Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Mother's Day Takes on a Whole New Meaning...

In Oedipus Rex, Oedipus runs away from home after hearing a prophecy that he will do some crazy stuff with his parents.  However, he doesn't know he is adopted and runs straight to his real parents.  Of course he marries his mother unknowingly. What is this an example of?

A. Epic Failure on the level of creation
B. Sarcasm
C. Verbal irony
D. Dramatic irony

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Answer- A. Seriously. This must be the inspiration for every Jerry Springer/Maury reality, talk show

D- is the correct answer. The Greek audience knew because of their story-telling traditions who Oedipus was and his “intimate” family connections. They know the plotline, while Oedipus blindly continues his quest for the truth. (Forgive the pun…)

Thanks Aaron, Zane, and Brittany for this question and we'll forgive Mrs. Stamey for the sheep pun (it was baaaaaaad).

Monday, September 24, 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!

Friday, September 21, 2018

The Grass Is Always Greener on the Other Side (and over the Septic Tank)

Read the following line:

Your eyes are as green as the grass in the summer time.

This is an example of...

A) Simile
B) Hyperbole
C) Personification
D) Irony

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The green eyes are being compared to the green grass, so the only two answer choices that could deal with a comparison are simile and hyperbole.  Since there is no exaggeration going on and the comparison uses as, then we can figure out that the answer is A. Simile.

A big thanks to Alison for this question!  Alison, green eyes are also symbolic of jealousy and I'm sure all of your classmates are full of envy over how smart you are.

Thursday, September 20, 2018

What Number Are You?

Read the following quote from the novel All Quiet on the Western Front by Remarque.

"Bed 26, amputated thigh."

He sniffs: "How should I know anything about it, I've amputated five legs to-day;" he shoves me away, says to the hospital orderly. "You see to it," and hurries off to the operating room.

Which of the following themes does the quote represent?

a) destruction of nature

b) dehumanization
c) generational responsibility
d) condemnation of warfare

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a) incorrect; no mention of nature
b) correct; he referred the a patient as a body part instead of as a whole
c) incorrect; because he didn't influence anyone
d) incorrect; because there was no fighting involved

Thanks to Matt and Chase from Mrs. Stamey's class for this question, proving that two heads are better than one, even these two!

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

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.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Edge of Venomverse

Read the promo sent out by Marvel comics in 2017:

Kicking off this June, EDGE OF VENOMVERSE unleashes sinister symbiotes across the Marvel Universe, wreaking untold havoc and wanton destruction! Featuring some of the most popular characters from March’s Venomized Variant Program, this in-continuity series brings you deadly new Venom combinations, giving fans dream matchups from some of comics’ hottest creators! The Marvel Universe is about to play host to an army of Venomized heroes…but whose side will they be on?! Look for more information, including characters and creators to be revealed soon! 

Based on the above passage, what might havoc mean?

a. chaos
b. lightning quick
c. precise and effective
d. deceptively good-willed

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The correct answer is A.

Monday, September 17, 2018

It Also Made the Desk Sticky

Read the passage and determine the tone of the author:

It was so embarrassing. I spilled my drink in the class. To make matters worse, it spilled on my pants. Then my teacher stopped the whole class to wait while I cleaned it up. I hate it when everyone is staring at me.

Is the tone of the speaker:

a. annoyed 
b. apathetic 
c. humiliated 
d. paranoid

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Apathetic is completely wrong since apathetic means not caring, and the speaker is clearly bothered by this incident.

Paranoid is wrong. While the speaker is concerned with others looking at him, he doesn't show the extreme worry that matches paranoid's connotation.

Annoyed is wrong since we do not get a strong sense of annoyance, at least not to out weigh the correct answer. You may have been tempted to put annoyed since you may have felt annoyed at your teacher in that case, but remember, the tone is about the speaker's/author's feelings, not yours (that is mood). This is a wrong answer, but it is the best wrong answer since tone and mood are similar in some aspects.

Humiliated is the correct answer since the speaker is very embarrassed.