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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

A kidnapped Santa Claus

“A Kidnapped Santa Claus” by L. Frank Baum Reading Questions

1.  Who is the protagonist?  Who is the antagonist?
The protagonist is Santa Claus and the antagonist are the Daemons.
2. What is the conflict?
Santa gets kidnapped by the Daemons
3.  What is the setting?
Christmas Eve and laughing Valley
4.  To what genre would you say this story belongs?  Why?
It belongs to fantasy because the Daemons are the internal problems that become external problems.
5.  What do you notice about Baum’s writing style?  
It's a kind of singsongy writing style. This was probably written for children.
6.  Who are the Daemons?  How are they labeled?  Why are they named so?
The Daemons are all emotions that are labeled by how human emotions are. Envy; hatred; malice
7.  What familiar seasonal elements are used in the story?  What unfamiliar elements are there?
The elves , the time of year and the things that have to do with christmas; the magical creatures, the Daemons.
8.  What are some variations of this story that have been retold in the last few years?
Elf, the polar express, kiss save santa
9.  Are there any parts of the story that help to define Santa Claus as a character?  Does he make any tough decisions or risk something valuable?
He shows bravery, he is forgiving

10.  How does Santa escape the cave?
The Daemon of repentance felt guilty and let him go.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Reflection Questions on Poetry II


1.  What is the condition of the statue? The statue is in a poor condition and slowly breaking off.
2.  What is ironic about the boast inscribed on the statue? It says that the man is known as the king of kings and the everlasting mighty king but his statue isn't lasting and is breaking down.
3.  What do you think is the intended meaning of the poem?
   This poem gives the message that everyone and everything dissipates and shatters with/through time.
“The Second Coming”

4.  What is the tone of the poem? Dark; eerie or apocoleptic
5. What object does the poem refer to in the second stanza that has “a gaze as blank and as pitiless as the sun”? The sphinx
6. What does the allusion to “Bethlehem” in the last line signify?
That the devil is born in Bethlehem.
“Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night”

7.  What is the tone of the poem? the tone is pleading
8. What does the speaker mean when he/she pairs the two opposites, “curse, bless me”? He means his father could curse or bless him but dnt die.

“The World is Too Much With Us”

9.  How does the speaker of the poem suggest we “lay waste our powers”? we spend so much time spending that we lay waste our powers; we get and we spend.
10.  What powers might that be?
To be one with nature.
“My Mistress’ Eyes are Nothing Like the Sun”

11.  What is the tone of the poem?
Mocking and insulting
12.  How does this poem differ from typical love poems?  
It is insulting rather than flattering. It makes fun of the lover.