Tuesday, May 22, 2018


Look at the following panel from Amazing Spider-Man #197:

Pay attention to the Kingpin's first speech bubble:
Must I repeat Samuel Clemens' oft-quoted line?

Why doesn't he repeat the often quoted line?
a. He does, it is in the next speech bubble at the bottom of the panel.
b. The author feels that everyone should know the line in question and so it doesn't need to be repeated.
c. There is not enough room in the panel for the quote.
d. The quote was copyrighted and could not be re-printed without permission from Samuel Clemens.

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a. is incorrect. 
b. is correct.  Samuel Clemens is the real name of Mark Twain.  Many of Twain's quotes are well known and usually do not have to be repeated completely for people to recognize it.  
c. is incorrect.  
d. is incorrect.  No copyright is needed to quote someone as long as you acknowledge that it is someone else's words.


Monday, May 21, 2018

Shocking! Positively Shocking!

Read the following passage from the book Anthem:

He could feel the poison working up his wrists and into his elbows and his shoulders, and then the jump-over from shoulder-blade to shoulder-blade like a spark leaping a gap. 

What type of literary term is being used is this passage?

A. Personification
B. Simile 
C. Metaphor 
D. Hyperbole 

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Correct answer: B because he explains that the poison spreads through his body fast like a spark when it lights. 

From Mrs. Brooks class. Chasity P., Hannah P., Joseph A. and Shekeith M. from Mrs. Brooks class!  You know what else feels like a poison spreading through your body, killing you slowly but surely? The state EOC!

Bonus points if you can figure out which movie the title of this post comes from (answer in the comments section).

Friday, May 18, 2018

Bad Food, Bad Dog

Look at the ad below:

No multiple choice here.  Explain the meaning of this ad. 

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Just Imagine the Count from Sesame Street When You Read This One.

Read the following passage:

In All Quiet on the Western Front, the company commander is counting how many men are left in the Second Company; "he ceases at thirty-two" men. And has a long pause before asking "anyone else?" 

What kind of tone is Remarque using in this?

a. happy

b. angry
c. confused

d. shocked

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a) incorrect; because a lot of men died; that's not happy

b) incorrect; because you can't really be angry at dead people for not being there. But you could be angry at the people who killed them.
c) incorrect; because you know that people died; there's no reason to be confused
d) correct; because the commander was expecting a lot more. Many died in battle.

Thanks to Jacob and Nick from Mrs. Stamey's class for this question.  This one really had me stumped.  I thought he ceased at 32 because he couldn't count any higher.  You know, maybe he was a State grad or something.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Caps for Sale

Read the following passage taken from the book Caps for Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina:

Once there was a peddler who sold caps. But he was not like an ordinary peddler carrying his wares on his back. He carried them on top of his head.
First he had on his own checked cap, 

then a bunch of gray caps, 

then a bunch of brown caps, 

then a bunch of blue caps, 

and on the very top a bunch of red caps.

He walked up and down the streets, holding himself very straight so as not to upset his caps. As he went along he called,

“Caps! Caps for sale! Fifty cents a cap!”

In the above passage, what does the word "upset" mean?

a. tip over
b. make someone sad or irritated
c. to stand straight up
d. to move fast

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a. is the correct answer

b. is incorrect - you didn't read, did you?  Whenever the EOC asks you what a word means and it seems to be an easy word - watch out.  Many easy words have multiple meanings.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Off with Her Head!

Read the following poem by Shel Silverstein from Where the Sidewalk Ends:

She drank from a bottle called DRINK ME
And up she grew so tall,
She ate from a plate called TASTE ME
And down she shrank so small
And so she changed, while other folks
Never tried nothin’ at all

The rhyme scheme of the poem is AB AB CB. Why does the author change the rhyme scheme in line 5?

a. He couldn't find another rhyme for ME.
b. To draw attention to the poem's meaning.
c. Because it is an allusion to Alice in Wonderland.
d. To change the pace of the poem.

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a. is completely incorrect. Poets are very resourceful and can find a rhyme for almost any word.
b. is correct. The poem is about not being afraid to try new things.
c. is incorrect. While it is an allusion, the change in rhyme has nothing to do with it.
d. is incorrect. While changing the rhyme scheme may change the pace in some poems, it does not in this one.

Monday, May 14, 2018

For Sweden!

Read the following quote:

“Hatred is a leech: The thing that sticks to a person's skin; that feeds off them and drains the sap out of one's spirit. It changes a person, and does not leave until it has sucked the last drop of peace from them.”
― Chigozie Obioma, The Fishermen

What literary device is used in this quote?

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

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There a few literary terms that will fit this answer, but of the one listed above that matches best, it would be: A

Thanks to Dorian for the question!  Don't understand the For Sweden title?  Neither do I!  Somebody ask Dorian for me!