English 10 Study Guide Novels: Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer Know the differences between Rob Hall and Scott Fischer, and how their differences affected their teams on Everest. Be prepared to fill in a Venn diagram. Why was Jon Krakauer on the Everest expedition? Which team was he on? What events lead up to the tragedy on Mt. Everest in 1996? A Separate Peace by John Knowles Know the main characters in the book and their character traits: Gene, Finny, Leper, and Brinker Understand the era in which the boys at Devon live. Be able to compare Devon School to Eagle High School in a Venn diagram. Why did Finny pretend that World War II wasn’t real? What conclusion does Gene come to at the end of A Separate Peace? Short Stories: “The Masque of the Red Death” by Edgar Allan Poe What is occurring outside of Prince Prospero’s castle? How does he react? What message does Poe convey through the prince’s unsuccessful battle with the intruder? Know the three main symbols of the story and what they stand for (pg. 84 in book) o The uninvited guest o The clock o The prince’s abbey “The Raven” by Edgar Allan Poe What is the setting of “The Raven”? What is the mood of “The Raven”? How does the speaker feel about having the raven in his chamber? Videos: “The Hockey Sweater” by Roch Carrier What occurs to Roch that upsets him? What is the real meaning of “The Hockey Sweater”? (hint: it’s not about hockey) Understand the basic history of Canada and why it has two official languages and two different cultures. “The Dead Poets Society” How does “The Dead Poets Society” compare to A Separate Peace? Writing: Homophones – words that sound the same but are spelled differently and have different meanings MLA Formatting Style What the CRAAP test is used for (you don’t have to know what it stand for) The importance of citing sources The difference between summarizing, paraphrasing, and quoting Literary Terms: Be able to match the term with its definition. (these are all from your A Separate Peace packet) Setting Symbolism Point of View Foil Flashback Conflict Metaphor Personification Extended Metapho Diction Simile Allusion Alliteration Mood/Tone Foreshadowing Theme Imagery Flash-forward Essays: Two of the following three questions will be on your exam. You will choose one to write on. 1. After reading Into Thin Air, what risks do you believe are worth taking? How do the risks we choose to take describe who we are? 2. The Canadian five-dollar bill contains a quote from the short story “The Hockey Sweater.” What could we put on the American five-dollar bill that would reflect our culture? How does your choice describe us as a nation? 3. In A Separate Peace, Gene describes the struggles of becoming an adult during a turbulent time. By the end of the novel, Gene has realized that we all have something we must fight against. Consider a time in your life in which you had to struggle against something – whether internal or external. Describe your struggle, comparing it to Gene’s struggle at Devon.
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