Friday, February 24, 2017

Reading Period 19: February 24 - March 2: Tess of the D'Urbervilles

Gerard Manley Hopkins
Due Dates:
Quiz: Monday, Feb 27
Assignments: Wednesday, Mar 1
History: Friday, Mar 3

Long Read: 

Tess of the D'Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy, phase 5, "The Woman Pays" (chapters 35-44)

Short Read: 

In the textbook, read pages 657-666.
Online, read the following:
The Wreck of the Deutschland
As Kingfishers Catch Fire Dragonflies Draw Flame
My Own Heart Let Me Have More Pity On

Creative Assignments:

Write a poem. Here are your parameters:

1. It must have one of the following as a first line:

I play in ten thousand places
I speak in spells
Hark, hearer, hear what I do
I come, a listless stranger
I have asked to be where no storms come
Tell me your choice

2. It must include alliteration, visual and aural imagery, metaphor, and simile.


Angel Clare is a character in the novel Tess of the D'Urbervilles, and "Angel Clare" is also the title of an album by Art Garfunkel, his first solo effort. After listening to "All I Know" and maybe also "Travelling Boy" from this album, create a YouTube playlist of ten songs for Angel Clare, the character. Then create a YouTube playlist of ten songs for Alec D'Urberville, Angel's foil character.

Writing Assignments:

Choose three examples of irony in Tess of the D'Urbervilles, as discussed in class on Tuesday, Feb 28. (If you're writing this before class on Tuesday, you can choose your own ironies.) Write a 500 word essay in which you explain what irony is (this may be the hardest part!) and how these two examples of irony in the novel work to advance the novel's themes.


Tess of the D'Urbervilles takes place in one county in England. However, the various settings couldn't be more different from each other. Hardy uses setting to create a mood and to highlight the plot. Write a 500 word essay in which you compare Talbothay's Dairy to Flintcomb Ash Farm. Describe each place using quotes from the novel, and then describe how the details of nature, machinery, and people create a place suited for the events at each farm.


1. What does it mean that Gerard Manley Hopkins’ poems were published posthumously?

2. What big change did Gerard Manley Hopkins experience in his practice of religion and what effect did that have on his work?

3. What literary device is at work in the first two lines of “The Windhover”?

4. Read about “Sprung Rhythm” on page 662. Then type the first stanza of Pied Beauty with the stressed syllables in capital letters. How does this demonstrate sprung rhythm?

5. How many stanzas of “The Wreck of the Deutschland” does it take to get to a mention of actual ship and shipwreck? Tell me the line where it first comes up.

6. Give three examples of invented words in Hopkins’ “Epithalamion.” Choose your three favorite.

7. Having read “The Beginning of the End,” would you say it is an example of Hopkins’ use of sprung rhythm or is it an example of the more traditional running rhythm?

A.E. Housman
8. A. E. Housman’s most famous collection of poems is called “A Shropshire Lad.” Google Shropshire, and tell me something interesting about Shropshire, where A. E. Housman grew up.

9. Looking at Housman’s poems in the book, would you say he was innovating with form, or would you say he was using traditional forms?

10. Describe the dialogue in “Is My Team Ploughing?” Who is asking questions and who is answering those questions?

11. Why does the speaker say that the athlete in “To an Athlete Dying Young” is fortunate?

12. What did Housman teach at Cambridge University?


Are you watching the series, "Victoria" on PBS? If you are, great! If not, you can go here to watch at least one full episode.

Consider as you watch the show that we must always question what we read and see, and verify with reliable sources. Please read this article in Time magazine about the historical accuracy of the series. While the events portrayed are not incorrect, the creators of the show have stretched the truth in a number of ways. Victoria was fat and ugly, Melbourne was fat and old, Victoria wasn't afraid of rats, etc. After reading this article and watching at least one episode of "Victoria," please answer the following question in a 300 word essay: Is it wrong for television to invent love stories, beauty, and drama when portraying real life people and historic events? You must come down on one side or the other with your essay -- no "it depends." In your essay you'll need to describe the show, giving several specific details, and then reference the article, giving at least one quote. You'll also need to give your opinion and your reasons. Please cite the Time magazine article and the TV show at the end of your essay -- remember Purdue OWL is your friend for formatting info.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Reading Period 18: Feb 17 - 23: Tess of the D'Urbervilles

Long Read:

Tess of the D'Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy, Phase the 4th (Chapters 25-34)

Short Read: 

Read the selections on Robert Browning in the textbook: pages 638-646.
Read about Elizabeth Barrett Browning on her Wikipedia page.
Read The Cry of the Children by Elizabeth Barrett Browning.
Read two sonnets by Elizabeth Barrett Browning on page 669.

