NWSA English II

Ms. Strahan's English II Class


October 2016

Table of Contents Updates












October 21 Warm-Up and Agenda for B3

October 21 Warm-Up and Agenda: *Scroll down for more information.*
Warm-Up: What would draw you to a rally or make you speak out in crowd? What issues or values would you defend at any cost? Why is each one important to you? Please explain. (1/2 page to full page.)
*Note= Do not worry if you did not finish your quiz last class. I will look over them and we will discuss them next class in preparation for your Unit 1 test on Thursday. (Your Unit 1 test will be testing you on The Gift of the Magi, The Most Dangerous Game, A Sound of Thunder, and The Rights to the Streets of Memphis [What you will read today].) Thus, Tuesday will be a review day and will be a day where we get your notebooks organized.*

Copy down these notes (These will start a new page in your notebook, after today’s warmup.): (Page 117) An autobiography is the story of a person’s life, written by that person. Writers of autobiographies generally use the same narrative techniques that are found in fiction. This makes the events they relate come to life for the reader. As you read, “The Rights to the Streets of Memphis.” Notice how Richard Wright employs these and other narrative techniques.
-describes the conflict he faced
-builds suspense as events reach a climax
-uses realistic dialogue to reveal events and personalities
Now read the portion under “Reading Skill: Identify Cause and Effect” on page 117. Copy the chart down in this section. You will need to fill it in as you read.
Ciauri, please read the information about the author on page 117 to the class.
Ibrahim, please read the “Background to the Selection” on page 117.
Maddie, please read pages 118 and 120 aloud.
Brianna, read pages 121 and 122.
*Remember to fill in your chart from page 117
ON YOUR OWN and ON A SEPARATE SHEET OF PAPER, ANSWER QUESTIONS 1-10 on page 123. You will need to turn this in at the end of class, no matter if you are done or not.

English II-Moral Dilemmas Activity

Moral Dilemmas

1. A madman who has threatened to explode several bombs in crowded areas has been apprehended. Unfortunately, he has already planted the bombs and they are scheduled to go off in a short time. It is possible that hundreds of people may die. The authorities cannot make him divulge the location of the bombs by conventional methods. He refuses to say anything and requests a lawyer to protect his fifth amendment right against self-incrimination. In exasperation, some high level official suggests torture. This would be illegal, of course, but the official thinks that it is nevertheless the right thing to do in this desperate situation. Do you agree?

2. A pregnant woman leading a group of people out of a cave on a coast is stuck in the mouth of that cave. In a short time high tide will be upon them, and unless she is unstuck, they will all be drowned except the woman, whose head is out of the cave. Fortunately, (or unfortunately,) someone has with him a stick of dynamite. There seems no way to get the pregnant woman loose without using the dynamite which will inevitably kill her; but if they do not use it everyone will drown. What should they do?

3. In Europe, a woman was near death from a special kind of cancer. There was one drug that the doctors thought might save her. It was a form of radium that a druggist in the same town had recently discovered. the drug was expensive to make, but the druggist was charging ten times what the drug cost him to make. He paid $400 for the radium and charged $4,000 for a small dose of the drug. The sick woman’s husband, Heinz, went to everyone he knew to borrow the money and tried every legal means, but he could only get together about $2,000, which is half of what it cost. He told the druggist that his wife was dying, and asked him to sell it cheaper or let him pay later. But the druggist said, “No, I discovered the drug and I’m going to make money from if.” So, having tried every legal means, Heinz gets desperate and considers breaking into the man’s store to steal the drug for his wife. Should he?

4. Joe is a fourteen-year-old boy who wanted to go to camp very much. His father promised him he could go if he saved up the money for it himself. So Joe worked hard at his paper route and saved up the forty dollars it cost to go to camp, and a little more besides. But just before camp was going to start, his father changed his mind. Some of his friends decided to go on a special fishing trip, and Joe’s father was short of the money it would cost. So he told Joe to give him the money he had saved from the paper route. Joe didn’t want to give up going to camp, so he thinks of refusing to give his father the money. Should he?

5. Three young men, brothers, had got into serious trouble. They were secretly leaving town in a hurry and needed money. Karl, the oldest one, broke into a store and stole a thousand dollars. Bob, the youngest one, went to a retired old man who was known to help people in town. He told the man that he was very sick and that he needed a thousand dollars to pay for an operation. Bob asked the old man to lend him the money and promised that he would pay him back when he recovered. Really Bob wasn’t sick at all, and he had no intention of paying the man back. Although the old man didn’t know Bob very well, he lent him the money. Which option should Tom, the middle brother, choose?

