SOLUZIONI SECONDA PROVA MATURITA’ 2013/ Liceo linguistico: svolgimento della traccia di inglese

- Sharon Mollerus

Ecco lo svolgimento relativo al tema di lingua inglese per i licei linguistici, svolto da Sharon Mollerus. Le risposte alle domande relative al Grande Gatsby e ai "lovelocks" di Parigi

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Pubblichiamo lo svolgimento della traccia di inglese per il Liceo linguistico, tema di lingua straniera, testo letterario di lingua inglese. Lo svolgimento è a cura di Sharon Mollerus. Si tratta dello sviluppo di una serie di domande sul tema del terzo capitolo de “The Great Gatsby by Francis Scott Fitzgerald” e una seconda serie di domande sui “lovelocks”, i lucchetti dell’amore che per qualche periodo sono apparsi a centinaia su vari ponti delle maggiori città europee a testimoniare l’amore delle coppie. Nel caso specifico, le domande riguardano la città di Parigi.

Comprehension Questions, The Great Gatsby

1. The passage offers a neighbor’s account of the elaborate summer parties at Gatsby’s estate, with his fashionable guests, sumptuous feasts and entertainment by a full orchestra.
2. In the passage “Men and girls came and went like moths”, the narrator shows how the party-goers flit in and out at random, with little connection to each other or their host.
3. The Rolls-Royce is used as a bus to conduct guests to and from the party from their homes in the city.
4. Servants cleaned the house and prepared the garden. The butler made fresh orange juice with a machine. Caterers came every two weeks to prepare the garden decorations.
5. The parties take place on Gatsby’s estate.
6. The food is designed to dazzle the guests, with the “glistening hors-d’oeuvre” and “turkeys bewitched to a dark gold”.
7. A sense of superficiality pervades the scene, as guests move through the crowd, dressed up and lively, but not stopping to meet anyone.
8. The party begins after the sun goes down and when the first dancer steps out onto the platform.

A neighbor describes the large, opulent parties on summer nights at Gatsby’s house and gardens. No expense has been spared, as servants have toiled during the week at cleaning and gardening and preparing the elaborate feast.  The Rolls-Royce chauffeurs guests in and out of the city all weekend while the station wagon picks people up from the train station.  The guests spend the day swimming, sunbathing and boating.  In the evening, the crowded buffet tables offer tantalizing plates of hors d’oeuvres, meats and salads.  From a bar with a brass rail, an array of traditional cocktails are served.  By 7:00, a full orchestra is playing for the crowd.  The fashionable guests mingle freely through the night, without even learning each other’s names.  As the drinks flow, the party-goers become more animated, and eventually one woman mounts the stage to start the dancing.




  1. 1. Visitors to Paris must go to the top of the Eiffel Tower, visit the Louvre and leave a padlock as a memento of their love.

2. Parisians are annoyed by the padlocks, which litter their bridges and monuments.

3. One night in 2010, thousands of locks suddenly disappeared without explanation.

4. The padlock craze apparently started from an Italian novel, which featured a Roman couple who attached an inscribed padlock to a bridge and threw the key in the Tiber. 

5. The civic authorities are not cracking down on the padlocks, because the phenomenon is good for tourism.

6. The artist Loris Gréaud melted down some of the locks to create a sculpture.

7. Some of the bridges have become unstable because their grates have been weighed down by as many as 330 pounds of locks.

8. Master Lock is offering a virtual lock online to immortalize one’s love and save the cost of travel.


In Paris, the recent fad of immortalizing love on a padlock attached to a bridge or monument has created controversy for Parisians as a new form of graffiti.  The phenomenon apparently started from a scene in an Italian teen novel and has spread worldwide, but particularly in Paris, as the destination city for couples.  Visiting lovers inscribe their names on the padlock, attach it to a permanent fixture and throw the key in the river.  Thousands of locks can be found around the city, and officials have been torn between not wanting to discourage tourism and preserving the integrity and beauty of their historical places.  In some cases, the weight of the locks has compromised the stability of the bridges.  Last year, an artist incorporated some of the padlocks into an installation.  MasterLock, a padlock manufacturer, is now offering an online alternative to memorialize the bond without leaving home.


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