Creative Assignments:

Listen to this reading of "My Last Duchess" by Robert Browning. Take a look at these three portraits of duchesses. Choose one and reproduce it as exactly as you can, in paint or crayon or colored pencil. You could also do a digital drawing, if it's colorful. Pay special attention to the facial expression and try to reproduce that strange expression described in the poem. Which one of these three portraits comes closest to the demeanor described there?


Take a closer look at the description of the cows and the surrounding farmland as Tess arrives at Talbothay's dairy (chapter 16). We know that the narrator of this novel is a close observer, and Hardy's descriptions work not only to give the reader a picture but also a feeling about the place. You're going to write a descriptive passage inspired by Hardy's description of Talbothay's dairy that uses some of Hardy's techniques to create a scene and a mood. Go outside (you don't have to find a cow pasture) and sit and observe as closely as you can the things that are going on around you, to create the mood of this place. Feel where you are. Then write a 300 word descriptive passage that gives the reader the objects and landscape, the time of day, the time of year, and a strong mood connected with the place you are. When you've written it, post it to the Google+ Community, then take a few moments to read other students' work and try to identify the mood they were trying to create, and the techniques they used to create it.


Read this article about child labor during the industrial revolution. The Elizabeth Barrett Browning poem "The Cry of the Children" was written in support of the "Ten Hours Bill." What was the Ten Hour Bill, what relief did it bring to working children? Using this article as a source, write 300 words connecting the bill to the poem. You'll need to explain what Browning says (use quotes!), what the Ten Hours Bill is, and how the two are connected.


The subtitle of the novel Tess of the D'Urbervilles is "A Pure Woman, Faithfully Presented." What do you think Hardy means by this? How is Tess pure? How is Hardy faithful in his presentation? Is the title ironic? Consider the subtitle of the novel, and this quote: "An immeasurable social chasm was to divide our heroine’s personality thereafter from that previous self of hers who stepped from her mother’s door to try her fortune at Trantridge poultry-farm." Is Tess pure or fallen? What does pure mean and what does fallen mean? What is Hardy's intention in this subtitle? Write a 300 word essay in which you explore some aspect of this, including your own opinion.


1. Why do we have so many of Elizabeth Barrett Browning's poems that she wrote as a child? And what is this collection called, when we read works that an author created when they were very young?
2. How did Elizabeth's father respond to her marriage to Robert Browning?
3. How long were Robert Browning and Elizabeth Barrett Browning married?
4. To whom did Elizabeth Barrett Browning write her "Sonnets from the Portuguese" and why did she call them that?
5. Based on the poem "My Last Duchess," will the Duke make a nice husband for the count's daughter?
6. How would you characterize the Duke's wife who's pictured in the portrait? What sort of person was she?
7. What is a dramatic monologue?
8. What clue does the speaker of "Home Thoughts, From Abroad" give as to the place where he currently lives?
9. What does Browning imagine is on the other side of death, in the poem "Prospice"?
10. What two features of Browning's poetry are considered significant, in his lasting contribution to British Literature? His interest in _____________ and his openness to ________, and his stylistic experimentation, including rough ______ and surprising _______.
Liz 'n' Rob


Work through this section on the Victorians from the national archives of the UK. When you and Rebecca and Jatinda are all done, submit your user ID from the site in an email to me, with the subject header Zombie Hotsauce History Reading Period 18, so I can take a look at your notes.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Reading Period 17: February 10-16: Tess of the D'Urbervilles

Angel v. Alec
Due Dates:
Quiz: Monday, Feb 13
Assignments: Wednesday, Feb 15
No History

 Long Read:

Tess of the D'Urbervilles, Phase 2 and 3, "Maiden No More" and "The Rally," chapters 12-24.

