Friday, September 24, 2021

Pay Attention!

Watch this short video:

This is an example of:

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

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d. is the correct answer since it is unexpected that this would be an Adidas commercial instead of a Nike commercial.

Thursday, September 23, 2021


 Which of the following quotes taken from a movie is an example of an idiom?

a. from: The Avengers
Loki: I am a god, dull creature, and I will NOT be bullied by a ...

b. from: Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home

Kirk: If we play our cards right, we may be able to find out when those whales are being released.
Spock: How will playing cards help?

c. from: Clash of the Titans
Perseus: If I do this, I do it as a man.
Draco: But you are NOT just a man.

d. from: Taken
Bryan: I have a daughter who wants to be a singer. I was wondering if you have any tips for her.
Sheerah: Yeah, I do. Tell her pick another career.

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To get this question right, you need to know the definition of idiom:
The term refers to a set expression or a phrase comprising two or more words. An interesting fact regarding the device is that the expression is not interpreted literally. The phrase is understood as to mean something quite different from what individual words of the phrase would imply. Alternatively, it can be said that the phrase is interpreted in a figurative sense. Further, idioms vary in different cultures and countries.

For all of these, the only one that has a set expression is when Kirk is talking to Spock and says, "play our cards right," so the correct answer is b. 

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

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

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Vampires Don't Sparkle

 Read the following passage from Twilight:

The girls were opposites.  The tall one was statuesque.  She had a beautiful figure, the kind you saw on the cover of the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue, the kind that make every girl around her take a hit on her self-esteem just by being in the same room.  Her hair was golden, gently waving to the middle of her back.  The short girl was pixielike, thin in the extreme, with small features.  Her hair was a deep black, cropped short and pointing in every direction.

Based on the above passage, what does the suffix -esque mean?

a. sparkling
b. beautiful
c. like
d. paranormal

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c. is correct.  The girl is so tall and beautiful that she is statuesque, or like a statue.

Monday, September 20, 2021

Say What You Will, but the Guy Did Love His Mother

Read the passage from Oedipus Rex by Sophocles

“A blight on the fresh crops, and the rich pastures, cattle sicken and die, and the women die in labor, children stillborn, and the plague, the fiery god of fever hurls down on the city, his lightning slashing through us- raging plague in all its vengeance, devastating the house of Cadmus!”

What word could replace blight in the passage?

A. Prosperity
B. Disease
C. Blessing
D. Purity

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b. is the correct answer - Disease….in the passage everything is negative and dying; therefore, you should look for the one word that has a negative connotation. (A connotation is how you FEEL about a word, not necessarily what it means.)

Thanks Lydia and Kris from Ms. Stamey's class!  You know what else is a blight?  State's basketball program, but you guys probably already knew that since you seem really smart.

Friday, September 17, 2021

The Incredible Journey

 Watch this ad that was pulled from the Superbowl 2015:


What literary term is driving the humor and impact of this ad?

a. paradox
b. metaphor
c. situational irony
d. archetype

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c. is the correct answer.  Situational irony is when the unexpected happens.  Since we expect this be a heart warming feel good ad the sudden twist at the end leaves it memorable.  The other thing driving this ad is allusion since it is playing off of a similar ad that played the year before for a different company.

Thursday, September 16, 2021

It's a Great Ride at Bush Gardens Too!

 Look at the following ad:

What is the purpose of the allusion in this ad?

a. to demonstrate the portability of the camera
b. to show how you'll be able to take pictures of amazing things with this camera
c. to demonstrate the clarity and focus of the camera
d. to show how this camera will stand the test of time

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In order to get this answer, you really need to understand both what an allusion is and what the allusion is of in this picture. 

First, an allusion is a reference to another story, poem, historical event, painting, etc.  In this case, the allusion is to a very famous picture of Nessie, the Loch Ness Monster.  Here is the picture:

The problem with this photo is obvious - it is out of focus.

The answer is c.