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Reader Response Prompt Two Kinds is a story about a mothers hopes for her daughter and her daughters

reaction to these hopes. Tell what the narrators mother wanted her to do and how the daughter reacted. Explain why you think the narrator reacted as she did? Then tell about a time that your parent(s) hoped for something for you that you did not want as much for yourself. As you write, be sure to do the following: Describe the conflict between the narrator and her mother. Tell what your opinion is about the narrators actions. Give an example of a time when you felt in conflict with your parent(s) in a way similar to the narrators conflict with her mother. Write neatly and clearly using only the space provided.

Reader Response: Romeo and Juliet Imagine that you are Juliet lying in a drugged sleep in the Capulet crypt. Your family has taken you for dead and placed you in the tomb. You are so drugged that you cannot move, but you still have the senses of touch, taste, smell, and hearing. (Also, family members may be coming to visit you.) What are your thoughts as you lie there? Use sensory details about the potions taste in your mouth, the temperature in the crypt, the sounds around you, and the feel of the marble beneath you. Most importantly, reveal your thoughts about Romeo. Write as if you are Juliet. Include sensory details to describe how you feel in addition to anything that is happening around you as you lie in the crypt. Explain what you are thinking about Romeo. Write neatly and clearly using only the space provided.

In the excerpt we read from I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Maya Angelou recalls her childhood. Detailed attention is paid to an episode when she spends time with Mrs. Flowers. Why was this time significant to Marguerite? Refer to the text as you reveal the importance of the time to Marguerite. Try to remember a similar time in your life when you met a person who had an significant influence on you. As you write, remember to do the following: Explain the importance of the episode with Mrs. Flowers. Give examples from Angelous story to support your opinion. Compare Angelous memory of Mrs. Flowers to a memory you have of someone who has influenced you and tell about the episode in your life. Write neatly and clearly. Use only the space provided.

Artist William Sidney Mount, the first notable American genre painter and an important influence on George Caleb Bingham, expressed his creative goal as follows: Paint pictures that will take with the publicnever paint for the few but the many. Do you thing Bingham succeeded in creating art that would appeal to the many? Explain. Find a contemporary print advertisement that offers a good example of a genre image. Explain why the image used would appeal to the many. As you write, remember to do the following: Refer to an example of Binghams work and explain whether or not his art appealed to the many. Describe the advertisement you have chosen. Explain how the ad is meant to impress its audience. (Include a copy of the ad.) Write neatly and clearly. Use only the space provided.

In the excerpt we read from Ernesto Galarzas autobiography, he tells about how his first grade teacher worked with him and the other kids in the class. What was his attitude toward his teacher, Miss Ryan? Refer to the text and then explain how his feelings toward her may have affected how he learned English in first grade. Then recall your first grade teacher and tell how you felt about him or her. Do you think that your attitude toward your teacher influenced your learning at that time? As you write, remember to do the following: Explain how the author felt about his teacher. Give your opinion on how his relationship with his teacher shaped his learning. Tell about your first grade teacher and how your relationship with him or her influenced your learning. Write neatly and clearly. Use only the space provided.

In One Writers Beginning, Eudora Welty recalls early memories of sense images that she thinks affected her in becoming a writer. About which natural phenomenon was she mistaken for many years? What caused this misperception? Tell about a misperception that you had as a child and then realized that you were mistaken. As you write, remember to do the following: Explain Weltys misconception concerning the moon. Tell about a misconception that you had when you were a little kid. Reveal what meaning the realization had for you. Write neatly and clearly. Use only the space provided.

Reader Response In The Seeing See Little Helen Keller considers the irony of people learning to value things greatly only after they are lost. You will be asked to explain what Keller thinks people gain from the sense of sight. According to Keller, what is the importance of sight? Have you ever considered the value of the sense of sight as Keller describes it? If you were only going to have sight for one more day, what is the one thing you would want to see? As you write, be sure to do the following: Explain Kellers opinion on the value of sight. Reveal your views on Kellars opinion. Tell what you would choose to see if you only had one more day of sight. Write neatly and clearly. Use only the space provided.

In the excerpt we read from William Tuttles social history Daddys Gone to War: The Second World War in the Lives of Americas Children, kids recalled how they felt about their parents reactions when they learned about the bombing of Pearl Harbor by the Japanese. Explain how they felt and what their reactions may have been. Then recall a flashbulb memory of an event that affected many people and how you felt at the time. As you write, remember to do the following Explain how the kids felt in the excerpt we read when they saw their parents reactions to the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Tell about an event that most people in our country knew about and what you remember about it. Explain how you felt when you found out about this event and how you reacted. Write neatly and clearly. Use only the space provided.

In On First Looking into Chapmans Homer, Keats writes about a personal discovery. What is his discovery? Most of us can recall an event when something became clearer for us or changed for us. Tell about a time when you made a discovery similar to that of Keats when you changed your way of thinking. As you write, remember to do the following: Explain what Keats discovered. Describe a situation or event in which your way of thinking was changed. Include an explanation of your attitude before and after the life-changing event. Write neatly and clearly. Use only the space provided.

Look at the picture of Babur Laying a Garden in our Humanities books on page 164. Describe the scene and pretend that you are one of the characters in the painting. Why are you there? What are you doing? Explain your facial expression and where you are looking and the position of your hands. What are you thinking? Include references to your culture in your response. As you write, remember to do the following: Write as if you are a character in the painting. Describe the scene and the action around you and refer to the fact that you live in a Muslim culture in approximately 1590. Describe the work that you are doing and how you feel as you are doing it. Write neatly and clearly using only the space provided.

Is the theme of Heinrich Heines The Silesian Weavers still valid today or is it important only for historical or literary reasons? Explain the meaning of the poem. Then think of a modern situation that can be compared to that of the German weavers. As you write, remember to do the following: Tell what the poem The Silesian Weavers is about and what its theme is. What was its purpose? Give a modern example about which a similar poem could be written and explain why. Write neatly and clearly using only the space provided.

