4/1 – Twain and Raisin in the Sun

H. English 3: 1st block:
Vocab 5
Read “Advice to Youth”
Question on reading

Vocabulary WordPart of SpeechDefinitionSynonymAntonymSentence
Anecdotena short and amusing or interesting story about a real incident or personTale, short story, accountNovelGood speakers often use anecdotes in their speeches to engage listeners.
Characteristic adjtypical of a particular person, place, or thingDistinctive, innate, uniqueCommon, atypical, irregularOne characteristic of North Carolina is the red clay in the ground.
Composev1. write or create* 2. constitute, make up Construct, formulate, deviseDestroy, ruinStan Lee composed some of the best superheroes ever!
Criticaladj1. expressing or involving an analysis of the merits and faults of a work of literature, music, or art* 2. involving the objective analysis and evaluation of an issue in order to form a judgment* 3. expressing adverse or disapproving comments or judgments Analytical, discerning, interpretative Cursory, superficial, perfunctoryMy friends become annoyed when they watch a movie with me, and I am critical of the errors in the movie.
Emergevbecome apparent, important, or prominent Appear, arise, materializeSubmerge, fade, recedeI wonder who will emerge to be the Valedictorian of the school this year.
Glaring adjextremely obvious or conspicuous Flagrant, blatant, conspicuousUnnoticeable, obscure, covertThe bright yellow Volkswagon bug was glaring in the midst of all of the other cars in the parking lot.
Immersevinvolve oneself deeply in a particular activity or interest* [or] dip or submerge in a liquidEngulf, inundate, soakReject, neglect, dryEvery summer I immerse myself in good books, the beach, and the sun.
JustifyV1. show or prove to be right or reasonable* 2. be a good reason forExcuse, vindicate, exonerateBlame, accuse, abrogateLaura justified her presence at her friend’s house by saying they were studying together.
Obsoleteadjno longer used because something newer exists : replaced by something newerDated, antiquated, outmodedModern, contemporary, advancedI have six obsolete cell phones in my junk drawer.
Potentadjhaving great power, influence, or effect Powerful, vigorous, efficaciousWeak, ineffectual, unproductiveChocolate is a potent weapon against sadness.
Relevantadjclosely connected or appropriate to the matter at hand (antonym: irrelevant)Germane, pertinent, aproposIrrelevant, immaterial, irrelativeWhat you were doing is very relevant to whether or not you are grounded!
Unrealizedadjnot made real or actual; not resulting in accomplishment, as a task or aimUnfulfilled, unsuccessful, futileSuccessful, triumphant, thrivingIf you never try, your dreams will always be unrealized.

English 3: 2nd and 4th blocks:
Vocab 5
Raisin in the Sun movie

The Awakening

What figurative language does Chopin use to describe the sea in Chapter 6 of The Awakening, and what is the effect of this description?

What is the significance of the memory Edna Pontellier shares with Madame Ratignolle in Chapter 7 of The Awakening?

How is the trip to the Cheniere in Chapter 12 a metaphor for Edna Pontellier’s life journey in The Awakening?

How does this novel frame the notions of freedom and responsibility?

Maggie, Girl of the Streets

How does Crane use imagery to set the tone for the novel?

What kinds of color symbolism are apparent in Maggie?

What role does religion play in this novella? How do the various characters use religious language and approach religious themes?

Focus mainly on how Crane expects his readers to respond to the characters and their lives. For example, did Maggie have real choices or was she forced into prostitution? Did any of the characters have choices?  Is this book Realism or Naturalism? Where do we see the same debate in Modern society?

What part do social forces affect the outcome of the characters’ lives?

Huck Finn

Discuss Twain’s attitude toward religion in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn using specific examples from the book.

Discuss the development of Jim’s character during the course of the novel. How do the reader’s perceptions of him change as Huck’s perceptions change?

Ernest Hemingway said, “All modern American literature comes from one book by Mark Twain called Huck Finn.” Explain what Hemingway meant by this statement including a discussion of the novel, its characters, settings, conflicts, etc. as a turning point in American literature. What sets it apart from earlier authors and their works?

Three types of irony found in literature are verbal, situational and dramatic. Discuss examples of irony found throughout The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. What is Twain’s purpose in using irony in the story?

Discuss the role the following ideas play in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: 1) the Mississippi River as a symbol and plot device and (2) superstition as an element of foreshadowing.

Mysterious Stranger

  1. What is Moral Sense?  How does Satan turn upside down the boys’ arguments on the need for morality? How does Twain make you think or rethink morality? Is evil a construct of limited understanding or an unfair burden on morality?
  • How does The Mysterious Stranger explore Darwin’s theory of survival of the fittest?  Is there a sense of survival or evolution in the novel or is there a sense of stagnancy.
  • How does Twain explore the concepts of Naturalism and/or Realism in this novella? How would you classify the story as one or the other?
  • How does Twain use parody and comedy in juxtaposition with darker images to create mood or illustrate a theme ?