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Here are the four questions that will appear on the test. I will select the ones you will answer tomorrow, so please be prepared for all of them. Any handwritten notes that are your creation are acceptable to use on the test. You will have the period to work.

  1. In the story about Mtepwa (the slave turned slaver), explain why the author kills off Haradi at the end of the story. Make sure you tie it in to any statements/ideas the author might be making about humanity and our past.


  1. In the story about Joseph Meromo (who accepted a bribe to put toxic waste in Olduvai Gorge), there are several supernatural elements. Explain what these are and why the author included them in this story only (no other story has supernatural elements). Make sure you tie them to the Masaai people and the characters in the story.


  1. Explain how the ending revelation--that the ‘creatures’ from the very first sentence are the descendants of humans--ties in to the theme/ideas of the novella, and provide specific examples from one or more of the individual stories.


  1. Explain why Thomas Naikosiai decided to remain on Earth despite the logical arguments of everyone who left. Make sure you demonstrate that you understand the character and can empathize with him on some level.


Sample test question and answer:


“Approximately what year is this episode taking place, and what is your evidence for this?”


The date given is 2103, but that doesn’t seem like enough time for the sweeping changes that would have to occur in order for this ‘future safari’ to be realistic. Obviously, all the big game animals are gone--elephants, rhinos, hippos, etc.--and this isn’t really much of a surprise. Many of these animals might easily be gone within 100 years. What makes the date unrealistic is the near complete lack of any kind of animal life on the entire planet, or so it seems, according to the few animals we see and the narrator’s reactions to them.

For one thing, there are only 19 rabbits left in Yellowstone Park. Of all the stats in the story, that is by far the most shocking. Yellowstone National Park covers thousands of square miles, and the amount of rabbits that live there must number in the hundreds of thousands at least. If we have now been reduced to only 19--especially considering how prolifically they breed--Yellowstone must not be much more than a stand of trees. In order for such a devastating change to have occurred, it would likely take a lot more than 100 years and probably more than a few major world events.  

At Olduvai Gorge, the narrator is amazed by what we would consider sparse and small wildlife. While it would be interesting to see a honey badger--from afar!--it would likely pale in comparison to the normal large game that a safari visitor would expect. It isn’t surprising that there would be such habitat destruction in Africa, although I wondered about the massive amounts of herd animals like zebras, all of which are gone at this point in time. Again, major events beyond just habitat destruction would have to have happened.

I would guess that these events could possibly happen in about 200 years, which would put the date at about 2200. This would probably be enough time to decimate the environment even more thoroughly than we are doing now. It would also be sufficient time to throw in some major catastrophic events, like maybe a limited nuclear war, that would further exacerbate the destruction.


3-28-17

We will have a short essay test on "7 Views . . ." on Thursday. You will be allowed to use any notes, questions, etc. for the test, so please make sure you bring whatever you may need.

The test will be worth 60 pts, and will consist of two essay questions requiring 200+ words each. Kind of a big deal.


Movie XC

As a reminder, no movie XC will be accepted unless ALL missing work is turned in (possibly for minimal credit).

No extra credit will be awarded unless all missing assignments are turned in first.






3-21-17

The final day to turn in movie XC is April 10th (the day we return from spring break. No XC will be accepted after that day.

Movie XC can be turned in at any point before April 10th. Make sure you get the movie XC form and have your parents sign it.


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Sample test question and answer:



“Approximately what year is this episode taking place, and what is your evidence for this?”


The date given is 2103, but that doesn’t seem like enough time for the sweeping changes that would have to occur in order for this ‘future safari’ to be realistic. Obviously, all the big game animals are gone--elephants, rhinos, hippos, etc.--and this isn’t really much of a surprise. Many of these animals might easily be gone within 100 years. What makes the date unrealistic is the near complete lack of any kind of animal life on the entire planet, or so it seems, according to the few animals we see and the narrator’s reactions to them.

For one thing, there are only 19 rabbits left in Yellowstone Park. Of all the stats in the story, that is by far the most shocking. Yellowstone National Park covers thousands of square miles, and the amount of rabbits that live there must number in the hundreds of thousands at least. If we have now been reduced to only 19--especially considering how prolifically they breed--Yellowstone must not be much more than a stand of trees. In order for such a devastating change to have occurred, it would likely take a lot more than 100 years and probably more than a few major world events.  

At Olduvai Gorge, the narrator is amazed by what we would consider sparse and small wildlife. While it would be interesting to see a honey badger--from afar!--it would likely pale in comparison to the normal large game that a safari visitor would expect. It isn’t surprising that there would be such habitat destruction in Africa, although I wondered about the massive amounts of herd animals like zebras, all of which are gone at this point in time. Again, major events beyond just habitat destruction would have to have happened.

I would guess that these events could possibly happen in about 200 years, which would put the date at about 2200. This would probably be enough time to decimate the environment even more thoroughly than we are doing now. It would also be sufficient time to throw in some major catastrophic events, like maybe a limited nuclear war, that would further exacerbate the destruction.