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Thursday, May 18, 2006

Lord of the Flies Chapter 12

1.) Who was the 'savage whose image refused to blend with the ancient picture of a boy in shorts and shirt'?
2.) Why would 'bathing [Ralph's] injuries have to wait'?
3.) What did Ralph do to the 'Lord of the Flies'?
4.) Who had the 'memory of a new and shameful loyalty'?
5.) Who sharpened a stick on both ends, intending to use it on Ralph?
6.) How did they try to get Ralph out of the thicket?
7.) Ralph had 3 different strategies for 'escaping' the hunters. What were they?

Lord of the Flies Chapter 11

1.) Who 'protested out of the heart of civiliation'?
2.) Who killed Piggy?
3.) how did Piggy die?

Lord of the Flies Chapter 10

1.) What were camneric doing in the beginning of the chapter?
3.) On page 157, what is Ralph frightened of?
4.) Who went with Jack to take fire from the others?
5.) Before they were attacked, what did Ralph 'desperately pray'?
6.) Who was Ralph fighting in the dark?
7.) What did Jack take from the others?

Lord of the Flies Chapter 9

1.) What was the 'cannon' that 'continued to play' throughout chapter 9?
2.) Who sat, like an idol, parinted and garlanded, in the center of the lawn?
3.) At the Party, who acted like the pig?
4.) What happened to the parachutist?
5.) Who was killed because the boys thought he was the beast?
6.) What happened to the body on the beach?

Lord of the Flies Chapter 8

1.) Who called the first assembly?
2.) During the assembly, how many voted that Ralph shouldn't be chief?
3.) On Page 140 the hunters get a new name. What is it?
4.) The group of boys looked at it with affectionate respect. What was it?

Lord of the Flies Chapter 6 and 7

1.) What was the 'sign that came down from the world of grown-ups'?
2.) Who saw the 'beast' on top of the mountain?
3.) What did the boys want to do instead of going to the other side of the island to check the fire?

Lord of the Flies Chapter 5

1.) What is 'Taken Short'?
2.) What does Ralph think they ought to do before the let the fire go out?
3.) Who scared the littlun by walking around in the jungle at night?
4.) Who are the two littluns who hold the conch and speak about the beast at the assembly?

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Lord of the Flies Chapter 4

1.) Who 'still felt the unease of wrongdoing'?
2.) Who was affected byt the 'taboo of the old life'?
3.) How was Jack 'liberated from the shame of self-consciousness'?
4.) Why did the 'littluns' always ober the summons of the conch?
5.) Why did Jack want samneric to get him a coconut?
6.) Why weren't the boys rescued?
7.) why were the littluns used to 'stomach aches and a sort of chronic diarrhea'?

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Lord of the Flies Chapter 3

1.) What is Jack doing as 4th chapter opens?
2.) Ralph and ___________ are building huts.
3.) why can't Jack get the pig to stay on his spear?
4.) All the Hunters but Jack have gone where?
5.) Who helps the littluns get fruit?
6.) At the end of the chapter, where does simon go?

Thursday, May 11, 2006

Lord of the Flies Chapter 2

Answer the following questions using complete sentences.

1.) Who is the only one who may interrupt the speaker holding the conch?
2.) Who saw the beast/beastie/snake-like thing?
3.) who said, again and again that there isn't a beast.
4.) On Page 37, Ralph makes a two-fold 'mission statement.' What are the two parts?
5.) Why do they need fire?
6.) What did the boys use to start the fire?
7.) Who (and how does he?) is the first boy to die?

Monday, May 08, 2006

Lord of the Flies Chapter 1

Lord of the Flies Chapter 1

Answer the questions using complete sentences. For each answer, indicate the page number of the answer in parentheses.

1. How did the boys arrive on the island?

2. How did Ralph call the first meeting?

3. What are the names of the twins?

4. What does Ralph's dad do?

5. What nationality are the boys?

6. The island was roughly _______ - shaped.

7. What is the "scar?"

8. For whom did Piggy vote as chief?

9. Who went to make sure the island was really an island? (Hint: three boys went)

10. Who is your favorite character so far? Why?

Thursday, April 27, 2006

Dead Poems


"We don't read and write poetry because it's cute. We read and write poetry because we are members of the human race. And the human race is filled with passion. And medicine, law, business, engineering, these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, love, these are what we stay alive for."

- Dead Poet's Society

O Captain! My Captain!


O CAPTAIN! my Captain! our fearful trip is done;
The ship has weather'd every rack, the prize we sought is won;
The port is near, the bells I hear, the people all exulting,
While follow eyes the steady keel, the vessel grim and daring:
But O heart! heart! heart!
O the bleeding drops of red,
Where on the deck my Captain lies,
Fallen cold and dead.


O Captain! my Captain! rise up and hear the bells;
Rise up--for you the flag is flung--for you the bugle trills;
For you bouquets and ribbon'd wreaths--for you the shores a-crowding;
For you they call, the swaying mass, their eager faces turning;
Here Captain! dear father!
This arm beneath your head;
It is some dream that on the deck,
You've fallen cold and dead.


My Captain does not answer, his lips are pale and still;
My father does not feel my arm, he has no pulse nor will;
The ship is anchor'd safe and sound, its voyage closed and done;
>From fearful trip, the victor ship, comes in with object won;
Exult, O shores, and ring, O bells!
But I, with mournful tread,
Walk the deck my Captain lies,
Fallen cold and dead.

