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.