Friday, May 26, 2017

However, It's a Loud Party Everyday on the Eastern Front

Read this passage from All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque

“Wearily I stand up and look out the window. Then I take one of the books, intending to read, and turn over the leaves. But I put it away and take out another. There are passages in it that have been marked. I look, turn over the pages, take up fresh books. Already they are piled up beside me. Speedily more join the heap, papers, magazines, letters.
    I stand there dumb. As before a judge.
    Words, Words, Words- they do not reach me.
    Slowly I place the books back in the shelves.
    Quietly, I go out of the room.”

What is Remarque’s purpose for using repetition of “Words, Words, Words?”

A. Speaker wants to demonstrate his poetic prowess
B. Speaker’s mindset is joyful because he gets to read again
C. Speaker is bored as he’s stuck in his room
D. Speaker is frustrated that he cannot find what he is searching for amongst his books

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Answer- D- The speaker is hastily picking up book after book to find something. Words like wearily and dejected demonstrate his negative state of mind. Option C does suggest negativity, but because he is frantically jumping from one book to the next, Option D’s suggest of searching for an unknown entity is the best option.

Thanks to Lydia and Kris, two extremely bright students from Mrs. Stamey's class that I am sure will get a scholarship to UNC someday. 

Thursday, May 25, 2017


Read the following poem by Basho:

It is deep autumn
My neighbor
How does he live, I wonder.

What is most likely the meaning of this poem?

a. The narrator worries about how his neighbor is going to make it through the cold nights
b. The narrator is approaching death and is now beginning to concern himself with the welfare of those around him
c. The narrator has just realized he knows nothing about his neighbor's life
d. The narrator cannot understand how the neighbor is still alive.

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Since this is a poem, a short one at that, we must look for clues to see if there is more to this than meets the eye.  The only clue we are given is that it is autumn.  Autumn is an archetype that means approaching old age and death.  With this in mind, the correct answer is b.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Missing this question? That's a paddling.

Read the following quote from Anthem:

"The first blow of the lash felt as if our spine had been cut in two."

What is the quote and example of?

A: alliteration
B: metaphor
C: hyperbole
D: simile

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You can make a case for two answers here:
C: because the comparison could be construed as an exaggeration to show how much the lash hurt -or-
D: because he uses like or as to describe something that is something else.

Thanks to Meredith, Roslyn, Jarvis, and Aaron from Ms. Brooks class for this question!  I'm sure you guys never had to worry about a whipping, but it took quite a few of those to for me.  I had several teachers that had paddles in their room ready to apply the "Board of Education" to any student in need of learning.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

A Fable

Read the following fable:

The Donkey and His Masters

A donkey, belonging to an herb-seller who gave him too little food and too much work made a petition to Jupiter to be released from his present service and provided with another master. Jupiter, after warning him that he would repent his request, caused him to be sold to a tile-maker. Shortly afterwards, finding that he had heavier loads to carry and harder work in the brick-field, he petitioned for another change of master. Jupiter, telling him that it would be the last time that he could grant his request, ordained that he be sold to a tanner. The donkey found that he had fallen into worse hands, and noting his master's occupation, said, groaning: "It would have been better for me to have been either starved by the one, or to have been overworked by the other of my former masters, than to have been bought by my present owner, who will even after I am dead tan my hide, and make me useful to him."

The best lesson of this story is:

a. He that finds discontentment in one place is not likely to find happiness in another.
b. Every cloud has a silver lining.
c. There is a light at the end of the tunnel.
d. He who hesitates is lost.

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a. is the correct answer.


Monday, May 22, 2017

It's Crazy! It's So Crazy It Just Might Work!

Read the following passage from the novel The Giver:

"It would work. They could make it work.  Jonas told himself again and again throughout the day.  
But that evening, everything changed - All of it - all the things they had thought through so meticulously - fell apart."

What effect does the foreshadowing have in the above passage?

A.  It fully explains what will later happen in the novel
B.  It increases the suspense because it hints that something is now going to be different
C.  It makes it easier to understand why Jonas is so happy
D.  It reveals the theme of the importance of planning.

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Correct answer- B

Thanks to Mrs. Brooks Honors English II class for this question!  No suspense for you guys, though.  I feel this great question foreshadows top scores on your EOCs!

By the way, I know your teacher refers to this as DD, but when I hear DD, I always think Daredevil.  I guess that could be because I'm either way cool, or just a nerd.  Feel free to weigh in on the comments - cool or nerd

Friday, May 19, 2017

What Number Are You?

Read the following quote from the novel All Quiet on the Western Front by Remarque.

"Bed 26, amputated thigh."

He sniffs: "How should I know anything about it, I've amputated five legs to-day;" he shoves me away, says to the hospital orderly. "You see to it," and hurries off to the operating room.

Which of the following themes does the quote represent?

a) destruction of nature

b) dehumanization
c) generational responsibility
d) condemnation of warfare

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a) incorrect; no mention of nature
b) correct; he referred the a patient as a body part instead of as a whole
c) incorrect; because he didn't influence anyone
d) incorrect; because there was no fighting involved

Thanks to Matt and Chase from Mrs. Stamey's class for this question, proving that two heads are better than one, even these two!

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Much like Medusa

Read the following quote from Anthem:

"Their hair was golden as the sun; their hair flew in the wind, shining and wild, as if it defied men to restrain it."

What does the quote show?

a. simile
b. hyperbole
c. metaphor
d. symbol

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The correct answer is a. simile because it uses "as" to compare their hair with the golden sun.

Thanks to Jordan, Courtney, Katie, and Tykavia from Ms. Brooks class for this question.  Jordan said that Courtney also has hair golden as the sun that defies men to restrain it, but Katie and Tykavia told me that it is only because she is having a bad hair day.