Friday, February 28, 2020

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, February 27, 2020

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, February 26, 2020

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. Good can be found even in difficult times.
c. There is hope for those who wait patiently.
d. He who hesitates is lost.

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a. is the correct answer.


Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Does Anyone Really Know What Time It Is?

Read the following passage:

I was going to look for my missing watch, but I could never find the time.

This is an example of:

a. allusion
b. alliteration
c. pun
d. irony

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c. is the correct answer.


Monday, February 24, 2020

Wat did 'e say?

Read the following quotes taken from the Harry Potter books.  All quotes are from Hagrid, the giant friend of Harry and his pals who lives outside the castle at Hogwarts and is not allowed to use magic like the rest of the characters.

"I'm not blamin' yeh...but I gotta tell yeh, I thought you two'd value yer friend more'n broomsticks or rats. Tha's all."

"What's comin' will come, an' we'll meet it when it does."

"Meant ter turn him into a pig, but I suppose he was so much like a pig anyway there wasn't much left ter do."

"Yeh did as much as yer father would've done, an' I can' give yeh no higher praise than that."

"Gotta bone ter pick with yeh. I've heard you've bin givin' out signed photos. How come I haven't got one?"

"Yer' great puddin' of a son don' need fattenin' anymore, Dursley, don' worry."

What is the most likely reason that the author uses this dialect?
a. the author can't spell well
b. to confuse the reader anytime Hagrid speaks
c. to show that Hagrid isn't as intelligent since he didn't finish his education
d. it foreshadows that Hagrid is not to be trusted

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a. is correct.  Everything about Hagrid is to make him different.  He's big, he has no fashion sense, he lives in a small house outside the castle, he can but doesn't normally use magic, he speaks differently from the others, etc.
Note that you do not need to have read or watched the movies to get this question correct.  The EOC will give you everything you need to know in the little blurb before the passage.

Friday, February 21, 2020

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.

Thursday, February 20, 2020

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.