Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Reading Period 20: December 11 - 17: Mary Shelley's Frankenstein

Yeah, there were no neck bolts. But whatever.

Read the biographical information in the textbook on Mary Shelley and the bit of Frankenstein that's included there.


Choose one of the following:

Art Connection:

Create a portrait of Frankenstein's monster and Victor Frankenstein together, in whatever pose and setting you choose. It can be violent, peaceful, beseeching -- it can be from whatever part of the book you like or a scene in your imagination. Make sure you distinguish by appearance, dress, and posture what the differences are between the man and his creation.

Oh Mary Shelley! What an imagination!
History Connection:

Everyone knows that Benjamin Franklin discovered electricity while flying a kite in a thunderstorm. WHAT? Wait, you mean that's not exactly accurate? Write 250 words about the history of the science of electricity. What was the real science connected to electricity that Mary Shelley would have been aware of in 1818? Read this for guidance: http://phys.org/news/2010-10-halloween-special-science-frankenstein.html

Writing Connection:

Pretend you are Victor Frankenstein's college buddy. You have heard that he is conducting experiments in which he attempts to animate human corpses. This shocks you but also interests you! Do you agree or disagree with his work? Write a letter to Victor Frankenstein urging him either to push on with his efforts or abandon his experiments. Give at least three reasons in a 250 word letter.


The ten questions of the quiz are drawn from material in the biography of Mary Shelley from the Poetry Foundation web site: http://www.poetryfoundation.org/bio/mary-wollstonecraft-shelley#poet

1.What were the "four fames" of Mary Shelley, referred to in the couplet from "The Blue-Stockinged Revels"?  
A. Mother, Father, Husband, Son
B. Mother, Father, Monster, Travel Writings
C. Mother, Father, Husband, Monster
D. Mother, Sister, Husband, Monster

2.What happened to Mary's mother right after Mary was born?  
A. She died.
B. She published A Vindication of the Rights of Woman.
C. She never published anything again because she was too busy.
D. She disappeared.

3.Who first published Mary Shelley?  
A. W.W. Norton in London.
B. Her step-mother's publishing company.
C. A French company that didn't mind publishing women.
D. Shakespeare and Co.

4.Where did Mary say she was most inspired to write as a girl?  
A. In the school room, while bored by lessons.
B. At the seaside in southern England.
C. Under the trees and in the mountains of Scotland.
D. In the warm library in front of a fire.

5.What was Percy Shelley's marital situation when he and Mary first got together?  
A. He was unmarried, a bachelor.
B. He was newly divorced from Harriet.
C. His wife, Harriet, had recently died.
D. He was still married to Harriet.

6.What prompted Mary Shelley to write her novel, Frankenstein, while staying with Percy Shelley and their friends in Geneva?  
A. Her husband told her to write something philosophical.
B. Lord Byron suggested a game where they all write horror stories.
C. She was out walking among the alps and saw a shadowy figure.
D. She was attacked in an alley by a large man.

7.How did Percy Shelley's first wife die, and how was that weird?  
A. She died in childbirth, and that's weird because she wasn't pregnant.
B. She drowned, and that's weird because later Shelley drowned.
C. She was murdered, and that's weird because Shelley was unaccounted for at the time.
D. She got tuberculosis, and that's weird because so did everyone else in the 19th century.

8.What made it difficult for Mary to publish the remainder of Percy's work, after his death?  
A. His work had been heavily plagiarized by Byron.
B. His later writings were of low quality.
C. So many of his manuscripts were lost in Paris.
D. Her father-in-law opposed it.

9.What happened in 1823 that showed how wildly popular the book Frankenstein had become?  
A. There were six stage adaptations of the novel in that year.
B. It was the best-selling Halloween costume at Ye Olde Walmart.
C. It was translated into six languages that year.
D. The rock band Iron Maiden produced their track "Lonely Monster" in that year.

10.What did Ferdinando Gatteschi use to blackmail Mary Shelley?  
A. He threatened to publish proof that Percy Shelley had never married her in church.
B. He threatened to send letters to the press that could be read as seductive.
C. He threatened to tell Lord Byron that Percy Shelley's son was actually his.
D. He threatened to reveal that she was not the actual author of Frankenstein.

