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A chilling story

"Une histoire à vous glacer le sang"
French C1 writing exercise

A young couple had just moved into a huge manor...

As this is a story, use Le Passé Simple when appropriate.

Pay attention to the hints!

Some vocabulary you may want to look up before or during this exercise: "a manor", "tossing and turning", "in vain", "to clear one's mind", "to depict (image)", "a figure", "the previous one", "but for... (exception)", "ajar", "shivering (fear)", "to be crouching", "a rustling noise".

I’ll give you some sentences to translate into French

  • I’ll show you where you make mistakes
  • I’ll keep track of what you need to practise
  • Change my choices if you want
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How the test works

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Catherine didn't feel at ease inside the dark manor which she and Thomas had just moved into. On that first night, despite everything her husband had said to reassure her, she couldn't fall asleep. After tossing and turning in vain, she decided to go clear her mind in the library. She grabbed the first book that she saw, and she sat down comfortably in an armchair. The first page depicted the figure of a woman reading a book in a library strangely similar to the one where Catherine was. The second page seemed identical to the previous one but for the library's door which was now ajar. Shivering, Catherine turned the third page, and she barely had time to notice the man with a knife who was crouching behind the woman's familiar armchair, before hearing a rustling noise behind her...

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