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Posted: October 20, 2010

We have completed up to and including Act II  Scene i.  If you missed any classes, please make sure you are caught up on your readings.

Posted: October 18, 2010

  Act I Scene iii 1. According to Laertes, why should Ophelia not believe Hamlet's professions of love? 2. What advice does he give her regarding honour? 3. What is Ophelia's response? 4. Make note of Polonius's advice to Laertes. 5. What does Polonius's advice reveal about his character? What type of father is he? Act I Scene iv 1. How does Hamlet feel about the drunken revelry? 2. What mixed feelings does Hamlet have after seeing the Ghost? 3. Why doesn’t Horatio want Hamlet to follow the Ghost?

Posted: October 15, 2010

Act I Scene ii 1.        Which two sensitive issues does Claudius deal with at the beginning of the scene? 2.       What duty has Claudius given Cornelius and Voltimand? 3.       Hamlet has been depressed over his father’s death.  What does Claudius tell him about the death of a father?  What does Gertrude ask Hamlet to do? 4.       Summarize the main points of Hamlet’s first soliloquy which is full of disease imagery. 5.       What sarcastic remark does Hamlet make to Horatio regarding the funeral and the wedding? 6.       What physical features of the ghost resembles King Hamlet?

Posted: October 14, 2010

Read the scene Answer the following questions: 1.       How many times have Marcellus and Bernardo seen the ghost? 2.       What preparations are being made for war?  Why? 3.       What happened between the king of Denmark and Norway? 4.       Why does Horatio think the ghost has come? 5.       Refer to lines 29, 33-34, 46-47, 66-68, and 165. Based on these, write a short paragraph on the character of Horatio. 6.       Why would Horatio tell Hamlet about the ghost and not the new King? 7.       What is the overall mood of this opening scene?  

Posted: October 13, 2010

Posted: October 5, 2010

October 12, 2010 - "Tthe Snows of Kilimanjaro" collage due.   October 14, 2010 - Personal Essay on the theme of regret due.  Follow MLA format.  Get it in early for me to look at.

Posted: September 30, 2010

Answer the following questions with supporting evidence from the text.   1. What is the theme of the story? Discuss. Do you disagree or agree with Hemingway? 2. The story contains two levels of narrative: Harry's dialogues with Helen and his stream of consciousness. Discuss each of the five flashbacks. What elements do each contain? 3. Why did Harry go on the safari? 4. a. Descibe Harry. Describe Helen. b. What kind of relationship do they have? Be specific. 5. Hemingway uses symbols throughout the story. What do each of the following represent: a. leopard b. mountain/plains c. hyena d. Helen 6. The cause of Harry's death is ironic. Discuss. 7. Hemingway uses three physical details to describe the approach of death. What are they?

Posted: September 29, 2010

Finish reading "The Snows of Kilimanjaro" for Thursday.

Posted: September 27, 2010

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Posted: September 24, 2010

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Sun, Sep 26/10 9:00 pm
 "A Drowning" by Mark Ferguson, the painting "Fall of Icarus" by Brueghel, the poem "Musee des Beaux Arts" by W.H. Auden, and the poem "Landscape With the Fall of Icarus" by William Carlos Williams.    Scoring Rubric for “A Drowning” Project 10 marks  for each question.  Completely answered; supporting detail where needed.  (30 marks) 10 marks for quality of the information package.  Neatness.  Originality.  Presentation. 10 marks for spelling and mechanics of writing. Total 50 Marks  

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