Short Read: 

Read the selection about the Victorian Age and also the textbook's section on Alfred, Lord Tennyson. In total, pages 599-637.

Creative Assignments:

Create an illustration of the opening lines of Tennyson's poem "Mariana" using any medium you choose.

With blackest moss the flower-plots
Were thickly crusted, one and all;
The rusted nails fell from the knots
That held the pear to the gable wall.
The broken sheds looked sad and strange:
Unlifted was the clinking latch;
Weeded and worn the ancient thatch
Upon the lonely moated grange.

The poem is inspired by a line and character from Shakespeare's play Measure for Measure: "Mariana in the moated grange." You may want to look up "grange" and also find out what a thatched roof might look like. Here's a link to the full poem to inspire and inform you.


Create an illustration of this passage from Tess of the D'Urbervilles using any medium you choose:

The outskirt of the garden in which Tess found herself had been left uncultivated for some years, and was now damp and rank with juicy grass which sent up mists of pollen at a touch; and with tall blooming weeds emitting offensive smells—weeds whose red and yellow and purple hues formed a polychrome as dazzling as that of cultivated flowers. She went stealthily as a cat through this profusion of growth, gathering cuckoo-spittle on her skirts, cracking snails that were underfoot, staining her hands with thistle-milk and slug-slime, and rubbing off upon her naked arms sticky blights which, though snow-white on the apple-tree trunks, made madder stains on her skin; thus she drew quite near to Clare, still unobserved of him.

Forget Joan Durbeyfield and Tess's ridiculous father. After you have read the section titled, "Maiden No More," pretend you are Tess's parent and write a letter to Alec D'Urberville's mother. Explain what Tess has been going through and make whatever demands or recriminations you feel are appropriate. Don't worry about Victorian ideas. Let the full force of your 2017 sense of fairness and morality flow.

Writing Assignments:

Write a prose version of the poem "The Lady of Shallott" in 300 words.


Read the poem "The Charge of the Light Brigade" by Tennyson. Here's the full text of the poem. The topic of this poem is the Battle of Balaclava during the Crimean War. Write 300 words on the Crimean War -- who was involved, what was being disputed, how long did it last, and who were the victors? Make mention of the Battle of Balaclava and address the facts referenced in the poem, to give some historical context for this work. Now, here's how I'd like you to do your research: Go to YouTube and look for videos on the Crimean War. Evaluate each one for reliability, choose one, use it as a resource for your essay, and post a link to it at the bottom of your assignment. After you've posted, check to see if others used the same video, and discuss the reasons for their and  your selection in the comments.


This quiz covers the section in your textbook on the Victorian Age:

1. What was the significance of the First Reform Bill in 1832?
2. What hardships were imposed upon the lower classes by the Corn Laws?
3. What was the purpose of the Great Exhibition of 1851?
4. Which political Party came to represent the interests of the affluent middle class?
5. What law extended the vote to most members of the working class?
6. How did Evangelicalism and Utilitarianism heighten awareness of conditions among the working poor?
7. Which two writers argued forcefully for the moral and spiritual value of literature?
8. Which writer recognized that ideals of individual freedom had to include women as well as men?
9. Which two Victorian poets are associated with stylistic experiments?
10. Why was the novel so well suited to the expression of Victorian sensibility?

Friday, February 3, 2017

Reading Period 16: February 3-9: Tess of the D'Urbervilles

Long Read: 

Tess of the D'Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy, Phase the First, "The Maiden" (Chapters 1-11)


Read all the poems by Byron, Shelley, and Keats, and biographical notes on these gentlemen from page 526-584.

Creative Assignments:

Write a poem using the "hoofbeats" meter Lord Byron demonstrates in "Stanzas Written on the Road" (p 530). Also, analyze the meter and describe the foot (or feet) in use. The topic of your poem should reflect the "vigor and exuberance" of the meter. Another example of this is "The Destruction of Sennacherib," also by Lord Byron.  


Read this essay about English landscape artist John Constable. Think about how Constable expressed the ideas of the Romantic age by painting very personal scenes of immediate importance to himself instead of seeking out grand landscapes and mythological themes. In the style of Constable, create a picture of an outdoor place in your immediate environment that is important to you. This could be your back yard, your front yard, a scene on your street or a nearby park. No, you don't have to create a six-foot canvas.

