Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Homework for 1/29 and 1/30

So yesterday we have a delayed start because of freezing rain, and today we have seventy degrees and sunshine.  What the heck?!  Anyway, while you're enjoying this amazing weather, I hope that you also enjoy your homework assignments outlined for you below.

AP English IV

We didn't get a chance to touch Alice Walker's "Everyday Use" so we have that on our agenda for Thursday.  I would suggest that you review the text so that it's fresh in your heads.  Also, I want you to also read "When in Rome" by Mari Evans and "Kitchenette Building" by Gwendolyn Brooks.  All three are excellent African-American female writers; I hope that you enjoy these pieces.

AP English III

On Thursday/Friday you will be having a quiz on Acts I and II of The Crucible.  You will be asked relatively basic multiple choice questions about plot, characters, conflicts, and the allegory in the play.  Furthermore, you'll be asked to complete quote identifications for Act I and II.  The quotes are relatively significant ones, think about your motif lists and use your annotations to help you prepare.

I also want you to read a piece of non-fiction for Thursday/Friday's class from the 50 Essays book.  You will need to read "The Morals of the Prince" by Niccolo Machiavelli.  If you don't have 50 Essays, you can access the reading at this link.  As you read, notice the qualities that Machiavelli says are good for a leader to have.  You may find this a useful text in thinking about power, manipulation, and several of the characters we've seen, especially Abigail, Rev. Parris and the Putnams.

English IV

Tonight I want you to complete a one page response to either of the following questions based on what you think of Shakespeare's Twelfth Night.  Remember as you write to use textual evidence to support your claims.

If you find this play to be funny, then answer the following question:  What makes Twelfth Night a comedy?

If you don't find this play to be funny, then answer the following question:  Why does Twelfth Night fail as a comedy?

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