Choose a painting by an Impressionist artist (from our book or in our classroomCassat, Van Gogh, Monet, Manet, and Cezanne are represented in our book) and explain why you like it. Describe the painting, including techniques the artist uses that make the work Impressionistic. As you write, remember to do the following: Identify the painter and the painting about which you are writing. Say why you like the painting. Give specific examples of techniques the painter uses that characterize the work as Impressionism. Write neatly and clearly using only the space provided.

In the excerpt we read from the Sundiata, how is the role of tradition made apparent? Give examples from the excerpt that show how tradition played a part in African culture. Then consider the role of tradition in your life. Does it play an important role? Explain As your write, remember to do the following: Refer to the excerpt from Sundiata and explain the significance of tradition. Tell whether or not your think tradition is important in your life. Give a specific example that supports your opinion. Write neatly and clearly. Use only the space provided.

In the excerpt we read from Thomas Mofolos story of Chaka, the founder of the Zulu Empire, Chaka is promised great power if he agrees to kill his wife Noliwe. Choose one of the charactersChaka, Noliwe, or Isanusi and retell this episode from his or her point of view. Be sure to include specific details from the excerpt in order to make your point of view realistic. You are one of the characters from the story. You are telling the story as you see it. You are including material from the text to support your persona. Write neatly and clearly. Use only the space provided.

Reader Response In the poetry excerpt we read from I am Joaquin, Rodolfo Gonzales rejects assimilation and celebrates the heritage of the Mexican Americans. Explain what the speakers mood is in the poem. Give examples from the poem to support your opinion. Then explain why the speaker has this mood by giving a personal example of a dilemma when you may have had to choose between two equally unfavorable alternatives. Tell what the mood of the speaker is. Give text-based examples that illustrate the speakers mood. Explain the reason for the speakers mood by explaining how you can relate to it. (Tell about a time you had to choose between two different loyalties.) Write neatly and clearly. Use only the space provided.

In What is an American? by Michel-Guillaume Jean De Crevecoeur, what does he say is the difference between an American and a European? He was writing over 200 years ago when our country was first becoming one. Today the meaning of the term American is still evolving. (For example, in the state of California, the most recent census (2000) reveals that those who chose Caucasian as the ethnic group to which they belong just became a minority at 49%.) What are your perceptions of the meaning of being an American in the 21st century? What distinguishes being an American from being any other nationality? As you write, remember to do the following: Explain what Crevecoeur says is the contrast between an American and a European. Consider the evolution of America and what it means to be an American in 2000. Give a specific example of what you consider a uniquely American characteristic. Write neatly and clearly. Use only the space provided.

In the excerpts that we read from Samuel Sewalls diary, he struggles with his role in the trials of people accused of witchcraft in Salem in 1692. In two of the entries, he writes about the responses of people who were condemned as witches (or wizards?). Giles Cory was an 81- year-old man who refused to plead guilty and was pressed to death. Dorcas Hoars confession stopped her planned execution. Consider why these two condemned people would choose to behave as they did, one not confessing, the other confessing. Think about what you would do if you were accused of witchcraft. Then write as if you are a condemned witch in Salem in 1692 making a statement to the court regarding your guilt or innocence. You have been sentenced to die unless you confess to being a witch. What would you say? How would you explain why your accusers have called you a witch? Make sure you include your reasons for claiming either your innocence or your guilt. As you write, remember to do the following: Write as if you are condemned as a witch in Salem in 1692. Explain why you have been accused of being a witch. Justify your claim of guilt or innocence. Write neatly and clearly. Use only the space provided.

In Djuha Borrows a Pot, Djuhas neighbor wants to get something for nothing. Explain what happens to him. Can you get something for nothing? Tell about a time that you tried to get something for nothing. Were you able to do so? As you write, remember to do the following: Tell how Djuhas neighbor thought he was getting something for nothing. Explain whether or not you think you can get something for nothing. Recall a specific time that you tried to get something for nothing and reveal the outcome. Write neatly and clearly. Use only the space provided.

In the story The Gift Giving the family celebrates Christmas every year with a special tradition. Tell what the tradition is and what its significance is to the family. Then think of a tradition that you have at a holiday or even a particular time of the year. Tell what the tradition is and how it is significant to you. As you write, remember to do the following: Explain the Christmas tradition in The Gift Giving and how it is significant to the family. Tell about a tradition that you take part in every year at a certain time. Reveal the importance of this tradition to you and/or to others. Write neatly and clearly using only the space provided.

In A Mother in Mannville Jerry falsely tells the narrator that he has a mother in Mannville. Why does he tell her this lie? Using details from the story, pretend you are Jerry and write a diary entry in which you explain why you lied to the narrator. Imagine that you are Jerry. Write a diary entry explaining how and why you lied to the narrator. Include both the feelings and the facts that led you to behave as you did. Write neatly and clearly using only the space provided.

In Robert MacNeils essay, The Trouble with Television, he names one major problem with television viewing. Explain the problem and tell whether or not you agree with his argument. Then tell what you think is a positive characteristic of television. Be specific about how television could be a good thing by referring to specific programs. As you write, remember to do the following: Explain what MacNeil thinks is the trouble with t.v. Reveal your opinion of the matter. Be specific about the t.v. problem and describe how t.v. might not be such a bad thing by referring to specific t.v. content. Write neatly and clearly. Use only the space provided.

In the Chinese folk tale, The Pointing Finger, what is the implied about the peoples values? Explain the third mans response to the immortals magic. Then tell what you would do if you met the immortal and he offered you the gold pebble. As you write, remember to do the following: Explain the moral of The Pointing Finger. Tell how and why the third man responded as he did to the immortal. Say what you would do if you had an opportunity to get a gold pebble from an immortal. Write neatly and clearly. Use only the space provided.

In The Wicked Weasel, the weasel gets hurt in the way he or she hurts others. Explain how that happens in the folk tale. Then remember an example where you or someone you know was hurt in the same way that you or the other person caused hurt. As you write, remember to do the following: Tell how the weasel got what he gave. Recall and explain a time when you or someone you know had something bad happen that was like something you or that person caused happen to someone else. Write neatly and clearly. Use only the space provided.

