• English IV-5th Block: Due 3-27-20 9p

    Posted by Susan Graben on 3/20/2020 2:30:00 PM

    5th Block: RECOMMENDATION SENIORS--YOU CAN CREATE A WORD DOC FOR EACH AND SUBMIT DAILY DURING THE WEEK

    Please use each of the Vocabulary words and its definitions to respond to each of the assignments in this Lesson. Please pay close attending to the closing time frame.

    Lesson One - Word List. This is a Daily grade

    DIRECTIONS:  YOU WILL USE VOCABULARY BELOW TO DEMONSTRATE UNDERSTANDING OF ITS MEANING.  MY EXPECTATION IS THAT ON THE LAST EXERCISE BELOW YOU WILL RESPOND IN YOUR OWN WORDS.  THANK YOU, MRS. G.

     

    1. acolyte(noun) - A person who assists in some religious services by carrying out minor duties; one who attends or assists, a follower.

     

    1. bibulous (adjective) - Given to the consumption of alcoholic drinks; highly absorbent.

     

    1. coalesce(verb) - To grow together; to unite to form a whole.

     

    1. covert(adjective) - Not openly acknowledged; secret.

     

    1. declaim(verb) - To recite something in the style of a public speech; to speak in a loud, theatrical way.

     

    1. delineate(verb) - To describe vividly and in detail; to draw an outline of; to represent by drawing.

     

    1. demagogue(noun) - A leader who seeks power by appealing to people’s emotions and prejudices and by making false claims and promises.

     

    1. encomium(noun) - An expression of warm and enthusiastic praise; a tribute.

     

    1. obdurate(adjective) - Resistant to persuasion; inflexible; persistent in wrongdoing.

     

    1. prescience (noun) - Foresight; knowledge beforehand of events.

     

    1. protagonist(noun) - The chief character in a drama or story.

     

    1. sedulous(adjective) - Completed with careful perseverance; diligent.

     

    1. trenchant (adjective) - Expressed with vigor and penetrating insight; keenly perceptive.

     

    1. utopia (noun) - A place or state of perfect social and political conditions.

     

    1. valedictory(noun) - A farewell address, especially one given at a graduation ceremony.

     

    Lesson One - Using Words

     

    Directions: If the word (or a form of the word) in bold fits in a sentence in the group following it, put the word in the blank space. If the word does not fit the sentence, leave the space empty. There may be more than one correct answer.

    declaim

    1. Pam said she would ___________ the reward because she did not really need the money.
    2. Sultan loves to __________ his views on educational reform to anyone who will listen.
    3. "I didn't quite catch what you said, so would you please ___________ it?"

     

    obdurate

    1. In winter, heavy frosts make the soccer field too________ to play on.
    2. Kumiko begged her parents to change their minds, but they were _________.
    3. Pulling out weeds was such __________ work that we soon quit.

    valedictory

    1. This brief note was Professor Higg's _________ to her colleagues.
    2. It is customary for presidents to give a ___________ speech upon leaving office.
    3. The cast members presented a Miro print as a ________ to the director.

    bibulous

    1. No ________ drinks will be served to those who are under twenty-one.
    2. The office holiday party is no longer the ________ affair it once was.
    3. Some people believe that drinking one glass of wine a day can be a healthful and ___________ act.

    protagonist

    1. Macbeth is the ________ of Shakespeare's tragedy of that name.
    2. England was France's __________ in the Hundred Years' War (1337-1453).
    3. Every ___________ in the 100-meter dash was given a chance of winning.

    coalesce

    1. The two automobiles _________ during the accident.
    2. The political parties looked for a leader around whom they could _________.
    3. Water molecules begin to ___________ when the temperature drops to 0 degrees centigrade.

    prescience

    1. Dario's decision to take the earlier train suggested _______ when he learned that the later train had derailed.
    2. Farmers frequently show great ________ regarding the weather.
    3. With the completed project due in two days, the designers felt a great amount of _________ .

    sedulous

    1. She gave a ________ grin when I discovered her prank.
    2. The work in the midday sun is extremely _________, but you will be paid well for your efforts.
    3. After the blizzard, the snow removal crews were _________ in their efforts to clear the streets.