Please watch this in preparation for class next week:

Writing Assignments

Write a literary essay in which you discuss the symbolism in the first eleven chapters of Tess of the D'Urbervilles. Introduce your essay, explain three symbols, and then make a conclusion Thomas Hardy's use of symbolism. You may choose to write about Tess's attire in the village dance, the treacle on Car Darch's back, the death of Prince, the blindness of Mrs. D'Urberville, or any other symbol you identify. In each case, describe the symbol as it appears in the novel, and then explain its meaning, given what happens in the section as a whole.


Shelley and Byron spent their time in Italy after Napoleon had invaded and withdrawn. They visited during the beginning of the "Risorgimento," a reunification of the different states in Italy (Tuscany, Milano, Venetia, etc) into one country for the whole peninsula. Do some research online, and then write a well-constructed 300 word essay about the Risorgimento. You can skip parenthetical notations, but provide links to your sources.


The quiz covers the six pages of biographical info for the three poets we're meeting this week. Should be a quite easy test after these long Jane Austen quizzes.

1.What physical deformity affected Byron from birth?
 A. Club foot.
 B. Cleft palate.
 C. Albinism.
 D. Heart murmur.

2.Which of these things did Byron NOT do as a young person?
 A. Drink from a human skull.
 B. Own a pet bear.
 C. Travel the world.
 D. Become addicted to opium.

3.What was the name of the group of friends Byron formed with Shelley?
 A. The Wicked Lords
 B. The Pisan Circle
 C. The London Rogues
 D. The Poet Savants

4.Byron went to Cambridge University. Where did Shelley go?
 A. Cambridge
 B. Oxford
 C. Durham
 D. Canterbury

5.How old were Shelley and his wife Harriet when they married?
 A. He was 18, she was 45.
 B. He was 16, she was 18.
 C. He was 18, she was 16.
 D. He was 18, she was 18.

6.How did Shelley die?
 A. He drowned after falling out of a boat during a storm.
 B. He was consumed by Byron's pet bear.
 C. He suffered from the same disease that killed Jane Austen.
 D. He was killed in a duel while living in Venice.

7.For what career did Keats formally train?
 A. Apothecary
 B. Poet
 C. Clergyman
 D. Barrister

8.What commitment did Keats take seriously and feel strongly about?
 A. Cleaning and decorating his London home.
 B. Defending the politicians that agreed with him.
 C. Taking care of his many pets and plants.
 D. Taking care of his brothers and sisters.

9.How did Keats die?
 A. Tuberculosis.
 B. Consumption.
 C. He rage quit out of Minecraft and then died of shame.
 D. Drowning.

10.Who wrote Ode on a Grecian Urn?
 A. Byron
 B. Shelley
 C. Keats
 D. Shakespeare

Friday, January 20, 2017

British Literature Fall 2016 Final Exam

This exam should take two hours to complete.

Pencil (or pen) and paper
Your class notes from my lectures
Adventures in English Literature (the brown textbook)
The Story of Britain
Pride and Prejudice
Wuthering Heights
King Lear
A Tale of Two Cities

1. Write a step by step description of how to write a research paper. Start with the impetus for writing, explain the steps, and end with the benefits of having completed such a thing.  This essay will be worth 15 pts.

2. Write an essay describing the intellectual and artistic shift from the Age of Enlightenment to the Romantic Age. You must reference at least four literary works and at least two historical events. 15 pts.

3. In all three of the major works we read this fall, parallelism played a major part in illustrating the author's ideas. Write an essay describing the use of parallelism to illustrate an idea in King Lear, A Tale of Two Cities, and Wuthering Heights. 20 pts.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Reading Period 15: Jan 13-19: Pride and Prejudice

Due Dates:
Quiz: Monday, Jan 16
Assignments: Wednesday, Jan 18
History: Friday, Jan 20


Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, chapters 21-40. When you're all done with the book, you can watch the movie!

Creative Assignments: 

Make an illustrated map of the novel, including the Bennets', Netherfield, Pemberley, Rosings, the Gardiners' house in London, and the Collinses'. This might help if you want to make your map of Longbourne and the environs more accurate. 


