Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Have You Heard This Before?

Read the following passage.

The teacher frowned.  "These grades are pathetic!  You are the worst students I've ever taught, and that includes the time I taught a dog obedience class!  Kindergarteners could write better than you guys!  I should have listened to my mother and became a lawyer instead!"

Which of the following words describes the tone of the teacher?

a. whimsical
b. sad
c. scathing
d. compliant

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c. is the correct answer.


Monday, November 19, 2018

War! What Is It Good For?

Read the following passage from The Giver by Lois Lowry:

Jonas stood alone in the center of the field. Several of the children raised their heads and looked at him uneasily. The attacking armies slowed, emerged from the crouching positions, and watched to see what he was doing. In his mind, Jonas saw again the face of the boy who had lain dying on a field and had begged him for water. He had a sudden choking feeling, as if it were difficult to breathe.

According the the passage what is this an example of? 

A. Irony
B. Plot Twist 
C. External Conflict
D. Internal conflict

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Correct Answer:  D - No one else truly knew what Jonas was experiencing.  The children were playing war, but Jonas knew that war had once existed and was terrible.

Created by Ariel Bond and Alexis Gregory from Mrs. Brooks class at JAHHS

Hey Ariel and Alexis - know what else is terrible? This EOC! Good luck on it!

Friday, November 16, 2018

Best Bet Is to Just Surrender

Look at Blackbeard's flag:

This means:

a. Death to all who defy Blackbeard
b. Time is running out till your death
c. May God have mercy on your soul
d. Blackbeard is King of Pirates

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b. is the correct answer.  This is because the hour glass, the spear, the skeleton, the bleeding heart are all symbols of death and time.


Thursday, November 15, 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.


Wednesday, November 14, 2018

It's Alive! It's Alive!

Read the following passage taken from Frankenstein by Mary Shelley:

It was on a dreary night of November that I beheld the accomplishment of my toils. With an anxiety that almost amounted to agony, I collected the instruments of life around me, that I might infuse a spark of being into the lifeless thing that lay at my feet. It was already one in the morning; the rain pattered dismally against the panes, and my candle was nearly burnt out, when, by the glimmer of the half-extinguished light, I saw the dull yellow eye of the creature open; it breathed hard, and a convulsive motion agitated its limbs.

The author wrote these words for a purpose.  What is the most likely reason she wrote the opening to chapter 5 this way?

a. to foreshadow the monster's coming to life
b. to set the mood
c. to demonstrate verbal irony
d. to create an allusion to one of her earlier works

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a. is incorrect.  The monster is already coming to life.  Foreshadowing hints at what will happen later.
b. is correct.  She is trying to set your mood with words like, "dreary," "anxiety," and "dismally."  What other words can you find that set the mood here?
c. is incorrect.  Verbal irony is when something is said that is not meant.  Nothing is said in this passage.
d. is incorrect.  Not only has she not written anything before this, there is no reference to anything else.


Tuesday, November 13, 2018

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!)