Das jetzt.de-Abi: Englisch - Fuckin´ Mission Accomplished!

Die Ersten haben schon angefangen mit dem Lernen, der Rest wähnt das Abi noch in weiter Ferne - aber bald, bald ist es wieder soweit: Die Prüfungen für das Reifezeugnis stehen an. Die Menschen in den Ministerien und die ihnen angegliederten Oberstudienräte grübeln deswegen gerade über den Aufgaben, die je nach Bundesland von März bis Mai im Abi gestellt werden. Was dabei herauskommt, wissen wir schon jetzt - die üblichen trögen Wald- und Wiesen-Aufgaben. Das geht auch anders, sagt jetzt.de - und entwirft zur Rettung der Abi-Aufgabe eine eigene Reifeprüfung. Heute die vierte Folge: Englisch.
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Textaufgabe

Bild: afp I. Questions on the text "Mission Accomplished" On May 1st, 2003, US-President George W. Bush gave aboard the "USS Abraham Lincoln" the famous "Mission Accomplished"-speech. The speech was named after the banner hanging behind the President on the deck of the aircraft carrier. Read the speech. First read all the questions on the speech, then answer them in the given order. Use your own words as far as it is appropiate. 1. "Everywhere that freedom arrives, humanity rejoices; and everywhere that freedom stirs, let tyrants fear." Explain the meaning of this sentence. 2. Examine the speaker´s view of the situation in Iraq. 3. Considering the speaker´s intention, analyse the language and the tone of the text. The President: "Thank you all very much. Admiral Kelly, Captain Card, officers and sailors of the USS Abraham Lincoln (1), my fellow Americans: Major combat operations in Iraq have ended. In the battle of Iraq, the United States and our allies have prevailed. (Applause.) And now our coalition is engaged in securing and reconstructing that country. In this battle, we have fought for the cause of liberty, and for the peace of the world. Our nation and our coalition are proud of this accomplishment -- yet, it is you, the members of the United States military, who achieved it. Your courage, your willingness to face danger for your country and for each other, made this day possible. Because of you, our nation is more secure. Because of you, the tyrant has fallen, and Iraq is free. (Applause.) (...) This nation thanks all the members of our coalition who joined in a noble cause. We thank the Armed Forces of the United Kingdom, Australia, and Poland, who shared in the hardships of war. We thank all the citizens of Iraq who welcomed our troops and joined in the liberation of their own country. And tonight, I have a special word for Secretary Rumsfeld, for General Franks, and for all the men and women who wear the uniform of the United States: America is grateful for a job well done. (2) (Applause.) The character of our military through history -- the daring of Normandy, the fierce courage of Iwo Jima, the decency and idealism that turned enemies into allies -- is fully present in this generation. When Iraqi civilians looked into the faces of our servicemen and women, they saw strength and kindness and goodwill. When I look at the members of the United States military, I see the best of our country, and I'm honored to be your Commander-in-Chief. (Applause.) (...) Today, we have the greater power to free a nation by breaking a dangerous and aggressive regime. With new tactics and precision weapons, we can achieve military objectives without directing violence against civilians. No device of man can remove the tragedy from war; yet it is a great moral advance when the guilty have far more to fear from war than the innocent. (Applause.) In the images of celebrating Iraqis, we have also seen the ageless appeal of human freedom. Decades of lies and intimidation could not make the Iraqi people love their oppressors or desire their own enslavement. Men and women in every culture need liberty like they need food and water and air. Everywhere that freedom arrives, humanity rejoices; and everywhere that freedom stirs, let tyrants fear. (Applause.) We have difficult work to do in Iraq. We're bringing order to parts of that country that remain dangerous. We're pursuing and finding leaders of the old regime, who will be held to account for their crimes. We've begun the search for hidden chemical and biological weapons (3) and already know of hundreds of sites that will be investigated. We're helping to rebuild Iraq, where the dictator built palaces for himself, instead of hospitals and schools. And we will stand with the new leaders of Iraq as they establish a government of, by, and for the Iraqi people. (Applause.) The transition from dictatorship to democracy will take time, but it is worth every effort. Our coalition will stay until our work is done. Then we will leave, and we will leave behind a free Iraq. (Applause.) (…) Our war against terror is proceeding according to principles that I have made clear to all: Any person involved in committing or planning terrorist attacks against the American people becomes an enemy of this country, and a target of American justice. (Applause.) Any person, organization, or government that supports, protects, or harbors terrorists is complicit in the murder of the innocent, and equally guilty of terrorist crimes. Any outlaw regime that has ties to terrorist groups and seeks or possesses weapons of mass destruction is a grave danger to the civilized world -- and will be confronted. (Applause.) And anyone in the world, including the Arab world, who works and sacrifices for freedom has a loyal friend in the United States of America. (Applause.) Our commitment to liberty is America's tradition -- declared at our founding; affirmed in Franklin Roosevelt's Four Freedoms; asserted in the Truman Doctrine and in Ronald Reagan's challenge to an evil empire. We are committed to freedom in Afghanistan, in Iraq, and in a peaceful Palestine. The advance of freedom is the surest strategy to undermine the appeal of terror in the world. Where freedom takes hold, hatred gives way to hope. When freedom takes hold, men and women turn to the peaceful pursuit of a better life. American values and American interests lead in the same direction: We stand for human liberty. (Applause.) (…) Those we lost were last seen on duty. Their final act on this Earth was to fight a great evil and bring liberty to others. All of you -- all in this generation of our military -- have taken up the highest calling of history. You're defending your country, and protecting the innocent from harm. And wherever you go, you carry a message of hope -- a message that is ancient and ever new. In the words of the prophet Isaiah (4), "To the captives, 'come out,' -- and to those in darkness, 'be free.'" Thank you for serving our country and our cause. May God bless you all, and may God continue to bless America. (Applause.)" President George Walker Bush on Board "USS Abraham Lincoln", May 1st, 2003. Annotations 1. USS Abraham Lincoln = major aircraft carrier of the United States Navy, deployed in the Persian Gulf during combat operations in Iraq 2. America is grateful for a job well done = frequently used phrase in the Bush Administration 3. hidden chemical and biological weapons = formerly known as "weapons of mass destruction" 4. Isaiah = Jewish Prophet, lived during the late eighth and early seventh centuries BCE; also "Book of Isaiah", Part of the Old Testament