Write a new scene for Pride and Prejudice that shows something the author decided to skip over. It could be from a different point of view, like Darcy's or Wickham's, or it could just be a bit of the action you want to illustrate.

Writing Assignments:

The key to dissecting a novel's meaning often lands right on the cover in a meaningful title. Use Pride and Prejudice to write an essay about how a novel's title can give clues to the theme. In a 400 word essay, discuss how the title relates to the novel. How does prejudice influence decisions the characters make? How does pride affect the way the characters view each other? Organize your essay with a succinct introduction that clearly states your main idea. Use specific examples and quotes from the book.


Literary characters often face seemingly insurmountable obstacles on their way to happiness and fulfillment. Use Pride and Prejudice to write an essay about characters' obstacles. In a 400 word essay, discuss the obstacles that Elizabeth and Darcy had to overcome in their relationship. You can touch on physical obstacles, like siblings, parents, etc. as well as abstractions like social class, first impressions, and rumors. Organize your essay with a succinct introduction that clearly states your main idea. Use specific examples and quotes from the book.

If you are prepping for the AP exam, you must choose one of the above. If you are not, you may choose this third option:

In a 250 word essay, discuss how the opening line of the book sets the stage for the whole novel, and how fortune and necessity drives the plot. Use specific examples and quotes from the book.


The quiz covers chapters 21-40 of the book, one question per chapter. So question #1 is from chapter 21, etc. Enjoy. 

1.Jane receives a letter from Netherfield. Who is it from and what does it say?
A. It's from Caroline Bingley and it says they are leaving for good.
B. It's from Caroline Bingley and it's an invitation to tea.
C. It's from Mr. Bingley and it says they are leaving for good.
D. It's from Mr. Bingley and it's an invitation to tea.

2.Why did Lady Lucas begin to calculate how many years longer Mr. Bennet was likely to live?
A. Because she hates him and wants to rid the neighborhood of his presence.
B. Because when he dies, her son-in-law to-be will inherit his money and house.
C. Because she wants her daughter to marry him before he dies.
D. Because she believes that when he dies, his daughters will inherit the money.

3.Why does Mrs. Lucas visit Longbourn more frequently than she did in the past?
A. To get advice on marrying off her daughter from Mrs. Bennet.
B. To make sure that Lizzy Bennet isn't sad and disappointed that she will not be marrying Mr. Collins.
C. To share and enjoy the happiness of her daughter in her upcoming marriage.
D. To humble Mrs. Bennet because Mrs. Lucas has a daughter safely married off and Mrs. Bennet doesn't.

4.Finish this quote from Elizabeth Bennet: "The more I see of the world, the more am I _____________."
A. Afraid of it.
B. In love with it.
C. Dissatisfied with it.
D. Satisfied with it.

5.What does Mrs. Gardiner suggest to help with Jane's disappointment over Mr. Bingley?
A. Jane should go back to London with them.
B. Jane should join a convent.
C. Jane should read improving books and work on her piano.
D. Jane should find a less rich and important man to love.

6.Whose opinion does Elizabeth Bennet trust when it comes to Georgiana Darcy, Mr. Darcy's sister?
A. Mr. Darcy
B. Mr. Wickham
C. Miss Bingley
D. Mrs. Bennet

7.Why is Mrs. Gardiner concerned about Mr. Wickham's pursuit of Miss King?
A. He was only interested her after she inherited a fortune.
B. Miss King has a bad character and is known to be weak minded.
C. Mrs. Gardiner wanted Mr. Wickham to marry Elizabeth Bennet.
D. Mrs. Gardiner wants Mr. Wickham all for herself.

8.Why is Elizabeth pleased that Miss de Bourgh is sickly and small?
A. She wants Mr. and Mrs. Collins to have a sickly, unpleasant neighbor.
B. She doesn't like Lady Catherine de Bourgh very much.
C. She just prefers sickly, small people to healthy, big ones.
D. She likes the idea of Mr. Darcy having to marry this unattractive person.

9.Which statement is a logical conclusion after reading this line: "When the ladies returned to the drawing-room, there was little to be done but to hear Lady Catherine talk, which she did without any intermission till coffee came in, delivering her opinion on every subject in so decisive a manner, as proved that she was not used to have her judgement controverted."
A. Most people around Lady Catherine agree with her on everything.
B. Lady Catherine is lonely and unused to company.
C. Lady Catherine is cruel to her friends.
D. Most people around Lady Catherine are encouraged to debate her for fun.

