Friday, December 6, 2019

Which One Went to the Market?

Look at the cartoon below:

There are several literary terms involved in this picture.  Of them, what drives the humor the most?

a. personification
b. allusion
c. character vs. nature
d. situational irony

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All of these literary terms are in the cartoon and are important to the humor, but they are all driven by the strange unexpected situation that these three little piggies find themselves in.  The correct answer is d.

Disagree?  Explain why your choice is better in the comment section.

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

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.  

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Polar Night

Read the following passage from "Polar Night" by Norah Burke. The story is about a female polar bear who is getting ready for winter. At this point in the story, she has just killed a seal and heard a noise. She hid and this is what happens next:

Presently she saw upright seals coming along the shore. They were rather rare creatures, these, and dangerous for all they were so weak. The places they lived had light and noise, and smelled of good food. The she-bear often drew near the places, attracted by those smells. She hunted these land-seals too, and ate them when she could. They were not like the sea-seals, though. They wore seal fur, and their skins were rubbed with seal blubber, but there was a different taste inside.

Based on this passage, the term "land-seal" probably means:

a. sea lions
b. leopard seals
c. some unknown animals
d. humans

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The correct answer is d. humans.  We get this because these creatures have lights and are dangerous.  The only creatures to create light that can also be a threat to polar bears are humans.  The fact that they are referred to as "seals" in any capacity comes from the fact that the perspective is from a bear who does not understand everything.  

Monday, December 2, 2019

My Spider-Sense Is Tingling!

Look at the following panel from Amazing Spider-Man #197:

Based on the words that Spider-Man speaks, what might the quote be that the Kingpin is probably referring to in his first word balloon?

a."A man is never more truthful than when he acknowledges himself a liar."
b. "A round man cannot be expected to fit in a square hole right away.  He must have time to modify his shape."
c. "Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt."
d. "The reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated."  

Friday, November 29, 2019

This Is Not the Post You're Looking For

Read this six word novel by Steven Meretzky:

Leia: "Baby's yours."

Luke: "Bad news…"

What literary term drives the humor in this story?

a. alliteration
b. allusion
c. verbal irony
d. hyperbole

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The answer cannot be a, even though there is alliteration in the story.  The alliteration is not humorous in this case.  It cannot be c because nothing is said that means something else. d is just flat wrong.
In order to get this joke, you must know the story of Star Wars and that Luke and Leia were in love until they found out that they were siblings.  The answer is B.

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Happy Thanksgiving!

Why are you checking a state testing site when you should be getting ready to eat lots and lots of food?

Use a Rag

What literary term is being employed to make this ad effective?

a. symbolism
b. allusion
c. irony
d. personification

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This ad is to make you think about saving the planet by not using too many paper towels.  This is only made possible if the towel color is green, since green is a symbol of life. The correct answer is a.