Monday, April 27, 2015


Reading Questions on Wallace Stevens’ Poems

“A Disillusionment of Ten O’Clock”

1.  What does the speaker make a point to name all the colors?
-He is trying to explain that the majority of people are plain, boring, and dull.

2.  Why does the sailor have such a vivid dream?
-He is out of the “normal” comfort zone, he travels, he’s drunk, and he is outside of the house.

3.  What is the theme/message of this poem?
-Get out of your comfort zone, and be different.

“Farewell to Florida”

4.  What examples of visual imagery help to illustrate the poem?  List three.
1.Key West sank downward under massive clouds, and silvers and hrees spread over the sea.
2.  Her south of pine and coral and coraline sea.
3. The trees like bones and the leaves half sand, half sun.
5.  What does the speaker leave in the third and fourth stanzas?
-The speaker is leaving Florida.

6.  Where does the speaker head in the last stanza?
-The speaker is heading somewhere north that is cold, lifeless and dull.

“A Rabbit as King of the Ghosts”

7.  What is the rabbit’s adversary?
-The fat cat.

8.  Why would the rabbit be the king of the ghosts?
-Because rabbits are quick moving animals that almost look like white bursts of light when they pass by.

9.  What does the following line mean?  “You become a self that fills the four corners of night.”
-You become the only thing that consumes the whole world, that you know of.

“Anecdote of the Jar”

10.  What happens after the jar is placed upon a hill?
-The wilderness swallowed it up.

11.  What might the jar represent?
-The jar represents us, and the fact that the wilderness will continue on without the need of the human footprint. Time goes on.

“The Emperor of Ice Cream”

12.  What items are mentioned by the speaker of the poem?
-Big cigars, newspapers, cups full of curds, flowers, ice-cream.

13.  What do those items all have in common?
-All of these things are short in their lifespan.

14.  What would it mean to be the emperor of ice cream?
-You are all living a short life. We are living a brief life, that only captures a glimpse of time.

“Peter Quince at the Clavier”

15.  What does the speaker equate music with?
-The speaker equates music with the beauty of life. It is a feeling not just sound.

16.  If the body dies, then how does the body’s beauty live as suggested in Stanza IV?

-The speaker suggests that the body’s beauty lives on through the flesh.

Monday, March 30, 2015

There Will Come Soft Rains


Answer the following and post to your blog.

1. What unusual qualities and appliances does the house have?
-The house controls itself. The automated clock, cleaning mice, chef, and garage opener are all appliances that the house has.

2. What were the five spots of paint of?
-The man, the woman, the children, and the ball were the five spots of paint. They were the silhouettes of the charcoaled people against the side of the house.

3. What happened to the people?
-They were killed by the nuclear radiation.

4. What are some things the house has been protecting itself from?
-The house was protecting itself from any 'intruders'. Dogs, sparrows, and any little sound cause the house to become paranoid.

5. Why is the dog very thin and covered in sores?
-The dog had been living out in the wild, which only contained charcoal and ash. It was starving; hence, the thinness of the dog, and it had been in a radioactive environment; hence, the sores. It was returning home, but alas it was too late.

6. What happens to the dog’s remains?
-The dog's remains are put in the incinerator.

7. What can you infer the family usually does at 2:35?
-You could infer that at 2:35 the family would get together, each lunch, and socialize. The parents would drink, and the children would play cards.

8. What did the children usually do at 4:30?
-At 4:30 the children would take a nap.

9. What is the name of the family that lived in the house?
-The McClellan's.

10. What are some things the house does to try to save itself?
-Close the windows, fire sprinklers, fire mice; are all things that the house has to try and save itself.

11. What was the last voice to die saying?
-The date, August 5, 2026.

12. What warning is Bradbury trying to deliver in his story?
-Humans will destroy themselves, but the environment and nature will not care or be effected.


Define the following words from the story.
a. silhouette- outline of figure
b. paranoia-fear or constant fear or something
c. regiment-routine
d. incinerator-something that destroys, or cremates an object
e. capillaries-small blood suppling vessels in a human, but in the case of the story it is the baseline foundation of the house falling apart.
f. oblivious-completely unaware
g. sublime-poise, elegant, fanciful disregard* in the case of the story
h. psychopathic-crazy, psychotic, irrational

Monday, March 23, 2015

March 23, 2015

Questions for “A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings”

1. How do the various characters respond to the events of the story? What does their response suggest about human nature and about organized society?
-They treat it as if it were an everyday experience. In society we generally have an aggressive response to things that are new or different. 

2. How does Garcia Marquez make an apparently fantastic event seem real and plausible?
-Marquez, uses common words to describe something that should be magical. For example, he describes the angel as a dirty old man with wings.

3. Who is the story’s narrator and what role or function does he or she serve?
-The purpose of the narrator is to have an unbiased picture of the story.

