Friday, December 9, 2016

Reading Period 13: December 9 - Jan 2: Wuthering Heights

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Due Dates:
Quiz: Monday, Dec 12
Assignments: Monday, Dec 19
History: Monday, Jan 9

Long Read: Wuthering Heights, chapters 25-end

Short Read:

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." Pages 455-515.


"Remembrance" by Emily Bronte

Creative Assignment:

Create an illustrated family tree for Wuthering Heights, including the following names arranged according to their genealogy: Mr. Linton, Mrs. Linton, Mr. Earnshaw, Mrs. Earnshaw, Isabella Linton, Edgar Linton, Catherine Earnshaw, Hindley Earnshaw, Heathcliff, Frances, Linton Heathcliff (son of Heathcliff and Isabella), Catherine Linton (daughter of Catherine and Edgar), Hareton Earnshaw (son of Hindley and Frances). If you'd like to create this with pen over the drawing of a tree you did in class, that would be nice, or you could do another watercolor tree, or illustrate it in any other way you like.


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. It could be a holiday celebration, or a chore, or a field trip, or something else that recurs in your family. Model your poem on Wordsworth's "Lines Composed a Few Miles Above Tintern Abbey." If you did the art choice for last week, please try this choice this week.


Linton Heathcliff and Cathy Linton write love letters to each other. The content of these love letters is never revealed. Write a love letter from each one to the other, totaling 250 words. Make it specific to these characters by referencing their situation in the book, the places and characters that they know, etc.

Writing Asssignment: 

Read this review of a book about the relationship that Coleridge and Wordsworth shared, and then read this review of a book about the relationship between their two daughters. Write an essay comparing the friendships depicted in these two books, in which you use these these two articles as sources. Use parenthetical notations and works cited page. This is the format for citing a newspaper article you found online:

Last, First M. "Article Title." Newspaper Title Date Month Year Published: Page(s). Website Title. Web. Date Month Year Accessed. 


Read these two articles: "Romanticism and Revolution" and "The Influence of the French Revolution on Romantic Literature." Notice that each of them has its own Works Cited page. Now write a 250 word essay about the effect of the French Revolution on British literature, using these two articles as sources. Use parenthetical notations and a works cited page. This is the format for citing an article from a web site: 

Last , First M. "Article Title." Web Site Title, Date Month Year Published, web address. Date Month Year Accessed. 

Bernstein, Mark. "10 Tips on Writing the Living Web." A List Apart: For People Who Make Websites, 16 Aug. 2002, Accessed 4 May 2009.

For Nicholas:

For Sarah:


Take a look at this web site from The Bronte Society and the Bronte Parsonage Museum. Following the links at the left will give you all the information you need to complete this quiz. 


1. How was the economy of Haworth village changing when the Bronte sisters lived there?
2. What was the average age of death in Haworth village? 
3. What was the only viable career readily available to the girls?
4. What business venture did they unsuccessfully try to pursue at the parsonage?
5. To what European city did Charlotte and Emily travel, to improve their education?
6. What was their first attempt at publishing, which failed? How many copies sold?
7. What was their next attempt at publishing, which succeeded?
8. What was Charlotte Bronte's husband's name?
9. List the 6 Bronte children in the order they were born, then list them in the order they died. 
10. The Yorkshire moors were a very important setting for the Brontes' fiction. Do a Google Image search on "yorkshire moors" and have a look at the images that come up. What is a moor, according to the dictionary? Now, characterize the photos you see of Yorkshire moors. What strikes you about these photos?


The part of 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. 

11.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.
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.

13.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.

14.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.

15.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.

16.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.

17.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.

18.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.

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

20.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.


Here is a monster list of comprehension questions covering pages 411-515 in The Story of Britain and you have until Jan 9 to do it. 

Friday, December 2, 2016

Reading Period 12: December 2-8: Wuthering Heights

Due Dates:
Quiz: Monday, Dec 5
Assignments: Wednesday, Dec 7
History: Long Read: 

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte, chapters 15-24.

Short Read:

In your textbook, read pages 416-424 and pages 438-448, covering Samuel Johnson, Robert Burns, and William Blake.