10.Which gentlemen visit Elizabeth at Hunsford?
A. Mr. Darcy and Mr. Bingley
B. Mr. Darcy and Colonel Fitzwilliam
C. Lord de Bourgh and Mr. Collins
D. Mr. Bingley and Mr. Gardiner

11.What is Elizabeth Bennet doing while she and Darcy are teasing each other?
A. Playing the piano.
B. Planting flowers.
C. Cleaning a pot.
D. Embroidering a footstool.

12.Who tells Elizabeth that Mr. Darcy might be in love with her?
A. Mr. Darcy
B. Mr. Collins
C. Charlotte Lucas Collins
D. Mr. Bingley

13.What does Elizabeth Bennet conclude from what Colonel Fitzwilliam tells her about Mr. Darcy?
A. Mr. Darcy will soon be proposing to Elizabeth Bennet.
B. Mr. Darcy prevented Mr. Bingley from proposing to Jane.
C. Mr. Darcy has sole guardianship of his sister Georgiana.
D. Mr. Darcy will never marry, because he is too proud.

14.Why does Elizabeth Bennet get angry at Mr. Darcy when he proposes to her in chapter 34?
A. He is only proposing to her because it's what's expected, but not because of true love.
B. Colonel Fitzwilliam led her to believe that he would be proposing to her instead of Mr. Darcy.
C. She is in love with someone else, and can't forget that other person.
D. He talks too much about how his love for her goes against his reason, his character, and his judgment.

15.In his letter, Mr. Darcy reveals that Mr. Wickham tried to elope with his sister. How old was she when this happened?
A. 12
B. 13
C. 14
D. 15

16.When Elizabeth considers the insults that Mr. Darcy has delivered against her family and their behavior, what is her feeling?
A. She feels shame, because there is justice in his accusation.
B. She feels rage, because there is no justice in his accusation.
C. She has no idea what he is talking about, and is confused.
D. She doesn't recognize the incidents he is referring to at all.

17.Elizabeth, in thinking about Mr. Darcy's accusations, has to admit that certain members of her family are badly behaved. Who?
A. Her mother, Lydia, and Catherine.
B. Her mother, her father, and Jane.
C. Her mother, Lydia, and Mary.
D. Her mother, Catherine, and Mary.

18.Paraphrase the following: "To know that she had the power of revealing what would so exceedingly astonish Jane, and must, at the same time, so highly gratify whatever of her own vanity she had not yet been able to reason away, was such a temptation to openness as nothing could have conquered but the state of indecision in which she remained as to the extent of what she should communicate; and her fear, if she once entered on the subject, of being hurried into repeating something of Bingley which might only grieve her sister further."
A. She could never tell Jane about Mr. Bingley, because the news was so shaming to herself.
B. She couldn't wait to tell Jane everything about Mr. Darcy and Mr. Bingley.
C. She couldn't tell Jane everything she wanted to, because it might hurt Jane.
D. She was ashamed to reveal Mr. Darcy's proposal, but eager to tell Jane why Mr. Bingley had forgotten about her.

19.What would Mary like to do, rather than going out to lunch with her sisters?
A. Eat at home.
B. Read a book.
C. Play tennis.
D. Ride a horse.

20.What does Elizabeth Bennet decide to do with her information about Mr. Wickham's true character?
A. Tell everyone immediately.
B. Tell only Mr. Wickham himself that she knows the truth.
C. Tell only the rest of her family.
D. Tell no one, because he's leaving soon anyway.

I'm not mad; you're mad. 

1813, the year Pride and Prejudice was published, was a great year for battles you didn't read about in The Story of Britain. Take 250 words and describe two of the following battles that took place elsewhere in the world: Battle of San Lorenzo, Battle of Rosillo Creek, the Siege of Fort Meigs, Battle of Stoney Creek, and the Fort Mims Massacre. No need to extensively research -- I just want you to get a sense of what was going on, so you can use Wikipedia and be done.


