Operation Escargot & Bac Philo

Truck drivers across France have been participating in “operation escargot” – driving very very slowly on highways and causing major traffic problems to protest against the high price of gasoline and diesel.

Today the operation did not start until 9 AM because the drivers didn’t want to disturb the thousands of students (615,625!!) who were taking the Philosophy Bac this morning. Isn’t that nice?

Here are some sample questions on the Philosophy exam. Students have four hours to write their essays, but they won’t know the results until July 4.

“L’art transforme-t-il notre conscience du réel ?”
“Peut-on désirer sans souffrir ?”
“Est-il plus facile de connaître autrui que de se connaître soi-même ?”
“La perception peut-elle s’éduquer ?”

How would you do on this exam?

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  • http://www.correresmidestino.com/ Zhu

    I studied in “L” (littéraire) and got 14/20 at the philosophy exam when I took my Bac ;-)

    Can’t remember the subject though… it was in 2001! I know I vowed to never take a similar exam again. These two weeks of exams were just exhausting. But it’s a French thing and I’m proud I passed of course!

  • http://www.correresmidestino.com Zhu

    I studied in “L” (littéraire) and got 14/20 at the philosophy exam when I took my Bac ;-)

    Can’t remember the subject though… it was in 2001! I know I vowed to never take a similar exam again. These two weeks of exams were just exhausting. But it’s a French thing and I’m proud I passed of course!

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I created this blog in September 2006 when I moved to France from Michigan to teach English. Many of the earlier posts are about my personal life in France, dealing with culture shock, traveling in Europe and becoming fluent in French. In July 2011, I relocated to Australia to start my PhD in Applied Linguistics. Although I am no longer living in France, my research is on foreign language pedagogy and I teach French at a university so these themes appear most often on the blog. I also continue to post about traveling and being an American abroad.

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