Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Hail Hydra!

This is a test.  This is only a test.

O.K., students, I know you'll have to ask your teacher what this thing is.  You young teachers out there, I know you'll have to ask the, um, teachers with more life experience what this is.

Ah, the good old days when you only have four TV stations to choose from...

Anyway, the forces of evil have now taken over and it is time to test! (And I've run out of questions.) If you need some last minute tips, try here:

Otherwise, I'll leave you with one last question:

In Marvel comics, the oath that all Hydra agents take is:

"Hail, Hydra! Immortal Hydra! We shall never be destroyed! Cut off a limb, and two more shall take its place! We serve none but the Master—as the world shall soon serve us! Hail Hydra!"

What literary term is being used here?
a. metaphor
b. allusion
c. archetype
d. hyperbole

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The answer is b. allusion.  It is a reference to the Greek myth of the hydra monster that Hercules fought.  Don't know your Greek myths?  Get on that this summer.  Not only are they fun to read, but mythology is fair game for allusions on any state test, the SAT, and the ACT.

Good luck!

Teachers, give any student extra credit if they shouted out "Hail Hydra!" when they saw the Hydra logo.

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

When Was That?

Read this excerpt from Hatchet:

He had been riding his ten-speed with a friend named Terry.  They had been taking a run on a bike trail and decided to come back a different way, a way that took them past the Amber Mall.  Brian remembered everything in incredible detail.  Remembered the time on the bank clock in the mall, flashing 3:31, then the temperature, 82, and the date.  All the numbers were a part of his memory, all of his life was a part of the memory.

What is the purpose of leaving out the date when the other details are given?

a. The author wants to avoid giving too much detail which might bore the reader.
b. The author doesn't want the book to go too long.
c. The author wants the book to seem like modern day to the reader.
d. The date is not important.

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a. is incorrect.  Details are important here to show that Brian remembers everything.
b. is incorrect.  Giving a date would not make the book noticeably longer.
c. is correct.  By not giving a date (specifically the year) the reader assumes it is modern day.  This is a common technique for authors.
d. is incorrect.  The date is just as important as the time and the temperature.

Monday, June 4, 2018

Flowers for Algernon Part II

Read this part from the short story, "Flowers for Algernon," by Daniel Keyes.  

Remember that Charlie, a man with mental disabilities, is being experimented on by some scientists to see if they can make him smart. At this point in the story, Charlie is telling us about his friends in a journal that he is writing:

"Sometimes somebody will say hey look at Joe or Frank or George he really pulled a Charlie Gordon. I dont know why they say that but they always laff. This morning Amos Borg who is the 4 man at Donnegans used my name when he shouted at Ernie the office boy. Ernie lost a packige. He said Ernie for godsake what are you to be a Charlie Gordon. I dont understand why he said that.
"Their really my friends and they like me."

What is the purpose of the spelling used in this passage?
a. to show how he talks/pronounces words
b. to demonstrate his mental disabilities
c. it is a form of dramatic irony
d. it was originally used as a text for proofreading practice

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b. is correct

Friday, June 1, 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!

Thursday, May 31, 2018

A Stern Dress Code Could Fix This Problem

The following is a quote from the novel Anthem:

"For they were not white tunics, nor white togas; they were of all colors." 

Which of the following literary terms does this quote represent?

A) personification
B) imagery
C) idiom
D) onomatopoeia

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The correct answer is B. imagery

Thanks to Mikayla, Marisa, Natalie, and Quinten from Ms. Brooks class for this awesome question.  You know what else is all colors?  Skittles.  Taste the rainbow!

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Phone Home

What makes this an effective ad for a DVR?

a. celebrity endorsement
b. setting
c. paradox
d. hyperbole

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To get this question, you must first recognize that this is an allusion (reference) to the movie ET.  There is a very famous scene of the kid riding his bike through the air in front of the moon.

A DVR allows a person to watch a recording anytime they want to, so the ad changes the setting of the scene to daytime to show this.

b. is the correct answer.


Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Look Closely

Look at the following logo:

This is an example of:

a. archetype
b. hyperbole
c. allusion
d. alliteration

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c. is correct.  The winged foot in the middle is a reference to Hermes, Greek god of messengers.  He is really, really fast and so it Goodyear.