In Of Dry Goods and Black bow Ties, what does Mr. Uchida mean when he says, I am still one of the Shimada men? Why is that important to him? Have you ever been influenced by someone in your behavior? Explain how something about you reflects that influence. As you write, remember to do the following: Explain what Mr. Uchida says and what he means. Tell about a person who has influenced you to behave in a positive way. Give an example of how that influence is revealed in you. Write neatly and clearly. Use only the space provided.

Anne Frank wrote in her diary, In spite of everything, I still believe that people are really good at heart. In the space below, give an example from the play that supports Annes opinion about people. Then tell if you agree with her. As you write, remember to do the following: Give a specific example from the play that illustrates Annes opinion that people are basically good. Tell whether or not you agree with Anne. Support your opinion with a specific example from your life. Write neatly and clearly. Use only the space provided.

In the story The Most Dangerous Game by Richard Connell, there is an example of irony. Explain the ironic situation. Then consider an example of irony that you saw in the plot of a movie or television show. Tell about the story and how it was ironic. As you write, remember to do the following: Describe the irony in the plot of The Most Dangerous Game. Recall the plot of a movie or television show that revealed an ironic situation. Explain why the situation was ironic. Write neatly and clearly using only the space provided.

In The Scarlet Ibis Doodle is unlike other people. Compare descriptions of Doodle in the story to that of the ibis after it has fallen out of the tree. Then tell how you think Doodle felt when he saw the ibis. Explain how the experience with the ibis foreshadows the end of the story. When you write, be sure to do the following: Compare the ibis to Doodle. Describe how you think Doodle felt when he saw the ibis. Explain how the ibis death foreshadows the end of the story. Write neatly and clearly. Use only the space provided.

In Guy de Maupassants The Necklace, we read of a woman who wants something that she does not have. Then she has a chance to wear a necklace, and the necklace changes her life. Explain how the necklace in the story The Necklace is the central symbol which reveals the storys theme. As you write, be sure to do the following: Explain how the necklace changes the womans life. Tell what the necklace symbolizes. Use examples from the story to support your explanation. Write neatly and clearly using only the space provided.

In Let Me Hear You Whisper by Paul Zindel, a dolphin speaks to a custodial engineer and reveals to her that the scientists are using him for hateful purposes to which he objects. The word he speaks to Dr. Crocus and the others at the end indicates his benevolence and, in effect, his superiority over many humans. Explain how the word the dolphin says at the end of the play makes a statement about mistakes people make in their use of science. Then consider another fictional animal that you have seen in movies or TV or read about in a book, an animal who taught something to humans about a mistake (or mistakes) they make in their attitudes and their lives. As you write, remember to do the following: Explain how what the dolphin says reveals the theme of the play. Think of another animal that is personified in a fictional work. Describe how the animal teaches us about something wrong in our behavior. Write neatly and clearly. Use only the space provided.

In Langston Hughes Thank You, Mam the approach Mrs. Jones takes in dealing with Rogers behavior is unusual. Explain the approach and how it is different. Then think of an example of some behavior that could be dealt with differently so that different and better results might occur, (juvenile delinquents or duis or something that you think is not being dealt with properly in our culture and could be handled better so that people would be affected more positively.) Explain how it should be handled and what the result might be. As you write, remember to do the following: Explain what is unusual about how Mrs. Jones handles Rogers behavior. Then give your opinion about how another example of negative behavior can be dealt with in a similarly unusual way. Project what the results of this shift in what is considered the normal way of dealing with the behavior might be for the person(s) who commit the misdeed(s). Write neatly and clearly. Use only the space provided.

In the excerpt from Ryan Whites testimony before the Presidents Commission on AIDS in 1988, White outlines the treatment he received from people in his community when his AIDS was made public. What do you think was the worst thing he had to deal with? What steps would you propose to deal with the way he and other people with AIDS were treated? Have any of these steps been taken, or is there still a problem? As you write, remember to do the following: Tell what part of Ryan Whites testimony about how people treated him bothered you the most. Make a list of steps you think needed to be taken to deal with the way people with AIDS were being treated. Explain whether or not you think people with AIDS are still being treated unfairly. Write neatly and clearly. Use only the space provided.

In Lather and Nothing Else, the barber has a difficult decision to make. Explain what decision he makes. Then think of a time when you were faced with making a difficult decision in a short amount of time. Consider whether or not you think you made the right decision. As you write, remember to do the following: Explain why the barber has to make a decision and what he decides. Compare the barbers situation with a time when you had to make a difficult decision within a short time period. Explain the difficult decision you had to make. Tell whether or not your decision was for the best. Write neatly and clearly using only the space provided.

The story All Summer in a Day ends when the other children open the closet door so that Margot is able to come out. The readers dont get to know what she thinks or says or does. What do you think she would think or say or do when she comes out? Write as if you are Margot just being released and explain what you are thinking and what you would say or do. As you write, remember to do the following: Write as if you are Margot emerging from the closet while the other kids are watching you silently. Reveal your thoughts and what you, as Margot, would say or do. Use details from the story to show that you are feeling as Margot would feel. Write neatly and clearly using only the space provided.

The myth of Icarus and Daedalus illustrates that sometimes people attempt to surpass their limits and achieve the impossible. Imagine that you are Icarus. Write your thoughts and feelings about your flight from Crete as if it were really happening. How does it feel? As you write, remember to do the following: Write as if you are Icarus, describing events as they are happening around you. When the sun begins to melt the wax, how do you feel? Explain how you feel about not listening to your father. Write neatly and clearly, using only the space provided.

