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La Comédie Française et la Cimitière de Montparnasse (Paris, France)

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Exam Dates return to top

bullet2009: Thursday, May 7, 2009 (Afternoon Session)

Required Reading List  (May 2008, May 2009) return to top

bulletPlays
bullet Aimé Césaire (1913- ): Une tempête (1968)
bulletPierre Corneille (1606-1684): Le Cid (1637)
bullet Jean-Baptiste Molière (1622-1673): L'École des femmes (1662)
bulletNovels
bullet Marguerite Duras (1914-1996): Moderato Cantabile (1958)
bulletGuy de Maupassant (1850-1893): Pierre et Jean (1888)
bulletVoltaire (François-Marie Arouet, 1694-1778): Candide (1759)
bulletPoetry
bulletGuillaume Apollinaire (1880-1918):
bulletfrom Alcools (1913)
bullet "Le Pont Mirabeau"
bulletaudio of Apollinaire reciting "Le Pont Mirabeau" (requires RealPlayer)
bullet photos of Le Pont Mirabeau
bullet "Les Colchiques"
bullet "Mai"
bullet "Automne"
bulletCharles Baudelaire (1821-1867):
bulletfrom Les Fleurs du Mal (1857,1861)
bullet* "Correspondances"
bullet"Hymne à la Beauté"
bullet* "L'Invitation au voyage"
bullet"Chant d'automne"
bullet* "Spleen" (Quand le ciel...")
bullet* "Recueillement"
bulletJoachim Du Bellay (1522-1560):
bulletfrom Les Regrets (1558)
bullet * "Heureux qui comme Ulysse a fait un beau voyage"
bulletfrom L'Olive (1549)
bullet"Si notre vie est moins qu’une journée"
bulletLouise Labé (1524-1566):
bulletSonnets from Oeuvres (1555)
bullet* "On voit mourir toute chose animée"
bullet "Je vis, je meurs: je me brule et me noye"
bulletJean de La Fontaine (1621-1695):
bulletfrom Second recueil de Fables, Livre VII (1678-1679)
bullet"Les Animaux malades de la peste"
bulletfrom Fables choisies, Livre I (1668)
bullet"Le Chêne et le Roseau"
bullet"La Mort et le Bûcheron"
bullet* "Le Loup et l'Agneau"

* these poems can be heard as RealAudio files from poesie.webnet.fr.

Textbook Vendors return to top

bulletBarnes & Noble (www.bn.com)
bulletGiraudoux: La Guerre de Troie n'aura pas lieu
bulletHébert: Oeuvre poétique 1950-1990
bulletHébert: Poèmes
bulletLaye: L'Enfant noir
bulletMaupassant: Pierre et Jean
bulletMolière: l'École des femmes
bulletVoltaire: Candide
bulletCésaire: Une tempête
bulletCorneille: Le Cid
bulletDuras: Moderato Cantabile
bulletWorks for previous exams
bullet: Une si longue lettre
bullet Beaumarchais: Le Mariage de Figaro
bulletAmazon.com
bulletGiraudoux: La Guerre de Troie n'aura pas lieu
bulletLaye: L'Enfant noir
bulletMaupassant: Pierre et Jean
bulletMolière: l'École des femmes
bulletVoltaire: Candide
bulletCésaire: Une tempête
bulletCorneille: Le Cid
bulletDuras: Moderato Cantabile
bulletWorks for previous exams
bullet : Une si longue lettre
bulletAmazon.ca (Canada)
bulletGiraudoux: La Guerre de Troie n'aura pas lieu
bulletHébert: Oeuvre poétique 1950-1990
bulletLaye: L'Enfant noir
bulletMaupassant: Pierre et Jean
bulletMolière: l'École des femmes
bulletVoltaire: Candide
bulletCésaire: Une tempête
bulletCorneille: Le Cid
bulletDuras: Moderato Cantabile
bulletWorks for previous exams
bullet: Une si longue lettre
bullet Focus Publishing/R. Pullins Company
bullet AP French Literature Series: Focus Student Editions
bulletL'École des femmes
bulletL'Enfant noir
bulletPierre et Jean
bullet Wayside Publishing
bullet Anthology of Advanced Placement French Literature
bullet Study Guides for Advanced Placement French Literature
bulletPierre et Jean
bulletL'École des femmes
bulletCandide
bulletLe Cid
bulletModerato Cantabile
bullet Une tempête
bulletLa Poésie
bulletWorks for previous exams
bulletLe Mariage de Figaro
bulletLa Guerre de Troie
bulletL'Enfant noir
bulletUne si longue lettre...

