Monday, November 20, 2017

War! What Is It Good For?

Read the following passage from The Giver by Lois Lowry:

Jonas stood alone in the center of the field. Several of the children raised their heads and looked at him uneasily. The attacking armies slowed, emerged from the crouching positions, and watched to see what he was doing. In his mind, Jonas saw again the face of the boy who had lain dying on a field and had begged him for water. He had a sudden choking feeling, as if it were difficult to breathe.

According the the passage what is this an example of? 

A. Irony
B. Plot Twist 
C. External Conflict
D. Internal conflict

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Correct Answer:  D - No one else truly knew what Jonas was experiencing.  The children were playing war, but Jonas knew that war had once existed and was terrible.

Created by Ariel Bond and Alexis Gregory from Mrs. Brooks class at JAHHS

Hey Ariel and Alexis - know what else is terrible? This EOC! Good luck on it!

Friday, November 17, 2017

It's Really All About Location, Location, Location

Read the following passage from Tolstoy's "How Much Land Does a Man Need?"

Pakhom went on running, his soaking shirt and trousers stuck to him and his mouth parched. His breast was working like a blacksmith's bellows, his heart was beating like a hammer, and his legs were giving way as if they did not belong to him. Pakhom was seized with terror lest he should die of the strain.

What is the mood of this passage?

a. joyful

b. panicked
c. exhuberated
d. exasperated

O.K., not from "How Much Land Does a Man Need," but a top quality movie nonetheless.  Ah, I miss the  80s...

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a) incorrect; because unless Pakhom is extremely masochistic, being seized with terror would not make you joyful
b) correct; Pakhom is freaking out
c) incorrect; because Pakham is clearly exhausted
d) incorrect; because there is nothing particularly irritating Pakhom

Thanks to Liz and Ava from Ms. Stamey's class - not only for the question, but also for the image of that wonderful Running Man movie.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Something to Think about

Read the following quote by Walter D. Wintle:

If you think you are beaten, you are. If you think you dare not, you don't! If you want to win, but think you can't, It's almost a cinch you won't. If you think you'll lose, you're lost; For out in the world we find Success begins with a fellow's will; It's all in the state of the mind. Life's battles don't always go to the stronger and faster man, but sooner or later the man who wins is the man who thinks he can.

What is the purpose of this quote?

a. to explain why he has failed in life
b. to explain why he has succeeded in life
c. to inspire others to succeed
d. to discourage others from wasting their lives in false hopes

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Hopefully you were able to discern the author's tone as being positive, despite the fact that failure is talked about quite a bit in the passage.  If that was the case, you were able to narrow it down to b and c.  If you realized that he never talks about his own accomplishments, then you would have guessed correctly that the answer is c.


Monday, November 13, 2017

We All Make Mistakes from Time to Time

Read the following excerpt from Cry, the Beloved Country by Alan Paton

“The accused looks down at the floor. Then he answers in a low voice, 'I was afraid, I was afraid. I never meant to shoot him.'”

How is the above mentioned character portrayed in this passage?

A. angry for being questioned
B. hopeful he will be acquitted
C. nervous about the outcome of the trial
D. excited to speak to a judge

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Answer- C. The character looks at the ground while speaking, and then speaks very quietly.

Thanks, Maggie from Ms. Stamey's class.  You know, with a little bleach and planning, he wouldn't have to be standing before a judge.  Oh well.  Some people just don't think ahead.

From Maggie

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

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. 


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.


Tuesday, November 7, 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.