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.