Reading Period 19: Supplemental Posts / Lessons

From our lively Google+ Community:

1. This is an exercise in evaluating sources.

After you read the biographical section on Lord Byron in the textbook, take a look at the biographical section of the Wikipedia page on George Gordon, Lord Byron. Start with the section called "Education and Early Loves" and read through "Post Mortem." There are some significant differences here to note. 
A. The book says that Lord Byron left England because he was bitter over his broken marriage. What does Wikipedia say was the reason he left?
B. The book says Lord Byron died of a sudden fever. What does Wikipedia say was the cause of that fever?
C. What significant aspect of Lord Byron's personality and personal life does the book entirely avoid, and why do you think that is?

2. MEMORY CHALLENGE: Memorize "She Walks in Beauty Like the Night." One piece of candy for each stanza you get under your belt. For a bonus challenge, sing it! Here's the original tune, or you can make up your own. If you sing the whole poem, I'll add 30 points to your participation total. And I will remember you forever. Here's a link to the MP3 of the song version -- you can click to listen or download.

3. Check out the definition of "Byronic Hero" on this site about storytelling tropes. Read the examples in literature and at least one other medium (by clicking on the links under the definition) and tell me this:
1. Have you encountered any of these characters in TV or books?
2. Is this the type of character you like to read about?
3. Do you know anybody like this in real life?
4. Are there any of these traits that you see in yourself?

4. Listen to this reading of Keats' poem "The Beautiful Lady without Mercy" and watch these scenes from the movie Bright Star, which is about Keats' love affair with Fanny Brawne. You can see the trailer for the movie here: Bright Star - Official Trailer 

5. Keats moved to Rome to try to improve his health, and died there after an awful illness -- he couldn't wait for death and it's said he was frustrated when he would wake up and find he was still alive. He is buried in Rome, and this is on his tombstone:

This Grave
contains all that was Mortal
of a
Young English Poet
on his Death Bed
in the Bitterness of his Heart
at the Malicious Power of his Enemies
these Words to be
engraven on his Tomb Stone:
Here lies One
Whose Name was writ in Water.
24 February 1821

All he had wanted on his tombstone was the part "Here lies one whose name was writ in water." What do you think of his friends deciding to put in the rest? What do you think it means, "whose name was writ in water"? What do you want your epitaph to say? Do you think a 25 year old should be ready to write his own epitaph?

5. Is Mr. Darcy a Byronic hero?

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Reading Period 19: December 4-10: Byron, Shelley, Keats


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


Choose one of the following delightful diversions:

Don Juan, the movie.
Art Connection:

Create a multi-panel comic depicting any situation where the character of Don Juan (see p 534) enters any of the other literature we've read. For example, you could have him turn up in Pride and Prejudice, Macbeth, etc. You don't have to stick to Byron's interpretation of this character.

History Connection:

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. Write about the Risorgimento, about Italy before and after Napoleon, or about any subtopic that strikes your fancy, related to 1818-1822 in Italy. 250 words.

Writing Connection:

"If you love urns, write urns odes."
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.    


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


Your final drafts of your papers are due next week. Remember that the most important thing is not for the paper to be perfect, but for you to clearly have taken into account my editing suggestions and responded to the notes. 

Thursday, November 28, 2013

The Bennet Family Portraits

In response to the "Art Connection" assignment for reading period 17, students created the following portraits:

And as a bonus, here's the map Hannah created to show the locations in the book:

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Reading Period 18: November 27 - December 3: Pride and Prejudice II


Read the rest of Pride and Prejudice. Try to savor it. When you're done, you can watch the movie with your whole family! What a treat. 


Art Connection: 

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. 

History Connection:

1813, the year Pride and Prejudice was published, was a great year for battles. Take 250 words and describe two of the following: Battle of San Lorenzo, Battle of Rosillo Creek, Battle of Lützen, the Siege of Fort Meigs, Battle of Stoney Creek, Battle of Vitoria, Fort Mims Massacre, Battle of Leipzig.

Writing Connection:

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.


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.

Reading Period 17: Supplemental Posts / Lessons

From our Google+ Community:

Watch the movie "Miss Austen Regrets" which is about Jane Austen's life. мιѕѕ αυѕтєη Rєgrєтѕ - Part 1 of 8. If you click on that link, you'll be able to see the whole playlist which includes all parts of the movie. Here are a few questions for you. Each number reflects the part of the video in which the answer can be found.