In Romeo and Juliet Shakespeare uses dramatic foil to reveal character traits. Explain what dramatic foil means and how it is used effectively for characterization. Then give an example of its use in a contemporary medium. As you write, be sure to do the following: Explain the term dramatic foil. Explain how Romeo is a dramatic foil to Mercutio or to Friar Lawrence. Refer to the play for examples. Tell whether or not you think that the use of dramatic foil is effective? Give an example that you have seen of the use of dramatic foil in television or a movie, explaining the two characters and why they are foils for each other. Write neatly and clearly, using only the space provided

In the excerpt from An American Childhood, by Annie Dillard, the author made a connection between playing football and being chased for throwing a snowball. What does she say about each activity? Think of something you like to do that has helped you to learn something. As you write, remember to do the following: Tell what Dillard says about playing football and being chased for throwing a snowball. Explain what she learns from participating in each of those activities. Give an example of something you have participated in that helped you learn a valuable lesson. Write neatly and clearly. Use only the space provided.

In the poem Mother to Son a mother gives her son some advice. What advice does she give to him? How does she use an extended metaphor to advise him? Think of a time when you have received valuable advice from a parent or a teacher or someone else who cares about you. Explain how this advice was helpful as the advice the mother gives the son in the poem can be helpful. As you write, remember to do the following: Explain how the poem Mother to Son is about advice from a mother to a son. Reveal the extended metaphor in the poem. Give an example of a time that you were given good advice. Write neatly and clearly. Use only the space provided.

Imagine that you are Bridgie back in Northern Ireland. Write a letter to Mitch telling him about how your stay with his family affected you. Give specific examples of the experiences that meant the most to you. As you write, remember to do the following: Write as if you are Bridgie. Tell Mitch how you feel about his family and the time you spent with them. Use text-based examples to relate your experiences. Write neatly and clearly. Use only the space provided.

In Great Expectations, Pip is disappointed when he is made aware of the real identity of his benefactor. Explain why Pip feels this way. Then tell how in your opinion his reaction to this disappointment reveals his character. As you write, remember to do the following: Using text-based examples, explain Pips disappointment when he learns who his benefactor is. Using text-based examples, say what you think about how Pip deals with the disappointment. Write neatly and clearly. Use only the space provided.

In the excerpt that we read from Albert Einsteins letter to President Franklin D. Roosevelt, what was Einsteins purpose in writing the letter? Give examples from the text to support your answer. Explain how this could be seen as a moral issue and give an example of a contemporary moral issue in science. As you write, remember to do the following: Tell why Einstein was writing to Roosevelt and use direct quotes to support your answer. Explain why what Einstein was talking about had moral implications. Give an example from recent discoveries in science and technology that have moral issues. Write neatly and clearly. Use only the space provided.

In Great Expectations, a possible theme is that love and devotion are worth more than material goods and status. Give one example from the novel that reveals this theme. Then consider how this theme has been applied in a more current medium, like a movie or a television show, and explain its effect. As you write, remember to do the following: Give a text-based example from Great Expectations that illustrates the theme as stated above. Show how this theme has been adapted to modern day use by giving an example of it in a contemporary movie or television show. Make the connection between Dickens and the 21st century. Write neatly and clearly. Use only the space provided.

In The Feminine Mystique, Betty Freidan accused advertisers and others of promoting an idea that women could find fulfillment only in their roles as wives and mothers. Explain how the advertisements in our book promote that idea. Then think of a modern television commercial that promotes the idea that women can find fulfillment in that role. Compare and contrast the old advertisement to the new one. As you write, remember to do the following: Explain how the advertisements in our book promote the idea that a womens role as a wife and mother can make her happy. Give an example of a contemporary television commercial that indicates the same idea about women in todays society. Then compare and contrast the television commercial with the ad in our book. Write neatly and clearly. Use only the space provided.

In the story The Day the Sun Came Out, Mary displays great courage. Explain why Mary is courageous. Then think of another fictional character with traits similar to Marys. Describe the similarities and differences between Mary and the character you have chosen. As you write, remember to do the following: Explain how Mary displays courage. Describe another fictional character who reveals the same kind of courage as Mary. Compare and contrast Mary to the other fictional character. Write neatly and clearly. Use only the space provided.

Every year, in February, on the anniversary of Edgar Allan Poes death, a person who is dressed all in black, including a black cape, visits Poes grave and leaves a bottle of French cognac and three roses on his tombstone. Write as if you are that grave visitor and say who you are and why you visit Poes grave every year. As you write, remember to do the following: Write as if you are a mysterious person who visits Poes grave every year on the anniversary of his death. Use specific details to explain your reasons for why you come to the grave on this day and why you bring the cognac and roses. Refer to specific aspects of Poes work to explain your purpose. Write neatly and clearly. Use only the space provided.

In Christmas Day in the Morning, the narrator remembers a Christmas that was significant to him. What was important to him about that Christmas? Use specific examples from the story to explain how the author uses flashback to present the memory and why the memory was important to the narrator. As you write, remember to do the following: Explain the significance of the Christmas memory to the narrator. Show how the author uses the plot device of flashback to present the story. Write neatly and clearly. Use only the space provided.

In O. Henrys The Gift of the Magi, why does the author give the story this title? Explain what happens in the story and what theme the author is revealing in calling the story The Gift of the Magi? As you write, remember to do the following: Explain why the story has the title it does. Give details from the story to support your explanation of its theme. Write neatly and clearly. Use only the space provided.

In the excerpts we read from Dorothea Dixs speech to the Massachusetts legislature, what does she present as the bigger problem in the treatment of the insane, cruelty or neglect? Explain what she is saying needs to be done for the mentally ill in the institutions she has visited. As you write, remember to do the following: Explain Dixs purpose. Use examples from the text to support your explanation. Show specifically whether she is saying cruelty or neglect is a bigger problem. Write neatly and clearly. Use only the space provided.

The English novelist Jane Austen said, Vanity and pride are different things though the words are often used synonymously. A person may be proud without being vain. Pride relates more to our opinion of ourselves, vanity to what we would have others think of us. Do you think Phaethon was vain or proud or perhaps both? Use details from Phaethon, Son of Apollo to support your answer. (Write neatly and clearly using only the space provided.)

