Monday, March 30, 2015

There Will Come Soft Rains

3-30-15

REFLECTION QUESTIONS
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.

B VOCABULARY

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 
argument.
-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.