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." Do you think this is an irrational statement? Wrong? Right? Stupid? Naive? How does it make you feel toward Fanny when she says this?
5. Paraphrase: "What strange creatures we are. As soon as we become sure of a man's attachment, we become indifferent." 
5A. 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. 
7A. "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? 
8. True or false: Rich is just another word for safe. 
8A. Do you think Cassandra was right to try and burn Jane Austen's letters? 

Read “Janeites: The Curious American Cult of Jane Austen” http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-21036818 Do you think this is a fandom that you’d want to participate in? Why or why not? Under what circumstances would you participate in a Jane Austen event?

Visit this Jane Austen fan site, “The Republic of Pemberly.” http://www.pemberley.com/ At the site, find the following 1. Three titles of fan-written sequels to Pride and Prejudice. 2. What’s currently happening right now in Chicago, IL, related to Jane Austen? 3. What is the “Austenuations” message board about?

WEEKEND CHALLENGE: Write a letter to someone by hand. You don't have to use a fountain pen, but use a pen and paper to correspond with someone. Bring the letter to class for candy and a stamp which you can use to mail it at the post office. 

Flex your Google Fu! Here are four things from this week's reading assignment that might make you go "Hmm" unless you can Google up an explanation:

1. What are "draughts"? The apothecary promised to bring some to Jane when she was sick at Netherfield.
2. What is the card game "loo"?
3. What is the card game "whist"? 
4. Mary Bennet is accomplished in that she can make "extracts." What is making an extract? What are "extracts" in this context? 

Here's a book that's coming out in 4 days from a major publisher, who claims "With warmth, wit, and infinite charm Pamela Mingle brings to the page Pride and Prejudice's reserved and awkward Mary Bennet and proves that there is always room for another Austen spin-off when it's this good." What do you think? Fandom is fine, but should writers be able to "spin-off" from other writers' work? https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17349275-the-pursuit-of-mary-bennet

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Reading Period 17: November 20-26: Pride and Prejudice


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


Art Connection:

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.

History Connection:

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. 

Writing Connection:

Here's looking at you, Jane.
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.


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.

Reading Period 16: Supplemental Posts / Lessons

From our Google+ Community this week:

1. Read this review of the book The Friendship: Wordsworth and Coleridge by Adam Sisman. Based on the summary presented in the review, which of the two poets do you think was more at fault for the rift that developed in this great relationship?

2. Now that you've read about the friendship between Wordsworth and Coleridge, check out this summary of a book about the friendship that the two poets' daughters shared: The Poets' Daughters by Katie Waldegrave. Then think about and answer this question: Do you think Dora and Sara did a better job of being friends than William and Samuel did? Why or why not? 

3. Read the intro page for the site "Mapping the Lakes: A Literary GIS." (GIS is geographic information system.) (Here's the link to the intro:http://www.lancaster.ac.uk/mappingthelakes/index.htm) Now take a look at the maps of Coleridge's travels through The Lake District, particularly the one at this link. What does the "smooth surface" map show that the "base map" cannot? Finally, Google and then link to or post a picture you like of something from this area. 

4. Before 1833, there was little government oversight of working conditions in the new factories. Very young children were working long hours in unsafe, unhealthy conditions. The Factory Act of 1833 made it at least illegal to employ children under the age of 9, even though it was still done (after all, there were only 4 factory inspectors for the whole of the country), and set up other rules to govern young workers. Take a look at this lesson from the British National Archives. Choose either source 1, 2, or 3 and do the questions associated with that source. 

5. Here's the route of a cool walk you can take through the Lake District to see some of the stuff Coleridge and Wordsworth would have drawn inspiration from. Take a look at the directions, the pictures at this other site (http://www.davidhalllakedistrictwalks.co.uk/PAGES/WALKS/20051022_ID_201.html) and tell me if this is something that looks like fun to you? 

6. WEEKEND CHALLENGE: You will receive one piece of excellent candy for every five lines of Kubla Khan by Samuel Coleridge that you memorize. True story. Who's up for the challenge?

7. Listen to "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner" by Iron Maiden and tell me... do you think this is a reasonable paraphrase? Why or why not?


Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Reading Period 16: November 13-19: Wordsworth and Coleridge

Wordsworth and Coleridge. Which was which? 

