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” 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.” 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?

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: 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 ( 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.

Reading Period 15: Supplemental Posts / Lessons

From our Google+ Community this week:

1. Read this wonderful essay by British scholar Keith Sagar. It's a PDF, and should show up in your browser just fine. When you've read and understood the essay, give me three examples of dualistic thinking in our contemporary society that might have been called out by Blake. If you have any questions on the essay, please ask!

2. Watch this documentary about our friend William Blake (read the Blake part of the assignment in the textbook first!) and then answer true or false on the following statements. 

3. Based on Johnson’s definition for “tory” and “whig,” which one do you think he was? Does this reflect a bias in his dictionary that throws the rest of the work into suspicion? 

4. Samuel Johnson wrote definitions for words that reflected the usage of his times, but aren't necessarily useful to us now. What new words do we have to put in dictionaries that he wouldn't have known about?

Define the following terms, in the style of Johnson's dictionary, giving example sentences for each. 
A) Hipster
B) Noob
C) Boss
Add your own word to the list for the next person to define...

5. Comparing Burns’ use of casual Scottish dialect with the refined, intellectual discourse of Pope and Swift, which do you prefer? 

6. Do you think it’s possible for a non-Scottish person to read Burns’ poems out loud? Do you think that this limits or enhances their effect? Do you think this limits or enhances his importance as a poet?

7. Based only on the names of the two collections, which do you think you will prefer: Songs of Innocence or Songs of Experience? And why?

8. Without looking it up, say which collection you would expect to find each of these poems in -- Songs of Innocence or Songs of Experience? 

A) The Angel
B) My Pretty Rose Tree
C) The Schoolboy
D) Night
E) On Another’s Sorrow
F) The Little Boy Lost

9. CHALLENGE: Tomorrow, anyone who will agree to read a Robert Burns poem aloud will receive candy. Here's some inspiration -- one of Robert Burns' most famous poems read aloud. 

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Reading Period 15: November 6 - 12: Johnson, Burns, and Blake


Read pages 416-424 and pages 438-448, covering Samuel Johnson, Robert Burns, and William Blake.


Art Connection:

Try your hand at creating a picture with pen and ink, in the style of 18th century line engraving such as William Blake might have created. Take a close-up look at this image of Ben Franklin to get some ideas for shading techniques. 

History Connection:

Research the Gordon Riots. What were the causes? What was William Blake's involvement? How did they affect Newgate Prison, where Moll Flanders was supposedly born? Write 250 words to present your findings. 

Writing Connection:

Write a pair of opposite poems, one from a position of innocence and one from a position of experience. You could take on the same topic in both poems, like Blake did with chimney sweeps, or represent two different images, like the lamb and the tiger.


The quiz covers the reading assignment only. 

1.According to Johnson's dictionary, what does it mean to "stand shill-I-shall-I"?  
A. To worry excessively that you're not allowed to do something.
B. To hesitate and procrastinate before making a decision.
C. To petition for permission again and again over an innocent action.
D. To waste time in the details of the matter, rather than getting to the point.

2.According to Samuel Johnson's dictionary, is chicken something you'd find on the dinner table?  
A. No.
B. Yes.

3.What does Johnson mean by saying that Shakespeare is a "poet of nature"?  
A. He writes very plain prose, without ornament or wordplay.
B. He writes about the manners and politics of a particular time and place.
C. He writes about the woods and fields.
D. He writes about humanity itself, common to all times.

4.Before Robert Burns found success as a published poet, what life changing decision was he considering?  
A. Going to Virginia.
B. Going to Jamaica.
C. Going to London.
D. Changing his name to Frances.

5.Why was Burns respected as the Scottish national poet?  
A. He gave dignity to the simple aspects of their lives.
B. His flowery, intellectual language made them feel smarter.
C. He eliminated the use of rough country dialect from the literature of Scotland.
D. Scotland didn't have any other poets lying around.

6.Paraphrase Burns' poem "Ae Fond Kiss."  
A. Goodbye forever! I'm super sad!
B. I'll be with you soon, take heart and fear not.
C. I wish I had never met Nancy. She turned out to be a real disappointment.
D. I'm sorry, it's not you it's me, we're better off as friends.

7.Which of these things did William Blake NOT see?  
A. The value of intellectual patternmaking in the 18th century.
B. A tree full of angels.
C. The prophet Ezekiel under a tree.
D. God at his window.

8.What two careers did Blake combine into one?  
A. Poet and porpoise.
B. Poet and politician.
C. Poet and artist.
D. Poet and priest.

9.What two animals functions as symbols for innocence and experience in William Blake's "Songs of Innocence" and "Songs of Experience"?  
A. Kitten and wolf.
B. Lamb and tiger.
C. Nyan cat and Grumpy cat.
D. Dove and falcon.

10.To whom is the poem Jerusalem dedicated?  
A. Milton.
B. Christ.
C. The child laborers of the 18th century.
D. Shakespeare.


Your first draft is due on Tuesday! You should be scribbling away, citing your sources and brainstorming great ideas for your intro and conclusion. In class, you'll trade papers with a partner and critique each other's work using prompts and direction that I will provide. Make sure you bring two copies of your typed paper -- one for me and one for your partner. If you don't get through 2000 words, that's okay! Bring what you have and we'll work with it. 

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Reading Period 14: Swift and Pope: Supplemental Post / Lessons

From our Google+ Community this week:

1. Reading “A Voyage to Lilliput,” do you think it’s possible to appreciate and understand the ridiculousness of the Lilliputian court without knowing exactly which British customs and specific politicians were being targeted? 

2. Do you think it is satire when Gulliver refers to England as “our noble country, the mistress of arts and arms, the scourge of France, the arbitress of Europe, the seat of virtue, piety, honor and truth, the pride and envy of the world”? How do you know whether this is sincere or presented as silly?

3. Weekend Challenge!: Tell someone that they are “the most pernicious race of odious little vermin that nature ever suffered to crawl upon the surface of the earth.” 

4. In A Modest Proposal, look at this line: “I grant this food will be somewhat dear, and therefore very proper for landlords, who, as they have already devoured most of the parents, seem to have the best title to the children.” This passage heaps satire on top of unfamiliar, archaic language -- anyone want to take a crack at a paraphrase?

5. Weekend challenge #2!: Watch a movie version of Gulliver's Travels. There's one from 1996 with Ted Danson, one from 2010 with Jack Black, and here's an animated one from 1939 for those of you who are brave enough to endure it: 

Here's a link to the YouTube video of the 1996 movie with Ted Danson, courtesy of Mary's search powers: Part 1 and Part 2.

In class, we looked at several examples of satire in our contemporary life.

Monty Python and the Holy Grail is a fabulous spoof, satire, exaggeration, send-up, and parody of some of the texts we have read in this class: Gawain and the Green Knight, Morte D'Arthur, and The Canterbury Tales. Here's the movie version of Monty Python and the Holy Grail and also the screenplay.

Here are four different opening sequences from The Simpsons, each targeting different objects of satire:

Opening Sequence designed by street artist Banksy, critiquing the Fox network's outsourcing of animation to Korea.

Opening Sequence designed by director Guillermo Del Toro, spoofing many many horror movie cliches.

The Simpsons spoofs Game of Thrones.

The Simpsons spoofs The Hobbit.

We talked about the four different types of satire: exaggeration, incongruity, reversal, and parody, and practiced finding examples of each.