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Unit 5 Lesson 8: English 12A

“Restore the lock!’ she cries; and all around/’Restore the lock!’ the vaulted roofs rebound.”

Which of these is nearest in meaning to the word rebound, as it is used in the passage above?

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“And among other things, the poor pigeons, I perceive, were loth to leave their houses, but hovered about the windows and balconies till they were, some of them burned, their wings, and fell down.”

Which of these is nearest in meaning to the word loth, as it is used in the passage above?

reluctant
The truck diver worried about the combustible nature of his cargo.
flammable
He spent his adult life endeavoring to atone for his teenage delinquency.
trying
apace
quickly
obliquely
indirectly
expedient
something useful
penury
extreme poverty
sequestered
secluded
“‘Now meet thy fate,’incensed Belinda cried, / And drew a deadly bodkin from her side…”

Which of these is nearest in meaning to the word incensed, as it is used in the passage above?

angered
Which excerpt from The Diary of Samuel Pepys most clearly indicates that he was a wealthy man?
“Some of our maids sitting up late last night to get things ready…”
“Created half to rise, and half to fall;/Great lord of all things, yet a prey to all;/Sole judge of truth, in endless error hurled:/The glory, jest, and riddle of the world!

These lines from Pope’s An Essay on Man represent humankind as what?

an enigma
“Sixthly, this would be a great inducement to marriage, which all wise nations have either encouraged by rewards, or enforced by laws and penalties.”

Which of these is nearest in meaning to the word inducement, as it is used in the passage above?

motivation
Which of these excerpts from Alexander Pope’s The Rape of the Lock most explicitly suggests that it is a parody of epic poetry?
“Fear the just gods, and think of Scylla’s fate!”
Read this excerpt from Alexander Pope’s The Rape of the Lock.

“No common weapons in their hands are found,/Like gods they fight, nor dread a mortal wound…/See, fierce Belinda on the Baron flies,/With more than usual lightning in her eyes…”

This account of the conflict between Belinda and the Baron

uses satire to ridicule the upper classes
Read this excerpt from Jonathan Swift’s A Modest Proposal.

“A very worthy person, a true lover of this country, and whose virtues I highly esteem, was lately pleased, in discoursing on this matter, to offer a refinement upon my scheme. He…conceived that the want of venison might well be supplied by the bodies of young lads and maidens…so great a number of both sexes in every country being now ready to starve…”

What is Swift’s main point in this passage?

The well-off have no real concern for starving children.
Read this sentence from Jonathan Swift’s A Modest Proposal.

“I grant this food will be somewhat dear, and therefore very proper for landlords, who, as they have already devoured most of the parents, seem to have the best title to the children.”

What statement is swift making in this sentence?

Greedy Irish property owners exploit the helpless poor.
Read this excerpt from Jonathan Swift’s A Modest Proposal.

“…men would become as fond of their wives, during the time of their pregnancy, as they are now of their mares in foal, their cows in calf, or sows when they are ready to farrow, nor offer to beat or kick them (as is too frequent a practice) for fear of a miscarriage.”

What point is Swift making with this demeaning analogy?

that the well-off have less regard for the poor than for livestock
Read this excerpt from Thomas Gray’s Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard.

“Perhaps in this neglected field is laid/Some heart once pregnant with celestial fire;/Hands, that the rod of empire might have sway’d,/or waked to ecstasy the living lyre.”

Who is Gray pondering with these lines?

people who could have been great if given the opportunity