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Prompts for Deepening Comprehension

Connecting to Previous Experience

  • What do you already know about this topic?
  • How does the information in this text fit with what you already know?
  • What have you experienced that helps you understand this topic?
  • What does this text make you think or wonder about?
  • What surprised you?
  • How does this text remind you of other texts you have studied?
  • Does this text provide information that you personally find useful?
  • Why did the text creator think this subject was important?
  • From this text, what did you learn about life, about different places, about history, about science, about religion, and so on?

Extending Meaning

  • What is the text creator’s message?
  • What is the text really about?
  • Do you think the title is appropriate?
  • Why do you think this text was created?
  • Are different points of view presented?
  • What are some of the most important ideas?
  • Were there parts of the text you didn’t understand?
  • What questions do you still have?
  • What does the text make you want to learn more about?
  • What lessons does the text teach about life?
  • Does the style work well?
  • What was more important: the plot or the characters?

Considering Setting, Time, and Mood

  • Where and when does the story take place?
  • Where else could the story take place?
  • Could the setting be a real place that exists now?
  • How much time passes in the story?
  • In any other time or place, how would the story change?
  • How did the text creator control the passing of time?
  • Does the setting change over the person’s life?
  • What was the mood or atmosphere of the story?
  • If a friend planned to study this text, what music would you recommend as appropriate?

Talking about Characters

  • Are there any powerful characters in the text? What makes them that way?
  • Who is the most important character?
  • Who is the most interesting character?
  • Which character taught you the most?
  • How does the text creator reveal the character?
  • Which characters changed and which didn’t?
  • Who is a character that plays a small but necessary role?
  • What did you learn from a character in the text?