This documentary is a short review of the stuff we've just been over. If you'd like to spend two hours instead, the 1994 movie, The Madness of King George will give you a good idea of what the court was like, and shows Pitt and Fox and all the characters you'll recognize, and it's rated PG-13.

Friday, January 6, 2017

Reading Period 14: January 6-12: Pride and Prejudice

Due Dates: 
Quiz: Monday, Jan 9
Assignments: Wednesday, Jan 11
History: Friday, Jan 13

Long Read:

Read chapters 1-20 of Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. You'll find the entire book here for download.

Creative Assignments:

Create a family portrait of the Bennetts, including all five daughters and their parents. Give each person a thought bubble that reveals a bit about their character and says something essential about their personality or inner life.


Write a letter to someone by hand. Take a picture of the letter you have written on actual paper with a pen or pencil on paper, and post it to the Google+ community. You can zoom out so we can't read your letter. Then mail the letter using a stamp and envelope and the postal service.

Writing Assignments:

Read this essay on the historical context of Pride and Prejudice and write 250 words explaining why understanding the concept of "landed gentry" is essential to understanding the situation in which the Bennett daughters find themselves at the beginning of the book.


Write a 250 word compare and contrast essay in which you define three problems with the way women were treated in Jane Austen's time and compare and contrast them with the way women are treated now. Choose to structure your essay either by discussing the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd thing from the past and then, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd thing from today, or 1st thing from the past next to 1st thing today, 2nd thing from the past against 2nd thing today, 3rd thing from the past against 3rd thing today. Think about your structure in relation to whether you want to focus on comparisons (things that are the same) or contrasts (things that are different.) Your intro and conclusion shouldn't be very long, so you can focus on the "meat" in your short essay.


Learn to play Whist. Here are the rules. You can try it online here, and we'll try it live in class.


The quiz will have 20 questions on it, one for each short chapter of Pride & Prejudice that you are assigned. If you watch the movie instead of reading the actual book, you will not get a perfect score. If you watch the movie *in addition to* reading the actual book, no one's going to be mad at you for that. If I were you, I would read the book first though, because next week I'm assigning chapters 20-40, and if you watch the movie now, you're most likely not going to want to read those chapters next week.

1.According to Mrs. Bennet, what is so great about Mr. Bingley?
 A. He has 4000 pounds a year.
 B. He is principled and brave.
 C. He is kind and generous.
 D. He is honest and forthright.

2.How would you characterize the way Mr. Bennet talks to his wife?
 A. Pleasant
 B. Informative
 C. Sarcastic
 D. Angry

3.With whom did Mr. Bingley dance TWICE?
 A. Elizabeth
 B. Jane
 C. Mary
 D. Kitty

4.Who is characterized as being more intelligent, Mr. Bingley or Mr. Darcy?
 A. Neither -- they are both rather stupid.
 B. Neither -- they are equally intelligent.
 C. Mr. Bingley
 D. Mr. Darcy

5.Why is Charlotte Lucas not offended by Mr. Darcy's pride?
 A. Because he has a right to be proud.
 B. Because it's not directed at her.
 C. Because she is also proud.
 D. Because she believes he isn't really proud.

6.Finish the line, said by Charlotte Lucas: "Happiness in marriage is entirely a matter of ____________."
 A. Love
 B. Money
 C. Chance
 D. Effort

7.Why can't the girls inherit their father's money and estate?
 A. Because women cannot inherit property in the 1800s.
 B. Because their father is upset with their life choices.
 C. Because their father has promised it to Mr. Collins.
 D. Because it can only be inherited by a male.

8.What does Mr. Darcy think it should mean when a woman is called "accomplished"?
 A. She can net a purse, cover a screen, paint a table, and embroider a dress.
 B. She has extensive knowledge of music, drawing, singing, dancing, and languages.
 C. She has traveled widely and visited many other countries.
 D. She has been running around with military officers too much.

9.What is Miss Bingley's behavior toward Elizabeth and Jane?
 A. Civil to their faces, mocking them privately.
 B. Mocking them outright, but privately jealous.
 C. Civil to their faces, respectful in private.
 D. Outwardly and privately kind and loving.

10.What do people at Netherfield do for fun?
 A. Watch TV, play Playstation, read books.
 B. Talk, play musical instruments and sing, walk around.
 C. Read books, learn languages, debate politics, study philosophy.
 D. Fencing, horseback riding, archery, and hunting.