     

     

    Lesson One - Word Study

    Directions: Each group of words contains two words that are either synonyms or antonyms. Circle the words, or put an ‘X’ by them. Then, circle synonym if they are synonyms and circle antonym if they are antonyms (or put an ‘X’).

     

    For example:            X secret              obdurate        silent              X covert           X synonyms       antonyms

     

    1. secret obdurate                    silent                           covert             synonyms       antonyms

     

    1. flexible        obdurate          prescient                    honest             synonyms       antonyms

     

    1. bully          protagonist                follower                      acolyte                        synonyms       antonyms

               

    1. utopian                  enormous                   vague                  trenchant       synonyms       antonyms

     

    1. alert                        bibulous                    temperate                  sedulous synonyms       antonyms

     

    1. coalesce                 delineate                    soften                    scatter            synonyms       antonyms

     

    1. demagogue encomium protagonist                tribute            synonyms       antonyms

     

    1. relevant                 sedulous                    utopian                diligent synonyms       antonyms

     

    1. prescience             hindsight                   valedictory                defeat synonyms antonyms

     

    1. delineate            declaim                      declare                      desire              synonyms       antonyms

     

     

    Lesson One - Images of Words

    Directions: Put an ‘X’ by each sentence that suggests the meaning of the vocabulary word. In each group, there may be more than one answer or none at all.

     

    1. demagoguery
    2. The man claimed to be a doctor, but actually he knew little about medicine.
    3. The speaker argued that improving government-sponsored health-care benefits to older citizens would cost too much.
    4. Making subtle appeals to racial prejudice in order to get votes is shameful.

     

    1. covert
    2. The overthrow of the Bokhari government took most people by surprise.
    3. Though they try to hide it, it's obvious that Terry and Marcel are in love.
    4. The agents were disappointed when their sting to catch the smugglers failed.

     

    1. acolyte
    2. The tree was just four feet high when we planted it.
    3. Although the neurosurgeon performed the crucial procedures, the resident helped throughout the operation with the routine ones.
    4. The apprentice watched as the mason began constructing the curved wall.

     

    1. delineate
    2. With a few quick pencil strokes, Roz captured Sean's bemused expression.
    3. Roberta repeated that she had been home since eight o'clock and knew nothing about the theft.
    4. Charles Dicken's ability to portray characters vividly is widely acknowledged.

     

    1. encomium
    2. "They didn't give me enough time to do the job properly."
    3. "Be careful! Look where you're going!"
    4. This humidifier has received the highest ratings from an independent testing center.

     

    1. valediction
    2. "Everything I am I owe to my angel mother" is one of Abraham Lincoln's better-known quotes on his personal life.
    3. "A plague on both your houses!" cried Mercutio.
    4. "Pisa Pizza has the best calzones in town."

     

    1. utopian
    2. My grandparents came to this country seeking a new life.
    3. Our group is monitoring the water quality in the bay.
    4. One day, poverty, crime, and disease will be banished from the earth.

     

    1. protagonist
    2. Willy Loman confronts a variety of trying situations throughout the play.
    3. Audrey Hepburn played the leading role in the Broadway musical My Fair Lady.
    4. Former President Jimmy Carter won the 2002 Nobel Peace Prize.

     

    1. trenchant
    2. The soldiers positioned themselves in a way that prevented a surprise attack.
    3. Caroline did not think much of Stephen King's latest book.
    4. "The negotiator's comment cut right to the heart of the matter in the dispute between management and labor."

     

    1. prescience
    2. "I think I'm going to be ill," Helen murmured.
    3. Harry felt certain the car would break down as soon as the warranty expired.
    4. The next full moon will be on the ninth of October.

    Invisible Man

     

    During the summer of 1945, Ralph Ellison lived on a friend’s farm in Vermont, recuperating from a stress-related illness, a result of his wartime service in the Merchant Marine. He hoped to use the time to write. Even though he was little known as an author, he had written essays about literature for years. One day as he sat at his typewriter, he pecked out the words, “I am an invisible man.”

