A - from The House of Dies Drear
B- from The House of Dies Drear
C- from The House of Dies Drear
D- DOUBLE POINTS
E- from My Childhood
F- From My Childhood
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Convey means

communicate

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Explain what dialogue is.

1. In the widest sense, dialogue is simply conversation between characters or speakers in a literary work, referring specifically to the speech of characters in a drama. 

2. The conversation between or among characters in a literary work.

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the association of feelings and emotions to words is called

connotation

The association of feelings and emotions to words are called connotations. There are two types of connotations: positive and negative connotations. When you hear a word that gives you negative vibe, negative connotations are used.

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6. Compare and contrast the structure of the passage from The House of Dies Drear to the structure of the poem “My Childhood Home I See Again.” Complete the chart by marking which statement applies to the passage from The House of Dies Drear, the poem “My Childhood Home I See Again,” or Both.

includes memories of previous experiences

A. from The House of Dies Drear

B. "My Childhood Home I see Again"

C. Both

C. Both

Both the passage and the poem are structured to include memories of previous experiences. In paragraph 2 of the passage from The House of Dies Drear, Thomas recounts his experience of racing the rain to the pine forest, and in paragraph 32, he reminisces about his great-grandmother. In lines 21–24 of “My Childhood Home I See Again,” the speaker recalls what he left nearly twenty years earlier.

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(FROM BOTH) 

conveys the thoughts and feelings of a first-person narrator

A. from The House of Dies Drear

B. "My Childhood Home I see Again"

C. Both

B. My Childhood Home I see Again

The poem, “My Childhood Home I See Again,” conveys the thoughts and feelings of the first-person narrator. In the first stanza, the speaker confesses that he becomes sad at the sight of the place but feels some pleasure too. The speaker roams the woods and fields and recalls the playmates of his childhood but now feels like a kindred spirit of those who have died.

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Give us the definition of central idea (in a complete sentence).

Central idea is a one sentence summary that wraps it (the article) up in a neat little bow.
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1. Part A - from The House of Dies Drear

Which effect is created by the reader’s knowledge about the differing points of view in paragraphs 4–15 in the passage from The House of Dies Drear?

A. reflection, because the reader knows Thomas’s need to be informed causes him to interrupt his father’s thoughts

B. suspense, because the reader knows that Mr. and Mrs. Small are not telling Thomas all that they know about the new home

C. impatience, because the reader knows Mr. Small has grown tired of Thomas’s question

D. humor, because the reader knows Thomas enjoys teasing his father

B. suspense, because the reader knows that Mr. and Mrs. Small are not telling Thomas all that they know about the new home.

Paragraphs 4–15 heighten the suspense in the story because the reader begins to suspect that Thomas’s parents know more than they are telling him about their new house. Mrs. Small’s comment, “more sinister,” in paragraph 15, adds to the suspense.

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2. Part A

Read the sentence from paragraph 26 of the passage from The House of Dies Drear.

“That should tell you there’s something funny about that house and anything to do with it,” Mrs. Small said.

What does this line of dialogue most reveal about Mrs. Small?

A. She has concerns about arriving safely.

B. She has a good sense of humor.

C. She is not optimistic about the new house.

D. She is not interested in the history of the new house.


C. She is not optimistic about the new house.

 Mrs. Small clearly states her negative impression of the new house in the focus sentence. Her comments prior to paragraph 26 (“more sinister,” paragraph 15; “How I could let myself get talked into this!” paragraph 16) set up the reader to see that she is suspicious of the new house based on what she has heard about it.  D


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3. Part A

In the passage from The House of Dies Drear, which idea does the discussion from paragraph 29 to the end of the passage most emphasize to the reader?

A. One’s understanding of the world is influenced by experiences.

B. One’s thoughts are most clear in moments of isolation.

C. The success of a decision is determined by one’s definition of success.

D. It is difficult to express one’s true feelings on a topic when they differ from the feelings of others.


A. One’s understanding of the world is influenced by experiences.

Thomas’s thoughts about why his grandmother was not moving with them and Mr. Small’s explanation in paragraph 33 clearly support the idea that experiences play a role in how people understand the world.


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describes interactions between characters

A. from The House of Dies Drear

B. My Child hood Home I see Again

C. Both

A. from The House of Dies Drear

This structural device is used only in the passage from The House of Dies Drear, which consists primarily of a conversation in the car between Mr. and Mrs. Small and their son, Thomas, as they travel to a new home. There are no direct interactions between characters in the poem “My Childhood Home I See Again.”

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4. Part A

Which tone is created through the use of the phrase I’m living in the tombs in line 40 of “My Childhood Home I See Again”?

A. whimsical

B. gloomy

C. reverent

D. haughty

B. gloom

 I’m living in the tombs in the context of the stanza with other references to death creates a “gloomy,” or sad, tone.

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5. Part A

Which central idea is best supported in “My Childhood Home I See Again”?

