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.

Friday, November 4, 2016

Reading Period 9: November 4 - 10: King Lear

Long Read:

King Lear, Act 5

Short Read:

Read the section titled The Restoration, read the entry on Dryden, read Dryden's "An Essay on Dramatic Poesy," read the entry on Samuel Pepys, read the excerpt from Samuel Pepys' diary, and read the excerpt from Defoe's "Journal of a Plague Year." This week's reading assignment represents a wig-off between these three Restoration-era writers. Who has the best wig? You be the judge:

John Dryden: Cool wig bro.

Samuel Pepys: Wig may have fallen victim to smoke damage.

Daniel Defoe: Wig master. Master of wigs.

Creative Assignment: 

Find a map of old London that you can print out, and use it as a canvas to make an art piece about the great fire of 1666. You can paint on it, collage it, use pen and ink to add illustrations, or whatever you choose. You can also digitally alter a digital image, if you would rather work on the computer. Post your work to the Google+ site. 


Write a daily diary for 5 days, just like Samuel Pepys. You can focus on buying fabric for a waistcoat or fiddling for a dance, if you like, or you can include the normal details of your own life. Keep in mind that writing a diary gives future humans insight as to the daily happenings of people living in our time. Your diary entries don't all have to be the same length, but should total at least 250 words. 

Writing Assignment:

Write 250 words about how disease prevention has changed from 1665 to now. Consider what the doctors of 17th century London would have done to ease or prevent the plague compared to what is done now successfully and unsuccessfully to stop the spread of diseases like flu, rhinovirus, AIDS, etc. Your essay should have an introduction, a body, and a conclusion, and at least three paragraphs. Print out a copy to turn in on Thursday. Please double space and use 12 point font, indent at the beginning of paragraphs, and include your name, the reading period, and the date.


Choose any "Write About It" assignment in the left pages of Act V of your edition of King Lear. Print out a copy to turn in on Thursday. Please double space and use 12 point font, indent at the beginning of paragraphs, and include your name, the reading period, and the date.


This quiz covers the historical material about The Restoration in the textbook pages 327-347 and the questions can be found in the "Review" box on page 347.

1.What does the term "Restoration" refer to?
A. A progressive time of great revolutionary changes in England.
B. The Stuart royal family was reinstated on the throne after being in exile in France.
C. When a painting is damaged by age or wear, an artist can clean and restore it.
D. The Puritans were restored to power after the Civil War.

2.What published work marks the end of this literary period?
A. An Essay of Dramatic Poesy, by John Dryden
B. Love's Labors Lost, by Shakespeare and Bacon
C. Paradise Lost, by Milton
D. Lyrical Ballads, by Wordsworth and Coleridge.

3.Which Monarch was expelled in the "Glorious Revolution" of 1688?
A. Charles II
B. Charles I
C. James II
D. James I

4.Why was the House of Hanover invited to the British throne instead of the Stuart heir?
A. He was a Catholic.
B. He was a Protestant.
C. He was a Lutheran.
D. He was an Anglican.

5.What interests were represented by each of the two political parties, the Tories and the Whigs?
A. The Whigs represented the conservative, monarchist faction, the Tories represented the progressive parliament faction.
B. The Whigs represented the Stuart heir who was harbored in France, the Tories represented those in favor of George I.
C. The Whigs represented banks and merchants, cities and towns. The Tories represented country squires and their folk, who favored old traditions.
D. The Whigs represented the peanut butter, the Tories represented the jelly.

6.Who are the "Dissenters"?
A. Those who thought that cities shouldn't be allowed to get so big.
B. Those who remained outside the church during the highly religious 18th century.
C. The country people and farmers.
D. Those who opposed the prevailing political party of the time.

7.What became the social center for the middle class?
A. The coffeehouses.
B. The churches.
C. The theaters.
D. The bars.

8.What type of drama was most characteristic of Restoration theater?
A. Domestic dramas.
B. Historical tragedies.
C. Tragedies.
D. Comedies of manners.

9.What happened to the system of literary patronage during this period?
A. Writers had to earn their living without a government pension.
B. Patronage expanded and writers were kept in riches.
C. Patronage diminished and writing and publishing stopped.
D. Writers became their own patrons and paid themselves from collective stores.

10.What two revolutions were instrumental in changing the social order and ideas of 18th century England?
A. Industrial and Glorious.
B. Industrial and Italian.
C. French and Italian.
D. Industrial and French.
E. Intellectual and Industrial.

Charles 1

Play the game, The Great Fire of London.


Answer these questions on pages 313-350 in The Story of Britain by Rebecca Fraser. Send them to me in an email with the subject header Zombie Hotsauce History Reading Period 9.