    At first, he was unsure what the sentence meant, but as he pondered it, a number of ideas relating to his identity as an African American began to coalesce for him. Although at the time he was unaware of the impact his book would have, he had begun writing one of the most significant novels of the twentieth century. It took him seven years. When the work was published in 1952 as Invisible Man, the encomiumsthat greeted it (including the National Book Award for fiction in 1953) ensured its instant status as a classic American novel. It has held this position ever since. One frequently mentioned feature of the book is the use Ellison makes of the richness and diversity of African American speech and experience. Another feature often noted is the prescience of the book. Many of the events delineatedin the novel have parallels in the Civil Rights and Black Power Movements that erupted in the United States within a few years of its publication.

    The protagonistof Invisible Manis an unnamed African American. He is invisible as an individual because white Americans, blinded by racial stereotypes, see only the color of his skin. The novel begins with his graduation from a high school in the South. He has been asked to give the valedictoryaddress. Later he is invited to present his speech before a gathering of the town’s leading white male citizens and to receive a scholarship from them. This turns out to be a bibulousoccasion, at which the entertainment is a fight pitting Invisible Man and his classmates against each other. His speech is almost forgotten. Bruised and bloodied from the fight, Invisible Mandeclaimshis speech. Still dazed from the melee, however, he uses the words “social equality” in place of “social responsibility.” One of the men in the audience angrily challenges him, informing him: “We mean to do right by you, but you’ve got to know your place at all times.” The rest of the novel concerns Invisible Man’s attempts to “find his place,” and it is emphatically not the place to which white Americans had consigned him.

    Dropped from the college he attended because he has unwittingly embarrassed the president of the school, Invisible Man travels north to New York to look for work. After a series of jobs, he becomes an acolyteof Brother Jack, the leader of the Brotherhood, a group that hopes to further their goals of social change by using the discontent of African Americans over discrimination. Modeled in part on the Communist Party, which sought a covertalliance with African Americans for its own political ends, the Brotherhood offers a utopianvision of equality. However, Invisible Man gradually understands that he and other black members are being used by the organization.

    The demagogueryof Ras the Exhorter, leader of a black separatist group, offers as little hope for change to African Americans as the false promises of the Brotherhood do. In the midst of a violent riot, spawned in part by the Brotherhood and taken up by Ras and his followers, Invisible Man takes shelter inside an underground coal cellar from which vantage point he tells his story. In the closing passage of the novel, he announces, “I’m shaking off the old skin and I’ll leave it here in the hole. I’m coming out, no less invisible without it, but coming out, nevertheless. And I suppose it’s damn well time.”

    In the years that followed, Ellison’s trenchantcritique of race relations in America was not well received by militant African American leaders, who viewed him as an apologist for white America. But Ellison was obduratein his insistence that literature was now propaganda for particular causes. In one of his essays he states, “I had to accept the fact that if I tried to adapt to their point of view, I would not only be dishonest but would violate disastrously that sense of complexity, historical and cultural, political and personal, out of which it is my fate and privilege to write.”

    For the next forty years, Ellison worked sedulouslyon a second novel. When he died April 1994, it was still unfinished and consisted of some fifteen hundred manuscript pages kept in no particular order in several cardboard boxes. Ellison’s widow invited his longtime friend John Callahan, a professor of literature, to shape this material into a novel. The resulting 368-page work, title Juneteenth, was published in 1999 to mixed reviews.Invisible Manhad set an extraordinarily high standard that the second book, in the view of some critics, failed to match. Ellison once said, “I would rather write one good book than five bad ones.” In the end that is perhaps what he did.

    Lesson One - Passage - Invisible Man

     

    Directions: Answer each question in a complete sentence. If a question does not contain a word from the lesson, use one in your answer. Use each word only once.