Electronic Texts return to top

The following texts are available as Microsoft Reader e-books (require Microsoft Reader; the Microsoft Reader French-English Pocket Dictionary is recommended to enable the Lookup function.  Desktop and Pocket PC versions available). To download, right-click on the link, then select "Save Target As..."
bullet Poetry (2008-2009 Exams) (147 KB)
bullet Candide (215 KB)
bulletl'École des femmes (187 KB)
bulletPierre et Jean  (228 KB)
bulletLe Cid (174 KB)
bulletWorks for previous exams
bullet Poetry (2003 Exam) (148 KB)
bullet Le Mariage de Figaro  (217 KB)
bullet Poetry (2004-2007 Exams) (152 KB)
bullet Une Si Longue Lettre... (Study Guide) (142 KB)

To hear Microsoft Reader e-books read in French, download and install the Microsoft Reader Text-to-Speech Package 1.0 (French)-- for desktops and notebooks only.

The following text is available as a free Microsoft Reader e-book from mozambook.free.fr:

bullet Les Fleurs du Mal by Charles Baudelaire (230 KB)
bullet Candide ou l'Optimisme by Voltaire (180 KB)

The following texts are available as free Mobipocket e-books (require Mobipocket Reader for Palm OS or Pocket PC).

bullet Candide (119 KB)
bullet l'École des femmes (135 KB)
bullet Pierre et Jean  (170 KB)
bullet Le Cid (125 KB)
bulletWorks for previous exams
bullet Le Mariage de Figaro  (226 KB)

The following texts are available for purchase as Mobipocket e-books (require Mobipocket Reader for Palm OS or Pocket PC).

bullet Larousse Compact English-French/French-English Dictionary (4 MB)
bulletApollinaire Alcools (127KB)
bulletLa Fontaine Fables Book 1 (180 KB)
bulletLa Fontaine Fables Book 2 (257 KB)
bulletBaudelaire Les Fleurs du Mal (188 KB)

