Friday, May 17, 2019

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.


Thursday, May 16, 2019

It's Crazy! It's So Crazy It Just Might Work!

Read the following passage from the novel The Giver:

"It would work. They could make it work.  Jonas told himself again and again throughout the day.  
But that evening, everything changed - All of it - all the things they had thought through so meticulously - fell apart."

What effect does the foreshadowing have in the above passage?

A.  It fully explains what will later happen in the novel
B.  It increases the suspense because it hints that something is now going to be different
C.  It makes it easier to understand why Jonas is so happy
D.  It reveals the theme of the importance of planning.

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Correct answer- B

Thanks to Mrs. Brooks Honors English II class for this question!  No suspense for you guys, though.  I feel this great question foreshadows top scores on your EOCs!

By the way, I know your teacher refers to this as DD, but when I hear DD, I always think Daredevil.  I guess that could be because I'm either way cool, or just a nerd.  Feel free to weigh in on the comments - cool or nerd

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Nothing Good Happens after 11:00 Anyway

Read the following passage:

I was late coming home and missed my curfew only by about 30 minutes or so.  My mother was so angry.  She had stayed up to wait for me to come home.  When I got in, she didn't ask if I was O.K. or if there was a wreck.  Instead she yelled, "I've told you a million times not to be late!"  I guess she was worried about me, but I still hate being yelled at.

What is the purpose of the hyperbole in the above statement?

a. to set the scene and introduce the characters
b. to make the point that the narrator should have known better
c. to contrast between the irritation of the narrator and the exasperation of the mother
d. to provide an ironic twist to the story

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A hyperbole is an exaggeration used to make a point.  In this case, it's the being told "a million times."  The mother really wouldn't have asked that a million times, but is exaggerating to show that she has expressed this rule enough for the narrator to know what was expected.  The answer is B.

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

I Bet You Won't Get This One Right

Read the following excerpt from “The Bet” by Anton Chekhov:

“The banker thought it strange that someone who had mastered six-hundred abstruse tomes in four years should spend nearly a year reading one slim, easily comprehensible volume.” 

(tomes- large, scholarly, or ponderous books)

Which word could replace abstruse in the passage?

A. Simple
B. Complicated
C. Crazy
D. Agonizing

Now that's a ponderous tome!

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Answer- B. Complicated, as it is being compared to something that is easy to read.

Thanks to Sydney and Alyssa.  You know what is abstruse to me?  Why anyone would cheer for Dook or State when they could cheer for Carolina.  Odd.  I'm sure that you too, though, are smarter than that.

Monday, May 13, 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.  :(


Friday, May 10, 2019

Say What You Will, but the Guy Did Love His Mother

Read the passage from Oedipus Rex by Sophocles

“A blight on the fresh crops, and the rich pastures, cattle sicken and die, and the women die in labor, children stillborn, and the plague, the fiery god of fever hurls down on the city, his lightning slashing through us- raging plague in all its vengeance, devastating the house of Cadmus!”

What word could replace blight in the passage?

A. Prosperity
B. Disease
C. Blessing
D. Purity

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b. is the correct answer - Disease….in the passage everything is negative and dying; therefore, you should look for the one word that has a negative connotation. (A connotation is how you FEEL about a word, not necessarily what it means.)

Thanks Lydia and Kris from Ms. Stamey's class!  You know what else is a blight?  State's basketball program, but you guys probably already knew that since you seem really smart.

Thursday, May 9, 2019

We Should All Love Our Mothers

In the play, “Oedipus Rex,” the king is visited by an elderly Messenger from a distant land with important news.

Oedipus- “Never, I will never go near my parents.”
Messenger- “My boy, it is clear, you don’t know what you’re doing.”

Why does the Messenger refer to Oedipus as “my boy?”

A. The messenger knows that Oedipus is male
B. Oedipus is actually a child
C. The messenger thinks that Oedipus is naïve like a child
D. The messenger knows that Oedipus is a Momma’s boy

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Answer- C- Based upon how familiar the Messenger seems to be with the king, the Messenger holds knowledge that the king does not have.

A is irrelevant. B. Typically non-royals do not address Kings in a condescending or familiar manner, unless they have just cause to do so.
D is simply wrong. On multiple levels. Forgive me.

Thanks to Jaxon, Daniel, and Daniel, three guys who love their mothers (not like Oedipus, though...  Ewww!)