BYU English 12 ENGL 055 Lesson 6 Speedback

These questions refer to “Miniver Cheevy” by Edward Arlington Robinson.

Which of the following are personified in the poem?

romance
art
medici
vagrant
a and b

a and b
Which of the following time periods would Miniver Cheevy have preferred to live in?

ancient Greece
Camelot of England
Italian Renaissance
Trojan War era
all of the above

all of the above
What words suggest that Miniver basically wasted his life?

coughing (line 31)
drinking (line 32)
thinking (line 30)
All of the above
None of the above

All of the above
Which of the following best describes Miniver Cheevy?

idealistic
fantastic
realistic
irresponsible

irresponsible
For these questions, decide whether the italicized vocabulary word has been used correctly or incorrectly. Not all of the vocabulary words will be used.

Elizabeth addressed the audience calmly and provocatively despite the protestors’ attempts to disturb the conference.

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incorrect

incorrect
Josh’s failure to make the football team provided the genesis of his focus on his basketball skills.

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incorrect

incorrect
Despite his own lack of religious beliefs, Andrew was impressed by the dedication the group demonstrated towards following their traditional, orthodox faith.

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incorrect

correct
The students were gradually lulled to sleep by the teacher’s monogamous tone.

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incorrect
The multi-millionaire’s generous endowment to the university will enable several new research facilities to be built.

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incorrect

correct
Ever since she finished her doctorate in economics at Harvard, Susan has been increasingly disturbed at the economic differences between the bourgeoisie and the middle class.

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The political cartoonist was accused of libel for his cartoon depicting the senator in a casino.

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correct
Anthony’s energy and vitiate created an optimistic hope for success among the doctors.

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Even Bruce’s jocund nature could not lift April out of her gloomy mood.

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Despite her fatigue, Elise was excited by the boost of synergy she experienced after she completed her first marathon.

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Bored by the constant attention given to her, the famous actress greeted her fans with an air of nonchalance and indifference.

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The task of finding everyone’s addresses to invite the 3,500 graduates to their 20th class reunion seemed insuperable.

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These questions refer to your reading in The Great Divorce by C.S. Lewis

Why did the Intellectual Ghost prefer to return to the grey town rather than journey to the mountains?

He would rather pursue questions than answers.
He wants recognition and fame for his ideas.
He was unwilling to admit his ideas were wrong.
all of the above
none of the above

all of the above
What governing value dictates how the woman in chapter 8 acts?

appearance
religion
money
family

appearance
What does the following quote (from chapter 9) imply? “There are only two kinds of people in the end: those who say to God, ‘thy will be done,’ and those to whom God says in the end, ‘thy will be done.'”

The individual’s actions solely determine his fate.
The individual chooses to go to heaven or to hell.
Fate ultimately decides who goes to heaven or hell.
God chooses who goes to heaven or to hell.

The individual chooses to go to heaven or to hell.
Which of the following best characterizes the Hard-Bitten ghost (in chapter 7)?

pessimism
nepotism
sarcasm
optimism

pessimism
What aspect of human nature does Ikey represent?

purity
greed
pride
vanity

greed
What sin or flaw does the Ghost in chapter 5 represent?

intellectual superiority
intellectual timidity
intellectual ignorance
intellectual stagnation

intellectual superiority
These questions refer to “A Revolution Begins” from The Road Ahead by Bill Gates.

What was the most important element in going from a two-man operation to the biggest software company in the world?

great creativity
original vision
hard work
sheer luck

original vision
Bill Gates passion for computers started with

using simple word-processing programs
playing tic-tac-toe on a cumbersome computer
from reading science fiction magazines
playing complex video games

playing tic-tac-toe on a cumbersome computer
Bill Gates was able to accomplish his goal of creating a software company because

he sacrificed other things, like college
his work ethic
his vision of the future of computing
all of the above

all of the above
These questions refer to “Law 3: When your daily activities reflect your governing values, you experience inner peace” from The 10 Natural Laws of Successful Time and Life Management by Hyrum W. Smith.