Creative Assignments:

Try your hand at creating a line engraving 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. Here's another interesting page with some real life examples from a working artist. You don't have to do a portrait or a landscape -- something simple like a peach or a tire would be good. Check out this video on cross hatching, which uses Albrecht Durer as an example -- an artist famous for engraving wood.


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. When you are done, combine your two poems into one poem with two stanzas and give it a great title.

Writing Assignments:

First, read the section on Blake in your textbook, and Blake's selected poems in the book. Then, read this essay, "Innocence and Experience," by Keith Sagar. Now, write a 300 word essay explaining what it means to be the enemy of dualism. What is dualism? Where do you see dualistic thinking in our world today? Do you think, as Blake did, that dualism is a limiting and destructive world view? Why do you think so many people default to a dualistic view of the world? What, to you, is the most important result of seeing beyond dualism? This essay will potentially be expanded into a 500 word work of critical analysis. You can use quotes from the Sagar essay as a jumping off place, and definitely use Blake as an example, but do bring in your own opinion, and examples from our contemporary moment.


The relationship between Catherine and Heathcliff in Wuthering Heights is often touted as an example of the most passionate love affair in literature. The book definitely presents a stark example of dualism in the characters of Edgar Linton and Heathcliff. First, describe Catherine's relationship with each man, the character of the love between them and the associated passion or lack of passion. Then compare these two relationships through the filter of your own opinion. Is Catherine's relationship with Heathcliff really something that we want to say is the ultimate example of romantic love? Are you #teamedgar or #teamheathcliff? Write a 300 word essay giving your opinion of these two relationships, Catherine's choices, and whether it's a good idea to put hearts and flowers around this book. This essay will potentially be expanded into a 500 word work of critical analysis.


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.


Watch the following episode of the BBC documentary, The History of Britain:

Send me an email telling me the different ways these three men approached the British involvement in India: Robert Clive, Warren Hastings, and Richard Wellesley. They had different philosophies and methods -- tell me in just a few sentences how they differed.

If you like, you can watch other prior episodes of this series -- it's good to put visuals with some of the things we've been reading in our book.

Friday, November 25, 2016

Reading Period 11: November 25 - December 1: Wuthering Heights

Due Dates:

Quiz: Monday, Nov 28
Assignments: Wednesday, Nov 30
History: Friday, Dec 2

Long Read: 

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte, chapters 4-14.

Short Read:

In your textbook, read about Jonathan Swift, read the Gulliver's Travels excerpt and "A Modest Proposal." Read Addison and Steele, and about Alexander Pope and the first few pages of "The Rape of the Lock." So, pages 372--413.

Creative Assignments:

Monty Python and the Holy Grail is a fabulous spoof, 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 (yes, designated here as a sacred text). 

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.

Your assignment is to create your own visual parody. Choose a work of fine art and transform it to make your point. Check out these art parodies to get some inspiration. Your work of parody must not only make fun of your subject, but also make your audience think. Create your art using unlined paper.


Write "A Modest Proposal" of your own, pretending to recommend some outlandish exaggeration to correct a current problem. You might advise putting shackles on school desks or muzzling children to stop them from talking. If you want to be fancy, write in dactylic hexameter, like the original master of Latin satire, Horace. Your essay should be funny, but also biting, like Swift's. 

Writing Assignments:

During this time period, essayists and authors were fairly preachy, laying down moral instructions and telling people how to live. Write an opinion essay of 500 words in which you instruct your fellow man on some path of action, some way of being. Rouse your peers to political action, or convince them they should give up entirely on politics. Inspire your fellow teens to lead an active, sporty lifestyle, or encourage them to use their time in the library. Preach that grades are the most important thing, or exhort others that living a happy life is more important than accomplishments. You should write to convince, and use plenty of examples from contemporary life, your personal experience, or history. 


Write a piece of flash fiction in which you update a scene from Wuthering Heights to a modern day setting. I suggest one of the following: The scene between Catherine, Heathcliff, and Edgar in Chapter 11; The scene between Heathcliff and Hindley over the horses in Chapter 4, Cathy and Heathcliff go snooping at Thrushcross Grange and get chased by a dog in Chapter 6; Cathy comes back from the Lintons to see Heathcliff for the first time in weeks, in Chapter 7; Etc. Your excerpt must begin with a line of dialogue, and must be shorter than 500 words. Put the emotion of the scene foremost. 