     

    1. Why would it be inaccurate to say that Ellison presents a utopianview of African American life in Invisible Man?

     

    1. Why is it unusual for a protagonistto have no name?

     

    1. Why can we assume that the gathering of white citizens grew more raucous as the evening progressed?

     

    1. What effect did the sentence "I am an invisible man" have on Ralph Ellison?

     

    1. What kind of work do you think Invisible Man did for Brother Jack?

     

    1. What details in the story suggest that Ras probably declaimedhis ideas to those who would listen?

     

    1. Why would the prescienceof the ideas in the book not have been apparent on publication?

     

    1. What details suggest the Invisible Man was sedulousin his studies?

     

    1. How does the passage indicate that Ellison's response to his critics was not covert?

     

    1. How do you know that Invisible Man was obduratein refusing to take the place that white society had assigned him?

     

    1. In what ways was the reception of Juneteenthdifferent from that of Invisible Man?

    Week 2-Test Grade-Due 3-31-20 Must be submitted on Canvas.  Also, please do not borrow from any other resource, unless you properly document the quotes: example-(author, p. 12) or (article name, p.2).

     
     

    Invisible Man Autobiographical Essay  Test grade (60% grade) 

    InvisibleMan.Doc

     

     

    “I am an invisible man. No, I am not a spook like those who haunted Edgar Allen Poe; nor am I one of your Hollywood-movie ectoplasms. I am a man of substance, flesh and bone, fiber and liquids — and I might even be said to possess a mind. I am invisible, understand, simply because people refuse to see me. Like the bodiless heads you see sometimes in circus sideshows, it is as though I have been surrounded by mirrors of hard, distorting glass. When they approach me they see only my surroundings, themselves, or figments of their imagination — indeed, everything and anything except me.” ~Ralph Ellison

     

    An autobiographical essay focuses on you and your personal experience in a certain situation. Just like Ralph Ellison, we have all felt “invisible” at some point in our lives.

     

    Directions: Re-read the passage from Lesson One - Invisible Man, which is attached above. Then, write an essay on the following topic: When and how in your life have you felt “invisible”?  Remember introductory paragraphs are general in nature about your topic: What it feels (or might feel) like to be nonexistent or invisible to other people.

     

    Answer the following questions in your writing:

    1. Why did you feel this way?
    2. Who were you invisible to?
    3. What strategies did you use to handle the situation?
    4. Were these strategies successful or not?
    5. Do you think feeling invisible is a common experience?

     

    Other criteria:

    Must be five paragraphs

    Have a thesis statement

    Must be MLA formatted

    Typed in Times New Roman, 12-font

    Must be double-spaced

    Must have 1-inch margins on all sides

    Must have proper indentations for each paragraph

    Must have a heading that includes your name, my name, subject, and date*See document attached above

    Must have a header with last name and page number

    Must be free of contractions

     

     

     

     

     

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  • 7th Block

    Posted by Susan Graben on 3/20/2020 2:30:00 PM

    Week 1: 3-23-20 thru 3-27-20

     Due:  3-27-20 9pm

    1.  Read the document below to obtain an understanding of the political atmosphere during Julius Caesar's time.

    Shakespeare's Rome.docxPreview the document

    Read Act 1 and Answer the Literary Element Questions below:

     

    Cliff Notes-Julius Caesar

    https://www.bighorn1.com/view/3868.pdf 

    The Tragedy of Julius Caesar: Act I Audiobook 

    Directions: The first link is the cast of characters. The 2nd link is the "No Fear Shakespeare" text of the play.  The 3rd link is the Audiobook of ACT 1, which is in Elizabethan English.

    The right hand side of the text is the one that is in "everyday" language, the text on the left is in Elizabethan English.  Read the text on the right. Please read the cast of characters and refer back to it as you read.

    2. Assignment:  Literary Elements

    A.Pun-a play on words that sound alike but have more than one possible spelling or meaning.  Find a pun in ACT 1 and explain its different meanings.

    B.Foreshadowingmeans clues or suggestions about later events in a plot.  Give two (2)  examples of foreshadowing do you find in ACT I.

    C. A Simile is a comparison of two unlike things using 'like' or 'as.' Find a simile in this act.  Explain how is strengthens the description of the person, place, or thing it is being compared with.