In the excerpt we read from Virginia Woolfs A Room of Ones Own, she acutely analyzes the social conditions that have kept women from realizing their artistic potential. What is her main point? Do you agree with her opinion about what is important for an artist to be able to express herself or himself? Explain with an example. As you write, remember to do that following: Tell what Woolfs main point is in the excerpt we read. Tell whether or not you agree with her. Explain your opinion with an example. Write neatly and clearly. Use only the space provided.

In the poem, The Courage That My Mother Had how is this courage expressed? Explain what courage means in the poem. Then give one example from the poem that shows an expression of courage. As you write, remember to do the following: Explain how courage is expressed in the poem. Give a specific quote from the poem that reveals the courage the poet viewed. Write neatly and clearly. Use only the space provided.

Think about the flowers in A Crush. What did the flowers mean to Dolores, Ernie and Jack? Explain how the flowers are described in the story and what they mean for each character? As you write, remember to do the following: Explain the significance of the flowers in A Crush. Say what the flowers reveal about the characters Dolores, Ernie and Jack. Use examples from the story. Write neatly and clearly. Use only the space provided.

In the story What Do Fish Have to Do With Anything? the homeless man tells Willie, What a person needs is always more than what they say. Explain what he means by that in the story. Then tell what it means as an example in life. As you write, remember to do the following: Explain what the homeless man says to Willie. Tell what you think that statement means to Willie. Tell what it means to you. Write neatly and clearly. Use only the space provided.

In The Treasure of Lemon Brown, what does Greg learn from Mr. Brown? How is what he learns valuable? Give examples from the story as you answer those questions. As you write, remember to do the following: Explain Gregs conflict in the story. Tell how Greg learns something from Lemon Brown. Tell how what Greg learns is valuable. Write neatly and clearly. Use only the space provided.

In the story, The Lady or the Tiger, the princess indicates, to the man she loves, a door to choose in the arena. The door he chooses will have lady behind it whom he must marry or a tiger behind it that will kill him. What is behind the door the princess points to? As you write, remember to do the following: Explain what is happening in the story. Explain what door the man chooses.

Explain why the princess indicated for him to choose that door. Refer to the story to support your answer. Write neatly and clearly. Use only the space provided.

In the story Last Cover, what subtle changes take place in the relationship between Colin and his father? Why do you think their relationship seems strained at times? What problems might the father have with Colin? Use examples from the story in your answer. As you write, remember to do the following: Explain the problems Colins father has with him. Explain that Colins relationship with his father undergoes a change throughout the story. Give examples from the story to support your interpretation.

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Compare and contrast the two urban legends we read: The Woman in the Snow and The Girl in the Lavender Dress. Explain the similarities and differences in their plots, characters and themes. As you write, remember to do the following: Explain how the two urban legends we read have similarities and differences. Compare and contrast specific examples of plot, characterization and theme from each urban legend. Write neatly and clearly.

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In the excerpt from Louisa May Alcotts Civil War Journal, describe her general impression of the wounded men. Give specific examples from the journal that reveal her attitude toward the patients she tends to in the hospital. As you write, remember to do the following: Respond directly to the prompt. Organize your ideas so that they are clear and easy to follow.

Develop your ideas thoroughly by using appropriate details and precise language. Quote Alcott as you describe her general impression of the wounded men. Write neatly and clearly using only the space provided.

In both Legacies and Choices, Nikki Giovanni describes people who have feelings that they are not aware of or cannot express. Refer to the poems and explain how the characters cannot reveal their feelings. Then tell about a time when you could not express your feelings. As you write, remember to do the following: Refer to the poems and explain how the characters cannot reveal their feelings.

Use quotations from the poems. Tell about a time you could not express your feelings. Write neatly and clearly using only the space provided.

In the three tales we read, we learned about change. Choose the tale that you feel offers the most valuable lesson and explain your choice. As you write, remember to do the following:

Tell about the lesson in one of the following tales: Phaethon, The Force of Luck or Brother Coyote and Brother Cricket. Explain why you think the tales lesson is very valuable. Give specific examples from the text to support your point. Write neatly and clearly using only the space provided.

In the excerpt we read from Roald Dahls Boy: Tales of Childhood, do you think the boys were justified or irresponsible in playing their prank on Mrs. Pratchett? Explain what they did, why they did it and how you feel about it. As you write, remember to do the following: Tell what the boys think of Mrs. Pratchett and why the feel this way. Tell what the boys did to Mrs. Pratchett. Explain what your opinion is about the prank the boys played on Mrs. Prachett and why you have this opinion. Write neatly and clearly using only the space provided.

Think about the different ways in which courage is displayed in the poems Lineage and The Courage That My Mother Had. Notice the development of the concept of courage in the two poems and how the writers seem to be saying that courage is something that is built upon the strength of previous generations. As you write, remember to do the following: Explain how courage is displayed in each poem. Describe how each writer develops the concept of courage. Use quotations from the poems to support your explanation. Write neatly and clearly. Use only the space provided.

In Song of the Open Road by Walt Whitman and The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost, both writers express their feelings about choosing a direction. Paraphrase both poems and compare and contrast the poets attitudes. As you write, remember to do the following: Introduce the themes of both poems. Paraphrase each poem, comparing and contrasting the attitudes of the poets. Summarize the main themes in your conclusion. Write neatly and clearly using only the space provided.

In Only Daughter, Sandra Cisneros employs numerous ironies and inversions. For example, Cisneros asserts that her loneliness was good and that she was lucky that her father believed daughters were simply meant for husbands. Consider the notion that her obstacles were in fact aides to success and explain whether or not you agree with that notion. As you write, remember to do the following: Explain the irony of Cisneros assertions in her essay. Quote the text and paraphrase the notion that she asserts. Explain whether or not you agree with her assertion. Write neatly and clearly using only the space provided.

