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!)

Monday, November 12, 2018

I'm So Ready for Summer

Ray Bradbury's short story, "All Summer in a Day" takes place on Venus.  When it was written, nobody knew what the surface of Venus was like, so Bradbury guessed that it was rainy.  Read this excerpt:

"Margot stood apart from them, from these children who could never remember a time when there wasn't rain and rain and rain.  They were all nine years old, and if there had been a day, seven years ago, when the sun came out for an hour and showed its face to the stunned world, they could not recall."

What is the reason for the repetition of the word rain in this passage?

a. to emphasis and draw attention to the fact that it always rains on Venus.
b. for the rhyme and meter of the line.
c. for the alliterarion value.
d. it is part of the verbal irony of the passage.

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a. is correct.  By repeating words the author makes you take notice of it.
b. is incorrect.  Look for rhyme and meter in poetry, not prose.
c. is incorrect
d. is incorrect


Friday, November 9, 2018

Mystery Men

Read the following passage.  It involves three small time superheroes talking about a major hero - Captain Amazing.

Furious: You know who doesn't think it's a waste of money? Little Mr. Captain Amazing.
Shoveler: Well, Captain--If we had a billionare like Lance Hunt as our benefactor, yeah, we could spend one-fifty.
Furious: Yeah well that's 'cause Lance Hunt /is/ Captain Amazing.
Shoveler: Oh, don't start that again.
Raja: Oh, here we go.
Shoveler: Lance Hunt wears glasses. Captain Amazing doesn't wear glasses.
Furious: He takes them off when he transforms.
Shoveler: That doesn't make any sense. He wouldn't be able to see.

In the highlighted line above, what is the most likely reason the word "is" is set off by / / ?

a. to separate the names "Lance Hunt" from "Captain Amazing"
b. it was an error in the script writer's draft that was later fixed by the editor
c. to show that this word isn't said aloud
d. to insure the actor emphasizes that word more

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d. is the correct answer.  Remember that the script  author's purpose is to get the actor to read his/her lines correctly.


Thursday, November 8, 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!