    D. Conflict-refers to struggle between opposing forces.  Identify an internal struggle-a struggle faced by an individual internally, where the person questions life or circumstances, which causes him or her to think deeply about the situation.  Identify an external struggle-a struggle that an individual faces from another person or outward circumstances with nature or society. Explain each conflict and what the possible income might be.

     Week 2 - 3-30-20 thru 04-02-20

    Lesson One - Word List: Due: April 1, 2020 9p

     

    DIRECTIONS:  YOU WILL USE VOCABULARY BELOW TO DEMONSTRATE UNDERSTANDING OF ITS MEANING.  MY EXPECTATION IS THAT ON THE LAST EXERCISE BELOW YOU WILL RESPOND IN YOUR OWN WORDS.  THANK YOU, MRS. G.

     

    1. acolyte(noun) - A person who assists in some religious services by carrying out minor duties; one who attends or assists, a follower.

    2. bibulous (adjective) - Given to the consumption of alcoholic drinks; highly absorbent.

    3. coalesce(verb) - To grow together; to unite to form a whole.

    4. covert(adjective) - Not openly acknowledged; secret.

    5. declaim(verb) - To recite something in the style of a public speech; to speak in a loud, theatrical way.

    6. delineate(verb) - To describe vividly and in detail; to draw an outline of; to represent by drawing.

    7. demagogue(noun) - A leader who seeks power by appealing to people’s emotions and prejudices and by making false claims and promises.

    8. encomium(noun) - An expression of warm and enthusiastic praise; a tribute.

    9. obdurate(adjective) - Resistant to persuasion; inflexible; persistent in wrongdoing.

    10. prescience (noun) - Foresight; knowledge beforehand of events.

    11. protagonist(noun) - The chief character in a drama or story.

    12. sedulous(adjective) - Completed with careful perseverance; diligent.

    13. trenchant (adjective) - Expressed with vigor and penetrating insight; keenly perceptive.

    14. utopia (noun) - A place or state of perfect social and political conditions.

    15. valedictory(noun) - A farewell address, especially one given at a graduation ceremony.

      

    Lesson One - Using Words

     

    Directions: If the word (or a form of the word) in bold fits in a sentence in the group following it, put the word in the blank space. If the word does not fit the sentence, leave the space empty. There may be more than one correct answer.

     

    declaim

    1. Pam said she would ___________ the reward because she did not really need the money.
    2. Sultan loves to __________ his views on educational reform to anyone who will listen.
    3. "I didn't quite catch what you said, so would you please ___________ it?"

     

    obdurate

    1. In winter, heavy frosts make the soccer field too________ to play on.
    2. Kumiko begged her parents to change their minds, but they were _________.
    3. Pulling out weeds was such __________ work that we soon quit.

     

    valedictory

    1. This brief note was Professor Higg's _________ to her colleagues.
    2. It is customary for presidents to give a ___________ speech upon leaving office.
    3. The cast members presented a Miro print as a ________ to the director.

     

    bibulous

    1. No ________ drinks will be served to those who are under twenty-one.
    2. The office holiday party is no longer the ________ affair it once was.
    3. Some people believe that drinking one glass of wine a day can be a healthful and ___________ act.

     

    protagonist

    1. Macbeth is the ________ of Shakespeare's tragedy of that name.
    2. England was France's __________ in the Hundred Years' War (1337-1453).
    3. Every ___________ in the 100-meter dash was given a chance of winning.

     

    coalesce

    1. The two automobiles _________ during the accident.
    2. The political parties looked for a leader around whom they could _________.
    3. Water molecules begin to ___________ when the temperature drops to 0 degrees centigrade.

     

    prescience

    1. Dario's decision to take the earlier train suggested _______ when he learned that the later train had derailed.
    2. Farmers frequently show great ________ regarding the weather.
    3. With the completed project due in two days, the designers felt a great amount of _________ .

     

    sedulous

    1. She gave a ________ grin when I discovered her prank.
    2. The work in the midday sun is extremely _________, but you will be paid well for your efforts.
    3. After the blizzard, the snow removal crews were _________ in their efforts to clear the streets.

