Senior 1


Term 1

a. Find gothic elements in “The Fall of the House of Usher”. Quote and explain the elements.

b. Answer the following thoughtfully and completely, using examples from the story to prove your points.

  1. What is the mood at the beginning of the story, and how does Poe create this mood?
  2. Describe Roderick Usher – his appearance, his weaknesses, his attitudes.
  3. What happens in the poem, “The Haunted Palace”? What are the parallels between this poem and the story of the Ushers?
  4. Which descriptive details of the interior of the house suggest that the narrator has entered a realm that is quite different from the ordinary world?
  5. In what ways is the appearance of both the interior and exterior of the house related to Usher’s appearance and to the condition of his mind?
  6. Explore the various meanings of the “House of Usher.”
  7. How does Roderick Usher die? (What actually kills him??)
  8. In what ways is this story Romantic?

Term 2

a. Determinism. Explain the theory and find examples in the story “The Open Boat”

b. Answer these questions on the story:

1.Which character in the story do you most admire? Explain your answer.

2.In your opinion, why does the narrator identify the oiler (Billie) but does not give a name to the other characters?

3. Remember that poem about the French soldier whom the correspondent finds so moving? Well, fast-forward a few months. The correspondent is back home safely, and comfortably lying on the couch. He is reminded of the poem again. How do you think he feels about it now? Does he still empathize with the soldier, or is that feeling gone?

4. Explain the end of the story.

c.Write an essay: How does the writer make you feel pity for Heidi in the poem “For Heidi with Blue Hair”?

Term 3

a. Write an essay.

In Stephen Crane’s “The Open Boat”, Crane demonstrates his idea that man cannot even attempt to best nature by the isolation and trials of the men in nature, the hardships that even the best of men face, and the lack of understanding of nature while isolated in the sea. Do you agree?

b. Answer the questions on “Romeo and Juliet”

1. What is the function of the Prologue?
2. Where is the play set?
3. What are the names of the two feuding families?
4. Why are the families fighting?

Scene 1
1. How does the scene begin? Who causes the fight? Who tries to stop it? Who keeps it going?
2. What are the main differences between Benvolio and Tybalt? Who breaks up the fight in the square?
3. Why are Romeo’s parents worried about him?
4. Why is Romeo sad?
5. Who tries to help Romeo? What advice is given to Romeo?

Scene 2
1. How old is Juliet? When does Capulet say Juliet will be ready for marriage?
2. Who wants to marry Juliet?
3. Give three reasons why Capulet hesitates to give his permission?
4. Why does Capulet’s servant approach Romeo and Benvolio?
5. Why does Romeo want to go to the party?
6. Why does Benvolio want Romeo to go to the party?

Scene 3
1. Describe the Nurse’s relationship with Juliet.
2. Why does Lady Capulet encourage the arrangement between Juliet and Paris?
3. What does Juliet promise her mother? Quote to prove how Juliet feels.

Scene 4
1. In Mercuito’s dream, Queen Mab does what?
2. What does Romeo dream? Find an example of foreshadowing in this scene.

Scene 5
1. How does Capulet treat his guests?
2. What does Romeo think of Juliet at first? To what does he compare her?
3. Who notices Romeo? How? Who does he tell?Why does Capulet let Romeo stay at the party?
4. At the party, Romeo and Juliet join hands. What metaphor does Romeo use to compare their joined hands?
5. Explain Romeo´s epiphany and Juliet´s epiphany.
6. Give an example of foreshadowing in this scene.

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