couple’s alleged “complementarity”.)  Interesting, isn’t it! I mean, really! Isn’t it? Now, when one wants a companion, he is said to desire companionship; when one is absent, he counts as an “absentee”, and should one choose to insult someone, indeed, he proffers an insult. That, of course, you would never do, would you? Or would you!

 

2. (       /5%) You will have to describe orally to the teacher a clip chosen by him from ‘What Are These People Doing’ or from ‘Great Moments In Sports’, in just one or two minutes, as though (for example) you were on the telephone with your Great-Aunt Ludmilla in Lithuania, trying (very hard) to cheer her up.