    Lesson One - Images of Words

    Directions: Put an ‘X’ by each sentence that suggests the meaning of the vocabulary word. In each group, there may be more than one answer or none at all.

     

    1. demagoguery
    1. The man claimed to be a doctor, but actually he knew little about medicine.
    2. The speaker argued that improving government-sponsored health-care benefits to older citizens would cost too much.
    3. Making subtle appeals to racial prejudice in order to get votes is shameful. 
    1. covert
    1. The overthrow of the Bokhari government took most people by surprise.
    2. Though they try to hide it, it's obvious that Terry and Marcel are in love.
    3. The agents were disappointed when their sting to catch the smugglers failed.
    1. acolyte
    1. The tree was just four feet high when we planted it.
    2. Although the neurosurgeon performed the crucial procedures, the resident helped throughout the operation with the routine ones.
    3. The apprentice watched as the mason began constructing the curved wall.
    4.  
    1. delineate
    1. With a few quick pencil strokes, Roz captured Sean's bemused expression.
    2. Roberta repeated that she had been home since eight o'clock and knew nothing about the theft.
    3. Charles Dicken's ability to portray characters vividly is widely acknowledged.
    1. encomium
    1. "They didn't give me enough time to do the job properly."
    2. "Be careful! Look where you're going!"
    3. This humidifier has received the highest ratings from an independent testing center.
    1. valediction
    1. "Everything I am I owe to my angel mother" is one of Abraham Lincoln's better-known quotes on his personal life.
    2. "A plague on both your houses!" cried Mercutio.
    3. "Pisa Pizza has the best calzones in town." 
    1. utopian
    1. My grandparents came to this country seeking a new life.
    2. Our group is monitoring the water quality in the bay.
    3. One day, poverty, crime, and disease will be banished from the earth.
    4.  
    1. protagonist
    2. Former President Jimmy Carter won the 2002 Nobel Peace Prize.

     

    1. trenchant
    1. The soldiers positioned themselves in a way that prevented a surprise attack.
    2. Caroline did not think much of Stephen King's latest book.
    3. "The negotiator's comment cut right to the heart of the matter in the dispute between management and labor."
    1. prescience
    1. "I think I'm going to be ill," Helen murmured.
    2. Harry felt certain the car would break down as soon as the warranty expired.
    3. The next full moon will be on the ninth of October. 

     

     

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  • 1st and 3rd Blocks Only

    Posted by Susan Graben on 3/20/2020 2:30:00 PM

    Week 1: 3-23-20 thru 3-27-20

    1st, 3rd Blocks and 7th Blocks.  Due:  3-27-20 9pm

    1.  Read the document below to obtain an understanding of the political atmosphere during Julius Caesar's time.

    Shakespeare's Rome.docxPreview the document

    Read Act 1 and Answer the Literary Element Questions below:

     

    https://www.sparknotes.com/shakespeare/juliuscaesar/characters/

    https://www.bighorn1.com/view/3868.pdf 

    The Tragedy of Julius Caesar: Act I Audiobook 

    Directions: The first link is the cast of characters. The 2nd link is the "No Fear Shakespeare" text of the play.  The 3rd link is the Audiobook of ACT 1, which is in Elizabethan English.

    The right hand side of the text is the one that is in "everyday" language, the text on the left is in Elizabethan English.  Read the text on the right. Please read the cast of characters and refer back to it as you read.

    2. Assignment:  Literary Elements

    A.Pun-a play on words that sound alike but have more than one possible spelling or meaning.  Find a pun in ACT 1 and explain its different meanings.

    B.Foreshadowingmeans clues or suggestions about later events in a plot.  Give two (2)  examples of foreshadowing do you find in ACT I.

    C. A Simile is a comparison of two unlike things using 'like' or 'as.' Find a simile in this act.  Explain how is strengthens the description of the person, place, or thing it is being compared with.

