1) Where does the scene take place ?
The scene takes place in Calvin and Jenna Whitehall's twelve-room mansion
in Greenwich, Connecticut.
2) Name the four characters. Say :
a) whether they are present or just mentioned.
Jenna and Calvin Whitehall are present while Gary and Molly are only
b) how they relate to one another, when possible.
Jenna and Calvin are a married couple. Molly Lasch is Jenna Whitehall's
very best friend and Gary, who recently died, may have been Molly's
3) Tick the two adjectives which best apply
to Jen's state of mind. Justify by quoting from the next :
l 3 "I intend to be with her"
l 5 "you are attractive when you're mad and trying not to show
4) Who or what do the following pronouns refer
- l.1 : "I" Jenna Whitehall
- l.2 : "her" Molly's
- l.3 : "I" Jenna Whitehall
- l.4 : "it" Molly's story
5) Are both Jenna and Calvin convinced that
Molly told the truth about Gary's death ? Explain in your own words,
using elements from the text (30 words).
Molly said that she didn't remember anything about Gary's death and
Jenna believes her friend. Moreover she intends to help Molly. Unlike
his wife, Calvin doubts Molly's innocence "That's her story"
6) True (T) or false (F) ? Circle the right
box and justify by quoting from the text :
a. Calvin Whitehall imposed respect from those around him
l 9-10 "Thick eyebrows over ice-blue eyes enhanced the aura of
authority that emanated from him"
b. Calvin Whitehall had always led a comfortable life
l 11 "His humble beginnings"
c. He intervened whenever his parents started quarreling
l 20 "In the tiny spartan bedroom that had been his retreat from
d. He had managed to rise up the social ladder and become his own
l 14 "A scholarship to Yale (...) had led to a spectacular rise
in the business world."
l 30 "At 30, he wrenched control of the company from the bewildered
e. Memories of his childhood hardships disappeared completely thanks
to his rapid ascension
l 34 "The satisfaction of the kill appeased in him the lingering
anger at his father's bullying"
f. Calvin's choices left no room for improvisation.
l 40 "She, too, had been part of his plan".
7) l.32-33 : "It was his first opportunity
(...) would win"
What does the narrator's choice of words here reveal about Calvin's
determination to succeed ? (40 words)
Words such as "prey" and "win" reveal that Calvin
considers the business world as a jungle in which one must fight and
kill to succeed. Calvin also considers it a game in which he takes a
certain pleasure since he knows he will win : "cat and mouse"
; "to toy" ; "a game"
8) Define the couple's personal relationship.
Was it satisfying to both husband and wife ? (50 words)
Yes, the relationship was satisfying to both husband and wife since
each one offered the other what he or she needed to succeed. She is
gorgeous, from a good but impoverished family, while he is handsome
and rich but from a lower class. It seems that even the absence of children
suits both of them.