Monday, May 18, 2015

Question of the day

What would you sacrifice for love?

My love is hockey.  I would sacrifice my tv and gaming consoles for the sport that I play.  I would do this is because these types of things are extra money costing my parents and I don't have to have a tv or gaming console in my life.

Monday, May 11, 2015

Question of the day 5/11/15

Question of the day

What would you sacrifice for an ideal society where everything is perfect?
My personal idea of a perfect society is where everyone would be treated equally with no discrimination.  I would sacrifice TV and cell phones so people would be aware of their surrounding with other people. 

Monday, March 23, 2015

Questions for “A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings”

1. How do the various characters respond to the events of the story? What

does their response suggest about human nature and about organized

The characters aren't surprised.

2. How does Garcia Marquez make an apparently fantastic event seem real

and plausible?
Garcia Marquez makes it believeable by making it dirty and ugly.

3. Who is the story’s narrator and what role or function does he or she

The narrator gives us an unbiased telling of the story.

4. What elements of irony and humor does the story contain? What is their

They make the man a side show attraction. Then the people throw meatballs at the spider.

5. How can the story best be read and understood? as an allegory? as a folk

tale or parable? symbolically? as fantasy? Does the story contain an

identifiable theme?
The theme is about faith.

6. In what sense is Garcia Marquez’s story “A Tale for Children”?
The story has a lesson to teach us.

7. List the characters in the story. Write one to two sentences on the

defining characteristics of each one, providing at least one citation to

illustrate your comments.
You have an old man with wings, the spider girl, Pelayo, Elisenda, and father Gonzaga.

8. Why do you think the story is called "A Very Old Man with Enormous

Wings" rather than "An Angel"? Provide at least three citations to illustrate

your argument. Be sure that your citations illustrate your argument: do

not simply quote details that can be summarized. Use your textual

evidence to make your argument.
In the story, the people didn't know if the man was an angle or not.

9. How does the priest respond to the man with wings? What do you think

his response symbolizes? Provide at least two citations to illustrate your

argument. Be sure that your citations illustrate your argument: do not

simply quote details that can be summarized. Use your textual evidence to

make your argument.
He tests him and the old man doesn't answer him.

10. How do the villagers respond to the spider girl? What do you think

their response symbolizes -- how does it relate to the rest of the story?

Provide at least two citations to illustrate your argument.
When the spider girl shows up, the villagers forget the old man with wings and then they go to her.

11. When reading "A Very Old Man," think about what Garcia Marquez is

saying about how people would react to the (second?) coming. Would

people know that it happened, or would they pass it off as nothing? How do

the people in the story react when the angel doesn't behave the way they

would think an angel would behave?

Some people could know that it happened depending on where their part is with society.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Reflection Questions on Kate Chopin's "Regret"

1.  The author describes Mamzelle Aurelie as a strong, "ruddy", works hard outside, tomboy, and masculine.  It said that she wore a man's hat, army coat, and topboots. 

2.  The setting is at a farm.  Some clues that would help us was that in the story, it said that there were cows, mules and fowls.

3.  It means that there is a pleasant smell of flowers in the air.

4.  Mamzelle inherited a small band of very small children.

5.  Mamzelle changed emotionally.

6.  Mamzelle doesn't set about the task is because those are her own memories with the children.

7.  Ponto is Mamzelles dog.

8.  Kate Chopin uses the description "She cried like a man" to describe Mamzelle actions is because  it's still describing on who she is.

9.  I feel sorry for her that the children are gone but I think she'll be happy since she'll go back to her everyday life before the children came.

10.  I think the title of the story signifies that she regrets not having kids or not having relationships with men.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

“An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge” – Questions for Analysis
Standards assessed in this assignment:
    • Student analyses the language, content, structure, meaning and significance of both familiar and previously unseen oral, written and visual texts
    • Student analyses the effects of the author’s choices on an audience

Answer the following questions in complete sentences.  Upload these answers to your blog on a posting titled “Owl Creek.”
1. In Section I, Bierce includes few details about the condemned man and does not reveal the reason why he is being hanged. How does this help create suspense?
You keep wondering why he's there.
2. In what ways are the condemned man's perceptions of time and motion distorted as he is waiting to be hanged? Why are his distorted perceptions important?
The clock was ticking very slowly and the water was flowing very slowly. It's important is because it's leading to his death.
3. What is a sentinel?
It's a soldier on guard duty.
4. What is the significance of the man’s perception of his ticking watch?
It's his life running out.
5. In Section II, Bierce finally introduces Peyton Farquhar.  Why place this information in the middle of the story, and in a flashback?   How does this authorial decision contribute to suspense and our sympathies toward Farquhar?

