Friday, August 5, 2022

When Was That?

Read this excerpt from Hatchet:

He had been riding his ten-speed with a friend named Terry.  They had been taking a run on a bike trail and decided to come back a different way, a way that took them past the Amber Mall.  Brian remembered everything in incredible detail.  Remembered the time on the bank clock in the mall, flashing 3:31, then the temperature, 82, and the date.  All the numbers were a part of his memory, all of his life was a part of the memory.

What is the purpose of leaving out the date when the other details are given?

a. The author wants to avoid giving too much detail which might bore the reader.
b. The author doesn't want the book to go too long.
c. The author wants the book to seem like modern day to the reader.
d. The date is not important.

Scroll down for the answer.

a. is incorrect.  Details are important here to show that Brian remembers everything.
b. is incorrect.  Giving a date would not make the book noticeably longer.
c. is correct.  By not giving a date (specifically the year) the reader assumes it is modern day.  This is a common technique for authors.
d. is incorrect.  The date is just as important as the time and the temperature.

The film "A Cry in the Wild" was made based on this novel.  Here's the movie trailer clip -

Thursday, August 4, 2022

The Eyes Look More Red to Me....

Read the following from the book Five Nights at Freddy's: The Silver Eyes:

Suddenly the console in front of her was wrenched away. It toppled over, thrown down like a toy. The power cords underneath her hands and feet were yanked away, and Charlie slipped, almost falling. She caught herself and looked up just in time to see the downward swing of a hook...

Charlie smiled wryly at the sign and kept driving. The world didn't look any different from one side of the sign to the other, but she felt a nervous anticipation as she passed it. She didn't recognize anything.  Then again, she hadn't really expected to, not this far at the edge of town where it was all highway and empty space.

What was the probable purpose of the first paragraph?
A.) Flashback
B.) Foreshadow
C.) Epiphany
D.) Anecdote

Scroll down for the answer:

The answer A seems plausible, but as the next chapter gives no clue that the hook bit has any bearing on current events, the better answer is B.  The state test likes to give these tricky questions.

The correct answer is B because this exact same scene happened at the end of the book. The author was wanting to give his story a taste of what was going to happen near the end. Will Charlie die? Will Charlie live? You will just have to read the book to find out!

Thanks to Chandler for coming up with this awesome question!  And Chandler, since you're a FNaF expert, you'll be able to answer this one, I'm sure - Why is there a fan in the office?

The answer is in the comments section!

Wednesday, August 3, 2022

When You Wish upon a Star

Look at the picture below:

What literary term is this an example of?

a. personification
b. alliteration
c. pun
d. irony

Scroll down for the answer.


c. is the correct answer.  A pun is a play on words and this is a play on "Once upon a time."

Thanks to for the picture.

Monday, July 25, 2022

New Posts Coming Soon

 The Daily Dose of EOC is being reset and will start up again early August.  Until then, as always, I welcome submissions either by teachers or by students.  Teachers, feel free to have your kids design questions for the test in order to understand the mindset of the test makers and then send me a few of the best ones to add to the mix!