You may be of the opinion that there are not enough holidays in the school year which permit you to take off from school. So invent some! Make up three new holidays which are so important that school has to be closed a week for each holiday. How about a World Series Holiday, or a Grey Cup Holiday that gives you the week off? Justify your holiday with strong arguments.
Select a news or magazine article, editorial, blog, or letter to the editor in which a writer’s solution to a problem is morally or ethically unacceptable to you. Write an essay in which you argue against the writer’s position and offer a more reasonable and acceptable alternative approach or solution to the problem.
Imagine you have your own disc jockey show. Give yourself call numbers and a suitable cool disc jockey’s name. Name your show and write a segment of the show’s monologue. Include the names of the songs you will play.
Describe the boy’s feelings and state of mind before he comes upon the buck. Describe a time in your life when you experienced a similar emotion.
Why does the boy not shoot the buck?
How does the boy feel at the end of the story? What has caused his mood to change so dramatically?
The author, Doris Lessing, expresses the boy’s thoughts and feelings very poetically in the two paragraphs before the boy hears the buck’s cries. With a partner, discuss some of these phrases and the images they create. What emotions do the images raise? Is the use of poetic language effective? What types of writing techniques are used?
Using phrases from these two paragraphs, write a poem that expresses the character’s joy at being young and alive. You could draw or find an illustration that captures the spirit of your poem.
“There’s daggers in men’s smiles” is a situation which may have had meaning for you in the past, with the accompanying feeling of unease. Write an interpretation of the statement based on your personal experience. Your interpretation can be expressed as satire, an anecdote, or a poem in your blog.
Research Louis Riel. Think of five questions you would like to ask Riel if you were to meet him. Then, imagine how Riel would respond. Write an interview from these questions and your imagined responses.
Identify the object of Chekhov’s satire in this play. Support your interpretation with a specific reference to the text.
Why do you think Chekhov included the character to Chubukov in the play? What functioin does he serve?
Form and Style
The play has a strong emotional tone. Explain how both the structure of the play and the punctuation of the text contribute to the emotional tone. Cite specific examples to support your answer.
Melodrama is defined s “a dramatic work that exaggerates plot and characters in order to appeal to the emotions.” Comment on how Chekhov uses melodramatic techniques to create humor in this piece.
What information about life in Czarist Russia do we learn from this script? Explain how this information creates the context of the drama in the play.
Choose a segment of the play and rewrite it in a narrative (short story) form. Be prepared to discuss changes you needed to make to transpose one form to another.
Prepare a readers’ theatre presentation of a portion of the script. Focus on capturing the emotional tension created through the dialogue. Record your presentation (audio or video) and share it.
Read Chekhov’s monologue On the Harmful Effects of Tobacco. Using this monologue as a model, write a script for a monologue given by one of the characters from A Marriage Proposal: Chubukov on the dangers of domestic champagne, Natalya on the dangers faced by women at harvest, or Lomov on the dangers of modern fabrics … and so on and so forth and all that.