It helps us realize his life is running out
6.  Why was Farquhar captured?  Why did the Federal scout lie?

Farquhar was captured is because he interfered with the railroad. The federal scout lied is because he wanted to capture him.
7. What details in Part III suggest that Farquhar's journey occurs in his mind? How is the journey connected with the plan of escape that occurs to him moments before he is hanged?
He was dodging bullets.  He was thinking about his kids  before he was hanged.
8.  What is the ultimate fate of Peyton Farquhar?  About how long did it truly take for the events of the story to unfold?
He died. It only took a few second for everything to unfold.
9. Why is the limited third-person point of view appropriate for this story? How might the story be different if Bierce had used an omniscient third-person narrator?

So it would keep us waiting.
10. Were you surprised by the ending?  Why or why not?

Yes I was surprised by the ending is because I though he made it out alive but then I realized that he was dead for most of the time.

Monday, February 2, 2015

“The Ransom of Red Chief” Questions

1. What point of view is this story told in, and how do you know?
This story is told in first person.  I can tell this is because the story includes the words "I, me, myself, etc".
2. What reason do Bill and Sam have for kidnapping the boy?
The reason why Bill and Sam have for kidnapping the boy is because they need two thousand dollars more to pull of a fraudulent  real estate deal in western Illinois.
3. What is the boy doing when the two men come upon him?
The boy is throwing rocks at a cat.
4. Why is it ironic that the boy says that he’s “never had such fun in all my life”?
It is ironic that the boy says that he's "never had such fun in all my life" is because a kidnapping should have the completely opposite mood.
5. What is meant by the metaphor that Ebenezer Dorset was “an uptight collection-plate passer and forecloser”? 
He was a miser.
6. What is one example of allusion in this story? Include the page number.
Ebenezer is an allusion to Ebenezer Scrooge, which was another miser.
7. What is ironic about Mr. Dorset’s counteroffer (the note)?
He tells the kidnappers to pay him to take the kid back.
8. What is the central conflict of the story?
The central conflict of this story is the little boy since he's being really annoying to the kidnappers.
9. What does Red Chief’s father think of him? 
The Red Chief's father thinks that he's also very annoying and they are trying to get away from him.

10.  What message about parenting and child-rearing is O. Henry trying to express to     readers? Think about what Red Chief’s dad thinks of him, and why Red Chief     doesn’t want to go home.

O. Henry is trying to say that parents don't enough attention to their kids.
11.  How does O. Henry incorporate humor into this story?  

The kidnappers don't want the kid.  The kid is having fun while being kidnapped.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

“A Kidnapped Santa Claus” by L. Frank Baum Reading Questions

1.  Who is the protagonist?  Who is the antagonist?
 Santa Claus is the protagonist in the story.  The daemons in the story are the antagonist.

2. What is the conflict?
 Santa Claus gets kidnapped.

3.  What is the setting?
The setting is placed in the Laughing Valley and the daemons cave.  It Christmas Eve.

4.  To what genre would you say this story belongs?  Why?
 I would say it would be  a fantasy is because it externalizes internal problems.

5.  What do you notice about Baum’s writing style?  
 It's aimed for kids.  The whole purpose of this story is to teach a lesson.

6.  Who are the Daemons?  How are they labeled?  Why are they named so?
 The daemons are the bad guys.  There is the daemon of selfishness, the daemon of Envy, daemon of Hatred, daemon of Malice, and the daemon of Repentance.  There are named the way they are is because all of their names resemble different kinds of bad emotions and feelings.

7.  What familiar seasonal elements are used in the story?  What unfamiliar elements are there?
 Some of the familiar elements of this story is how Santa Claus still delivers presents on Christmas Eve and how he has his helpers.  The setting is different, the daemons, and the magical helpers.

8.  What are some variations of this story that have been retold in the last few years?
 The Nightmare before Christman, Elf, etc.

9.  Are there any parts of the story that help to define Santa Claus as a character?  Does he make any tough decisions or risk something valuable?
 He forgave them so that shows them that he's a good nature person.

10.  How does Santa escape the cave?
Santa Claus escapes the cave is because the daemon of Repentance sets him free.