- Walt Whitman

To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time

Gather ye rosebuds while ye may,
Old Time is still a-flying;
And this same flower that smiles today,
To-morrow will be dying.

The glorious lamp of heaven, the Sun,
The higher he's a-getting;
The sooner will his race be run,
And nearer heòs to setting.

That age is best, which is the first,
When youth and blood are warmer;
But being spent, the worse, and worst
Times still succeed the former.

Then be not coy, but use your time,
And while ye may, go marry;
For having lost but once your prime,
You may for ever tarry.

- Robert Herrick

O Me! O Life!

O ME O life!...of the questions of these recurring:
Of the endless trains of the faithless-- of cities fill'd with the foolish;....
What good amid these, O me, O life?


That you are here-- that life exists, and identity;
That the powerful play goes on, and you will contribute a verse.

Show me the heart unfettered by foolish dreams
And I'll show you a happy man

- Tennyson

But only in their dreams can men be truly free
It was always thus and always thus will be.

- Keating

I went to the woods because I wanted to live deliberately,
I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life,
To put to rout all that was not life and not when I had come to die
Discover that I had not lived.

- Thoreau

The Prophet

Teach me to Love? go teach thyself more wit;
I chief Professor am of it....

The God of Love, if such a thing there be,
May learn to love from Me.
He who does boast that he has been
In every Heart since Adamòs sin,
I'll lay my Life, nay Mistress on't that's more;
I teach him thing he never knew before;

- Cowley


...Come, my friends,
`Tis not too late to seek a newer world...
for my purpose holds
To sail beyond the sunset,...
and tho'
We are not now that strength which in old days
Moved earth and heaven, that which we are, we are;
One equal temper of heroic hearts,
Made weak by time and fate, but strong in will
To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.


Most men live lives of quiet desperation. - Thoreau


Dare to strike out and find new ground.

I sound my barbaric YAWP over the rooftops of the word.. - Whitman

The Road Not Taken

...Two roads diverged in a wood
And I took the one less traveled by
And that made all the difference.

- Frost

Shall I compare thee to a summeròs day
Thou art more lovely and more temperate


She walks in beauty, like the night
Of cloudless climes and starry skies;
All that's best of dark and bright
Melt in her aspect and her eyes:

- Byron

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

If we shadows have offended,
Think but this -- and all is mended--
That you have but slumber'd here
While these visions did appear.
And this weak and idle theme,
No more yielding but a dream,
Gentles, do not reprehend;
If you pardon, we will mend.
And, as I am an honest Puck,
If we have unearned luck
Now to escape the serpent's tongue,
We will make amends ere long;
Else the Puck a liar call:
So, good night unto you all,
Give me your hand, if we be friends,
And Robin shall restore amends.

Monday, April 17, 2006

Mango Street-Chapters 34-40 ("Bums" to "Linoleum Roses")

Journal Guide for Chapter Thirty-Four
“Bums in the Attic”

Answer the following questions in complete sentences.

1. What is Esperanza’s father’s job?

2. Why doesn’t Esperanza go with her family on their Sunday outings?

3. What does Esperanza dream of?

4. What will she keep in her attic? Why?

5. What does the idea that she will have bums in her attic show about Esperanza? How do you think that people will react to this?

Journal Guide for Chapter Thirty-Five
“Beautiful & Cruel”

1. How does Esperanza describe herself?

2. Esperanza says she began “my own quiet war.” With what is she at war?

3. What does Esperanza decide about growing up?

4. What is the significance of the last paragraph of this chapter?

Journal Guide for Chapter Thirty-Six
“A Smart Cookie”

1. What does Esperanza/s mother say about her life?

2. What skills does Esperanza’s mother have? What does she lack?

3. Why did her mother quit school?

4. Does she still believe she was a “smart cookie?” why, or why not?

Journal Guide for Chapter Thirty-Seven
“What Sally Said”

1. What does Sally say about her father? Does anyone believe it?

2. What does her father fear?

3. Did the situation ever change?

4. How are the last two paragraphs ironic?

5. What lines let you know that boys are considered to be more powerful?

Journal Guide for Chapter Thirty-Eight

“The Monkey Garden”

1. How does the Monkey Garden change?

2. What does Sally do that makes Esperanza angry?

3. How did Esperanza try to help Sally? What happened when Esperanza tried to help her?

4. Why does Esperanza feel that the garden is no longer a good place to play?

5. Describe the garden in this chapter. To what other garden in literature could this garden be compared?

Journal Guide for Chapter Thirty-Nine
“Red Clowns”

1. What does Esperanza say that Sally lied about?

2. What happened to Esperanza at the Carnival?

3. How does the repetition in this chapter create the tone of panic and fear?

4. What illusions of Esperanza’s were shattered in this chapter? From where did she get these illusions?

Journal Guide for Chapter Forty
“Linoleum Roses”

1. Why did Sally say she got married? How old was she when she married?

2. Why does Esperanza believe that Sally got married?

3. How does her husband treat her?

4. Discuss the irony of Sally’s marriage.

5. How is her apartment like a prison? What elements of girlhood are present in this chapter? What is ironic about the girlhood dreams?