Wednesday, March 22, 2017

I'm Not Sure If Lady Macbeth Is Evil or If Macbeth Is Just Whipped

Read the following passage from Macbeth.  This takes place right after Macbeth kills the king.

“Neptune’s ocean wash this blood
Clean from my hand? No. This my hand will rather
The multitudinous seas incarnadine,
Making the green one red.”

What literary term is being used to express Macbeth's inability to deal with his guilt?

a. imagery
b. verbal irony
c. juxtaposition
d. hyperbole

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a. is incorrect.  While it does describe the blood, it is not being used to express guilt.
b. is incorrect. There is no irony in this passage.
c. is incorrect.
d. is correct.  Macbeth is saying that the whole ocean does not have enough water in it to wash away all the blood on his hands.  

One who loved not wisely, but too well.

Look at the Othello poster below:

Based in the poster above, one of the themes of Othello is:

a. jealousy
b. hatred
c. fidelity
d. love

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All of the answers are basic themes in Othello, but only one of them can be inferred from the poster.  The question clearly states "Based on the poster...."  With that in mind, we can see the green eye of the man in the poster and since green eyes are symbolic of jealousy, the correct answer is a.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Poseidon's Ticked - or Is It Hypnos?

Read the statement below:

What storms then shook the ocean of my sleep.

This is an example of which literary term?

a. idiom
b. simile
c. metaphor
d. personification
e. imagery
f. rhetorical device

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The answer here is c. metaphor.  Sleep is being compared to an ocean and whatever is troubling the narrator and keeping him/her from sleeping is being compared to storms.  Metaphors are often difficult to spot since they do not advertise the comparison, like similes do.  If you are reading on the state test and something doesn't seem to make sense, then perhaps you missed a metaphor and are trying to read the comparison literally instead of figuratively.

Friday, March 17, 2017

You Clod!

Watch the following video clip from the TV show Steven Universe.  Pay careful attention to the use of the word "clod". *Teachers, for time consideration, advance clip to the 2 minute, 58 seconds mark*

The word "clod" means both a lump of dirt and a stupid person.  Based on the above clip, how is the word being used in the dialogue.

a. lump of dirt
b. stupid person
c. both a and b
d. neither

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While the word has both denotations, in this particular clip, it only means b. a stupid person. 

Thanks to Christopher from West Wilkes High School for submitting this question!  I hope his teacher gives him tons of extra credit and that he is the envy of all his peers. 

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Will Work for Food

Look at the ad below:

Make a prediction.  This ad is most likely for:

a. climate change awareness
b. Miracle Grow
c. bug spray
d. a political ad showing how bad the economy is

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c. is the correct answer.  This comes from a line of similar ads, all with things that eat bugs (frogs, anteaters) holding the sign will work for food since the bug spray is so effective.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Houston, We Have a Problem

Read the following very short story:
“Houston, We Have a Problem” by J. Matthew Zoss

I’m sorry, but there’s not enough air in here for everyone. I’ll tell them you were a hero.

From the story, we can assume:

a. their spacecraft must have been hit by a comet
b. they are locked in a bank vault and running out of air
c. one person is going to kill the other person
d. both characters are going to die in a sunken submarine

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a. is incorrect.  From the title you can guess that it involves space travel, but nothing to suggest a comet strike.  This is the best wrong answer.
b. is incorrect.  From the story you can tell that they are running out of air, but nothing to suggest that it is in a bank vault.
c. is correct.  One will kill the other so that he can breath longer.
d. is incorrect.  Nothing to suggest either inference in this answer.  This is the worst answer choice.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Burn Baby Burn

Read the following excerpt from Fahrenheit 451.  This is a book written in the 1950s that takes place in our future.

The little mosquito-delicate dancing hum in the air, the electrical murmur of a hidden wasp snug in its special pink warm nest. The music was almost loud enough so he could follow the tune.

Without turning on the light he imagined how this room would look. His wife stretched on the bed, uncovered and cold, like a body displayed on the lid of the tomb, her eyes fixed in the ceiling by invisible threads of steel, immovable. And in her ears the little Seashells, the thimble radios tamped tight, and an electronic ocean of sound, of music and talk and music and talk coming in, coming in on the shore of her unsleeping mind. The room was indeed empty. Every night the waves came in and bore her off on their great tides of sound, floating her, wide-eyed, toward morning. There had been no night in the last two years that Mildred had not swum that sea, had not gladly gone down in it for the third time.

What is the purpose of the metaphor in this passage?

a. to explain how Mildred drowned
b. to show that Mildred cannot swim
c. to explain how Mildred listens to music
d. to show Mildred's unique fashion sense

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This is a typical NCFinal three part question. Part one, do you know what a metaphor is?  Part two, can you find the metaphor?  Part three do you understand what the metaphor means?  

The ocean is a metaphor showing how distant Mildred is when she uses the "seashell" radio.  Basically Ray Bradbury is envisioning ear buds way back in the 1950s.  Know that you know that, the other metaphor, the mosquito, makes more sense as well and adds to the understanding.  
C. is the correct answer.