Friday, March 23, 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.

Thursday, March 22, 2018

You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch

Read the following passage taken from How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss:

Then he growled, with his grinch fingers nervously drumming,

"I MUST find a way to keep Christmas from coming!"

For, tomorrow, he knew...

...All the Who girls and boys

Would wake up bright and early. They'd rush for their toys!

And then! Oh, the noise! Oh, the noise! Noise! Noise! Noise!

That's one thing he hated! The NOISE! NOISE! NOISE! NOISE!

What is the main purpose for the repetition of the word "noise"?
a. it rhymes with toys
b. for the rhythm and meter of the poem
c. to show how annoying the Whos are with their noise

d. for its alliterative properties
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c. is the correct answer.  The word is repeated draw attention to how much it annoys the poor Grinch. 

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Y'all Sure to Like This One

Excerpt from the play “Christmas Belles” by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope and Jamie Wooten

Honey Raye: Dang it! Here comes another scorcher.

Frankie: Hot flash or no, you keep your clothes on.
Honey Raye: How is it possible for a grown woman to melt like lard on a hot skillet in five seconds flat? Good Lord! It’s unbearable.

In the play, “Christmas Belles,” Honey Raye is a Southern woman suffering from the effects of menopause. What is the purpose of Honey Raye’s simile?

A. In the South, all people talk like that.
B. Honey Raye burned herself earlier.
C. She is stressing the fact that she is feeling hot and uncomfortable.
D. Frankie doesn’t know how fast lard can melt.

McDonald's used to fry their fries in lard.  Those were the days.  Then someone complained that it wasn't healthy.   Duh!  That's why they were so good.

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Answer- C- she is using a simile to describe how hot she feels.

No, it isn’t A. No, we don’t all speak like this. Ok, we don’t all speak like this all of the time.

Thanks to Raven and Macey, two extremely bright Southern belles that, from what Mrs. Stamey tells me, does talk like that all the time.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018


When the cannibal showed up late for dinner, they gave him the cold shoulder.

The above is an example of:

a. dramatic irony
b. pun
c. irony
d. metaphor

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The correct answer is b. pun since there is a play on the words "cold shoulder."

Monday, March 19, 2018

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.


Friday, March 16, 2018

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, March 15, 2018

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.