The House of Dies Drear is about a house that was part of the Underground Railroad that slaves followed in order to escape to freedom. Name something you learned while reading The House of Dies Drear. As you write, remember to do the following: Explain what the book is about. Tell about at least one thing you learned about history from reading the book. Write neatly and clearly. Use only the space provided.

In the stories The Third Wish and The Monkeys Paw, what do the main characters learn about having wishes granted? Have you ever had a wish granted, only to find that getting your wish did not satisfy you? Explain the wish and how you felt. As you write, remember to do the following: Tell how the main characters in the two stories get their wishes and how they feel about getting their wishes. Think of a time when you had a wish granted. Explain if it made you as happy as you thought it would? Write neatly and clearly using only the space provided.

In the excerpt we read from Angelas Ashes by Frank McCourt, the author remembers when he was sick in the hospital when he was ten years old. Who offered him comfort at that time? Think about a time when you needed comfort or assistance and a friend, family member or new acquaintance came to your aid. Compare your experience with McCourts. As you write, remember to do the following: Explain McCourts situation and how he was comforted. Refer to the excerpt. Recall a time when you needed help and were given some consolation. Compare your experience to McCourts experience. Write neatly and clearly using only the space provided.

A symbol is a person, place or thing that stands for something beyond itself. In Fear and Identity the poets use many symbols to enrich the meaning of the poems. Identify at least one symbol from each poem and tell what the symbol means. Then tell how the symbols support the theme of each poem. As you write, remember to do the following: Explain the theme of each poem and how symbols are used to illustrate the theme. Identify at least one symbol from each poem and what the symbol means in the poem. Explain how the symbol in each poem reveals the theme of each poem. Write neatly and clearly using only the space provided.

In A Christmas Memory, Truman Capote develops the character of his friend by telling what she has and hasnt done. Though the list may be based on true examples, he leaves it to the readers to form opinions of the character by simply providing some facts from which the readers must draw their own conclusions. Explain what Capote says about the character and then reveal your opinion of her based on these facts. As you write, remember to do the following: Explain how Capote characterizes his friend in A Christmas Memory. Use examples from the story. Explain your opinion of the character of Capotes friend based on the facts provided. Write neatly and clearly using only the space provided.

Explain what an ode is. Then explain what is unusual about Ode to an Artichoke. Explain how Pablo Neruda celebrates an artichoke. Cite examples from the poem to show how it is unusual for an ode. As you write, remember to do the following: Explain how Ode to an Artichoke is unusual. Explain how the extended metaphor in Ode to an Artichoke celebrates an artichoke in a formal way. Quote the poem to support your explanation. Write neatly and clearly using only the space provided.

In the excerpt we read from Immigrants Kids, Russell Freedman describes the hardships that European immigrants faced while sailing to the United States between 1880 and 1920. What part of the immigrant experience that we read made the biggest impression on you? As you write, remember to do the following: Explain how the European immigrants faced many hardships on their way to this country. Give a specific example from the excerpt that reveals the part you read that had a big impression on you. Write neatly and clearly. Use only the space provided.

In the excerpt we read from Wait Till Next Year, Doris Kearns Goodwin reflects on the 1955 World Series. Explain the setting of this part of her memoir. Explain why the setting is important and contrast it with a modern setting. As you write, remember to do the following: Describe the setting of the passage including time, place, season and community. Consider how the setting contributes to the story she tells. Explain how the story would be changed by a modern setting. Write nealy and clearly using only the space provided.

In the excerpt we read from Anthony Burns: The Defeat and Triumph of a Fugitive Slave, what law is Anthony accused of breaking? Explain. Do you think there are times when a law should be broken? Explain. As you write, remember to do the following: Tell what law Anthony Burns is accused of breaking and explain the circumstances in the United States at the time. Tell if you think there are any times when a law should be broken. Explain and give an example. Write neatly and clearly. Use only the space provided.

In Marigolds the narrator says, This was the beginning of compassion, and one cannot have both compassion and innocence. Using details from the story to support your opinion, explain what you think she means. As you write, remember to do the following: Explain what the narrator means when she says that one cannot be compassionate and innocent. Refer to the story to support your explanation. Write neatly and clearly. Use only the space provided.

In The War of the Wall, Toni Cade Bambara has the narrator and his friend literally see themselves in the mural created by the painter lady. What point might she be making by doing this? As you write, remember to do the following: Explain how the narrator and his friend feel about the mural before and after they see themselves in it. What does their recognition of themselves in the mural reveal about the theme of the story. Refer to the story to support your explanation. Write neatly and clearly using only the space provided.

In the excerpt we read from Flowers for Algernon, Charlie undergoes a great change after an operation. Explain the operation and offer your opinion about whether the surgery should have been performed. Consider whether the value of the short-term heightened intelligence outweighs the pain of the loss of the intelligence. As you write, remember to do the following: Explain the operation that Charlie has in the story and its effects. Offer your opinion about whether or not the surgery should have been done, considering the final result. Use text-based examples to support your opinion. Write neatly and clearly using only the space provided.

Think about how you reacted to Gary in Future Tense. For example, did you admire him? Did you think he was a little strange? Refer to the story and explain your feelings about Garys character. As you write, remember to do the following: Respond directly to the prompt. Develop your ideas thoroughly by using appropriate details and precise language. Stay focused on your purpose. Write neatly and clearly using only the space provided.

In the creation stories weve read, there are remarkable similarities, reflecting beliefs and values common to all people. However, there are some significant differences. Compare and contrast the creation accounts in Genesis and Popol Vuh. Say what both of these stories reveal about the cultures from which they come. Refer to the text to show the similarities and differences between the creation stories and the cultures they represent. As you write, remember to do the following: Explain how the creation stories have similarities and differences. Give specific examples of at least one similarity and one difference between the creation stories. Say what these stories reveal about their cultures. Write neatly and clearly, using only the space provided.

The Iliad depicts a warrior society far different from our own society. But the poem contains a theme that applies to life today. Explain one of the themes from The Iliad which is relevant to our time. As you write, remember to do the following: Explain how The Iliad is about a far different society than todays but that there are themes that can still be applied. Tell about one theme that The Iliad reveals that is relevant to modern times. Be specific when referring to the epic. Write neatly and clearly using only the space provided.

