Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Spider-Man, Spider-Man, Does Whatever a Spider Can!

Look at this Spider-Man cover:

No multiple choice today, just the simple question:

What month of the year was this comic published?

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The correct answer is October.  How are you supposed to know that?  Well, the vampire on the front cover is our only hint, which should lead to a prediction of October, which, of course, is when Halloween occurs.


Monday, April 24, 2017

Minikins Are Just Freaky...

Read the following passage from Dean Koontz's Tick Tock:

"A whirl of dead melalenca leaves like hundreds of tiny knives spun over him, whispering and buzzing against one another..."

In this sentence, what two literary devices does the author use?

a. simile and personification

b. simile and metaphor
c. irony and internal conflict
d. symbolism and indirect characterization

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a. this is correct. the leaves are compared to knives using like, and the leaves cannot whisper, so they have been personified.
b. simile is correct, but the author does not use metaphor in this sentence.
c. There is mild external conflict but no expressed internal conflict
d. Based on this sentence alone, you cannot conclude that there is any symbolism, nor can you conclude that there is any indirect characterization.

Thanks to Zak and Dave from Mrs. Stamey's class for this question.  The question makes them seem to be super smart students, but I'm betting that they used Tick Tock because they didn't read All Quiet on the Western Front like they were supposed to.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Ajax Cleaner

Look at the advertisement below:

What is the most likely reason that the company chose to name their cleaning product Ajax?

a. because words that begin with "A" come first alphabetically
b. The last name of the creator is "Ajax"
c. Their cleaner is strong, just like the Greek mythology hero Ajax
d. It is just a word that someone made up that sounded like a good cleaner name

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a. is incorrect.  While it does come first alphabetically, since products are not normally listed in alphabetical order, it does not help their product placement
b. is incorrect. 
c. is correct.  Mythology allusions are very popular in product names. The allusion brings the ideas associated with the alluded object to the product.
d. is incorrect. The fact that the question was asked leads us to think that there is an important reason.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Who Do We Ask for Help When We Don't Know Which Way to Go? Say Map!

Read the following passage from All Quiet on the Western Front:

"We are forlorn like children, and experienced like old men, we are crude and sorrowful and superficial- I believe we are lost."

What theme is being represented in this passage?

a) comradeship
b) dehumanization
c) loss of innocence
d) oneness of man

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a) is wrong because this has nothing to do with anyone being anyone's comrade

b) is the best wrong answer. Even though they have changed, they are still human and are acting like humans, just older humans
c) is correct because they are children that now experienced old men who have lost all innocence from the young child that they are
d) is wrong because no one is being one or acting as one. This has nothing to do with this sentence.

Thanks to Jessie from Ms. Stamey's class for this well written question.  Loss of innocence is a common theme in stories that involve younger characters, so if a passage on the EOC involves someone's childhood, look for it as a theme.  Stay gold, Jessie - and do it for Johnny!

(O.K., bad Outsiders allusion, but it is in keeping with the loss of innocence theme...)

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Make Sure to Get Extra Seasoning on Those Fries

Read the following and decide on the tone of the writer:

The coach yelled at us for losing the game. I didn't see what the big deal was. It's not like we're professional athletes or anything. Besides, my mom is taking me to Bojangles after the game whether we win or lose.

Is the tone of this passage:
a. angry 
b. ecstatic
c. indifferent 
d. sarcastic

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C - indifferent (this means that the person does not care one way or the other)

D - is wrong because the level of sarcasm in this passage is much lower than the level of indifference - HOWEVER - D is the best wrong answer, so your guessing skills aren't too far off

A - is wrong because the coach is angry, not the speaker

B - is wrong because ecstatic means very, very happy and while Bojangles should be enough to make anyone happy (mmm...Bojangles), the speaker is not showing great happiness

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

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.  :(


Monday, April 17, 2017

I Know the Answer. Do you?

Read the following passage:

Who is smarter, males or females? Well if you go by the North Carolina English II EOC scores then the answer is clear. Year after year the scores pile up and more 4s are achieved by . . .

What is the purpose of the first sentence?

a. to set the mood of the passage
b. to set the tone of the passage
c. to give the setting
d. to interest the reader

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d. is the correct answer. The hope is that the competitive nature between males and females will lead you to want to read further, at least enough to find out who is actually smarter. Of course the answer is really obvious, don't you think.

These questions can be difficult since they are asking you WHY the author chose to do what he/she did.