Thursday, September 19, 2019

I Bet You Won't Get This One Right

Read the following excerpt from “The Bet” by Anton Chekhov:

“The banker thought it strange that someone who had mastered six-hundred abstruse tomes in four years should spend nearly a year reading one slim, easily comprehensible volume.” 

(tomes- large, scholarly, or ponderous books)

Which word could replace abstruse in the passage?

A. Simple
B. Complicated
C. Crazy
D. Agonizing

Now that's a ponderous tome!

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Answer- B. Complicated, as it is being compared to something that is easy to read.

Thanks to Sydney and Alyssa.  You know what is abstruse to me?  Why anyone would cheer for Dook or State when they could cheer for Carolina.  Odd.  I'm sure that you too, though, are smarter than that.

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

A Clever Ad

Look at the ad below:

No multiple choice this time.  Instead, write down what is the message of this ad and how does it present this message.

Tuesday, September 17, 2019


Read the following poem by Basho:

It is deep autumn
My neighbor
How does he live, I wonder.

What is most likely the meaning of this poem?

a. The narrator worries about how his neighbor is going to make it through the cold nights
b. The narrator is approaching death and is now beginning to concern himself with the welfare of those around him
c. The narrator has just realized he knows nothing about his neighbor's life
d. The narrator cannot understand how the neighbor is still alive.

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Since this is a poem, a short one at that, we must look for clues to see if there is more to this than meets the eye.  The only clue we are given is that it is autumn.  Autumn is an archetype that means approaching old age and death.  With this in mind, the correct answer is b.

Monday, September 16, 2019

It's Crazy! It's So Crazy It Just Might Work!

Read the following passage from the novel The Giver:

"It would work. They could make it work.  Jonas told himself again and again throughout the day.  
But that evening, everything changed - All of it - all the things they had thought through so meticulously - fell apart."

What effect does the foreshadowing have in the above passage?

A.  It fully explains what will later happen in the novel
B.  It increases the suspense because it hints that something is now going to be different
C.  It makes it easier to understand why Jonas is so happy
D.  It reveals the theme of the importance of planning.

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Correct answer- B

Thanks to Mrs. Brooks Honors English II class for this question!  No suspense for you guys, though.  I feel this great question foreshadows top scores on your EOCs!

By the way, I know your teacher refers to this as DD, but when I hear DD, I always think Daredevil.  I guess that could be because I'm either way cool, or just a nerd.  Feel free to weigh in on the comments - cool or nerd

Friday, September 13, 2019

Something to Think about

Read the following quote by Walter D. Wintle:

If you think you are beaten, you are. If you think you dare not, you don't! If you want to win, but think you can't, It's almost a cinch you won't. If you think you'll lose, you're lost; For out in the world we find Success begins with a fellow's will; It's all in the state of the mind. Life's battles don't always go to the stronger and faster man, but sooner or later the man who wins is the man who thinks he can.

What is the purpose of this quote?

a. to explain why he has failed in life
b. to explain why he has succeeded in life
c. to inspire others to succeed
d. to discourage others from wasting their lives in false hopes

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Hopefully you were able to discern the author's tone as being positive, despite the fact that failure is talked about quite a bit in the passage.  If that was the case, you were able to narrow it down to b and c.  If you realized that he never talks about his own accomplishments, then you would have guessed correctly that the answer is c.


Thursday, September 12, 2019

Sun on the Daisssssies (Bonus points if you get the allusion)

Look at the statement below:

The sun kissed the flowers
Before the clouds closed its eye.

This is an example of:

a. personification
b. allusion
c. hyperbole
d. irony

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a. is the correct answer.  Personification means to give something not human some human characteristics.  Here the sun is kissing, which, being a ball of firey gases, it cannot do.

The allusion in the title is to Gollum in chapter five of The Hobbit.  They left it out of the movie.  :(


Wednesday, September 11, 2019

I'm Waiting...

Read this very short story by Eileen Gunn

Computer, did we bring batteries? Computer?

What is the purpose of the question at the end of the story?

a. to imply that we cannot trust computers to take care of our needs
b. to infer that the batteries were not brought
c. to point out the situational irony in a computer knowing about batteries
d. to play on the archetypal symbolism of batteries

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O.K., not a hard one.  You guys all got the correct answer was b.  The question implies that the computer is not answering due to the fact that the batteries are dead and no new ones were brought.

I'll try to come up with a harder one tomorrow.