The quiz is over pages 372-401 in your textbook. 

1.How did Jonathan Swift get involved in political writing?  
 A. The Tory administration found his talent for argument useful.
 B. Sir William Temple helped his political career.
 C. He switched from being a protestant to being a catholic.
 D. He switched from being a Tory to being a Whig.

2.What was the overall theme of Swift's work.  
 A. He wrote in support of the church and its clergy.
 B. He wrote in artistic defense of the powerful politicians of the time.
 C. Humans are a brilliant evolutionary triumph.
 D. Humans are fairly disgusting, irrational, and base.

3.What is the point of the name Lemuel Gulliver?  
 A. It signifies a flight of fancy, as a seagull.
 B. It evokes the idea of being gullible.
 C. It was the name of one of the members of parliament.
 D. It is a reference to Homer's Iliad.

4.What was Swift's name for the filthy, brutish humans who were governed by the noble horses called Houyhnhnms?  
 A. Yahoos
 B. Whigs
 C. Googles
 D. Tories

5.Swift wrote "A Modest Proposal" as a way of drawing attention to the treatment of what group of people?  
 A. London orphans.
 B. The Irish poor.
 C. The Scottish widows.
 D. The Welsh working class.

6.Paraphrase the last paragraph of "A Modest Proposal."  
 A. I'm happy to entertain others' ideas that present equally cheap and effective solutions.
 B. If food for one year cannot be harvested from a one-year-old, then politicians can reject my overture.
 C. Only people with children would be interested in this proposal.
 D. Don't worry, I'm not trying to make money off this myself. I don't even have any kids.

7.Why did Richard Steele use the pen name "Isaac Bickerstaff"?  
 A. It was the name of a serious 15th century playwright, and the joke was that he was back from the dead.
 B. It showed that he was a good religious man, only seeking to edify his peers.
 C. It was already a famous name, because Jonathan Swift used it to play a practical joke.
 D. It was the famous name of a Leicester barkeep, so the joke was that this person was now publishing a paper in London.

8.Based on what you read about the Tatler and the Spectator, Steele and Addison, what is the "familiar periodical essay."  
 A. An essay in a book, focused on a familiar topic.
 B. An essay with a familiar, casual tone, published in a newspaper.
 C. An essay about a familiar time period.
 D. An essay written by someone familiar, published in a pamphlet.

9.What is the point of Pope's "The Rape of the Lock"?  
 A. To satirize the epic poem, and show that Homer and Virgil were really silly, pompous fools.
 B. To describe an epic, heroic event in trivial terms, to downplay its significance and increase its impact.
 C. To shed light on the problem of haircutting violence in 18th century England, through satire.
 D. Describing something trivial in grand, epic terms, to make fun of how a trivial thing is being taken seriously.

10.In "The Rape of the Lock" what is being compared to an epic battle?  
 A. A card game.
 B. A fashion show.
 C. A dance off.

 D. A musical performance.


Read The Story of Britain, pages 377-408, and answer these questions. Email the answers to me with the subject header Zombie Hotsauce History Reading Period 11. 

Friday, November 11, 2016

Reading Period 10: November 11-17: Wuthering Heights

Due dates: 
Quiz: Monday, Nov 14, 7pm
Writing assignment: Tuesday, Nov 15, 9:30 am
Creative Assignment: Wednesday, Nov 16, 7pm
History: Friday, Nov 18, 7pm

Long Read: 

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte, chapters 1-3.

Creative Assignments:

Looking back on the characters in King Lear, choose three to draw as Pokemon. First draw them in their original state and then in their evolved state, as the play progresses to the end and the take a new form. For example, Lear may start out reasonable and kingly, and then evolve into a Pokemon wearing a flower wreath and rags. Gloucester would evolve into something... blind.


The portrait at the top of this post was created by Branwell Bronte, the brother of Emily, Charlotte, and Anne Bronte. He painted himself out of the portrait after it was finished because he worried it cluttered the picture. Read this description of Emily Bronte, and then write a poem. You can write the poem from her perspective, based on one of the incidents in the short biography, or you can write about the portrait -- the facial expressions, the absence of the brother. If you didn't know the story about the portrait, the spectral form there between the women could be anything.