Religion 25 Final Exam New Revised Key

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  1. (___/4) What is the difference between Faith and superstition?
    (Pg.48)
    Faith : Is that you believe in something and that is predestined, you have the ability to reason, logic and logos.
    Superstition is Emotion and Imagination.
    1. Can something come from nothing?
    2. God Exists?
    3. Immortal Soul?
    4. Man’s free will?
  2. (___/1) What was the inscription at Delphi?
    (Pg.53)
    – know thyself.
  3. (___/2) Is there such thing as Natural Modesty?
    (Pg.58)
    -No Society decides and Sophists
    (pg 63) Social conventions
  4. (___/2) How can Sophists be objectively wrong?
    (Pg.63)
    – No absolute norms.
    – What is right is in vogue.
    – They teach for money.
  5. (___/2) What did the Pre-Socratics think about Fate and Sickness?
    (Pg.53)
    – They believed that Fate controls history
    -Sickness is a result of Divine intervention
  6. (___/6) How are Jesus and Socrates alike?
    (Pg.66)
    -Enemies of the state
    -Spoke on behalf of a greater truth.
    -Their activities and beliefs cost them their lives.
    -could have abandoned faith to survive.
    other
  7. (___/2) In Greek mythology who was Hermes?
    (Pg. 60)
    -The messenger of the god.
    -the God of Sea Travelers.
  8. (___/3) What is the difference between a Sophist and a Philosopher?
    (pg. 62) Sophists reject philosophy
    (Pg.67)
    – Sophist: takes money for their teachings.
    – They are satisfied with what they know or what they think they know but really don’t .
    Philosopher: Knows that in reality he knows very little but constantly strives to achieve true insight.
  9. (___/2) What did Socrates mean when he said “He who knows what good is will do good?”
    (pg 69)(59)
    – the right insight leads to the right action.
    – “only he who does right can be a virtuous man.”
  10. (___/2) Explain Plato’s … “a longing to return to the realm of the soul…”
    (pg 85) to see utter perfection
    (Pg.89) – Ideals exist , reality is shadow.
    (Pg.101) – “Idea of chicken before “real ” chicken.
  11. (___/3) Describe Plato’s Academy.
    Located in Athens.
    – Academies ( The Great Hero)
    – Philosophy , Mathematics, Gym. Later: Science
  12. (___/6) According to Plato, what is the relationship of man to Sate?
    (Pg.91)
    -Head > Reason > Wisdom > Rulers
    – Chest >Will > Courage > Auxiliaries
    – Abdomen > Appetite > Temperance > Laborer’s
  13. (___/2) Can you have true knowledge about something in a constant state of change?
    (Pg.87)
    -Plato: No ideals exist in Realm of Ideas.
    – no thing is immutable only Ideals are real.
  14. (___/2) Who would make a better sculptor, Plato or Aristotle?
    (Pg. 109) – Plato would be a better sculptor but it would take longer to get the results because he needs perfection.
  15. (___/2) Are we born with innate ideas?
    (Pg.108)
    Plato: Yes Forgotten ideas that respond to re-teaching.
    Aristotle: No Only innate Reason
  16. (___/2) For Aristotle, contrast living and non-living.
    (pg 113)
    a. Living has “potentiality for change.”
    b. Nonliving can only change by external influence.
  17. (___/2) What does Aristotle mean by “The First Mover”?
    (Pg.114)
    – God moves the stars
    – God remains at rest (something from nothing)
  18. (___/5) Indicate the factors that contribute to the formation of a person’s philosophy of life.
    (Pg.124)
    – Environment and social situation
    (extra) – 4 postulates.
  19. (___/2) Why did Sophie’s teacher giver her an A on her Religious knowledge test? Why could he have given her a D?
    (Pg.126)
    It is important to have a personal point of view
    – her answers were right
    didn’t do her homework.
  20. (___/2) What is the difference between Eastern and Western mysticism?
    (p. 137,138) east=union with cosmic spirit in this world(material – internal)
    west=transformation/portation to a place above and beyond(ideal – outside)
  21. (___/2 ) Why were Cynics happy?
    (130) With nothing because Happiness does not exist in external advantages as luxury, power, health.
  22. (___/2) What did Diogenes say to Alexander the Great?
    (130) “Stand aside, you’re blocking my sun”
  23. (___/2) Why are legal statutes unnecessary to Stoics?
    (131)
    Laws were incomplete imitations of Natural Laws embedded in Nature. Naturals laws apply to everyone, including slaves.
  24. (___/2) What desire was common to all of the Hellenistic philosophers?
    (130)
    To discover how mankind should best live and die. (Ethics)
  25. (___/2) Who are the “garden philosophers”? Why?
    (133)Epicureans in his garden
  26. (___/2) Would Plotinus enjoy basketball or volleyball?
  27. (___/2) What does Aquinas believe are the two paths to God?
    -through faith and the Christian Revelation
    -through reason and the senses-181
  28. (___/1) What inscription did Paul find on an alter?
    -“To the unkown God”-161
  29. (___/1) What does “Sophia” mean?
    -in Greek, the female side of God-186
  30. (___/2) When we talk about Socarates and Jesus, what dangers do we come across?
    -Socrates: we saw how dangerous it could be to appeal to people’s reason
    -Jesus: we see how dangerous it can be to demand unconditional brotherly love and unconditional forgiveness-159
  31. (___/3) Who were the three great kings of Israel?
    Saul, David, and Soloman-156
  32. (___/4) What was Paul’s revolutionary philosophy of God?
    God “dwelleth not in temples made with hands”
    A personal God who intervenes in the course of history-162
  33. (___/2) What was God’s covenant with Abraham and his seed?
    That Abraham and all his seed would keep the Lord’s commandments. In exchange God would protect all the children of Abraham-155
  34. (___/6) What is the difference between the Indo-European and Semite origins?
    Indo-Europeans: life is continuous circle without beginning many gods(Buddhism, Hinduism)
    Semites: life is a time line with a creation and a day of judgment one God(Xty, Judaism, Islam) 152-153
  35. (___/1) What scared Sophie and Joanna about the postcards?
    One was postmarked for today-146
  36. (___/3) Should non-Jews first become Jewish before becoming a Christian?
    Paul said it was unnecessary
    Christianity is more than a Jewish sect
    The “Old Covenant” between God and Israel has been replaced by the “New Covenant” by Jesus between God and Man-163
  37. (___/2) What did Jesus call God that was unprecedented in the Jewish community?
    Father, Abba-158
  38. (___/2) Name the capitals of the Eastern and Western Empires?
    Constantinople and Rome, -171
  39. (___/1) What is the Latin word for Pope?
    Papa – 173
  40. (___/4) What epochs surrounded the middle ages?
    Roman(400AD)
    Renaissance(1400AD)
  41. (___/1) The word “Christ” is a Greek translation of what Hebrew word meaning “the anointed one”?
    Messiah
  42. (___/4) Compare and Contrast Plato with St. Augustine.
    Both: ideas originate in the Divine mind/realm.
    Augustine: God created world from void, Plato: world always existed.(p177)
  43. (___/2) Who was the female follower of Paul?
    Damaris(162)
  44. (___/6) What three cultures emerged from the Divided Roman Empire?
    Latinized Christian West from Rome(aka Roman Catholic)
    Greek Christian East from Constantinople(aka Byzantium, Byzantine)
    Islamic Muslim from North Africa, Middle East, Spain(aka Arabic)(173-4)
  45. (___/3) “Almost all medieval philosophy centered on this one question.” What is this question?
    Must we simply believe Christian revelation or can we approach the Christian truths with the help of reason?
    What was the relationship between the Greek philosophers and what the Bible said?
    Was there a contradiction between the Bible and reason, or were belief and knowledge compatible?(175)
  46. (___/2) What did St. Augustine say about Free Will?
    We have free will but God has foreseen how we will live.(178)
  47. (___/2) Who was St. Thomas Aquinas’s famous teacher?
    Albert the Great(187)
  48. (___/2) From where does evil originate?
    absence of God, man’s disobedience, falling away from God’s work.(177)
  49. (___/4) How do you discern God’s will?
    -answers will vary