Please read the section on The Romantic Age in your textbook, as well as the selections from William Wordsworth and Samuel Coleridge, including the "Rime of the Ancient Mariner." This is all in your textbook, pages 455-515.


Art Connection:

Listen to Bach's Violin Concerto in A Minor and Beethoven's Violin Concerto in D Major. How can you tell that Bach is of the late baroque movement and Beethoven of the romantic period? 

Here's Bach: 

 Here's Beethoven:

History Connection:

Write 250 words on the effects of laissez faire government on the people of England during the Industrial Revolution.

Writing Connection:

Compose a poem about an experience that you and a younger sibling or cousin or friend have both shared. Address the poem to your sibling and talk about how the experience they're now having is the same as the one you once had, but different from the one you currently have, now that you are older. Model your poem on Wordsworth's "Lines Composed a Few Miles Above Tintern Abbey."


The quiz covers material found on pages 455-472 and the quiz questions can be found and previewed in the box labeled "Review" on page 472. 

1.Explain the significance of the dates 1798 and 1832 for the Romantic Age   
A. 1798 was the birth of Walter Coleridge; 1832 was the death of Samuel Wordsworth.
B. 1798 was the birth of German Romanticism; 1832 was the death of English Romanticism.
C. 1798 was the publication of Lyrical Ballads by Wordsworth and Coleridge; 1832 was the death of Sir Walter Scott.
D. 1798 was the publication of Lyrical Ballads by Wordsworth and Coleridge; 1832 was the publication of Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen.

2.Which of these statements correctly shows a contrast between Romantic and 18th century writers.   
A. 18th century writers stressed judgment and reason, Romantics stressed imagination and emotion.
B. 18th century writers championed the individual, Romantics were more concerned with society as a whole.
C. 18th century writers based their works on medieval themes, Romantics were inspired by classic works from Greece and Rome.
D. 18th century writers showed the value of freedom, Romantics showed the value of authority.

3.Why was the French Revolution considered a greater threat to England than the revolt of the English colonies in America?   
A. The French revolution was about diplomacy, whereas the American Revolution was about democracy.
B. The French threw off their government from within, whereas the colonies threw off their government from a distance.
C. The French revolution was successful, whereas the American Revolution was easily put down.
D. The French revolution was closer; the American Revolution was far away.

4.Why did English liberals and radicals become disillusioned with the French Revolution?   
A. Because of the violence of the September Massacres.
B. Because Napoleon emerged as a dictator and emperor.
C. Because of Robespierre and the Reign of Terror.
D. All of the above.

5.Which sentence best summarizes the effect of the Industrial Revolution on living cities in England?   
A. Cities were evacuated as laborers were needed in small towns.
B. New technology brought improvements and safety.
C. Cities became overcrowded with poor people working long hours for barely any money.
D. Cities became hubs of scientific learning and progress.

6.What two favorite kinds of romantic subjects appear in Lyrical Ballads?   
A. Comedy of manners and love triangle.
B. The natural and the supernatural.
C. Woods and oceans.
D. The court and the church.

7.How does Wordsworth's ideal of "real language" differ from the poetic diction of the 18th century.   
A. Wordsworth draws in the expressive power of ordinary speech, rather than artificial poetic language.
B. Wordsworth only uses words that real people would actually say.
C. Wordsworth rebels against any rhyme or meter, insisting that poems sound like they could be said by a worker in the field.
D. Wordsworth believes that real men speak in poetry if they enter the correct emotional state.

8.How were Wordsworth and Coleridge viewed by the second generation of Romantic poets?   
A. They completely rejected the tenets and objectives set out in the preface to Lyrical Ballads.
B. They felt complete allegiance to the older poets.
C. They felt they had sold out to an unjust society, politically speaking.
D. They wanted to duplicate the older poets' ideas without duplicating any of their poetic structures.

9.Which of the Romantics had the most successful poetic career?   
A. Wordsworth
B. Keats
C. Shelley
D. Byron

10.In what way is Scott the "epitome of the Romantic novelist"?   
A. He only wrote from medieval themes, combining chivalry with romance.
B. He wrote in verse full of emotion and woodsy images.
C. He blended historical details with uncommon or marvelous incidents.
D. He used the language of real men instead of the arch poesy of the 18th century.