NWSA English II

Ms. Strahan's English II Class


February 2017

America by Claude McKay

Read, annotate, and write an analysis at the end. You must copy poem. It is also featured on my website.

By Claude McKay
Although she feeds me bread of bitterness,
And sinks into my throat her tiger’s tooth,
Stealing my breath of life, I will confess
I love this cultured hell that tests my youth.
Her vigor flows like tides into my blood,
Giving me strength erect against her hate,
Her bigness sweeps my being like a flood.
Yet, as a rebel fronts a king in state,
I stand within her walls with not a shred
Of terror, malice, not a word of jeer.
Darkly I gaze into the days ahead,
And see her might and granite wonders there,
Beneath the touch of Time’s unerring hand,
Like priceless treasures sinking in the sand.


Dream Variations Langston Hughes

Dream Variations
Langston Hughes, 1902 – 1967
Use your literary terminology to help you analyze this poem.

To fling my arms wide
In some place of the sun,
To whirl and to dance
Till the white day is done.
Then rest at cool evening
Beneath a tall tree
While night comes on gently,
Dark like me—
That is my dream!

To fling my arms wide
In the face of the sun,
Dance! Whirl! Whirl!
Till the quick day is done.
Rest at pale evening . . .
A tall, slim tree . . .
Night coming tenderly
Black like me.

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“The Machine Stops” questions

Just in case you can’t access the Word file:

Name ____________________________
“The Machine Stops” by E. M. Forster Date: ____________________________


As you are reading, pay attention to any dystopian characteristics you see:

Dystopia definition: A futuristic, imagined universe in which oppressive societal control and the illusion of a perfect society are maintained through corporate, bureaucratic, technological, moral, or totalitarian control. Dystopias, through an exaggerated worst-case scenario, make a criticism about a current trend, societal norm, or political system.

Characteristics of a Dystopian Society
• Propaganda is used to control the citizens of society.
• Information, independent thought, and freedom are restricted.
• A figurehead or concept is worshipped by the citizens of the society.
• Citizens are perceived to be under constant surveillance.
• Citizens have a fear of the outside world.
• Citizens live in a dehumanized state.
• The natural world is banished and distrusted.
• Citizens conform to uniform expectations. Individuality and dissent are bad.
• The society is an illusion of a perfect utopian world.

Part I
1. What does Vashti look like? Write one quotation that supports your answer.

2. Describe Vashti’s connections with others. (What has enabled Vashti to be accessible to other people?)

3. Describe the relationship between Vashti and Kuno. Give at least two quotations to support your answer.

4. What does the Book of the Machine say about “parenting responsibilities”? Does Vashti feel responsible for Kuno? Find a quotation to support your answer.

5. What is Vashti’s reaction to Kuno’s desire to walk on the surface of the earth?

6. Why does Vashti decide to visit Kuno? Describe the ordeal that this presents for her.

7. After talking to Kuno, “For a moment, Vashti felt lonely.” What comforts her?

8. What does the word “ideas” mean in the story? How do Kuno and Vashti differ on this?

9. Does religion of any sort exist in this mechanical society? Support your answer.

10. What are three things that Vashti dislikes about the air ship? What does this reveal about her and her society?

11. At the end of section one, what is the irony in Vashti’s statement, “No ideas here,” when she views Greece from the air ship?
Parts II and III
1. Describe and define “homelessness” in the Vashti and Kuno’s society.

2. What is Vashti’s comment about “worshipping” the machine? Using her reaction, what can you infer about how Vashti’s society feels about religion?

3. How does this society view physical strength? Why?

4. List Kuno’s discoveries he made while on the platforms.

5. Trace the symptoms of the Machine’s destruction from the beginning of Part III until the end of the story.

6. What does Kuno believe the future holds at the end of the story?

“The Machine Stops” by E.M. Forster

English I Feb 13th Assignment

Hello all,

Unfortunately I will not be in class today. Please continue your reading (on your own) through Chapter 15 in To Kill a Mockingbird. If you use one of my books, please return it to the counter from which you took it. After you are done please answer these chapter questions for Part II. What you don’t finish you need to finish as homework. I will be collecting them on Wednesday. I know you may have already seen some of these questions, but it is imperative that you complete this assignment as it will help you for your quizzes and test for Part II. Have a great day! I expect a wonderful report from the sub! Make me proud!

Kind regards,

Ms. Strahan
(P.S. If you get finished early, you may continue working on your TKAM Creative Booklet.)