Writing Assignments:

Your writing assignment this week is the first half of your research paper (1000 words) and it will be due on Tuesday, printed, in 12 pt font and double spaced, in class. If your outline has changed, you may resubmit it for more comments/guidance.

Remember: Cite your sources using parenthetical notation. Here is a page that goes into detail about how to do this. If you make errors, that's fine, because this is a first draft, but if you hand me a paper with no citations, I will give it a zero. Include your Works Cited page. You need three sources or more, and one of them must be an actual book made out of paper.


The quiz for this week covers the readings from last week: Dryden, Pepys, and Defoe, pages 349-371.

1.At the time Dryden was writing, whose plays were most frequently performed on stage?   
A. Ben Jonson
B. Beaumont and Fletcher
C. William Shakespeare
D. Christopher Marlowe

2.According to Dryden, where did Jonson's poetic genius lie?   
A. Humor
B. Love
C. Passions
D. Tragedy

3.Whom does Dryden consider the most learned of Shakespeare's contemporaries?   
A. Asworth Hornsbottom
B. Mr. Hales of Eton
C. Ben Jonson
D. John Suckling

4.Which playwright does Dryden believe to have had the greatest natural gifts?   
A. Toadsworth
B. Beaumont
C. Fletcher
D. Shakespeare

5.Which classical authors did Dryden translate before turning to Chaucer?   
A. Homer
B. Ovid
C. Boccaccio
D. All of the above

6.According to Dryden, which poet does Chaucer resemble?   
A. Ovid
B. Shakespeare
C. Homer
D. Virgil

7.Dryden calls his readers "the jury." What are they to judge?   
A. Whether Chaucer actually wrote The Canterbury Tales.
B. Whether Chaucer should be translated or not.
C. Whether Chaucer is greater then Ovid.
D. Whether Chaucer is greater than Shakespeare.

8.What aspect of The Canterbury Tales most impresses Dryden?   
A. The way he was loyal to the monarchs of England.
B. The way he spread good ideas to the world.
C. The way he accurately represented his many characters.
D. The way he wove a compelling and pulse-pounding plot.

9.For which crime was Major General Harrison hanged?   
A. For his involvement in the death of Charles I.
B. For incorrectly translating Ovid.
C. For supporting Charles I against the Puritans.
D. For stealing a loaf of bread to feed a child.

10.Where did the coronation of Charles II take place?   
A. The Ceremonial Arch of Piccadilly
B. The Tower of London
C. Westminster Abbey
D. Whitehall Palace

11.What chivalric ceremony did Pepys observe at Charles II's coronation?   
A. The king's cook threw down her apron.
B. The king's footman threw down his hat.
C. The king's squire threw down his jacket.
D. The king's champion threw down his gauntlet.

12.According to Pepys, where did the London fire of 1666 begin?   
A. In the king's orator's house in Speeches Street.
B. In the King's baker's house in Pudding Lane.
C. In the King's shoemaker's house in Sole Road.
D. In the King's groom's house in Saddle Boulevard.

13.How did the Londoners try to bring the fire under control?   
A. Pulling down houses to stop them from fueling the fire.
B. Using water from the river to quench the fire.
C. Using chemical fire extinguishers to put out the fire.
D. Praying in the chapels for rain.

14.What precautions were taken by Londoners to avoid contracting the Plague?   
A. Cover their mouths and noses with masks.
B. Take vaccinations to create antibodies.
C. Burn or wash objects that might be infected.
D. Use alcohol to purify their hands and tools.

15.How were sick people restrained by the magistrates?   
A. They were tied up in their beds and chairs.
B. They were thrown in jail.
C. They were collected together and locked into cellars.
D. They were made to sit on the roofs of the city.

16.What was the function of the Examiners?   
A. To determine which medicines were suitable for human consumption
B. To determine which patients were qualified to receive treatment.
C. To determine which houses had been infected by the plague.
D. To determine which families were treating infected members with dignity.

17.Why did public officials stop enforcing regulations?   
A. The plague overwhelmed them, and they despaired.
B. Everyone was dead.
C. Everyone was cured.
D. People developed an immunity to the plague.


Read The Story of Britain by Rebecca Fraser, about the Protectorate and Commonwealth, and the reign of Charles II, and answer these comprehension questions on pages 351-376. Send them to me in an email with the subject header Zombie Hotsauce History Reading Period 10.