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. 

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