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2/6/2009
2/6/2009
What is everyone else in town doing while Mr. Leonard Mead walks at night? They are all in their homes watching television.
What kinds of television shows are people watching in A.D. 2053? People are watching football games, murder mysteries, quiz shows, revues, and comedies.
Why is there only one police car in a city of three million? There is only one police car because the crime rate is almost nonexistent in this city.
What questions does the voice in the police car ask Mr. Mead?
The voice asks Mr. Mead his name and his profession. Then it asks where and why he is walking, where he lives, whether he has an air conditioner and a television in his house, and whether he is married. The voice also asks if he often walks at night.
What makes him appear suspicious to the police?
He is out walking alone at night
How is Mr. Mead's house different from all the other houses in the city?
Mead's house is brightly lit, with yellow light beaming from all the windows. Every other house in the city is dark. What do the veteran prisoners tell the newcomers? These prisoners tell the newcomers that the concentration camp is much better than it used to be. What occurs at the “selection”
Camp officials check on the health of the prisoners. Those who are not judged healthy enough to work are held back from work duty and killed.
What does the head of the block recommend that the prisoners do to avoid being selected?
The head of the block tells the prisoners to move about in order to get some color. He also tells them to run past the doctors and not to be‐or act‐afraid.
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Why are some prisoners asked to stay behind in the camp? These prisoners are the ones who have been selected for death.
Why does Wiesel's father give him a knife and spoon? Wiesel's father thinks he is going to die and the knife and spoon are all that he has to give to his son as an inheritance.
Why does the Kapo assign easier work to Wiesel? The Kapo feels sorry for Wiesel because on this day his father will probably be killed.
Conflict
between each of the pigs over building a stronger house
between each pig and the evil in the world
Struggle between opposing forces
Basis of plot
Issues that cause the tension to rise (rising action)
External Conflict
between characters
between a character (or characters) and the world
Internal Conflict – between a character and him or herself
Central idea or message of a piece of literature
Deals with the writer’s understanding of life or human nature
In some stories, it is considered the moral to the story
Stated as a complete sentence
between the clever pig and wolf
between each pig and the wolf
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Conflict
Themes
between each of the pigs over building a stronger house
Hard work will pay off in the end.
between each pig and the evil in the world
Evil is in the world and will get you if you aren’t careful. between the clever pig and wolf
Cleverness is better than strength.
between each pig and the wolf
Independence comes at a high cost.
Compare the themes of “The Pedestrian” and “Night.” In what ways are they alike or different? Support your answer with details from the story.
“The Pedestrian”
p. 95
“Night”
p. 593
What are the important conflicts?
What are the important conflicts ?
What do you think are possible themes?
What do you think are possible themes?
With your partner – discuss what happens
How does the narrator plan to measure the room?
He will mark the starting point with a rag, then count the paces until he returns to the rag.
How big does he think the room is?
100 paces (about 50 yards) around
What does the narrator discover while trying to cross the room?
He trips and falls, nearly into a deep pit.
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With your partner – discuss what happens
Why did he miscalculate the size of the room?
He counted twice, once to the left, once to the right because he fell asleep and was confuse when he woke.
What two bad things go along with the food he has been provided?
there is no water, and the food has attracted rats.
While he is strapped to the platform, what does the narrator see hanging above his body?
A razor‐sharp pendulum, swinging back and forth, and slowly descending.
What was the “tribute to our great love” that the narrator gave to Charlene?
a pin from his mother’s drawer
What happened to the narrator 10 days after he gave Charlene the pin?
she dumped him
How did the narrator get the pin back?
he didn’t believe her when Charlene said she lost it, so he went to her house and asked her mother for it
With your partner – discuss what happens
How does the narrator free himself and avoid the pendulum?
He rubs meat on the straps tying him down so the rats will chew through them.
What does he learn about the source of light?
Fire is making the metal walls hot, and forcing him to the coolness of the pit.
What does he realize the changing shape of the room will force him to do?
Eventually, as the room narrows, the heat will force him into the pit.
What was the narrator’s plan to get revenge?
find a girl prettier than Charlene with whom he could begin a relationship which would make Charlene jealous
How did his plan work out?
he took the school’s prettiest girl to a party, but Charlene immediately recognized what he was doing.
What did Charlene ask him at the party?
“Are you ever going to grow up?”
Why did the narrator want to get back together with Charlene?
so he could get revenge by dumping her
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Where is the artilleryman when his “vision” takes place?
in bed at home after the war
What does he experience during his “vision”?
he seems to be re‐living his experiences during the war
a fellow soldier’s body has been mangled by an artillery shell.
What is the speaker’s relationship to the dead soldier?
The dead soldier was, “my particular pal.”
What is the speaker doing in lines 12‐20?
Is this vision a nightmare?
No. He wakes from sleep before having the “vision”.
Conflict
What does the speaker mean by, “a 75 done/this…”?
Helping lift the body into a coffin.
“The Pit and
the Pendulum”
p. 559
Themes
between each of the pigs over building a stronger house
Hard work will pay off in the end.
between each pig and the evil in the world
Evil is in the world and will get you if you aren’t careful. between the clever pig and wolf
Cleverness is better than strength.
between each pig and the wolf
Independence comes at a high cost.
“Love and Marriage”
p. 357
“The
Artilleryman’s “look at this)”
Vision”
p. 648
p. 646
Conflicts
Themes
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Your Name
Period
“Pedestrian”/”Night” Essay Scores
Compare the themes of two or more of the following selections: “The Pit and the Pendulum,” “Love & Marriage,” “Artilleryman’s Vision,” or “look at this)” In what ways are they alike or different? Support your answer with details from the story.
Essay #1
Writer:
My Score
Mr. D’s Score:
Points: 5 4 3
Essay #2
Writer:
My Score
Mr. D’s Score:
Points: 5 4 3
Essay #3
Writer:
My Score
Mr. D’s Score:
Points: 5 4 3
My Essay Score:
Points: 10 8 7 6
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