A. Reflecting on the past can create a range of emotions.

B. The natural world provides comfort in sad times.

C. Transformation in life can occur very quickly.

D. Unimportant details can detract from enjoying the present.


A. Reflecting on the past can create a range of emotions.

In the first stanza of the poem, the speaker explicitly states two opposite feelings he experiences when visiting his childhood home (“And sadden with the view,” line 2; “There’s pleasure in it too,” line 4), which shows the range of emotions that can come from reflecting on the past.

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1. Part B

Which evidence from the passage best supports the answer to Part A?

A. “Thomas sat wondering why it was taking them so long to get there.” (paragraph 4)

B. “If it’s going to take forever, we might as well have some excitement, he thought.” (paragraph 7)

C. “‘How many times must I tell it to you before you get it all?’ . . .” (paragraph 10)

D. “‘Our place is more . . . more . . . well . . .’ he hesitated.” (paragraph 14)

D. “‘Our place is more . . . more . . . well . . .’ he hesitated.” (paragraph 14)

This evidence can be interpreted as indicating that Mr. Small is hesitating to tell Thomas the full story, which supports the correct answer in  Part A.

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Part B

Which sentence from the passage best supports the answer to Part A?

A. “‘. . . more sinister,’ Mrs. Small finished for him.” (paragraph 15)

B. “His father laughed, and his mother had to laugh, too.” (paragraph 18)

C. “It had been an important station on the Underground Railroad, and Thomas still wanted to hear about it, even if his mother didn’t.” (paragraph 18)

D. “‘I do wish the rain would stop before we reach that place,’ Mrs. Small said.” (paragraph 28)

A. “‘. . . more sinister,’ Mrs. Small finished for him.” (paragraph 15)

 This evidence represents Mrs. Small’s inference that something is suspect about the new house, which supports the correct answer in Part A.  B

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****DOUBLE POINTS**** (No Loss of Points for Trying!!!)

Part B

Which two sentences from the passage best support the answer to Part A?

A. “‘What a funny thing to think of!’ said Mrs. Small.” (paragraph 30)

B. “Mr. Small was silent for a time.” (paragraph 33)

C. “‘. . . you wouldn’t, Thomas, because you grew up in pine country.’” (paragraph 33)

D. “‘And some might call the prairie wilderness, but I suspect it must have looked pretty good to the pioneer.’” (paragraph 33)

E. “‘There’s no way to describe the feel of it or its relation to the town.’” (paragraph 37)

F. “Thomas could think of no better birthday present than to have the new house suit him.” (paragraph 39)

C. “‘. . . you wouldn’t, Thomas, because you grew up in pine country.’” (paragraph 33)

D. “‘And some might call the prairie wilderness, but I suspect it must have looked pretty good to the pioneer.’” (paragraph 33)

ANS C. This evidence reveals that Thomas grew up in pine country, an experience that influenced his understanding of the world, which supports the correct answer in Part A. 

ANS D* This evidence supports the idea that a pioneer’s idea of wilderness might differ from someone who has had different experiences, which supports the correct answer in Part A.

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includes many details about the setting

A. from The House of Dies Drear

B. "My Childhood Home I see Again"

C. Both

C. Both

Both the passage and the poem are structured with many details about the setting. For example, in the passage from The House of Dies Drear, paragraph 9, “hunched over the steering wheel of the car,” “took up a cloth to wipe the windshield,” and “tired of the rain that had stayed with them since morning,” all describe the setting of the passage. Also, paragraphs 1 and 2 include descriptions of the setting they have left, and several details throughout the passage describe the setting of their destination. In the poem “My Childhood Home I See Again,” the setting of the speaker’s childhood home—woods, fields—all evoke the feelings that are the focus of the poem.

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Part B

Which line from the poem best supports the answer to Part A?

A. “And, freed from all that’s earthly vile,” (line 9)

B. “Like scenes in some enchanted isle” (line 11)

C. “I hear the loved survivors tell” (line 33)

D. “And feel (companion of the dead)” (line 39)

D. “And feel (companion of the dead)” (line 39)

This evidence suggests that the speaker strongly identifies with the dead who were once his childhood companions, which creates a “gloomy” or sad tone and supports the correct answer in Part A.

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Part B

Which detail from the poem best supports the answer to Part A?

A. “And still, as memory crowds my brain, / There’s pleasure in it too.” (lines 3–4)

B. “As dusky mountains please the eye / When twilight chases day;” (lines 13–14)

C. “Near twenty years have passed away / Since here I bid farewell” (lines 21–22)

D. “How changed, as time has sped! / Young childhood grown, strong manhood gray,” (lines 30–31)

A. “And still, as memory crowds my brain, / There’s pleasure in it too.” (lines 3–4)

This evidence clearly states one of the emotions the speaker is experiencing while reflecting on the past, which supports the correct answer in Part A

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