    D. Conflict-refers to struggle between opposing forces.  Identify an internal struggle-a struggle faced by an individual internally, where the person questions life or circumstances, which causes him or her to think deeply about the situation.  Identify an external struggle-a struggle that an individual faces from another person or outward circumstances with nature or society. Explain each conflict and what the possible income might be.

     

    Julius Caesar: Act II Reading and Study Guide: Due 4-1-2020 9pm

    I. VOCABULARY: Be able to define the following words and understand them when they appear in
    The play.  Write a sentence for each of the two vocabulary words below demonstrating understanding.

    Taper- candle

    tyranny (tr-n)- a government in which a single ruler is vested with absolute power.


    II. LITERARY TERMS: Find an example of each of the items below from the play. Be able to define each term and apply each term to the play in a test later on.

    A.) anachronism(-nkr-nzm)- Something or someone that is out of its proper or chronological order
    Example: a sword in modern warfare

    B.) complication- A confused or intricate relationship of parts

    C.) personification- Artistic representation of an abstract quality or idea that is given human qualities. Example: the flowers dance in the breeze

    Irony: The use of words to express something different from and often opposite to their literal meaning

    D.) dramatic irony- an audience's awareness of the situation, when the other characters are not aware

    E.) situational irony An outcome that turns out to be very different from what was expected

    F.)  verbal irony: What is said is the opposite of what is meant

    G.) aside- The part of an actor’s lines supposedly not heard by others on the stage it intended only for the audiences

    example: the main character steps aside and talks to the audiences

     
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  • 4th and 8th Blocks

    Posted by Susan Graben on 3/20/2020 2:00:00 PM

    Directions:  Listen to the Audio of the Tragedy of Julius Caesar and/or read the text Pdf above (ACT II).  Also, the 1st link is a complete list of characters that you can refer to as you read/listen to Julius Caesar.

    1.  Literary Elements

         A.  Solilquy-a speech that reveals the innermost thoughts and feelings of the character who speaks it.  The speech is for the benefit of the audience, not the other characters.  In Act II, Scene 1, lines 10-34, Brutus states his doubts about attacking Caesar.  What does Brutus consider good reasons for killing Caesar?  

         B. Irony-refers to the contrast between what appears to be and what actually is real.  In Scene 1, Decius says, "But when I tell Caesar, he hates flatterers/He says he does, being then most flattered." Explain the irony.

        C. Character motivations-When scolding Brutus, what is Portia's (his wife) motivation? List the many clues that Shakespeare provides in Act II, Scene 1 for your answer?

        D.  Theme-central or ongoing topic, idea, or concerns in the text.  The theme of sickness runs throughout ACT II.  Name some of the ways in which this idea is shown.  What point do you think Shakespeare makes by continually referring to this theme?

     

    Week 2: Due 4-3-20 9p

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    Reading Comprehension Questions:

    Act II, Scene I

    1. How does Brutus feel toward Caesar personally?
    2. What does Brutus fear would happen after Caesar was crowned? 3. What is the message of the letter?
    4. Is this the first letter Brutus has received?
    5. What is the date?

    1. How has Brutus felt since he first spoke with Cassius?

    2. What does Brutus think about the fact that the conspirators are hiding their faces in

      their coats?

    3. Who are the conspirators?

    4. What is Brutus' reasoning for refusing to swear an oath?

    5. Who does Cassius want to kill?

    6. How does Brutus respond to Cassius’ suggestion?

    7. Why might Decius Brutus need to persuade Caesar to come to the Capitol?

    8. Why is Portia upset with Brutus?

    9. Who comes to see Brutus at the end of the scene?

    Act II, Scene 2

    1. What happens in Calpurnia’s dreams?

    2. Why does Calpurnia tell Caesar he must stay home?

    3. What is Caesar’s initial reaction to Calpurnia’s fears?

    4. What exactly did Calpurnia dream?

    5. How does Decius Brutus interpret the dream for Caesar?

    6. How does the scene end?  Why is this important?

    Act II, Scene 3

    1. What does Artemidorus want to tell Caesar?

    Act II, Scene 4

    1. What does Portia instruct Lucius to do?

    2. What type of message does the Soothsayer have for Caesar?

     




     
     
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