4. What elements of irony and humor does the story contain? What is their purpose?
-No one ever freaks out or is uncomfortable with the fact that there is an angel in their presence, the angel cannot speak english (his gibberish), and the family makes money off of him.

5. How can the story best be read and understood? as an allegory? as a folk tale or parable? symbolically? as fantasy? Does the story contain an identifiable theme?
-The theme is either about faith or acceptance.

6. In what sense is Garcia Marquez’s story “A Tale for Children”?
-It is teaching about tolerance.

7. List the characters in the story. Write one to two sentences on the defining characteristics of each one, providing at least one citation to illustrate your comments.
The old man with wings, Pelayo, Elisenda, Father Ganzaga, and the Spider-Lady.

8. Why do you think the story is called "A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings" rather than "An Angel"? Provide at least three citations to illustrate your argument. Be sure that your citations illustrate your argument: do not simply quote details that can be summarized. Use your textual evidence to make your 
-So the story remains unbiased.

9. How does the priest respond to the man with wings? What do you think his response symbolizes? Provide at least two citations to illustrate your argument. Be sure that your citations illustrate your argument: do not simply quote details that can be summarized. Use your textual evidence to make your argument.
-He was skeptical, because you would expect a priest to justify anything that deals with religion.

10. How do the villagers respond to the spider girl? What do you think their response symbolizes -- how does it relate to the rest of the story? Provide at least two citations to illustrate your argument.
-They shift their attention away from the old man with enormous wings, and towards the tarantula. They are not that religious.

11. When reading "A Very Old Man," think about what Garcia Marquez is saying about how people would react to the (second?) coming. Would people know that it happened, or would they pass it off as nothing? How do the people in the story react when the angel doesn't behave the way they would think an angel would behave? 
-We would extremely shocked, and people would either be very apocalyptic, or extremely confused.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Alexia Dubreuze
Period 1
Mr. Boehm

Reflection Questions "Regret"

1. In what ways does the author describe Mamzelle Aurélie at the onset of the story?
-Mamzelle Auréliewas described as being masculine and 50 years old. She worked on a farm and was unmarried and never had kids.

2. What is the setting? What clues help you determine the location of the story?
-The setting is a farm, and the clues that help me determine that are: crops, animals, and even "farm" is used in the story.

3. What is meant by a "pleasant odor of pinks in the air"?
-Flowers. Shows that Mamzelle is happy, and pleasant.

4. What does Mamzelle Aurélie inherit from her neighbor, Odile?
- 4 young children, the kind that need constant attention.

5. An epiphany is a noticeable change in a character over the course of a story. This change could be mentally, physically, or emotionally. What change, if any, does Mamzelle Aurélie undergo?
-Mamzelle went through an emotional change. She start enjoying and wanting to have the kids around. This can be seen when she cries during their departure.

6. The story contains the following lines:

She turned into the house. There was much work awaiting her, for the children had left a sad disorder behind them; but she did not at once set about the fast of righting it.

Why doesn't Mamzelle Aurélie set about the task?
-She wants to remember the children. By moving everything and organizing things, Mamzelle feels like she is losing the thought of the children that she held dear to her heart.

7. Who is Ponto?
- Ponto is the dog.

8. Why does Kate Chopin use the description "She cried like a man" to describe Mamzelle Aurélie actions?
-It tied in the whole story.

9. How do you feel about Mamzelle Aurélie at the end of the story?
-I feel bad for her, due to her loss.

10. What do you think the title of the story signifies?
-Mamzelle Aurélie regrets never having kids.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

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?
-We want to figure out the ending of the story.
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?
-Time slows down, and he begins to have flashbacks.
3. What is a sentinel?
-A solider standing guard.
4. What is the significance of the man’s perception of his ticking watch?
-The ticking of the watch represents the time that is passing right before he passes.
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?
-To reveal the truth of the beginning of the story. It helps build the suspense, and lure in the reader.
6.  Why was Farquhar captured?  Why did the Federal scout lie?
-Farquhar was captured because he was baited into a trap.
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?
-His incredible strength, vision, and speed. It was the last thing he thought about before his death.
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 was hung, and it took seconds.
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?
-Too much information would have ruined the story.
10. Were you surprised by the ending?  Why or why not?
-I wasn't surprised by the ending, because I not only expected some type of eery twist, but I also didn't believe he would be able to gain incredible strength, and escape his hanging.

