Thursday, October 22, 2020


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."

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Rebellions Are Built on Hope

 Read the poem below by Emily Dickinson - 

"Hope" is the thing with feathers --
That perches in the soul --
And sings the tune without the words --
And never stops -- at all --

What is the literary term that drives the meaning of this poem?

a. metaphor
b. simile
c. repetition
d. allusion

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a. is correct.  We do not have what the complete comparison is, but we should be able to figure out that Hope is being compared to a bird.

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Jupiter Is a Jerk

 Read the following fable by Aesop:

TWO neighbours came before Jupiter and prayed him to grant their hearts’ desire. Now the one was full of avarice, and the other eaten up with envy. So to punish them both, Jupiter granted that each might have whatever he wished for himself, but only on condition that his neighbour had twice as much. The Avaricious man prayed to have a room full of gold. No sooner said than done; but all his joy was turned to grief when he found that his neighbour had two rooms full of the precious metal. Then came the turn of the Envious man, who could not bear to think that his neighbour had any joy at all. So he prayed that he might have one of his own eyes put out, by which means his companion would become totally blind.

What is most likely the moral of this story?

a. Be careful what you wish for.
b. Vices are their own punishment.
c. To be envious is better than to be greedy.
d. It is better to give than to receive.

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a. is incorrect.  The first man gets his wish for a room full of gold .  There is nothing wrong with it.  He can't enjoy it because he is so greedy that he can't stand for his neighbor to have more.  This is the best wrong answer.
b. is correct.  See above.  The greedy man can't enjoy his own wish because somebody has more.  The envious man wastes his wish on losing an eye so that his neighbor would lose both.  It was their own vices that led to their unhappiness.
c. is incorrect.  This is completely wrong.  Both are bad and neither is praised over the other.
d. is incorrect.  It is nice, but the only giving here is punishments.

Monday, October 19, 2020

You Get My Meaning

Read the following:

The Bundle of Sticks

An old man on the point of death summoned his sons around him to give them some parting advice. He ordered his servants to bring in a bundle of sticks, and said to his eldest son: "Break it." The son strained and strained, but with all his efforts was unable to break the bundle. The other sons also tried, but none of them was successful. "Untie the bundle," said the father, "and each of you take a stick." When they had done so, he called out to them: "Now, break," and each stick was easily broken. "You see my meaning," said their father.

What is his meaning?
a. together you are stronger
b. you will all die like me one day no matter how strong you are
c. life stinks
d. it is a shame to break good things

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a. is the correct answer

Friday, October 16, 2020

Here Comes the Bride

Read this quote from Much Ado About Nothing by Shakespeare

"If I see anything tonight why I should not marry her, in the congregation, where I intended to wed her, there will I shame her."

What literary term is seen in the quote below by Claudio?

A.  ambiguity
B.  foreshadowing
C.  flashback
D.  hyperbole

When Joss Whedon finished making Avengers, he relaxed by shooting Much Ado about Nothing in his backyard.  Make sure to Netflix it!

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The correct answer is B - here we have a hint of what is to come later in the story.  These are often hard to spot, but a good reader always looks for them and uses them to predict what is going to happen as they read.

A huge thank you to Mrs. Brooks's class, obvious A+ students, every one of them.  I think Mrs. Brooks should give them all extra credit for being fine outstanding individuals. 

Thursday, October 15, 2020


 Read the following poem, "Deer," by Bill Griffin.

Omigosh oh snap
oh horrors I heard it
so close too close
and way too big
might be one of those
Little Wolves I'll bet
there are two 
no ten a whole pack
oh God I just know
they bite
Oh heck, it's only
you, and you've been
looking at me
all day long
and haven't even
seen me

Why does the author have the middle of the poem consist of all lines being only one syllable long?

a. to show how still the deer is being
b. to give the poem a dumb bell shape
c. to show how fast the deer is moving
d. to symbolize the heart beats of the scared deer

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This poem is STREAM OF CONSCIOUSNESS - that is, it is written in the thought process of the narrator.  This is not a common method of writing (two books that come to mind are As I Lay Dying  and The Death of Jayson Porter.  Chances are very high that you will NOT see this term on the NCFinal (or MSL or Common Exam or Smarter Balance or whatever it is called when you see this post); however, there is a chance that it will pop up, and if it does, then you know what it means!

The deer is frightened and, as all deer do when frightened, he is standing perfectly still, shown by the slow, one syllable lines.  The correct answer is A.

This is just one of several animal related poems in Bill Griffin's book, Snake Den Ridge: A Bestiary.  He is a North Carolina poet and you should check out his other works at his blog:

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

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.