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Unformatted text preview: Read the text HERE. 1. Why does King use the word fivescore in the opening of his speech? A. Because it rhymes with the next line. B. To make an allusion to Lincoln's Gettysburg Address. Points Earned: 1/1 Your Response: B 2. A simile is a comparison of two things using the words like or as; for example, She is pretty like a rose. What simile did King use in the opening of his I Have a Dream speech? A. This decree came as a great beacon light of hope to millions of Negro slaves who had been seared in the flames of withering injustice. B. It came as a joyous daybreak to end the long night of their captivity. C. BOTH OF THE ABOVE Points Earned: 1/1 Your Response: C 3. A metaphor is a symbol that says that one thing IS another thing, without using like or as. For example, She is a brick house is a comparison of a woman (her shape, actually) to a well built, small, strong brick house. (Yes, I know, it was a disco song in the 70s, and the original lyrics were a little more explicit...) Explain this metaphor: ...the life of the Negro is still sadly crippled by the manacles of segregation and the chains of discrimination. A. Discrimination and segregation have the same effects as forced slavery. B. People with manacles believe slavery is a profitable institution. Points Earned: 0/1 Your Response: B 4. Repetition is the use of the same idea or phrase more than once. It is usually unnecessary. When used intentionally, it emphasizes key ideas, and prepares the reader/listener for the next (similar) idea. Explain how King use repetition in this quote: One hundred years later, the life of the Negro is still sadly crippled by the manacles of segregation and the chains of discrimination. One hundred years later, the Negro lives on a lonely island of poverty in the midst of a vast ocean of material prosperity. One hundred years later, the Negro is still languishing in the corners of American society and finds himself an exile in his own land. A. He calls America a lonely island to show that we are different from any other country in the world, united in liberty. B. He uses the phrase "One hundred years later" three times to emphasize that a long time after slavery, discrimination still exists. Likewise, he uses three metaphors with the same visual of African-Americans living in symbolic slavery. Points Earned: 1/1 Your Response: B 5. In a sense we have come to our nation's capital to cash a check. When the architects of our republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, they were signing a promissory note to which every American was to fall heir. What technique is King using here? A. simile B. metaphor C. repetition Points Earned: 1/1 Your Response: B 6. An allegory is an extended metaphor, meaning that the same symbol is used throughout a narrative. For example, The Wizard of Oz is an allegory of coming of age. Explain why King use metaphor in this passage: This note was a promise that all men would be guaranteed the inalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. It is obvious today that America has defaulted on this promissory note insofar as her citizens of color are concerned. Instead of honoring this sacred obligation, America has given the Negro people a bad check which has come back marked "insufficient funds." But we refuse to believe that the bank of justice is bankrupt. We refuse to believe that there are insufficient funds in the great vaults of opportunity of this nation. A. Receiving a "bad check" is a situation many can understand. It creates a feeling of mistrust and injustice. B. He wanted to set a price on the damage done to civil rights by segregation. Points Earned: 1/1 Your Response: A 7. An allusion is a reference to a commonly known reference. For example, the "Star Spangled Banner" makes an allusion to America's vast grain production in the line "amber waves of grain." Identify the allusion in this quote from King's speech: So we have come to cash this check -- a check that will give us upon demand the riches of freedom and the security of justice. We have also come to this hallowed spot to remind America of the fierce urgency of now. This is no time to engage in the luxury of cooling off or to take the tranquilizing drug of gradualism. Now is the time to rise from the dark and desolate valley of segregation to the sunlit path of racial justice. Now is the time to open the doors of opportunity to all of God's children. Now is the time to lift our nation from the quicksands of racial injustice to the solid rock of brotherhood. A. He he making several Christian allusions. The pathway to justice is an allusion to Bunyon's Pilgrim's Progress and the Twenty-Third Psalm, while the "solid rock" is an allusion to Christ. B. Here, King is making allusions to democracy. The Valley is the valley of Pigeon Forge, the pathway is the Daniel Boone Trail (also called the Wilderness Trail), and the "solid rock" is obviously Plymouth Rock where the pilgrims landed at our nation's birth. Points Earned: 1/1 Your Response: A ...
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This note was uploaded on 06/23/2008 for the course ENG 102 taught by Professor Wormer during the Spring '08 term at KCTCS.
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