1. A major theme in To Kill a Mockingbird is the journey from youth and innocence to maturity and knowledge. How does
Jem symbolize this theme in Chapter Twelve? What evidence indicates that he is growing up and changing?
2. Why is Dill not coming to Maycomb this summer? How does Scout feel about his absence?
3. Why must Atticus leave for two weeks? How is his absence related to the country’s economic troubles?
4. What is the name of Calpurnia’s church, and what is the significance of the name?
5. Briefly describe Calpurnia’s church. How does it differ from the church Jem and Scout usually attend? How is it similar?
6. When they arrive at the church, Scout and Jem experience first-hand what it feels like to be the object of racial
intolerance. Briefly describe the incident and how it is resolved.
7. What prompts Reverend Sykes to order the doors be closed and that no one be allowed to leave for a period of time?
8. Why is Helen Robinson finding it difficult to get work lately?
9. What more does the reader learn about Tom Robinson’s arrest? Of what has he been accused? Who has accused him?
10. What is “linin’,” and why is it done?
11. In this chapter, Scout and Jem seem to see Calpurnia in a new light. What do they learn about Calpurnia, and how does
it change their views about her?
1. Why does Aunt Alexandra come to visit? How does Scout feel about her arrival?
2. What is Aunt Alexandra’s major theory concerning human behavior? How does Jem point out the irrationality of it?
3. Scout states that there is a “caste system” in Maycomb. How does she explain the system?
4. When Atticus comes into Jem’s room before bedtime to speak with the children, what information does he relay to them
from Aunt Alexandra? Do you think he believes what Aunt Alexandra has made him say?
5. What makes Scout cry while Atticus is talking with her and Jem?
6. How do the last few paragraphs indicate that Atticus was merely following Aunt Alexandra’s orders and that he feels
bad about doing so?
1. How is the trial affecting the children’s weekly visits to town? What are people saying?
2. How does Atticus explain rape to Scout?
3. As Scout eavesdrops on Atticus and Aunt Alexandra, she says, “I felt the starched walls of a pink cotton penitentiary
closing in on me….” What does Scout mean by this comment? What literary term is demonstrated here?
4. What does Alexandra want Atticus to do to Calpurnia? What is his response?
5. What does Jem tell Scout she should do when dealing with Aunt Alexandra? How does Scout react to his suggestion?
6. Scout thinks there may be a snake under her bed. What is actually under her bed?
7. What does Jem do that shocks Dill and Scout? How does he explain this? How does it establish his maturity?
8. Why has Dill run away from home? What reasons does he give?
9. As the chapter ends, what is Scout thinking about? What question does she ask Dill, and how does he respond?
1. The chapter begins on an ominous note as the reader receives hints that something bad is about to happen. Identify at
least two instances of foreshadowing from the first several paragraphs.
2. What are the men talking about as the children listen from the window? What can the reader infer from the
conversation? For example, what makes Heck Tate “uneasy”?
3. What does Atticus say that causes the men to close in on him? What makes the men scatter?
4. After the men leave, Jem reveals his fears to Atticus. What is Jem worried about?
5. According to Scout, Atticus does “something that interest[s]” her and Jem. What is it? What other surprising thing does he
do, and why does this suggest to Jem that something is wrong?
6. What do Jem and Scout do after Atticus leaves the house, and why?
7. Where do the children find Atticus, and what is he doing when they spot him? How does this explain why he left the
house with the extension cord and light bulb?
8. The reason for the men’s arrival at the jail is not directly stated. Taking into account what they say and their behavior,
why have they come to the jail?
9. Briefly summarize what happens when Scout pushes her way through the group of men. How does she ultimately defuse
the situation?
10. The concept of protection plays a major role in this chapter, as several characters are involved in the act of defending or
safeguarding one another. Who protects whom, and how do they do it?

English II 2B and 4B Feb 13th Assignments

Hello all,

Unfortunately I will not be in class today. Attached is part of your assignment. Once you finish reading “The Pedestrian” and answering the questions I want you to compare/contrast this short story to “There Will Come Soft Rains” in a 1-2 page essay. Keep your language formal and be careful with your P.O.V. You do not have to parenthetically cite. This can be typed but it must be Times New Roman, 12 point font, double spaced, and in black. I expect an amazing report from the sub! Make me proud!

Kind regards,

Ms. Strahan


Answer all questions on attached document. You do not have to write the questions but you need to respond in complete sentences (and in response to the question). Turn in answers for the questions to the sub (no matter if you are done are not). Your essay will be due at the beginning of class on Wednesday.

English II Feb 1 Assignment

Read “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson and annotate on your own paper. You will turn this in to the teacher, even if you are not done!

After you are done reading and annotating, take the quiz on Castle Learning.

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