Hector stands apart from most military heroes in Western literature in one important respect: he fights for Troy, the side that opposed the authors (Homers) own people. Many critics have praised Homers uncommon ability to portray the enemy so sympathetically. Explain how Homers portrayal of Hector is unusual and how this portrayal affects your opinion about The Iliad. As you write, remember to do the following: Explain how Homers portrayal of Hector is unusual. Give specific examples from the text to support your explanation. Tell how Hectors characterization affects you. Write neatly and clearly using only the space provided.

Compare and contrast the passages you have read from the Tao Te Ching with those you have read from the Analects. How do the two schools of thought compare in their attitudes toward leadership and authority? How do they differ in their teachings about conduct in everyday life? Give examples from the text to support your assertions. As you write, remember to do the following: Compare and contrast the attitudes toward how people should live in the Tao Te Ching and the Analects. Focus on passages about leadership, authority and conduct in everyday life. Quote the passages to support your explanation. Write neatly and clearly using only the space provided.

What is your favorite Christmas movie? Tell what holiday movie you like the most. Say why you enjoy it. Explain what it is about and what its theme is. Persuade your audience to want to see this movie. As you write, remember to do the following: o Tell what your favorite holiday movie is and why you like it. o Explain the plot, characters, setting and theme of the movie. o Give specific examples to show what makes this movie your favorite. o Write neatly and clearly, using only the space provided.

In the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayam, there are metaphors-comparisons made without using the words like or as. These metaphors often help to convey themes, or insights, that the writer wishes to communicate. For example, in poem 7, time is compared to a bird that has already completed part of a short journey. The comparison helps convey the theme that time is limited and passes quickly. Identify at least two other metaphors from the Rubaiyat and explain what themes the metaphors are conveying. As you write, remember to do the following: Explain how metaphors convey themes. Give at least two examples of metaphors from the Rubaiyat and explain the themes each conveys. Use quotes. Write neatly and clearly using only the space provided.

Figurative language is used in Shakespeares sonnets, for example, similes, metaphors and personification. Shakespeare also employed the use of alliteration to emphasize certain words, to create mood, to underscore meaning and to enhance rhythm. Look at the three sonnets of Shakespeare that we read and give example of figurative language or alliteration and explain how the use of these devices makes the sonnets so great! As you write, remember to do the following: Define some examples of figurative language and/or alliteration as they are used in Shakespeares sonnets. Then give specific examples of their use in the sonnets from Shakespeare that we read. Explain how Shakespeare used them to develop the theme of his sonnet. Write neatly and clearly using only the space provided.

Romantic poets used figurative language, such as similes, metaphors and personification to create effects, emphasize ideas and evoke emotions. Look back over the poems we have read by Romantic poets and choose an example of a simile, a metaphor and personification. Identify each type of figurative language used, and explain its effect. As you write, remember to do the following: Explain how Romantic poets used figurative language in their poetry. Refer to one or more of the poems we read and give specific examples of the use of one simile, one metaphor and one example of personification. Use quotes. Explain the effect of the figurative language. Write neatly and clearly using only the space provided.

In the Act I of A Dolls House, Nora does not seem to have clear insight into herself and her relationships. Explain how Noras perceptions are somewhat muddled. Then tell what obstacles prevent people from understanding what is going on in their own lives. As you write, remember to do the following: Explain how Nora does not have a clear insight into matters in her life. Give at least one specific example from the play that shows Noras lack of self-awareness. Tell what obstacles prevent people from being self-aware. Write neatly and clearly using only the space provided.

In War Party by Louis LAmour, the narrator and his mother begin to have conflicts with the other people in the wagon train. Mr. Burt tells Bud, Folks hate something they dont understand, or anything seems different. Explain the conflict in the story and explain whether or not you agree with Mr. Burts observation. As you write, remember to do the following: Explain the main conflict in the story. Refer specifically to the story to explain the conflict. Explain whether or not you agree with Mr. Burts observation. Write neatly and clearly using only the space provided.

Ibsen is known for his use of symbolism in his plays. What do you think are the most important symbols in A Dolls House? Explain Ibsens use of symbols, including the symbols and what they represent and how the symbolism reveals the theme of the play. As you write, remember to do the following: Explain how Ibsen uses symbolism in A Dolls House. Give at least two examples of symbols in the play and what they represent. Explain how the symbols reveal the theme of the play. (State the theme.) Write neatly and clearly using only the space provided.

What does Ann Petry say is the meaning of freedom to Harriet Tubman? Explain how Tubmans actions reveal what freedom meant to her? What would you include in a definition of freedom? As you write, remember to do the following: Explain Harriet Tubmans idea of freedom. Be specific and refer to the text. Define freedom as you envision it. Elaborate. Write neatly and clearly using only the space provided.

There is a common theme between the two readings, one about the gorilla and the little boy and the other an excerpt from the short story Last Cover, even though one reading is non-fiction and the other is fiction. What is the common theme that they share? Explain the main ideas of each reading and state the theme. As you write, remember to do the following: Tell the main idea of each reading. Explain how they share a common theme. Use examples from each reading. Be specific. Write neatly and clearly. Use only the space provided.

In 1968 the United Nations gave out its first awards in human rights to honor individuals who have taken a stand against oppression. Mrs. Roosevelt was among the first group of people chosen to receive the award. Identify another person who has received a human rights award. Look for information about the awards on online, and then do some additional research to find out about the person. In class you will identify the person you have researched and his or her contributions to human rights, including the persons biographical information.

A surprising contrast between what is expected and what actually exists is called irony. The kind of irony used in The Ransom of Red Chief is an example of situational irony. Situational irony occurs when a characteror the readerexpects one thing to happen but something entirely different takes place. Give three examples of irony in The Ransom of Red Chief. As you write, remember to do the following: Explain how there is irony in The Ransom of Red Chief. Give three specific example of situational irony in the story. Write neatly and clearly. Use only the space provided.

