Literature and Language

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Literature and Language

What is the first curse word?

cuss is the possible curse word in the English language with Anglo saxon generic swear word for annoyance.

Literature and Language
Literary Terminology
Literature Classics

What is the summary of poon by f sionil Jose?

"The events in Poon A Novel happened from 1880 to 1889, when an Ilocano family abandoned their beloved barrio in order to overcome the challenges to their survival in southern Pangasinan in the Philippines, and also to flee from the cruelty they received from the Spaniards."

Literature and Language
Philippines Literature

What is the theme of biag ni lam-ang?

childhood is not a hindrance to success

Literature and Language
Similarities Between

What are the Similarities between Luke Garner and Jen Talbot?

they are both shadow children

Literature and Language

Based on what you read in chapters 1 through 9 of Robinson Crusoe which of the following statements would Crusoe most likely agree with?

No matter how bad life gets, there is always good to be found


Literature and Language

Why might a writer choose to write using stream of consciousness?

To create an illusion of being inside the character's thoughts

Authors, Poets, and Playwrights
Books and Literature
Literature and Language

What is a summary of chapter 2 in The Wooing of Beppo Tate?

name the characters

Literature and Language

Which phrase from the proposal is an example of hyperbole?

Some persons of a desponding spirit are in great concern about that vast number of poor people, who are aged, diseased, or maimed . . . it is very well known, that they are every day dying . . . as fast as can be reasonably expected.

Literature and Language
Idioms, Cliches, and Slang

What are common phrases using the word baby?

-"Hit me baby one more time!"

-Nobody puts baby in the corner.

-Rock a bye baby, on the treetop..... etc.

-"Out of the mouths of babes and sucklings..."

-"Don't throw the baby out with the bathwater...."

Literature and Language
Word and Phrase Origins

Is the word crap a swear word?

A: The word crap is usually not considered a swear word. It isn't a necessarily nice word, but it's not a swear word.

B: Id say it is a swear word. Some people say it isn't but I'd say it is, or at least: it can be used as one. It's not really a strong one like the F word, or even the S word, but it's still a swear word.

C: It's not a swear word. It is not a curse word either its just kind of bad word if you insult somebody with it. You can say Holy crap.

Literature and Language

What shared knowledge should audiences of My Fair Lady have to better appreciate the deeper meaning of the musical?

The original Greek myth.

Languages and Cultures
Literature and Language

What does personification sentence the china danced on the shelves during the earthquake mean?


Literature and Language
Prefixes Suffixes and Root Words

What are examples of prefixes and suffixes?

A prefix is a syllable placed in front of a word to add or to change its meaning.

Prefix -- Meaning -- Example

1) anti -- against, opposite -- anti-fungal, antidepressant

2) auto -- self -- autograph, automobile

3) bi -- two -- bicycle, bivalve

4) con -- with -- contact, conform, converse

5) un -- not -- unconvincing, unnatural, unprepared

6) re -- again -- revisit, reenter

7) a, an -- not, without -- amoral, anesthetic, apolitical, asocial

8) ab -- away from -- abduction, abstain, abnormal

9) ambi -- both -- ambidextrous, ambivalent

10) centro, centri -- around, center -- concentric, centrifugal

11) dis -- apart, not -- disengage, discord, discomfort

A suffix is a set of letters added at the end of a word to make another word or as an inflexion. It can alter the spelling of words when changing the part of speech.

Suffix -- Meaning -- Example

1) -er -- doer -- teacher

2) -able -- able to -- unbelievable

3) -ous -- full of -- dangerous

4) -ness -- state of being -- happiness

5) -ful -- full of -- wonderful

6) -ly or y --like -- gently, wintry

7) -ment --state of -- government

8) -cide -- kill(ing) -- patricide, infanticide, herbicide, suicide

9) -logy -- study field of -- biology, geology, etymology, cardiology

10) -phobia -- exaggerated fear -- photophobia, claustrophobia, agoraphobia

Literature and Language

What is a question you would ask yourself when using a 3 2 1 organizer?

Apex what are 2 things i will remember

Literature and Language

What is the literal and figurative meaning of had a crush on her?

Literal meaning: The boy had put a large bottle of Orange Crush onto the girl. Hence, he had a "crush" on her. OR The boy had put so many heavy things onto the girl's shoulders that he had really crushed her. Hence, he had "a crush" on her.

Figurative meaning: The boy was attracted to the girl; she wooed him.

Literature and Language

How can figurative language make familiar things seem new?

Figurative language uses surprising description to make things seem vivid

Literature and Language

What is the conflict of the story of prowess of aliguyon?


Literature and Language

Which is an effect of first-person narration?

The reader is likely to notice the way the character speaks.

Literature and Language

What is the meaning of the advice Write what you know?

Good writing can come from observations you make about the real world.

Literature and Language

The young warriors by VS Reid?

The novel the young warriors is about five boys name Tommy, Johnny, Uriah, charlie and David. These five boys were put to a test to see if they are young warriors and because of there braveness and smartness the help saved the village from the redcoats.

Literature and Language
Los Angeles
El Salvador

What is the distance from Los Angeles to el salvador?

2320 miles, so if you are driving it should be a 55-hour drive, so pack refreshments and good luck!

Literature and Language
Famous Quotations

What does a laugh in a sea of sadness mean?

It is a metaphor for a person being optimistic when they are surrounded by sadness and/or pessimism.

Literature and Language
Mark Twain

What emotion did you hear in mark twain's essay last words of great men?

Food & Cooking
Literature and Language

Which of the following is an example of subjective statement in A Culinary Wasteland?

"Furthermore, Mr. Schlosser's appraisal is not comprehensive but a hodgepodge of impressions, statistics, anecdotes and prejudices."

Literature and Language

In the Illustration of Sugriva Challenging Vali from the Ramayana how does the painter's interpretation of The Ramayana emphasize Rama's strength?

the color blue


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