What is the Productivity Pyramid?

a model outlining the four steps leading from identifying our values to accomplishing our daily tasks while achieving inner peace
a model explaining specific steps which enable us to be as productive as possible in goal setting and achieving
a model outlining the four steps necessary for a productive life in accomplishing the most we can in as little time as possible
a model outlining the four steps we need to be the most productive in meeting all of our personal goals, values and tasks

a model outlining the four steps leading from identifying our values to accomplishing our daily tasks while achieving inner peace
Why is it important to prioritize our values?

to empower individuals with the confidence to make changes in their lives
to enable individuals to make decisions that are in line with their values
to encourage individuals to take care of their top priorities first
a and c

to enable individuals to make decisions that are in line with their values
Look back to Smith’s list of governing values in the excerpt from lesson 4. In the following scenario, identify which values are in conflict and determine what choice Smith would make based on his list of prioritized values.
Smith is planning out his day at 6:00 a.m. when the baby wakes up crying. Smith’s wife is still sleeping. What should he do?

values 1 and 7; let his wife get the baby because he needs to finish planning
values 5 and 13; take care of the baby so his wife can sleep a little longer
values 7 and 11; let his wife get the baby because he needs to get ready for work
values 5 and 10; take of the baby because his wife is sick and needs her sleep

values 5 and 13; take care of the baby so his wife can sleep a little longer
These questions refer to “Chapter 7: The Power of Goals” from First Things First by Steven R. Covey, A. Roger Merrill, and Rebecca R. Merrill.

Which of the following is not a quality of effective weekly goal setting?

goal is in our Circle of Concern
goal reflects our basic needs
goal is conscience-driven
goal should take a lot of time to write

goal should take a lot of time to write
“I will spend more time strengthening relationships with my family.” Would this goal be a determination or a concentration?

determination
concentration
none of the above

concentration
What role does self-awareness play in goal setting?

helps in outlining a plan to accomplish the goal without obstacles
helps in establishing realistic goals that don’t aim too high or too low
helps individuals become aware of their ability to meet any goal
helps individuals understand the goal must be accomplished alone

helps in establishing realistic goals that don’t aim too high or too low
“I will lose fifteen pounds in three months.” Would this goal be a determination or concentration?

determination
concentration
none of the above

determination
Which of the following questions regarding goal setting provides the most powerful motivation?

How will I achieve my goal?
When will I achieve my goal?
Why is this my goal?
What is my goal?

Why is this my goal?
These questions refer to the “Organization” section of this lesson.

My paper is all about mountain lions.

good opener
poor opener

poor opener
Which of the following is a good example of an ending that is thought provoking or interesting?

Then I woke up and realized it was all a dream, and I was very happy that I woke up before anything else happened.
I have now clearly given you all the reasons that you should have a dog.
After all, David O. was the most spacey, zit-faced, dufus ever. I should know — he was my best friend.
So, now you know all you ever needed to know about karate because I have covered all that is necessary in my paper.

After all, David O. was the most spacey, zit-faced, dufus ever. I should know — he was my best friend.
After we had circled for miles and miles in the drifted snow, following the big cat’s tracks, the sun began to set, and I began to wonder who was being hunted.

good opener
poor opener

good opener
Why should you put details of your paper in a specific order, rather than just randomly throwing them out to your reader?

A logical order makes your paper much more persuasive to the reader.
If everything is tied back to the main idea, the reader is less likely to get lost.
An interesting beginning, a supportive body, and a thought-provoking conclusion will always make your paper stronger.
all of the above

all of the above
For these questions, read the following paragraphs. They have been taken out of order. Your job is to decide what order they ought to be in. Once you have the correct order, answer the questions. Also, notice that this is an example of a literature-based essay. Notice what they do well, and also notice the weak spots, because in lesson 7 you will be writing a literature based essay rough draft — so pay attention, and learn from it. Keep in mind also, that this paper is by no means perfect, but it serves as a decent example of organization — if you can properly determine the order. Good luck.

A Closer Look at Gulliver

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In Jonathon Swift’s novel Gulliver’s Travels, Gulliver’s personality is shown through the language of Swift. In the novel, Gulliver comes across as a humorless and very factual and formal person. The book is written like a log — there are no opinions, only facts are included. He is the narrator for the story, offering no insight and never detecting any double meanings. Never digging for information, he tends to be rather naive and accept things at face value.

