T_Miller_English_11_Sem_2_1.4.4._Test - 1 Short-response...

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1. Short-response prompt (15 points)
Read the following two poems: "Nothing Gold Can Stay" by Robert Frost Nature's first green is gold, Her hardest hue to hold. Her early leaf's a flower; But only so an hour. Then leaf subsides to leaf. So Eden sank to grief, So dawn goes down to day. Nothing gold can stay. "The Red Wheelbarrow" by William Carlos Williams so much depends upon a red wheel barrow glazed with rain water beside the white chickens. Compare and contrast the ways in which the two authors use figurative language in their poems to convey tone. How does the tone in each poem differ? Be sure to include specific details from the texts to support your answer.
The tone of Nothing Gold Can Say changes from happiness to sadness. It first talks of paradise being the first gold is green, and ends off with dread. The dread starts with the line The leaf subsides to leaf, and ends with nothing gold can say. The poem The Red Wheelbarrow has a different tone of happiness and simplicity. It explains the importance of a red wheelbarrow and how its simplicity makes it a totem of a happy farm life. Both The Red Wheelbarrow and Nothing Gold Can Say relate to nature and simplicity. 2. Short-response prompt (15 points) identifies at least one example of parallelism and one example of diction ( besides parallelism) from the excerpt. - yes describes how the parallelism and diction convey the tone. - yes cites at least two pieces of evidence from the text to support the analysis. -yes Read the following excerpt from chapter 21 of John Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath : Those families which had lived on a little piece of land, who had lived and died on forty acres, had eaten or starved on the produce of forty acres, had now the whole West to rove in. And they scampered about, looking for work; and the highways were streams of people, and the ditch banks were lines of people. Behind them more were coming. The great highways streamed with moving people. There in the Middle and Southwest had lived a simple agrarian folk who had not changed with industry, who had not farmed with machines or known the power and danger of machines in private hands. They had not grown up in the paradoxes of industry. Their senses were still sharp to the ridiculousness of the industrial life. And then suddenly the machines pushed them out and they swarmed on the highways. The movement changed them; the highways, the camps along the road, the fear of hunger and the hunger itself, changed them. The children without dinner changed them, the endless moving

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