In both After Twenty Years and A Retrieved Reformation characters make difficult decisions about turning other characters in. Explain what decisions the characters make in each story. Then tell what you would do if you were in either of those situations. Explain what decisions the police officers make in each of the O. Henry stories that we read. Specifically refer to the stories. Say what you would do if you were the police officer in either of those stories. Write neatly and clearly using only the space provided.

In The Aeneid, Aeneas is an epic hero. Explain what makes him an epic hero. Tell how Virgil made the character reflect qualities that were respected by Romans. As you write, remember to do the following: Explain the characteristics of an epic hero. Explain how Aeneas fits this profile, specifically referring to the text. Reveal how Virgils characterization of Aeneas reflects qualities that were highly regarded by Romans. Write neatly and clearly using only the space provided.

In Rules of the Game Waverly experiences internal and external conflicts. Explain these conflicts and how an external conflict can create an internal conflict. Then think of a similar conflict that you mayve had, including how an external conflict led to an internal conflict for you. As you write, remember to do the following: Tell about Waverlys external conflict leading to an internal conflict. Give specific examples from the story. Tell about how you can understand Waverlys conflict by explaining a similar circumstance youve experienced. Write neatly and clearly using only the space provided.

In The False Gems by Guy de Maupassant, the title is ironic, and the actual gems are symbolic. Explain the irony and symbolism in The False Gems by explaining the theme of the story and how the irony and symbolism are used to reveal it. As you write, remember to do the following: Explain the theme of The False Gems. Explain the irony in the story, including the irony in title and how it supports the theme. Explain the use of symbolism in the story and how it supports the theme. Write neatly and clearly using only the space provided.

In The First Seven Years by Bernard Malamud, there is some foreshadowing. Explain the use of foreshadowing and how it reveals the theme of the story. As you write, be sure to do the following: Explain how foreshadowing is used in the story and define foreshadowing. Give at least one example of foreshadowing from the story. Explain how the foreshadowing works to reveal the theme of the story. Write neatly and clearly using only the space provided.

In the excerpt we read from The Noble Experiment, Branch Rickey tells Jackie Robinson, Im looking for a ball player with guts enough not to fight back. Why does it take guts not to fight back? Refer to the text and explain the situation the characters are discussing to answer the question. As you write, remember to do the following: Explain what Branch Rickey means in his statement about guts enough not to fight back. Tell about the topic Rickey and Robinson were discussing. Refer to the text and use examples in your answer. Write neatly and clearly using only the space provided.

Poets often use extended metaphors, which compare two things at some length and in several ways. As you read A Poison Tree and fireworks, see if you can identify what William Blake compares to a poison tree and what Amy Lowell compares to fireworks. As you write, remember to do the following: Explain how the two poets use extended metaphors. Explain the metaphor in A Poison Tree. Explain the metaphor in fireworks. Write neatly and clearly, using only the space provided.

An allegory is a literary work filled with symbols. Dantes Divine Comedy can be read as an allegory. It has two levels of meaning-a literal one and a symbolic one. Consider some examples of details about characters, objects, events and settings in the work. Then explain what each detail might mean on a symbolic level. Give at least two examples. As you write, remember to do the following: Explain how Dantes Divine Comedy can be read as an allegory. Give at least two examples of details from the work that can be read on two levels, literal and symbolic. Tell what each detail symbolizes. Write neatly and clearly using only the space provided.

Reading enables you to learn about other people and cultures. In The Old Demon, you learn something about the way of life and the habits of rural Chinese people living in the 1930s. Describe some aspects of Chinese life that you learn about while reading the story. As you write, remember to do the following: Explain that reading The Old Demon revealed specific aspects of Chinese rural life in the 1930s. Give at least two specific examples of the way of life and the habits of the people that you read about in the story. Introduce the idea of learning through reading in your opening paragraph. Write neatly and clearly using only the space provided.

In What Men Live By, Tolstoy uses foreshadowing to suggest later events and also to point toward fuller understanding of events. For example, when Simon takes in Michael, the reader doesnt know the true significance of this act until Michaels identity is revealed. But there are clues. Give three examples of foreshadowing in the story. As you write, remember to do the following: Explain how Tolstoy used foreshadowing in the story. Give three specific examples of foreshadowing from the story. Explain the significance of each foreshadowing. Write neatly and clearly using only the space provided.

What is the main idea of each selected excerpt? Explain why these two excerpts have been placed together on this exam? As you write, remember to do the following: State the main idea of each excerpt. Use specific examples from the excerpt to illustrate the main idea. Explain why these two selections are placed together on this exam. Write neatly and clearly using only the space provided.

In the excerpt we read from The Best Bedroom in Brooklyn by Carol Snyder, the narrator describes the characters of Phyllis and of the narrators mother. What are your impressions of each of these characters? What details are used to develop their characterization? How do their characterizations support the theme of the passage? State the theme. As you write, remember to do the following: Explain how Phyllis and the narrators mother are characterized and how their characterization supports the theme of the passage. (State the theme.) Give specific examples that describe each character, comparing and contrasting them. Explain your impression of each character. Write neatly and clearly using only the space provided.

In the excerpt you read from Fast Sam, Cool Clyde and Stuff, Walter Dean Meyers uses flashback to reveal a theme. Explain the use of flashback and the theme that is revealed. As you write, remember to do the following: Explain what flashback is. Explain how Meyers uses flashback in this excerpt to reveal theme and state the theme. Use quotes from the excerpt. Write neatly and clearly using only the space provided.

Quest stories are one of the most common archetypes found in literature. In order to be considered a quest story, the work must meet certain criteria. Prove the Epic of Gilgamesh is a quest story by explaining how it meets the criteria. Give examples from the epic. As you write, remember to do the following: Name the characteristics of the archetypal quest story. Show how Gilgamesh is a quest story. Use at least two specific examples from the epic. Write neatly and clearly using only the space provided.