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The 9/11 memorial, an ambitious renunciation

Publié par Clifford Armion le 15/01/2013
A partir d'une interview de Clifford Chanin, directeur de l'éducation et des programmes au 9/11 museum de New York, sur le mémorial du 11 septembre 2001, cette page propose des exercices de compréhension générale et détaillée, ainsi qu'un exercice de phonétique.


General comprehension

  1. Who is Clifford Chanin?
  2. What is the function of the 9/11 memorial?
  3. In what way does it change the New York skyline?


Detailed comprehension

Part 1
1) What were the dimensions of the original WTC site?

2) In what part of New York City was it located?

3) Match the WTC data together:

Number of stories 1 square acre
Surface of each floor 10 million square feet
Floor space in both buildings 110

4) What was the intention behind the creation of the WTC?

Part 2
1) Fill in the blanks:

Once the attacks came and the buildings __________, it emerged very quickly in the planning process that the actual __________ of the buildings, those places were the buildings stood, were considered ________ ground. The ___________ was made very early on that there would be no building in those ___________, that they would be preserved as part of whatever memorial would ultimately emerge.

2) How many names of victims are inscribed on the parapets of the memorial pools?

3) Did all those people die during the 9/11 attack on the World Trade Center? Justify your answer.

Part 3
1) How many architects took part in the international competition for the memorial?

2) What was the name of the winning project by Michael Arad?

3) Looking at the images of the memorial, explain why that name was chosen.

4) What is the key concept of the memorial?


Going further

Follow that link towards the complete interview of Clifford Chanin and answer the following questions:

- What portion of the original site is intended for commercial reconstruction? What makes this memorial ‘an ambitious renunciation’?

- Why do people come to the memorial?


Phonetics: the <-ion> rule

1) Listen to the pronunciation of the words 'education', 'million' and 'competition'.

  On which syllable are these words stressed?
2) Complete the following statement: words ending in _____ are always stressed on the _____________ syllable.

Précis de phonologie - Règle de -ION et extension
Pour citer cette ressource :

"The 9/11 memorial, an ambitious renunciation", La Clé des Langues [en ligne], Lyon, ENS de LYON/DGESCO (ISSN 2107-7029), janvier 2013. Consulté le 21/05/2018. URL: http://cle.ens-lyon.fr/anglais/se-former/les-precis-et-le-workbook/workbook/reclaiming-space-in-new-york-city/the-9-11-memorial-an-ambitious-renunciation