Literature exercise, English

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The questions below are taken from a World Literature text.  Please read each question carefully and then list up to four of the applicable standard numbers in the "Literature Answers" document, column b through e.  All of the standards can be found in the "Literature Standards" document.  You should copy the standard code from column a of "Literature Standards" and paste into the "Literature Answers" spreadsheet in columns b through e. Please note that the only standards that should be cited are in regular type face; the standards written in bold are container standards which should not be cited. You can use general standards such as inference whenever appropriate. Also note that some questions may not be addressed by any standard.

Section 1: Literary Analysis "The Fisherman and the Jinnee"

1. Identify the magical or supernatural element in each of these interlocking folk tales.

2. Use a chart like the one shown to identify the main personality traits of the fisherman, the jinnee, King Yunan, Duban the Doctor, the Vizier, the falcon and King Sinbad.  Note the details that support your answer.

Character

Main Personality Trait

Supporting Details

 

 

 

3.         (a) Which characters are seemingly weak and powerless? Explain.

            (b) Which seemingly powerless characters use cunning or trickery to achieve their goals? Explain.

4. Are any of these characters purely good or purely evil? Explain.

5.         (a) Describe the narrative structure of "The Fisherman and the Jinnee" by explaining who narrates each interlocking tale.

           (b) What motivates the narrator to tell each story?

6.         (a) In what ways are the tales connected by theme or message?

            (b) How does the ending of the tale of King Sinbad and the falcon differ from the endings of the other two stories?

7.         (a) Which main events and key details would you include in a summary of the main story of the fisherman and the jinnee? Explain.

            (b) Write a summary of the story.

8. In what ways may the use of summaries help a reader who is struggling with the narrative structure of interlocking stories? Explain.

9. What do these tales reveal about the daily life and culture of the medieval Muslim world? Explain your response, citing examples.

Section 2: Literary Analysis "The Iliad"

1. What theme does the quarrel between Agamemnon and Achilles reveal regarding the nature of honor and status in Homeric society?

2.         (a) What conflicting feelings does Achilles experience as a result of his decision to withdraw from battle?

            (b) What theme of the poem does this dilemma held convey?

3.        (a) Using a chart like the one shown, compare and contrast Hector's outlook on war, duty and heroism with that of Achilles.

 

Achilles' Outlook

Hector's Outlook

War

 

 

Duty

 

 

Heroism

 

 

      (b) What themes are highlighted by the similarities or differences in the two characters' outlooks on each of these subjects?

4. In her speech to Zeus in Book 1, what fact about Achilles' destiny does his mother Thetis foreshadow?

5. Considering that Homer's audience knew the Greeks would ultimately defeat the Trojans, what effect do you think the foreshadowing in Book 6 is meant to have? Explain.

6. Are the words "dreams as well can come our way from Zeus" essential to the main idea of the sentence beginning on line 71 of Book 1? Why or why not?

7. Identify the main idea of the sentence that begins on line 298 of Book 1 by rewriting it to include only essential information.

8. Do the characters in the Iliad place greater value on prizes and material possessions than do people in contemporary American society? Explain your answer.


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