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.

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