Friday, January 5, 2018


When the cannibal showed up late for dinner, they gave him the cold shoulder.

The above is an example of:

a. dramatic irony
b. pun
c. irony
d. metaphor

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The correct answer is b. pun since there is a play on the words "cold shoulder."

Thursday, January 4, 2018

What's Sacred to You?

Read this excerpt from All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Remarque:

"Good God, what is there that is sacred to me?- such things change pretty quickly with us."

What is this passage an example of?

a) allusion

b) tone
c) metaphor
d) external conflict

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a) allusion isn't the answer because nothing famous is referred to
b) Tone is the answer because the character's response is very disillusioned and depressed

c) metaphor isn't the answer because you aren't comparing one thing to another
d) external conflict isn't the answer because the two characters aren't in conflict here

Thanks to the ultra smart Miranda from Mrs. Stamey's class for this question.  Based on the quality of this question, I'm sure she is a die hard Carolina fan!  Go Heels!

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

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, January 2, 2018

Forget Las Vegas, Wall Street Is Where the Action's at

Read this excerpt from “The Bet” by Anton Chekhov.  The narrator was contemplating killing a man in an issue about money, but the man leaves the money and goes away:

“At no other time, not even after heavy losses on the stock exchange had he ever felt such contempt for himself as now. Back in his house he went to bed, but he was kept awake for a long time by excitement and tears.”

Which literary device is being demonstrated in the passage?

A. Internal conflict
B. Dialogue
C. Alliteration
D. Symbolism

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Answer- A. The banker is demonstrating that he is not happy with himself, but is quite “excited” the entire time. The opposite emotions demonstrate that he is conflicted.

I suppose I would also feel “excited” if the person that I was intending to kill in order to save myself some money had opted to just leave the money behind, thus freeing me from having to kill him. At the same time, I might just have to feel a little guilty about the fact that I was two seconds away from being a murderer. Yes, I think that internal conflict is shown.

Thanks to Sydney and Alyssa for this EXCITING question.  I have no money to trade in the stock market, so I really have no conflict in the matter.

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Christmas Break

Studying for the EOC is fine and all, but take some time off and enjoy the holidays!  We'll be back in January.   However, if you are really just desperate, why don't you make your own EOC style question and send it to me as a Christmas gift?

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

You Better not Laugh...

The following is a stanza taken from Ogden Nash's poem, "The Boy Who Laughed at Santa Claus."  Which couplet is an example of forced rhyme?

a.  Another trick that tickled Jabez
    Was crying 'Boo' at little babies.

b.  He brushed his teeth, they said in town,
     Sideways instead of up and down.

c.  Yet people pardoned every sin,
     And viewed his antics with a grin,

d.  Till they were told by Jabez Dawes,
     'There isn't any Santa Claus!'

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A forced rhyme is much like it sounds - two words that do not rhyme with each other but sound close and are used as rhyming words.  
The correct answer is a!

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

The Grinch Returns!

Read the passage below from Dr. Seuss's How the Grinch Stole Christmas:

Then he slithered and slunk, with a smile most unpleasant,
Around the whole room, and he took every present!
Pop guns! And bicycles! Roller skates! Drums!
Checkerboards! Tricycles! Popcorn! And plums!
And he stuffed them in bags. Then the Grinch, very nimbly,
Stuffed all the bags, one by one, up the chimney!

Compare this to the same passage as read in the cartoon version of this story:

Then he slithered and slunk, with a smile most unpleasant,
Around the whole room, and he took every present!
Pop guns, pampoogas, pantookas, and drums!
Checkerboards, bizilbigs, popcorn, and plums!

And he stuffed them in bags. Then the Grinch, very nimbly,
Stuffed all the bags, one by one, up the chimney.

Since Dr. Seuss wrote both the book and the cartoon script, why do you think he changed up the words?

a. He needed to make it longer
b. He felt the rhyme should change
c. Since writing the book he had become famous for making up words, so he made up some new ones for the cartoon.
d. Boris Karloff, the voice for the character, suggested the changes be made to fit his style of acting better.

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a. is incorrect.  Sometimes scripts are changed to make them longer or shorter, but this doesn't change the time of the reading at all.
b. is incorrect.  The rhyme doesn't change in the two versions.
c. is correct!
d. is incorrect. The script in this case was changed before the voice actor was even picked.