Monday, January 7, 2019

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.

Friday, January 4, 2019

The Martian

In the following passage from Andy Weir's novel The Martian, we have excerpts from the protagonist's daily journal that he is using to record his efforts to survive.  The protagonist has been stranded on Mars and presumed dead.  He is trying to keep the equipment he has running and generate enough food and water to keep him alive until someone can rescue him.  Read the following selection:

     I've now grown accustomed to hearing the alarms blare at all times.  The fire alarm has finally stopped, now that there's no more fire.  The low oxygen alarm should stop soon.  The high humidity alarm will take a little longer.  The water reclaimer has its work cut out for today.
     For a moment, there was yet another alarm.  The water reclaimer's main tank was full.  Booyah! That's the kind of problem I want to have!
     Remember the space suit I vandalized yesterday?I hung it on its rack and carried buckets of water to it from the reclaimer. It can hold an atmosphere of air.  It should be able to handle a few buckets of water.
     Man I'm tired.  Been up all night, and it's time to sleep.  But I'll drift off to dreamland in the best mood I've been in since Sol 6.
   Things are finally going my way.  In fact, they're going great!  I have a chance to live after all!

     I am screwed, and I'm going to die!

What literary term is the author using to increase the intensity and suspense?

a. imagery
b. dramatic irony
c. foreshadowing
d. juxtaposition

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a. is incorrect.  While there is some imagery involved, it is not being used to create suspense or intensity.
b. is incorrect.  We do not know what the protagonist doesn't know.
c. is incorrect.  While there may be some foreshadowing going on, we do not have enough of the text to see if it develops into anything.  
d. is correct.  Juxtaposition is when change in two different scenes has meaning.  Here, we are all set up to think that things are finally working for him.  Then the next entry shows differently. 

O.K., I admit.  I changed a word in order to make it appropriate for all the young impressionable children out there.  I hang my head in censorship shame.

Thursday, January 3, 2019

Sun on the Daisssssies (Bonus points if you get the allusion)

Look at the statement below:

The sun kissed the flowers
Before the clouds closed its eye.

This is an example of:

a. personification
b. allusion
c. hyperbole
d. irony

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a. is the correct answer.  Personification means to give something not human some human characteristics.  Here the sun is kissing, which, being a ball of firey gases, it cannot do.

The allusion in the title is to Gollum in chapter five of The Hobbit.  They left it out of the movie.  :(


Wednesday, January 2, 2019

At Least It Has a Happy Ending

Read the following passage:

In Romeo + Juliet, the newer movie, there is a scene early in the movie where the Montague Boys drive into a gas station.  The gas station is called Phoenix Gas.  It is here that first meet the Tybalt and the other Capulets.

You do not need anything else.  Based on the above passage, what will happen here?

a. Romeo and Juliet will fall in love.
b. Juliet will first turn down Romeo, but will later fall in love with him.
c. The gas station will explode.
d. Tybalt will die.

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In order to answer this question, you did not have to have read The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet (in fact, it would not have helped you) and you do not need to have watched the movie.  All you need to pay attention to is the name of the gas station.  A Phoenix is a mythological bird that catches on fire every so often and emerges again from the ashes.  Fire and gas do not go well together.  This is foreshadowing (a hint of what will happen later in the story).

The correct answer is c. 


Thursday, December 20, 2018

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 19, 2018

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.

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

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!