Friday, April 12, 2024


Read the following excerpt from Memories by Marya Zaturensky:

From “Spinners”

Here in this alien crowd I walk apart
Clasping remembered beauty to my heart!

What is the meaning of the phrase “clasping remembered beauty”?

A. imagining future events
B. recalling past event
C. creating current events
D. forgetting past events

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The answer is B. The idea that she is “clasping” something she remembers show a sentimental or nostalgic tone. She clearly holds these memories dear and doesn’t want to let them go or forget them. The word remembered clarifies that this is a thing of the past.

Thanks to Mrs. Cooper's second block class for this great question.  I am sure that you guys are Mrs. Cooper's favorite class by far.  Much better than those first block kids who are always causing her problems!

Thursday, April 11, 2024

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.

What is this passage 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!

Wednesday, April 10, 2024


 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:

Tuesday, April 9, 2024

Rock the Vote!

Read the passage:

A old man was sitting in the front row at a town meeting, heckling the mayor as he delivered a long speech. Finally the mayor could stand it no longer, so he pointed to the heckler and said, "Will that gentleman please stand up and tell the audience what he has ever done for the good of the city?"

"Well Mr. Mayor," the man said in a firm voice. "I voted against you in the last election."
Which word best describes the tone of the mayor?
a. whimsical
b. indignant
c. amused
d. scathing
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To answer a tone question, it is best to figure out what you think the tone (opinion of the speaker) is and then find a word that matches it.  You may not know what the words mean - don't despair.  Figure out which words are NOT the right answer and choose from what is left.
The mayor is certainly upset and a tad bit angry at his interruption, so we need a tone word that reflects this. 
a. is incorrect.  Whimsical means happy and care-free.
b. is correct. Indignant means someone who is angry and feels that they are not being treated fairly.
c. is incorrect.  Amused means the speaker finds something funny about the situation.
d. is incorrect.  This is the best wrong answer since scathing does mean the person is angry; however, scathing means that the speaker is angry and trying to hurt the other person with his/her remarks.
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Monday, April 8, 2024

Na-na-na-na-na-na-na-na-na Batman!

 Read the description of this book as found on the back cover:

They are the world's greatest super heroes, fighting endlessly against corruption and injustice. Each of them alone is a formidable opponent of evil, but banded together their powers are unmatched. Ever ready, they stand united as the JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA. Ancient pyramids awakened by the blood of a treacherous murder have unleashed death and destruction over Gotham. The harder the Superheroes try to fight the pyramids the more the neolithic stones react like a negative battery, draining the heroes of their powers and descending them into their own personal hell, to that which they fear most. Batman is the only one who manages to escape this wrath. As he strives to save his friends and Gotham, he embarks on a journey filled with black magic, shamans, and ancient rituals of terror and sacrifice. With a triumphant and explosive ending, this is a book that anyone who enjoys a great tale of sorcery will enjoy.

Based on the above passage, what is the best definition for the word "neolithic"?

a. electrified
b. very old
c. futuristic
d. radioactive

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This could be tricky since the prefix neo (which means new) might lead you to think futuristic and the power draining effect they have might lead you to think radioactive.  However, the references to the pyramids was the hint that "neolithic" means one of the stone ages, so the best answer is b. very old.

Friday, April 5, 2024


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."

Thursday, April 4, 2024

Me and You (or is it You and Me?)

Read the following poem by Gabriel McNeill:

Me and You

Colors of nature all around
yet human reason can't be found,
left and right, forward and back
always scared of things we lack,
we are here in this world 
yet we're a story never told,
tombstone at the wait
for death knows we won't be late.

In the above poem, what is the reason that "human reason can't be found"?

a. Humans are not smart enough to understand the complexities of life.
b. Death causes all of us to despair and not think properly.
c. Nature often causes distractions and death.
d. Humans are too busy pursuing meaningless activities

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Poems are almost always about either love or life.  This one is no exception.  The poet here makes a point that humans are running "left and right, forward and back" and to show us (the poet included, judging by the title) that people are too busy pursuing things that don't matter.  So maybe we take a lesson from Gabriel, put down our phones and get off of social media for a while and enjoy things that really matter - family, friends, and English lessons.

The correct answer is d.

Thanks to Gabriel for allowing the use of his poem!