II: Composition Choose o n e of the following topics. Write about 250 to 300 words. 1. "Democracy is a device that ensures we shall be governed no better than we deserve." (George Bernard Shaw) Discuss. 2. Discuss the meaning of the word "fuck" in modern day´s English. Refer to the scene quoted. Colin Sullivan: You got fucking tapes... of what? Costello was 'my' informant. I was a rat? FUCK YOU! Prove it! He was working for me, he was 'my' informant. Billy Costigan: Shut your fucking mouth. Come on, GET UP! Colin Sullivan: Whoa, what is this? A citizens arrest? Blow me! Alright. Only one of us is a cop here Bill! You understand that Bill! No one knows who you fucking are! Billy Costigan: WOULD YOU SHUT THE FUCK UP! Colin Sullivan: I'm a Sergeant in the Massachusetts State Police! Who the fuck are you? I erased you! (The Departed, 2006) 3. "I did not have implants, I just had a growth spurt." (Britney Spears) Discuss.
III: Translation Translate the following text into German: This style seems wild Wait before you treat me like a stepchild Let me tell you why they got me on file 'Cause I give you what you lack Come right and exact Our status is the saddest So I care where you at, black And at home I got a call from Tony Rome The FBI was tappin' my telephone I never live alone I never walk alone My posses always ready, and they're waitin' in my zone Although I live the life that of a resident But I be knowin' the scheme that of the president Tappin' my phone whose crews abused I stand accused of doing harm 'Cause I'm louder than a bomb C'mon C'mon louder I am the rock hard trooper To the bone, the bone, the bone Full grown - consider me - stone Once again and I say it for you to know The troop is always ready, I yell `geronimo' Your CIA, you see I ain't kiddin' Both King and X they got ridda' both A story untold, true, but unknown Professor Griff knows... "I ain't no toast" And not the braggin' or boastin' and plus It ain't no secret why they're tappin' my phone, although I can't keep it a secret So I decided to kick it, yo And yes it weighs a ton I say it once again I'm called the enemy - I'll never be a friend Of those with closed minds, don't know I'm rapid The way that I rap it Is makin' 'em tap it, yeah Never servin 'em well, 'cause I'm an un-Tom It's no secret at all Cause I'm louder than a bomb From: Public Enemy, Louder than a bomb, 1988 ++++++ Die erste Folge des jetzt.de-Abis stellte Mathe-Aufgaben. Folge Zwei waren die Abi-Aufgaben in Deutsch Die dritte Folge stellte Aufgaben aus der Chemie.

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