Monday, February 2, 2015

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, because the narrator refers to himself as 'I' and 'me' throughout the story.
2. What reason do Bill and Sam have for kidnapping the boy?
-They have $600, and they need an additional $2000 to pull off a fraudulent real estate deal in western Illinois.
3. What is the boy doing when the two men come upon him?
-The little boy is throwing rocks at another kid; he is bullying another child.
4. Why is it ironic that the boy says that he’s “never had such fun in all my life”?
-The little boy is being kidnapped, this would imply he would be miserable, sad, or possibly depressed; however, he is joyful and never wants to go home.
5. What is meant by the metaphor that Ebenezer Dorset was “an uptight collection-plate passer and forecloser”?
-He is extremely cheap.
6. What is one example of allusion in this story? Include the page number.
-(on page 6) 
By and by, Bill sits up and feels behind his ear and says, “Sam, do you know who my favorite Biblical character is?”
“Take it easy,” says I. “You’ll come to your senses presently.”
“King Herod,” says he. “You won’t go away and leave me here alone, will you, Sam?” 
7. What is ironic about Mr. Dorset’s counteroffer (the note)?
-Normally when you receive a letter from kidnappers demanding a ransom you would generally be very corporative, but instead he rights back telling the kidnappers that they have to pay HIM in order to get his son back.
8. What is the central conflict of the story?
-The central conflict of the story is the handling and kidnapping of the most annoying little boy in history; Ebenezer Dorset.
9. What does Red Chief’s father think of him?
-It is quite apparent that he is fully aware of how annoying his son is; he is not too found of his son.

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.

-Kids need attention from their parents, and this in turn reflects a child's negative or positive behavior.

11.  How does O. Henry incorporate humor into this story?  

-It is absolutely hilarious that a little boy could bring fear and terror to a grown man, it is also quite amusing that the little boy's father would request the kidnappers to pay HIM for the safe return of his son. Irony is also utilized in this story to incorporate humor.

Monday, January 12, 2015


“A Worn Path” Review Questions

Standards and Benchmarks Reviewed in This Assignment
Modes of Inquiry in English
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
Student compares and contrasts works, and connect themes across and within genres

After reading the short story, please complete the following questions:

1.In the opening sentence of “A Worn Path,” the narrator describes Phoenix 
Jackson as “an old Negro woman.” Later the hunter calls her “Granny,” and the 
nurse refers to her as “Aunt Phoenix.” Was the term “Negro” an accepted term of respect in 1941? Are the references to Phoenix as “Granny” and “Aunt” disparaging in any way. 
-In 1941 Negro was not a relatively respected or applauded term in the African American or Black community, however it was a term that was commonly used to refer to that specific group of people. Colored was also another term that was used, although again not favored by the ethnic community, it was still widely used. In the context of the story Granny can be viewed as disparaging, however Phoenix is aware of the fact that she is of an older age so I do not believe she takes any offense to the terms. Aunt is a word that, especially in the Caribbean household, is used to refer to any elder whether they are family or not, so I do not believe it is viewed as disparaging.
Mr.Boehm: Negro was accepted while aunt and granny were insults.

2.Phoenix Jackson lives in the Mississippi countryside near the old Natchez Trace. She knows the world of nature and feels at home in it. The town of Natchez, however, has Christmas lights turned on in the daytime, and the lady who ties Phoenix’s shoe wears perfume that smells like “the red roses in hot summer.” Does Welty contrast the natural wisdom of Phoenix with the artifice of the town?
-Yes, in the story Phoenix is accompanied by the natural and authentic surroundings of the country, which she finds comfort in. While in the town it is artificial and filled with technology unfamiliar and foreign to Phoenix. These two surroundings most definitely contrast one another.

3.What is the significance of the visual imagery regarding color?
-The colors help set the mood of the story. The bright reds and warm yellows represents the warmth and happiness of story while the blue and grays represents the sadness and melancholy vibe of the story. At the end the medicine represents the highest form of happiness…the pot of gold at the end of her rainbow journey.

4.Why might Welty have chosen the name “Phoenix” for her character?
-A Phoenix is a long-lived bird that is cyclically regenerated or reborn. This represents Phoenix’s (the character) knowledge, wisdom and age that we read about in the story.

5.How old is Phoenix? What does she mean when she says she did not attend 
school because she was “too old at the Surrender”?
-Phoenix is quite old, probably in her late 80s. The term represents that she was too old to attend school after the Civil war ended in 1865.

6.The grandson has swallowed lye, and such a plight was not uncommon. Do you think that the grandson is alive or dead?  Does either scenario make an impact on the plight of Phoenix Jackson?
-I believe the grandson is dead, due to the fact that lye is a very strong chemical! This scenario makes Phoenix Jackson’s situation very difficult and confusing. She continues to get medicine for her dead grandson who she has vague memories of. She must have some form of dementia, which would make a lot of sense due to the fact that we are aware she is quite old.

7.Does Welty’s reading of the story enhance your understanding of it? Do the 
comments she makes about the story do so as well? 
-Welty’s interpretation of the story is quite helpful, but it does not impact my views on the story. We are able to see the story through a third person’s eyes, which actually makes the story that more sad. 

8.  Compare/Contrast Phoenix to Atalanta.  What similarities or differences do you see in the two?

-Both are heroic and strong however Phoenix is viewed negatively, being called granny, while Atalanta is praised.