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The Night Aunt Dottie Caught Elvis’s Scarf When He Tossed It From The Stage Of The Rushmore Plaza Civic Center

This exercise is simple: write a poem about a family member meeting a famous person. All of us have such incidents embedded in family history or folklore: the day Dad shook hands with Ike in France; the time Mom spilled coffee on Elizabeth Taylor in a pizza parlour in San Mateo; the night Aunt Dottie caught Elvis’s scarf when he tossed it from the stage of The Rushmore Plaza Civic Center. In most cases, our loved ones’ encounters with the famous or powerful tend to be fleeting and bittersweet, however memorable they may later seem — and it’s this aspect of the encounter that helps us to envision our family members in contexts that avoid easy sentimental gestures. These are situations that, in a small way, the forces of public history and private history collide, and these meetings help us to see our loved ones as individuals, not as types.

Guidleines for the exercise:

  1. The encounter can be real or imaginary, but at least should be plausible — no meeting between Cousin Ed and Genghis Khan
  2. The family member, not the famous person, should of course be the protagonist of the poem and it is his or her consciousness that the poem should try to enter or understand.
  3. The writer of the poem should be an effaced presence, understanding the inner workings of the family member’s mind but seeing the family member as a character referred to in the third person (“my father” and not “Dad,” in other words).
  4. The famous person can be anyone in politcs, entertainment, or the arts; JFK to Mel Gibson, Emily Brontë to Madonna
  5. Since the exercise tends to demand a fairly complex profile or portrait of the family member in question, it is best suited to longer poems — at least 30 lines.
  6. Submit completed poems via trackback

What happened to the animals in BNW?

What happened to the animals in BNW?

  • Suggest a brief history of “pets” up to AF632.
  • What attitudes do people have towards animals?
  • Why are there no “conditioned” animals as pets?
  • What are the attitudes towards animals on the reservation?

Consider our society. Are pets necessary? Why?

Oh and I have a searchable BNW etext with a growing blogroll here.

PS. What is lupus? Who, in BNW, has it? Why?

Here’s an idea that could snowball!

Find a “copyright-free” etext online at, say, Project Gutenberg or here or here

Start a new blog.

Parse your etext into manageable chunks and insert into your blog.

Add graphics and organizers. Edit theme. Voila.

Look at Castle of Otranto and The Jesuit Relations and the History of New France as examples.

Search for works by the following at Gutenberg:
Austen, Jane
Barrie, J.M.
Brontà«, Charlotte
Brontà«, Emily
Dickens, Charles
Burroughs, Edgar Rice
Carroll, Lewis
Chesterton, G. K
Christie, Agatha
Twain, Mark
Collins, Wilkie
Connor, Ralph
Conrad, Joseph
Corelli, Marie
Defoe, Daniel
De la Mare, Walter
Doyle, Arthur Conan, Sir
Eliot, George
Galsworthy, John
Haggard, H. Rider
Hardy, Thomas
Henty, G. A.
James, Henry
Jerome, Jerome K.
Joyce, James
Kingsley, Charles
Kipling, Rudyard
Leacock, Stephen
Mansfield, Katherine
Maugham, W. Somerset
Maupassant, Guy de
McClung, Nellie L.
Melville, Herman
Montgomery, L. M.
Moodie, Susanna
Moore, Clement Clarke
Nesbit, E.
Oppenheim, E. Phillips
Potter, Beatrix
Sabatini, Rafael
Scott, Walter, Sir
Shaw, George Bernard
Shelley, Mary Wollstonecraft
Sinclair, Upton
Stevenson, Robert Louis
Stoker, Bram
Swift, Jonathan
Thackeray, William Makepeace
Trollope, Anthony
Wallace, Edgar
Walpole, Horace
Wells, H. G.
Wilde, Oscar
Wodehouse, P. G.
Woolf, Virginia
Yonge, Charlotte Mary

IV. ENGLISH 10: The Three Questions

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Respond to these questions on your own blog AFTER reading:

  • “The Three Questions” by Leo Tolstoy
  • “The Three Questions” by Jon J. Muth
  1. When is the best time to do things?
  2. Who is the most important one?
  3. What is the right thing to do?

III. ENGLISH 10: What tests our relationship with technology?

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What tests our relationship with technology?

II. ENGLISH 10: What makes us listen to our conscience?

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What makes us listen to our conscience?

I. ENGLISH 10: What are the greatest challenges to our survival?

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What are the greatest challenges to our survival?