Friday, March 16, 2018

Yes They Do

Math teachers have lots of problems.

The above is an example of:

a. verbal irony
b. pun
c. alliteration
d. metaphor

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The correct answer is b. pun since there is a play on the word "problems."

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Easy for You to Say

Read the following sentence:

Lesser leather never weathered wetter weather better.

After you've tried to say this three times fast, what literary term is this an example of (twice even)?

a. hyperbole
b. verbal irony
c. alliteration
d. pun

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a. is incorrect.  There is no exaggeration here.
b. is incorrect.  While verbal irony does deal with saying things, it means that what is said is not what is meant.
c. is correct.  The tongue twister alliterates the "l" sound and the "w" sound by placing them at the beginning of words spaced closely together.
d. is incorrect.  A pun is a play on words and while this sentence maybe playful, it's not a pun.  The punned word must have a double meaning.


Wednesday, March 14, 2018

March 14

What is the following an example of?

"3.14," said Tom piously.

a. misplaced modifier
b. hyperbole
c. pun
d. ironic tone

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c. is the correct answer with a pun on the word "piously."

Tuesday, March 13, 2018


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.

Monday, March 12, 2018

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.


Friday, March 9, 2018

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.

Thursday, March 8, 2018

My Spider-Sense Is Tingling!

Look at the following panel from Amazing Spider-Man #197:

Based on the words that Spider-Man speaks, what might the quote be that the Kingpin is probably referring to in his first word balloon?

a."A man is never more truthful than when he acknowledges himself a liar."
b. "A round man cannot be expected to fit in a square hole right away.  He must have time to modify his shape."
c. "Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt."
d. "The reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated."  

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d. is the correct answer because Spider-Man says that he thought the Kingpin was dead, so the Kingpin refers to this quote.


Thanks to Brainy Quote for the quotes.