Monday, April 20, 2020

I think I taught this kid...

From this excerpt from the book Hoot by Carl Hiaasen 

Garret was a D student, but he was popular in school because he goofed around in class and made fart noises whenever a teacher called him out. Garret was the king of fart noises at Trace Middle. He was most famous for farting the first line of the Pledge of Allegiance during homeroom. And Garret's mother was a guidance counselor at Trace.

Which figurative of speech is it using?

A) Simile 
B) Personification 
C) Irony
D) Metaphor 

Scroll down for the answer.


The answer is c. Irony because Garret was famous at his school for being uncivil and inappropriate, but his mother is a counselor at his school, and her position was to make sure students act civilized and appropriate.

Thanks to Lin for the question!  She is a bright and wonderful student who would never, EVER fart out the Pledge because she is quite proper.

As an added bonus, I'm betting the author of this book chose to use owls for the center of his environmental novel because as a child he was subjected to the Give a Hoot, Don't Pollute ad campaign of the late 1970s.  Warning - watch at your own risk.  When you see the quality programming my generation had as kids, you'll understand why we always went outside to play instead of staying indoors all the time like you kids do.


  1. As we wind down the semester and school year, I want to thank you for all your hard work and care in preparing, not just your students, but our students as well! Happy Summer!

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