Supplemental Links return to top

bullet College Board's Advanced Placement French Literature Exam
bullet AP Credit Policy Info- The College Board's searchable database with links to the AP credit and placement policies of many colleges and universities
bulletThe College Board's Course Description for AP French Language and Literature (in PDF)
bulletAP University Credit- chart comparing credit awarded by 12 universities for the AP French Language, AP French Literature, AP English Composition and Literature, AP European History, and AP Mathematics Calculus BC exams. Requires Adobe Acrobat Reader.
bulletNational AP Scores for the French, Spanish, and German Language and Literature exams 1995-2000.
bulletStudy guide of French literary terms- Requires Adobe Acrobat Reader.
bulletLiterary terms PowerPoint presentation
bulletMicrosoft Reader and French-English Dictionary for Pocket PC and desktop PCs- to read e-book versions of Candide, l'École des femmes, Le Mariage de Figaro, Pierre et Jean, and Poetry
bulletDr. Kairet's web site at Cincinnati Country Day School containing pages on:
bulletRonsard
bulletLabe
bulletLa Fontaine
bulletBaudelaire
bulletApollinaire
bulletAP French Literature Links- from the Connecticut chapter of the American Association of Teachers of French (AATF)
bulletFilms for the Humanities & Sciences videos for purchase or rental on the following works:
bullet Jean Giraudoux: La Guerre de Troie N'Aura Pas Lieu
bullet Molière: l'École des femmes
bullet Voltaire: Candide
bullet Jean de la Fontaine
bullet The Works of La Fontaine
bulletpoesie.webnet.fr - text and audio files of French poems
bulletToute La Poésie- French poetry site including technical explanations of meter, rhyme, and stanzas.
bulletSommaire de versification classique française- University of Quebec at Chicoutimi site containing definitions and explanations of terms for analyzing poetry.
bulletLiterary terms- from the site for French study and teaching at www.lettres.net
bulletAssociation des Bibliophiles Universels (ABU)- French electronic texts
bulletwww.bibliopolis.fr- the electronic reference for French literature
bulletClicNet- Francophone cultural and literary site
bulletApollinare
bulletSite Guillaume Apollinaire- hosted at Western Illinois University
bulletphotos of Le Pont Mirabeau in Paris by Milton Alan Turner
bullet photos of La Rue Guillaume Apollinaire in Paris by Milton Alan Turner
bullet photo of Le Pont Mirabeau in Paris by Frederic Phan
bulletaudio of Apollinaire reciting "Le Pont Mirabeau" (in RealAudio or MP3 formats) from UbuWeb
bullet Baudelaire
bullet Enivrez-vous
bulletphotos of Charles Baudelaire's tomb and cenotaph at the Cimitière de Montparnasse in Paris by Milton Alan Turner
bulletCésaire
bulletwww.cesaire.org- site for the exposition organized by Unesco in honor of Aimé Césaire
bullet The Tempest by William Shakespeare
bulletCorneille
bullet Biography of Corneille- from la Comédie Française
bulletphotos of Corneille and La Comédie Française in Paris by Milton Alan Turner
bulletDu Bellay
bullet Biography of Du Bellay- from alalettre.com
bullet Biography of Du Bellay- from Anthologie francophone
bullet Biography of Du Bellay- from Yahoo! Encyclopédie
bulletle Musée Du Bellay
bulletfrom Les Regrets (1558)
bullet* "France, mère des arts, des armes, et des lois"
bulletfrom L'Olive (1549)
bullet "Si notre vie est moins qu’une journée"
bulletDuras
bullet Biography of Marguerite Duras- from the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs
bullet Biography of Duras- from la Comédie Française
bulletphotos of Marguerite Duras' tomb at the Cimitière de Montparnasse in Paris by Milton Alan Turner
bulletLabé
bullet Labé's Sonnets- from the College Board's AP French Literature site
bullet Labé's Sonnets- from the Académie de Lyon web site
bullet Labé's Sonnets- from the Prentice-Hall web site
bullet Sonnets from Oeuvres (1555)
bullet "Oh si j'estois en ce beau sein ravie"
bullet "Las! que me sert, que si parfaitement"
bulletLa Fontaine
bulletwww.jdlf.com- site dedicated to Jean de la Fontaine
bulletwww.lafontaine.net- site dedicated to Jean de la Fontaine
bulletMusée Jean de la Fontaine- site for the Jean de la Fontaine Museum
bulletMaupassant
bullet Profil- Pierre et Jean- information on the novel by Guy de Maupassant from Hatier
bullet Pierre et Jean- site with analyses of several extracts from the novel
bulletMolière
bullet Biography of Molière- from la Comédie Française
bulletphotos of Molière and La Comédie Française in Paris by Milton Alan Turner
bulletVoltaire
bullet Biography of Voltaire- from la Comédie Française
bulletphoto of Le Restaurant Voltaire in Paris by Milton Alan Turner
bullet Miriama Bâ (1929-1981): Une si longue lettre (1979)
bullet Study guide for Une si longue lettre... by Miriama Bâ (HTML) (also available in PDF and Baudelaire
bulletGiraudoux
bullet La Guerre de Troie n'aura pas lieu- from Hatier's Profil d'une oeuvre
bullet La Guerre de Troie n'aura pas lieu- site created by Emmanuelle Vanborre at Boston College
bullet La Guerre de Troie d'Homère à Giraudoux- study of major characters from Collège Les Prés
bulletLa Guerre de Troie n'aura pas lieu- cast and credits for 1981 French television production from The Internet Movie Database
bulletHomer's The Iliad study aid by Sparknotes
bullet Jean Giraudoux Biography- from DiscoverFrance.net
bulletTroy web site for the Warner Bros. motion picture
bullet Helen of Troy USA Networks mini-series "Cable in the Classroom" site including:
bullet Guide
bullet Cast of Characters
bullet Timeline
bullet FAQs
bulletHébert
bullet Anne Hébert: AP French Exam Poetry- from the Connecticut chapter of the American Association of Teachers of French (AATF)
bulletAnne Hébert site complet- by Dr. Robert Harvey
bullet Biography of Anne Hébert- from Northwest Passages
bullet Biography of Anne Hébert- from BOA Books
bullet Prix Anne Hébert- from canada-culture.org
bullet Anne Hébert 1916-2000- The National Film Board of Canada's page on Jacques Godbout's 2001 film
bulletfrom Poèmes Nouveaux (1987-1989)
bullet "Baigneuse" 
bullet "Une fois seulement"
bulletfrom Les Tombeaux des rois (1953)
bullet "Nos mains au jardin" 
bullet "Les grandes fontaines"
bullet from Poèmes Anciens (1961-1980)
bullet "Le piano"
bulletLaye
bullet Biography of Camara Laye- from webGuinée.net (in English)
bullet En préparation à l'examen AP: L'Enfant noir de Camara Laye web site by Christine Renaudin & Suzanne Toczyski of Sonoma State University
bullet Study guide for the film L'Enfant noir from the Virginia Commonwealth University French Film series and French Film Festival.
bulletLes Films du Paradoxe- web site for movie studio that contains information on the VHS video release of Laurent Chevallier's 1995 adaptation of L'Enfant noir (in French and in English)
bullet Pierre Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais (1732-1799)
bullet Le Mariage de Figaro (1781)
bullet Biography of Beaumarchais- from la Comédie Française
bullet Pierre de Ronsard (1524-1585):
bulletfrom Second livre des Amours (1555-1556)
bullet * "A Marie" ("Comme on voit sur la branche...")
bulletfrom Les Odes (1553)
bullet "Ode à Cassandre" ("Mignonne, allons voir...)"
bulletfrom Sonnets pour Hélène (1578)
bullet * "A Hélène" ("Quand vous serez bien vieille...")
bullet "The Fates (Atropos)" at The Prado Museum- painting by Francisco de Goya to help explain reference to "la Parque" in Ronsard's poem "A Marie" 
bulletPaul Verlaine (1844-1896)
bulletfrom Romances sans paroles (1874)
bullet* Ariettes Oubliées III: Il pleure dans mon cœur
bullet Ariettes Oubliées VII: Ô triste, triste était mon âme

