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Monday, December 3, 2012

Saturday, November 10, 2012

The Open Boat, by Stephen Crane

Here's Crane's impressionistic masterpiece:

The Open Boat, by Stephen Crane

Question:

1) One critic has described this story as portraying a "universe essentially indifferent to man." Do you agree with this assessment?




Monday, September 17, 2012

Thrown Away, by Rudyard Kipling

A very sad tale about a young soldier and his path to suicide:

Thrown Away, by Rudyard Kipling

Questions:

1) Is Kipling's argument about the dangers of "the sheltered life system" valid?



2) Are the actions of Kipling and the Major justified? Would the circumstances mean that their illegal and normally unethical plan is morally okay?


Monday, June 4, 2012

The Pony Engine and the Pacific Express

Here's a delightful story-within-a-story tale as a father tells a bedtime story to his children.


The Pony Engine and the Pacific Express, by William D Howells


1) How would you describe the father's relationship with his children?

2) Did the story of the Pony Engine catch your interest on its own, or was the children's interaction with the father more intriguing?




Monday, April 9, 2012

Blood of the Gods, by Robert E Howard

Here's a cracking good adventure story, set in Afghanistan about a hundred years ago.

Blood of the Gods, by Robert E Howard


1) The story has several elements that might be considered corny or stereotypical (the character with amnesia & the ironic twist at the end). Does the author pull these elements off, fitting them smoothly into the story? Or do they seemed contrived?

2) Does the enforced alliance between Gordon and Hawkston seem in character for both men?

Monday, February 20, 2012

The Shooting of Dan McGrew

"The Shooting of Dan McGrew," by Robert Service

This one is a narrative poem.

1) Based on the information we are given, is the unnamed character who shoots it out with Dan justified in his actions?

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

RIP VAN WINKLE

Rip Van Winkle, by Washington Irving


1) Rip was clearly a failure as a farmer. Could he, though, be considered a success as a human being?

2) If you fell asleep and woke up 20 years later, what's the first question you would ask the first person you saw?