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Throughout the novel, Swift does an excellent job of revealing what Gulliver is really like by putting him in a variety of situations and showing his reactions in those instances. He shows that Gulliver is ultimately a humorless, factual, and naive person. He does not show compassion or reflective thinking, but rather is akin to the narrator of the story. This story would be very different if it had a light-hearted and funny person as the main character. One that was cognizant of the events unfolding. Perhaps Jerry Seinfeld . . .

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Naive is another thing that Gulliver is. Though he captures surface meaning with complete accuracy, he is not a deep thinker and the relevance of things escapes him. This book is a satire, poking fun at government and social issues. However, Gulliver does not recognize it as a satire. The audience does though. We see situations in the book which parallel our own lives. For example, the Lilliputians fought a war over which end their eggs should be cracked on. The Big Endians, who are considered religious rebels for their egg cracking beliefs, think all eggs should by cracked at the big end. The reason there is a conflict is that there exists a royal edict that declares that eggs should always be cracked at the small end. Lustrog, a religious prophet, has said that “all true believers shall break their eggs at the convenient end” (pg. 48). This war may seem to have a silly cause to the reader. After all, who really cares what end an egg is broken at? It is in this way that Swift causes the reader to question what most wars are about. Are not some of the causes of our modern day wars just as peculiar?

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In the book, Gulliver is portrayed as a relatively humorless individual. Even when he is in a funny situation, his response is not laughter, but rather a straight faced account of events. For example, not long after Gulliver is first discovered by the Lilliputians, he wakes up to find that one of them has “put the sharp end of his half-pike a good way up into my left nostril, which tickled my nose like straw, and made me sneeze violently . . .”(pg. 17). He calls the incident “a very ridiculous accident,” as if it were just a childish prank.

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Gulliver is also a very factual and formal person. In his accounts of his travels, his opinion is never really revealed. Gulliver’s factual and formal persona is shown well in the following quote:

It would not be proper for some reasons, to trouble the reader of our Adventures in those Seas: Let it suffice to inform him that our Passage from thence to the East-Indies we were driven by a violent storm to the Northwest of Van Diemen’s Land. By an Observation we found ourselves in the latitude of 30 degrees 2 minutes South. Twelve of our crew were dead by immoderate labour, and ill food; the rest were in very weak condition.

This passage shows that he gives very straightforward accounts of his events. Everything seems very precise, down to the latitude. He tells about the deaths of his shipmates in a very matter-of-fact way, not mentioning his personal feelings about the matter. He shows no compassion toward them and does not mention any names of friends or others that he might miss.

Which of the above paragraphs would make the best ending?

1
2
3
4
5

What is the best order for the above paragraphs for them to make sense to the reader?

1, 4, 5, 3, 2
1, 4, 3, 2, 5
1, 2, 3, 4, 5
1, 3, 5, 4, 2

2

1, 4, 5, 3, 2

These questions refer to President Kennedy’s Speech.

What justification(s) does President Kennedy give for continuing the expensive space exploration program?

growth of science and education
creation of new jobs and industry
help in navigation and detection of natural disasters
a and b
all of the above

all of the above
Why would President Kennedy choose to give this speech at Rice University in Houston, Texas, rather than from the White House?

Houston has a greater population than Washington, D.C.
Rice University is working on a project for the space program.
Kennedy needed to give an acceptance speech anyway.
The space center control station is in Houston.
b and c
b and d

b and d
If you were to figure your birth into the time-line that President Kennedy uses to illustrate how quickly human knowledge is progressing, where would it most likely fit?

ten seconds ago
ten weeks ago
ten years ago
ten months ago

ten seconds ago
Questions 43-46 refer to the “Usage Lesson: Parentheses and Brackets” section of his lesson.

If you ever need to use parentheses within parentheses, then use brackets for the outer pair of parentheses.

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Brackets signify that material is added to a quotation that wasn’t in the original quote. It is usually done for clarity.

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false

true
Brackets around the letters “sic” show that you don’t have any idea what a quote is talking about.

true
false

false
You can avoid the overuse of parentheses by using commas effectively.

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true