11.Why does Miss Bingley remark on how much she likes to read and how much she wants a library?
 A. She genuinely enjoys reading and books.
 B. She thinks it will endear her to Jane and Elizabeth.
 C. To stand out in contrast to Elizabeth's love of music.
 D. Because that's what Mr. Darcy does and what his house has.

12.Why does Darcy say so little to Elizabeth on her last day at Netherfield?
 A. He's worried he likes her, and doesn't want to encourage that.
 B. He's bored with her, and can't wait for her to be gone.
 C. He is monopolized by Miss Bingley and Mrs. Hearst.
 D. He can't think of anything to say, because he's overcome with love.

13.What is Mr. Collins' job?
 A. He's a clergyman.
 B. He's a banker.
 C. He's a longshoreman.
 D. He's a gentleman.

14.Who interrupts Mr. Collins' reading of the sermon?
 A. Jane
 B. Eliza
 C. Lydia
 D. Mrs. Bennet

15.How does Mr. Collins intend to make amends to the girls for the unfairness of the entail and the fact that he will inherit their house?
 A. He's going to give them the house anyway.
 B. He's going to marry one of them.
 C. He's going to find them husbands.
 D. He's going to introduce them to Lady Catherine de Bourgh.

16.What is a "living"?
 A. A job in the clergy, appointed by the local nobility.
 B. A job at a bank, appointed by the bank president.
 C. An inheritance that allows a man not to work.
 D. A ripe gym sock.

17.Why could the girls not go into Meryton in the days preceding the ball?
 A. Their parents wouldn't allow them to go.
 B. Meryton was under quarantine.
 C. The horses were sick.
 D. Rain.

18.Who is Mrs. Bennet's least favorite daughter?
 A. Jane
 B. Elizabeth
 C. Mary
 D. Catherine

19.What is the result of Mr. Collins' proposal?
 A. Elizabeth and Mr. Collins will be married.
 B. Jane and Mr. Collins will be married.
 C. Elizabeth rejects Mr. Collins.
 D. Jane rejects Mr. Collins.

20."Nobody can tell what I suffer! But it is always so. Those who do not complain are never pitied." This statement by Mrs. Bennet is an example of what?
 A. Figurative language.
 B. Paradox.
 C. Irony.
 D. Synecdoche.


Watch the movie, "Miss Austen Regrets" which is about Jane Austen's life. It is available on YouTube starting with this clip, and it is also on Netflix. As you read the movie, answer the following questions:

1: When the clergyman tells Jane she is "very clever, I'm sure" do you think that is a compliment or an insult?
2. The maze and ribbon game is a symbol. For what?
3. Why does Jane's brother discourage her from "writing for money"?
4. "All I want is to be a girl and be pretty and be loved." How does it make you feel toward Fanny when she says this?
5. What do you think Jane means when she says her canvas is so small, two inches wide, on which she works with so small a brush?
6. What does it mean for Jane that she is "allowed" to dedicate her next book to the Prince Regent?
7. Jane's mother says she's "hardly like a woman at all" because she doesn't know "which end of a baby is up." Do you think that all women should be skilled with babies? You may feel like the correct answer is automatically "no" because you've been raised properly and understand that women should be seen as more than just child-care-givers. But examine your opinions as seriously as you can and think about your answer.
8. "How could I have written if we'd been married? All the effort of mothering." Do you think that Jane Austen would have said that women are correct to give up the pursuit of a job for their children?
9. True or false: Rich is just another word for safe.
10. Do you think Cassandra was right to try and burn Jane Austen's letters? 

Now that you've watched the movie, have read the Hanoverian section of the history book, and have read half of Pride and Prejudice, consider that Jane Austen's world exists within the world of George III. So much was going on in the outside world -- war, revolution, industrial progress, social shifts. But Jane Austen's work reflects a very limited scope -- country life, love, marriage, family. Compare this novel to A Tale of Two Cities, which does include all those important world events in its plot. Which do you feel is more important and why? Write an essay about this. It may take the form of a compare and contrast essay, or it may assume a shape more like "Why are some books important and others less so?" or wherever your mind takes you. We will be working on revising this one, so give it some thought.