The Gift of the Magi Quiz-English I

“The Gift of the Magi” Multiple Choice Quiz
1. Della only has ______ to spend on a Christmas present for her husband.
a. $1.87 b. $2.37 c. $8.21 d. $12.54

2. “There was nothing to do but flop down on the shabby little couch and howl.” This quotation shows Della’s sense of __________.
a. responsibility b. anger c. grief d. helplessness

3. “There was nothing to do but flop down on the shabby little couch and howl.” Which word in this quoted sentence indicates the couple’s poverty?
a. nothing b. flop c. shabby d. howl

4. “Life is made up of sobs, sniffles and smiles …” is an example of ____.
a. simile b. personification c. alliteration d. onomatopoeia

5. When O. Henry describes the entrance to the apartment building, his depiction of the foyer further points out the couple’s destitution. “In the vestibule below was a letter box into which no letter would go, and an electric button from which no mortal finger could coax a ring.” The “electric button” is the doorbell that does not ring because ________.
a. they have no visitors b. it is broken c. it was never installed

6. Jim’s full name is “Mr. James Dillingham Young.” “The letters of ‘Dillingham’ looked blurred, as though they were thinking seriously of contracting to a modest and unassuming D.” This quote is an example of ____.
a. simile b. personification c. alliteration d. onomatopoeia

7. “Della finished her cry … and looked out dully at a gray cat walking a gray fence in a gray backyard.” The repetition of the word “gray” reinforces the _________ mood.
a. colorful b. holiday c. dreary d. boring

8. Jim’s gold watch, his finest possession, is a family heirloom, inherited from his _______.
a. father b. uncle c. godfather d. father-in-law

9. Della’s finest possession is her hair. “Had the Queen of Sheba lived in the flat across the airshaft, Della would have let her hair hang out the window … just to depreciate Her Majesty’s jewels and gifts.” This biblical reference alludes to a famous ancient Arabian monarch known for her wealth and beauty. The purpose of this comparison is to show how _____ Della’s hair is.
a. long b. magnificent c. shiny d. blond

10. O. Henry also includes a biblical reference concerning Jim’s watch. Jim’s gold watch is so exquisite even King _______ would “pluck at his beard in envy.”
a. Herod b. David c. Solomon d. Saul

11. Della looks into the “pier glass between the windows of the room. … [her] beautiful hair fell about her, rippling and shining like a cascade of brown waters.” This quotation contains an example of ______.
a. simile b. personification c. alliteration d. onomatopoeia

12. Della’s hair reaches her ________.
a. shoulders b. waist c. knees d. calves

13. Della decides to go to Madame Sofronie, the owner of a hair and wig shop. Della sells her hair for _____.
a. $10 b. $20 c. $50 d. $100

14. Della tells Madame Sofronie, “Give it to me quick,” because Della does not want to ________.
a. cry b. tell Jim c. waste time d. change her mind

15. After getting the money from selling her hair, Della looks for two hours to find the perfect Christmas gift for Jim, “a platinum fob chain simple and chaste in design, properly proclaiming its value by substance alone, and not by meretricious ornamentation.” The fob reminds Della of both Jim and his watch; the chain possesses “quietness and value;” its appeal and worth are proclaimed in its ________ and unadorned design.
a. intricate b. plain c. glossy d. expensive

16. Della wants a proper watch chain for Jim because his beautiful watch only has an old __________.
a. leather strap b. worn ribbon c. faded band d. broken buckle

17. In an attempt to minimize her hair cut, Della uses a curling iron. O. Henry uses a simile to describe the finished product. “Within forty minutes her head was covered with tiny, close-lying curls that made her look wonderfully like a __________.”
a. child’s doll b. scared porcupine c. truant schoolboy d. comical puppet

18. When Jim comes home from work, the description of his clothing also accentuates the young couple’s poverty; “He needed a new overcoat and he was without _______.”
a. a scarf b. boots c. gloves d. all of these

19. When Jim first sees Della with her hair short, he has an expression “she could not read. It was not anger, nor surprise, nor disapproval, nor horror …” This quotation is an example of ________.
a. repetition b. parallel structure c. metaphor d. symbolism

20. Jim finds it hard to believe Della has cut and sold her hair. Almost in shock, he asks about her hair cut more than once. Initially, Della thinks her husband does not like the way she looks without her long hair. To reassure him, she repeatedly says she’ll _________.
a. buy a wig b. wear a scarf c. grow it out again d. all of these

21. When Della opens her present, she understands Jim’s reaction to her haircut. Jim has bought the expensive set of ______ of “pure tortoise shell, with jeweled rims” she has admired and wanted for quite some time.
a. headbands b. combs c. hair pins d. all of these

22. After Della opens her present, she gives Jim the watch chain and wants him to put his watch on it right away. Instead he sits down on the couch and smiles. He then tells her he sold his watch to buy her present. O. Henry describes his story as “the uneventful chronicle of two foolish children who most unwisely sacrificed for each other [their] greatest treasures.” Then he states, “Of all who give gifts these two were the wisest.” This apparent contradiction reflects the Magi, the Wise Men, who brought gifts of great _______ to the Baby Jesus.
a. value b. appeal c. wisdom d. usefulness

23. Jim and Della’s dinner, _______, could possibly be a pun on her haircut.
a. soup b. porridge c. mash d. chops

24. O. Henry’s biblical allusion to the Magi elevates a poor couple’s dilemma about buying Christmas gifts for each other to the level of the New Testament story of the Wise Men. This short story is about two young lovers who sacrifice their most prized possessions; it is a classic example of ________.
a. irony b. understatement c. flashback d. juxtapositioning

25. The theme of this story is that Jim and Della’s love for each other is much more valuable than any _______.
a. material gift b. expensive dinner c. person’s opinion d. verbal expressions of love

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