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Fake news: a case study

Fact or fiction?

Activity 4
Fake news: a case study
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a. True or false? Justify by a brief quote from the text.

1) The story was told on the radio in the 1930s.

2) They used sound effects to make it sound more realistic.

3) People didn’t believe the story.

4) Orson Welles expected this type of reaction from American people.

5) It damaged Orson Welles’ career.

b. What were the consequences of this episode?
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Get ready! Find the English words in the text for the following French translations.

1) Interrompre (v.):
2) à grande échelle (adj.):
3) bulletin météo (exp.):
4) fuir (v.):
5) se tortiller (v.):
6) couper le courant (exp.):
7) briller (v.):
8) faire attention (exp.):
9) bruitages (exp.):
10) décrocher un contrat (exp.):
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What kind of program is it (several possible answers)? Justify your choice(s).

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Classify the following sentences in the right category.

  • New York was destroyed.
  • People panicked.
  • A meteor crashed on Earth.
  • People tried to flee the US.
Fiction Reality Both
  • People thought it was the end of the world.

  • Several Martian spacecraft landed in the US.

  • Orson Welles said it was fiction.


    Let's recap! Say orally what happened in this article. Why did Orson Welles do this?
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