Monday, May 13, 2013

Q4 Exam Review 2013


Capitalization and spelling issues.  Use the following passage as an example.  How would you best write the underlined section?

Many people know the great basketball player reggie miller,1 but few know the physical obstacles he had to overcome.  because2 he was born with deformed hips and ankles that turned inward, Reggie had to wear metal braces when he was a boy.  The doctors told him that he would never walk without a limp.  However, his Mother3 never stopped believing in her son.  “The doctors,” she said to Reggie, “Are wrong.  You’ll4 walk again.”  The braces came off when Reggie entered Elementary School.5  After his legs gained strength, he began running and playing basketball with his sister Cheryl.6  Her more experienced game challenged him to improve his own shots – and it paid off.  Years later, he was drafted by the nba.7  In 1996, as a member of the american dream team,8 he won a gold medal at the olympic games in atlanta.9  He is certainly destined for entry in the basketball hall of fame.10


Know each element of TPCASTT.  Be able to analyze a poem using TPCASTT.  It is not a poem that we read in class, but it is one in our book, by either Giovanni or Dove.


Mot Juste

Joe Turner's Come and Gone:

Be able to write about any of the following prompts:

A. Herald Loomis says that he is trying to find a place to fit. Discuss this concept in the play.
1) Which of the characters' have found places to fit in the world? How do they fit into their destinies?
2) Is there only one place, one destiny, for each character? Is Bynum able to "match" people to the places they fit, like suggesting that Jeremy go play in the guitar contests?
3) What makes a character fit into his or her place? Does this necessarily involve a job or a relationship?
4) Can Herald Loomis be successful in finding a place to fit in the world? Will finding Martha help him do this?

B. Discuss enslavement in the play.
1) What different types of enslavement are there in the play? How is Bynum's binding an enslavement? Is being in a relationship enslaving? Is religion enslaving?
2) In what ways is Loomis still enslaved by his seven years' labor for Joe Turner? What long-term effects does enslavement have on the characters?

C. Discuss the metaphor of traveling in the play.
1) In the play, freed blacks travel across the country and become separated from each other. What motivates this traveling? What does it show about these people and their experiences?
2) Characters in the play travel in search of people and things that they've lost. What are the characters searching for? Why is travel important in their search?
3) Roads play important roles in both Bynum and Loomis' visions. Explain the significance of roads and traveling in the characters' visions.

D. Discuss hope in the story.
1) Why do the freed slaves come north to Pittsburgh? What does Seth think and say about their hope for a new life? How accurate is Seth's opinion?
2) Do the characters have hope during the play? Do any of the characters, such as Loomis, Jeremy, or Mattie, gain hope? What do they hope for?
3) What role does hope play in life and happiness in the play? Is hope helpful or harmful?

E.  Though black slaves have been freed, the characters in the play still experience oppression. Discuss oppression in the play.
1) How is Jeremy oppressed, both when he is arrested and when he is fired from his job? What forces make this oppression possible?
2) Does Seth experience oppression or prejudice? Does his lack of backing in his metalworking plan and his relationship with Selig indicate any prejudice?
3) Is Bertha's story of how Selig makes money finding people credible? What significance does it have?
4) What forces in society lead to oppression of the characters in the story?

Monday, March 25, 2013