* these poems can be heard as RealAudio files from poesie.webnet.fr.

Supplemental Readings return to top

The following texts are available as Microsoft Reader e-books:

bulletÉmile ou De l'éducation by Jean-Jacques Rousseau (606 KB)
bulletLe Barbier de Séville by Beaumarchais (174 KB)
bulletDom Juan by Molière (170 KB)
bulletTartuffe by Molière (176 KB)
bulletApparition by Guy de Maupassant (142 KB)
bulletLe Horla (Version de 1886) by Guy de Maupassant (143 KB)
bulletLe Horla (Version de 1887) by Guy de Maupassant (156 KB)
bulletLa Parure by Guy de Maupassant (142 KB)
bulletLes Trois Mousquetaires by Alexandre Dumas (615 KB)
bulletFrench IV Third Quarter Literature (164 KB)

The following texts are available as free Microsoft Reader e-books from Mozambook.net:

bullet Le Spleen de Paris by Charles Baudelaire (297 KB)
bullet Andromache by Jean Racine (202 KB)

The following text is available as a free Microsoft Reader e-book from The University of Virginia's E-Book Library:

bullet Troilus and Cressida by William Shakespeare (248 KB)

Why Study French? return to top

bulletWhy Study French? web site listing the numerous advantages of learning and speaking French
bulletFrench at Saint Ignatius- a web-based presentation detailing the many benefits of studying French at Saint Ignatius (click on the Slide Show icon on the bottom right corner of the new window to hear the audio narration).  To download the full PowerPoint presentation (5.5 MB), click here.
bulletWhy Study French- Saint Ignatius students explain why they chose to study French and discuss the benefits of their choice.
bulletWhy Study French? Flyer- information on the benefits of French study in general and at Saint Ignatius in particular (requires Adobe Acrobat Reader)

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